The Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking an experienced attorney to serve as the Chief of the Policy and Statutory Enforcement Unit (PSEU), within the Office of Enforcement Operations (OEO). PSEU is responsible for evaluating and making recommendations on requests for the use of sensitive investigative and prosecutorial tools under PSEU's purview.
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As Chief of PSEU, the incumbent is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the unit and for the satisfactory performance of all functions assigned to it. PSEU has oversight over many of the most sensitive investigative and prosecutorial tools at a federal prosecutor's disposal. As such, PSEU attorneys review and analyze requests for their use by evaluating the facts and applicable law and policy, and preparing a memorandum that provides an analysis of the relevant legal authority and DOJ policy, as applied to the facts, and a recommendation as to whether the request meets applicable policy and legal requirements and should be approved. The Chief is responsible for overseeing all day-to-day operations, issues, and programs of the unit. The Chief serves as a resource to federal prosecutors and DOJ attorneys requesting advice about policies within PSEU's portfolio to assist in advancing federal investigations. The Chief oversees and provides training to federal prosecutors about the specific policies and investigative/prosecutorial tools with the goal of providing guidance on the requirements for approval, as well as to foster cooperation and communication between PSEU and the field.
Because PSEU requests arise in connection with ongoing investigations or prosecution, the PSEU Chief uses knowledge of criminal procedure, grand jury practice, use of cooperating defendants, litigation strategies, etc. in advising the field and unit attorneys. PSEU is a dynamic and fast-paced unit, with approximately 14 attorneys.
PSEU attorneys typically work independently and completed work is reviewed principally for consistency with applicable legal authority, policies, and for overall effectiveness and quality. In addition to overseeing all PSEU issues and programs, the Chief is responsible for fostering cooperation and collegiality within the unit and the field. In addition, the incumbent is responsible for providing legal advice and guidance to OEO's Director and Deputy Director in establishing policies for the operation and management of the unit, as well as performing a variety of other tasks, as requested by OEO's Director. The incumbent is also responsible for staying current with and managing legal, policy, and technological changes affecting PSEU's portfolio.
Occasional travel – Occasional travel, including travel to districts.
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualify for this position.
- You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation.
- All male applicants born after 12/31/1959 must have registered for the selective service. If selected, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.
- DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
- You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Required Qualifications : Interested applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and be an active member of the bar in good standing.
To qualify at the GS-15 grade level, applicants must have at least four (4) years post J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: independently performing legal analysis; composing pleadings, briefs and other court documents involving unique and/or difficult legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; conducting highly complex civil or criminal litigation; and leading paralegals and support staff.
- Demonstrated experience with complex federal criminal investigations and prosecutions;
- Demonstrated experience in the use of sensitive federal investigative and prosecutorial tools;
- Demonstrated leadership and managerial experience;
- Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to collaborate and coordinate on sensitive issues;
- Experience exercising judgment and problem-solving skills in complex matters;
- Policy experience on criminal justice matters;
- Strong advocacy, legal writing, and presentation skills;
- Experience supervising the work product of attorneys; and
- Experience directing training and outreach efforts.
A J.D. Degree.
Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement to fill vacancies that occur subsequent to this announcement.
An in-person interview in Washington, D.C. may be required for this position prior to final selection. The cost of travel to the interview site will be the responsibility of the applicant unless otherwise stated. Reasonable accommodation requests will be considered on an individual basis as requested by a person with a disability. Declining an invitation to interview may remove you from further consideration.
The Criminal Division participates in the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program ( E-Verify ). E-Verify helps employers to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees.
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.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
BASIS OF RATING: Once the announcement closes, your application will be automatically evaluated and rated by the system and a Human Resources Specialist. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your application and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.
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, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf 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).
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
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