Closing Date: 15th February, 2023


About the Office:
The mission of the Office of General Counsel is to provide effective legal advice, assistance, and representation to officials of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) and Federal Prison Industries (FPI). BOP attorneys are employed in the Central Office in Washington, D.C., the six Regional Offices and in the 24 Consolidated Legal Centers (CLCs). CLCs service a number of institutions within a geographic area.

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:
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.

  • 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, 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.

$141,022 - $212,100

Occasional travel - Occasional travel is required for meetings and training.