Closing Date: 24th February, 2023


The Attorney Advisor position resides in the Department of Program Services, Judicial Services Office (JSO), Judicial Programs Division. The JSO provides support, services, and programs to address the needs and concerns of federal judges, Article III (court of appeals, district, and Court of International Trade), territorial district court, Court of Federal Claims, bankruptcy, magistrate, and their staffs.

This position will report to the Chief of the Judicial Programs Division in the Judicial Services Office (JSO). The JSO serves as a liaison, consultant, advocate, and resource on matters that affect judges within the Administrative Office (AO) and with the Federal Judicial Center (FJC), the U.S. Sentencing Commission (USSC), executive and legislative branches of the federal government, the public, and others.

The incumbent will serve as an Attorney Advisor in the Judicial Programs Division and will perform complex legal and policy research and analysis and provide attorney oversight of various programs for the Division. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of federal judicial administration and programs and strong legal writing skills. Additionally, the candidate must possess outstanding diplomacy, interpersonal, organizational, analytical, and communication skills. The candidate must have experience working independently with minimal supervision as well as working collaboratively with supervisors, colleagues, and external stakeholders.

The duties of this position include, but are not limited to:
  • Assisting and supporting JSO senior attorneys in providing information, advice, and assistance to federal judges, chambers staff, court executives, court staff, and the public on a variety of legal, policy, and administrative matters impacting all federal judges.
  • Assisting and supporting JSO senior attorneys in providing attorney support for the new chief circuit, district, and bankruptcy judge orientation programs, chief judge follow up programs, and the judicial nominee orientation programs.
  • Assisting and supporting JSO senior attorneys in developing and updating publications and resources on, the judiciary's internet site, and JNET, and the judiciary's intranet site.
  • Assisting and supporting JSO senior attorneys in performing Article III, bankruptcy and magistrate judgeship resource surveys, including the analysis of requests for temporary, new, and ongoing bankruptcy judge positions and new position and cyclical utilization reviews of magistrate judge positions.
  • Assisting and supporting JSO senior attorneys in providing program-related support to the Judicial Conference Committees on international judicial relations and inter-circuit assignments, the administration of the bankruptcy, and the administration of the magistrate judges system.
  • Assisting and supporting JSO senior attorneys in providing staff support to the Judicial Programs and Services Advisory Council, Magistrate Judges Advisory Group, Bankruptcy Judges Advisory Group, and the Chambers Staff Advisory Group.

Conditions of Employment:

All information is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
  • Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration of Federal Employment during the pre-employment process and proof of U.S. citizenship for competitive status positions or conversion to a competitive status position with the AO. If non-citizens are considered for hire into a temporary or any other position with non-competitive status or when it is confirmed by the AO Human Resources Office there are no qualified U.S. citizens for a competitive status position (unless prohibited by a law or statue), non-citizens must provide proof of authorization to work in the U.S. and proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at USAJOBS Help Center | Employment of non-citizens/. For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.
  • All new AO employees will be required to complete an FBI fingerprint-based national criminal database and records check and pass a public trust suitability check.
  • New employees to the AO will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights/responsibilities, visit
  • All new AO employees are required to identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay before appointment.
  • You will be required to serve a trial period if selected for a first-time appointment to the Federal government, transferring from another Federal agency, or serving as a first-time supervisor. Failure to successfully complete the trial period may result in termination of employment.
  • If appointed to a temporary position, management may have the discretion of converting the position to permanent depending upon funding and staffing allocation.

Applicants must have demonstrated experience as listed below. This requirement is according to the AO Classification, Compensation, and Recruitment Systems which include interpretive guidance and reference to the OPM Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions.

Bar Membership: Applicants must currently be an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or a federal court of general jurisdiction. Applicants are responsible for citing minimum qualifications such as J.D. and bar membership information (institution name, state(s) for bar, and dates) on their respective resumes. Failure to supply details will constitute an incomplete application. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Post J.D. Experience: Applicants must also possess at least 2 years of post J.D. experience.

Specialized Experience: Subsequent to graduation from law school, applicants must have at least one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position. Specialized experience for this position is demonstrated experience performing legal work involving the interpretation and application of statutes and regulations and preparing legal memoranda directly related to assessing judicial administration and/or operational matters.

Applicants must possess a law degree (J.D.) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). Qualifying education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's website at

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