Closing Date: 18th February, 2023


This position is in the Senior Executive Service (SES). Current federal civil services employees may apply. The civil service consists of all persons occupying an executive (including excepted service), judicial or legislative branch position. It does not include the uniformed services. Veteran's preference does not apply to the SES.

The Senior Deputy General Counsel, Office of General Counsel, has primary responsibilities to provide legal, technical, and advisory services to the Director, Assistant Director/General Counsel, Assistant Directors, Regional Directors, Associate General Counsel, Regional Counsel, Deputy Regional Counsel, legal staff nationwide, and institution executive staff. The incumbent provides advisory and informational services to the U.S. Courts, U.S. Attorneys, Department of Justice attorneys, U.S. Marshals, U.S. Probation Officers, and other federal and state officials, all with respect to the Bureau's legal position on a wide range of correctional matters. The incumbent may provide direct supervision to the Associate General Counsel and has general oversight of other legal staff in the Central Office.

Conditions of Employment:
U. S. Citizenship
Applicants must utilize the Challenge-Context-Action-Result (CCAR) Model when writing Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ).
Use examples of relevant experience for each ECQ being sure your experience matches the ECQ criteria.
Challenge - Describe a specific problem or goal.
Context - Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to address a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale).
Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge.
Result - Give specific examples of measures/outcomes that had some impact on the organization. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

Each accomplishment should be clear concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the programs, activities, or services you managed; program accomplishments; policy initiatives undertaken; level of contacts; the sensitivity and criticality of the issues you addressed; and the results of your actions. You should use action-oriented leadership words to describe your experience and accomplishments (e.g., Led the development and implementation of...) and quantify your experience wherever possible to demonstrate your accomplishments (e.g., number of employees supervised; size of budget managed; amount of money saved, etc.).

Mandatory Technical Qualifications: Expert knowledge of the principles, practices, and procedures of the legal field, particularly correctional, medical, environmental, and constitutional law. Knowledge of the organization of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government, to include the United States Department of Justice, the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), and correctional facilities. Knowledge of rules, policies, and practices of federal correctional facilities, regional offices, and the Central Office. Ability to analyze and interpret federal statutes, court decisions, administrative rulings, regulations, and the like as each may affect institution and BOP operations. Ability to take both standard and unique legal issues and to determine appropriate legal strategies, for the purpose of litigation and for drafting responsive pleadings without direct or immediate supervision. Ability to effectively communicate with, train, direct, and delegate to staff the various and changing requirements of law as it relates to them and the BOP.
  • Applicants must have a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) and have at least 1* year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
  • You must be a member of the Federal civil service. The civil service consists of all persons who occupy positions in the executive (includes excepted service), judicial, and legislative branches, excluding positions in the uniformed services.
  • After appointment, you will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use.
  • You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.
  • You will be required to make occasional travel.

Specialized Education:
You must be a graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be an active member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar.

If selected, your application will be vetted by the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management (OARM).

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