Job Opportunity – U.S. Department of Justice – Office on Violence Against Women

U.S. Department of Justice
Office on Violence Against Women
Experienced, Attorney-Advisor, GS-14/15
OPEN: January 27, 2014
CLOSE: February 28, 2014

About the Office: The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), a component of the U.S. Department of Justice, provides national leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to reduce violence against women through the implementation of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Created in 1995, OVW administers financial and technical assistance to communities across the country that are developing programs, policies, and practices aimed at ending domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. In FY 2014, OVW will administer 18 grant programs, which were established under VAWA and subsequent legislation. Since its inception, OVW has awarded over $4 billion in grants and cooperative agreements, and has launched a multifaceted approach to implementing VAWA. By forging state, local, and tribal partnerships among police, prosecutors, victim advocates, health care providers, faith leaders, and others, OVW grant programs help provide victims with the protection and services they need to pursue safe and healthy lives, while simultaneously enabling communities to hold offenders accountable for their violence.

In addition to overseeing 18 federal grant programs, OVW and its Director provide national leadership in the field of violence against women. Recent OVW policy initiatives have included promoting the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, the development of workplace violence policies in federal agencies, and enhanced Department responses to Native American, immigrant, and LGBT victims. OVW also supports special initiatives to identify and disseminate promising practices, including the Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Demonstration Initiative, the Family Court Enhancement Project, and the Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative.

Responsibilities and Opportunities Offered: The incumbent will provide legal and policy support for the administration of OVW and its grant programs. The incumbent must respond orally and in writing to complex and novel requests for legal advice or questions involving interpretation of legislation, including the Violence Against Women Act and other applicable statutes, case law, federal regulations and other legal authorities relevant to federal grants administration, federal Indian law, and national violence against women policy. Incumbent must 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. Furthermore, incumbent must prepare highly complex correspondence, talking points, speeches, testimony, and other materials for the Director and other Department officials.

• Perform extensive legal research;
• Ensure that OVW activities comply with federal statutory, regulatory, and other requirements;
• Provide legal and policy guidance to OVW management and staff and other Department officials;
• Respond to inquiries from Congress and other federal agencies;
• Prepare responses to legal, legislative, and/or judicial matters on behalf of the Department;
• Review violence against women legislation, draft recommendations, and assist in legislative strategy development;
• Represent 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 Supervisory Attorney-Advisor.

Qualifications: Interested applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar in good standing, and have at least four years post J.D. experience.

Preferred Qualifications: Hiring preferences include a record of excellence in academic achievement; superior analytic, legal research, drafting, and editing skills; outstanding oral and written communication skills; an ability to work efficiently under extreme pressure and to handle multiple matters simultaneously; and strong interpersonal skills. An applicant’s qualifications will be further evaluated based upon one or more of the following competencies:

• 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

Salary Information: Current salary level and years of experience will determine the appropriate salary at the time of appointment. Compensation will be at the GS-14 or 15 levels. The exact salaries within these GS levels vary based on many factors. Base salary table and locality pay tables for all U.S. locations during 2014 can be found at: OPM Pay Tables.

Location: This position is located in the Washington, DC metropolitan commuting area. Our office is a short and easy commute from most outlying residential areas. To learn more about the area and what Washington, DC has to offer, please visit the city’s official tourism site:

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Travel: Occasional travel is required.

Application Process and Deadline Date: Applicants must submit a cover letter (highlighting relevant experience), a resume or OF-612 (Optional Application for Federal Employment), a list of references, and a writing sample to No telephone calls please. Please reference this announcement OVW ATTY 14-001 in your cover letter.

Alternatively, applications can be mailed to
U.S. Department of Justice
Office on Violence Against Women (Attn: S. Barksdale)
145 N Street, N.E., Room 10W.1401
Washington, D.C. 20530

Deadline: Applications must be received by February 28, 2014.

For more information about OVW, please visit our Web page at: This and selected other legal position announcements may be found on the Internet at: and

Department Policies: The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any non merit factor. The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment. Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys’ Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. citizens are extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department’s mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

There is no formal rating system for applying veterans’ preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans’ preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans’ preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the “point” system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service-connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).


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Job Opportunity – Attorney – Crow Agency (MT)

Child Protection Attorney
Crow Tribe (Crow Agency, MT)

Position Type:      Attorney
Practice Area(s):  Family, Indian/Native American, Juvenile
Geographic Preference:  West (CA, HI, NV, UT, CO, MT, WY)

Description:          Immediate Vacancy; Open Until Filled
CHILD PROTECTION ATTORNEY: Crow Tribe of Indians, Office of Legal Counsel.
Full-time in-house attorney in the area of child protection law, Crow Agency, MT. Experience preferred. Candidates must be admitted to practice law on the Crow Reservation and in the State of Montana or be willing and able to obtain admission through the next available bar examination(s).
Candidates should have strong research and writing skills, respect for and familiarity with Native American and Crow tribal law, culture, and history, and working knowledge of child protection law, practice, and the Indian Child Welfare Act. Must be an aggressive advocate, with time management skills and ability to maintain calendars in multiple courts.
Day to day practice includes interaction with social workers from Tribal, State, and Federal jurisdictions, as well as contact with the community. Job duties include preparation and presentation at the Tribal level of all filings related to child protection issues, representation of Tribal interest in state dependency cases, and addressing sovereignty issues relating to ICWA. Position also entails regular involvement with law enforcement and prosecution.
Salary DOE. Position open until filled. Preference will be given to qualified Crow Tribal members and members of federally-recognized Indian tribes. Please apply via e-mail by submitting cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references to the following e-mail address:

