Closing Date: 5th June, 2023


About the Office:
As a Division Counsel you will serve as the principal legal advisor to Division personnel in all aspects of DEA operations, covering criminal, civil and administrative law. This includes providing advice concerning search and seizure, electronic surveillance, investigative methods and techniques, interrogation, evidence, discovery, personnel and employment issues, asset forfeiture, fiscal law, policy guidance and compliance, and international issues.

As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.

Job Description:
Typical assignments may include:
  • Providing advice, opinions, and guidance to the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) and members of the Division leadership team on legal issues.
  • Working with federal and state prosecutors, and federal, state and local law enforcement partners to further DEA's mission.
  • Providing support in civil and administrative litigation.
  • Preparing pleadings, motions, briefs, affidavits and memorandum opinions.
  • Assisting in drafting and reviewing proposals to amend federal laws and regulations and responses to requests from Congress.
  • Training DEA personnel in complex issues of law and policy.

All applicants must be an active member of a bar in good standing (any jurisdiction) and possess: 1) a J.D. degree; 2) excellent academic credentials; 3) strong oral and written advocacy skills; 4) superior legal research and analytical skills; and 5) a demonstrated ability to function with minimal guidance in a highly demanding environment. A minimum of five (5) years of legal experience is required, and experience in administrative law is preferred but not required.

Current salary and years of legal experience will determine the appropriate salary level. The possible salary levels are GS-14 ($134.766 - $175,192), and GS-15 ($158,520 - $183,500).

15% Travel required