In MLARS' International Unit, prosecutors focus on investigating, prosecuting and litigating complex criminal and civil matters involving international, multi-jurisdictional money laundering schemes, including actions aimed at combating large-scale foreign corruption and money laundering offenses impacting the integrity of the U.S. financial system. Attorneys provide assistance to AUSAs and foreign law enforcement partners seeking to forfeit assets, and negotiate returns of recovered assets.
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The Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section (MLARS) International Unit seeks a qualified litigator for the Department of Justice's anti-corruption initiative, the Department's Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative. The Initiative is aimed at combating large scale international corruption affecting the integrity of the U.S. financial system, and recovering the proceeds of foreign official corruption. To date, MLARS prosecutors have initiated multiple criminal and civil actions as part of the Initiative, including cases alleging the misappropriation of billions of dollars in funds from various governments or state-owned institutions. These include a major sovereign wealth entity in Malaysia, and the Governments of Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea, as well as major international bribery and kickback schemes in Ukraine, Nigeria, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Brazil and Honduras. IU trial attorneys have also prosecuted several money launderers, public officials, and bankers, as well as legal entities and a bank. For this position, we seek a lawyer with extensive complex civil litigation experience. Outstanding candidates would include applicants with both civil and criminal prosecution and forfeiture experience in complex money laundering cases but criminal prosecution experience is not required.
This is a litigating position. The successful candidate's responsibilities will include:
- Instituting complex, sensitive, and high profile investigations and cases targeting high level foreign corruption and international money laundering schemes aimed at laundering the proceeds of foreign corruption through the U.S. financial system and recovering those assets through forfeiture.
- Collaborating on a frequent basis with foreign prosecutors and foreign law enforcement officers and working closely with federal law enforcement agencies, U.S. Attorneys' Offices and other Sections within the Criminal Division, including the Office of International Affairs, and the Fraud Section.
- Developing and strengthening strategic international partnerships and treaty relationships with foreign authorities.
- Negotiating the return of recovered funds to states harmed by the corruption identified utilizing various authorities.
Occasional travel – Domestic and international travel will be required.
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.
- You will be required to sign a mobility agreement.
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 in good standing of any bar. 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, but are not limited to: independently performing legal analysis; composing pleadings, briefs and other court documents involving unique and/or difficult legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; conducting discovery in civil litigation matters, obtaining foreign evidence and conducting cross border investigations, participating in hearings and preparation for and conducting trials in complex litigation; and leading paralegals and support staff.
Preferred Qualifications :
Your qualifications will be further evaluated based upon the following competencies:
- Ability to plan and carry out complex investigations and litigation involving federal statutes.
- Substantial experience in federal civil proceedings, including in conducting discovery and participating in hearings, motions practice, trial preparation and trials.
- Superior oral advocacy preparation and experience.
- Superior written and analytical skills.
A J.D., or equivalent, degree.
Applicants who possess an equivalent degree rather than a J.D. may be subject to additional review by the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management.
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.
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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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Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.