Please address materials to:
Melissa Holds the Enemy
Managing Attorney
Crow Nation Office of Legal Counsel
P.O. Box 340
Crow Agency, MT 59022

Desired Class Level:       RECENT GRADS, Alum 0-3 yrs exp, Alum 4-6 yrs exp, LLM
Posting Date:        January 24, 2014
Expiration Date:   March 14, 2014
Ms. Melissa Holds the Enemy
Managing Attorney
Office of Legal Counsel P.O. Box 340 Crow Agency, MT 59022 Crow Agency, Montana 59022 United States

Resume Receipt:   E-mail, Other (see below)
Default email for resumes.:

How To Apply:     Please address materials to:
Melissa Holds the Enemy
Managing Attorney
Crow Nation Office of Legal Counsel
P.O. Box 340
Crow Agency, MT 59022

Additional Documents:  Cover Letter, Writing Sample, Other Documents
Requested Document Notes:   List of Three References, Writing Sample, Resume, Cover Letter

Changes in Indian law, reservations to be examined at College of Law’s annual William C. Canby Jr. Lecture

For Immediate Release
For more information contact:
Julie Gunderson, 480-727-5458,

Changes in Indian law, reservations to be examined at College of Law’s annual William C. Canby Jr. Lecture
Reid Peyton Chambers, a former Associate Solicitor for Indian Affairs with the U.S Department of Interior and founding partner in a law firm dedicated to representing Indian tribes nationwide, will deliver the Seventh Annual William C. Canby Jr. Lecture on Friday, Jan. 31, at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Chambers, who has dedicated his career to teaching Indian law and representing Indian tribes, will give a talk titled, “Reflections on the Changes in Indian Law and Indian Reservations from 1969 to the Present.”

“It’s a personal story for me,” Chambers said. “I’ll be giving my assessment of the changes I’ve seen on reservations and in Indian law since I first began my career in the late 1960s.”

Chambers said one of those significant changes began when Indian leaders on reservations began pushing for tribal sovereignty.

“Before the 1960s the federal government was paternalistic when it came to how they controlled Indian reservations,” Chambers said. “Tribal leaders wanted to get rid of that kind of control and establish their own governments.”

Chambers said that beginning in the late 1960s, the federal government for virtually the first time ever became willing to listen to the demands of Indian leaders, and policies from both Lyndon B. Johnson’s Administration and  Richard M. Nixon’s Administration led to tribal governments  reasserting sovereignty over their reservations.  Chambers said it then became the goal of lawyers representing tribes to affirm in court  that  tribes did have a right to  govern their reservations, as well as to protect tribes’ other treaty rights such as to water and to hunt and fish.

The lecture, presented by the Indian Legal Program (ILP) at the College of Law at Arizona State University, is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of Armstrong Hall on the Tempe campus. It is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception in the Steptoe & Johnson Rotunda.

The lecture honors Judge William C. Canby Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, a founding faculty member of the College of Law. Judge Canby taught the first classes in Indian law there and was instrumental in creating the ILP.

Chambers, served as Associate Solicitor of Indian Affairs of the U.S. Department of the Interior from 1973 to 1976. He was the Department’s chief legal officer responsible for Indian and Alaska Native matters. Chambers then joined the late Marvin J. Sonosky, a longtime attorney for Indian tribes, and Harry R. Sachse to found the law firm that is now Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP. The firm specializes in Indian law.

Robert Clinton, Foundation Professor of Law at the College of Law, who invited Chambers to speak at the College of Law said Chambers experience in the field over the last four decades makes him the ideal candidate to speak to the changes that have taken place.

“He has the broadest and widest perspective of anyone in the country, on how Indian law has developed,” Clinton said.

Chambers has taught a seminar on federal Indian law at Georgetown University Law Center and at Yale Law School. He also co-authored the 1982-revised edition of Felix S. Cohen’s landmark treatise on federal Indian law and has published numerous articles.

Chambers taught law for three years as a professor at the University of California at Los Angeles and worked extensively with the Native American Rights Fund and California Indian Legal Services.

For more info or to RSVP to attend in person: please visit

If you cannot attend a live webcast of this event will be available at

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Job Opportunities – UNITY Now Seeking Qualified Applicants for Three Positions


UNITY Now Seeking Qualified Applicants for Three Positions

UNITY recently received an award of $850,000 from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to implement the National Intertribal Youth Leadership Development Initiative. A description of this important project is more fully detailed in an article recently published on this website.

UNITY is now assembling the project team and is inviting those interested and qualified for consideration to submit an application. Please feel free to apply for more than one position for which you may be qualified and have an interest in pursuing. Be sure to indicate the position(s) for which you are applying.

  • Project Manager,
  • Project Coordinator,
  • Project Bookkeeper.

The application process and descriptions for each of the open positions may be viewed by following the links to the attachments listed below. The attached Position Descriptions are best viewed in Internet Explorer.