Closing Date: 7th September, 2022


OVW seeks experienced attorneys to provide legal and policy support for the administration of OVW and its grant programs. The attorneys must respond orally and in writing to complex and novel requests for legal advice or questions involving interpretation of legislation, including VAWA and other relevant statutes, case law, federal regulations and other legal authorities relevant to federal grants administration, federal Indian law, and national violence against women policy. The attorneys will conduct comprehensive and extensive legal research, prepare detailed advisory opinions and memoranda, and review proposed legislation to determine its effect on OVW operations and violence against women. The attorneys will be responsible for preparing highly complex correspondence, talking points, speeches, testimony, and other materials for the Director and other Department officials. Responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:
  • Performing extensive legal research;
  • Ensuring that OVW activities comply with federal statutory, regulatory, and other requirements;
  • Providing legal and policy guidance to OVW management and staff and other Department officials;
  • Responding to inquiries from Congress and other federal agencies;
  • Preparing responses to legal, legislative, and/or judicial matters on behalf of the Department;
  • Reviewing legislation affecting violence against women issues, drafting recommendations, and assisting in legislative strategy development;
  • Representing the Director in interactions with federal, state, local, tribal and other organizations; and
  • Other duties as needed at the request of the Director, Principal Deputy Director, and the General Counsel.

Required Qualifications: Applicants must have a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (in any jurisdiction), and have at least four years post-J.D. experience or other relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications: Hiring preferences include a record of excellent performance; superior analytic, legal research, drafting, and editing skills; outstanding oral and written communication skills; and the ability to work efficiently under extreme pressure and to handle multiple matters simultaneously. OVW values team players with strong interpersonal skills. The ideal candidate will have:
  • Knowledge of the Violence Against Women Act and related statutes
  • Experience in the field of violence against women
  • Experience in the field of federal Indian law
  • Experience in federal grant administration law
  • Experience with agencies or organizations serving communities of color or other underserved populations
  • The ability to set, manage, and balance diverse, evolving, and challenging projects and priorities

Telework: Location is in Washington, D.C. Employees may be eligible for flexible work options, including telework and remote work, subject to supervisor approval and consistent with the needs of the office and individual roles and responsibilities.

The salary range for this position is GS-14 – GS-15 based on locality pay in Washington, D.C. See OPM Pay Tables, available at:

Occasional travel is required.