The Department is seeking an experienced attorney to serve as Assistant Director of the Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative, which coordinates and expands the Department's enforcement, outreach, and training efforts on behalf of servicemembers, veterans, and their families. The Initiative is led by a Coordinating Committee of component heads and U.S. Attorneys (chaired by the Associate Attorney General), and managed by a Director and two Assistant Directors. The Director and Assistant Directors work closely with representatives to the Initiative from various Divisions and Offices, who coordinate work on behalf of servicemembers and veterans in their respective offices and districts.
The responsibility of the Assistant Director will include:
•Raising awareness about the breadth of work the Department of Justice does related to protecting and supporting servicemembers, veterans, and their families;
•Promoting collaboration and consistency among various parts of the Department handling cases related to servicemembers, veterans, and their families;
•Working with Divisions and Offices to prioritize the enforcement of civil and criminal statutes against those who violate the rights of servicemembers, veterans, and their families;
•Engaging with federal and state enforcement agencies and other partners to aid them in identifying problem areas, spotting issues, and developing cases to prosecute;
•Creating and regularly updating public resources for servicemembers, veterans, and their families, as well as partners and stakeholders;
•Representing the Department on existing and future interagency working groups focused on legal issues affecting servicemembers and veterans;
•As necessary, facilitating meetings between Department leadership and senior law enforcement, military, and other government officials;
•Assisting training efforts across the Department, including:
•Training for servicemembers and veterans (and the federal government personnel who work with them) on how to protect their rights;
•Training for law enforcement and other partners across the country, focusing on tools and best practices to handle cases involving servicemembers, veterans and their families; and
•Training for volunteer attorneys (in coordination with DOJ's Pro Bono Project and outside legal service providers);
•Using grants and other resources to support the efforts of courts, law enforcement, and other organizations to identify and respond appropriately to the specialized circumstances of servicemembers and veterans in the criminal and civil justice systems.
Interested applicants must have a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 5 years of post-J.D legal or other relevant experience, at least one year of which has been with the Department of Justice. Applicants must be current Department of Justice employees.
We are seeking applicants with creativity, the ability to motivate a team, and leadership potential. While experience is always valued, enthusiasm for and commitment to the work of the Initiative are particularly important for applicants to possess.
Applicants must submit a cover letter (highlighting relevant experience) and a resume. Please reference announcement OASG ATY15-003 in your cover letter. Applications must be received by November 5, 2015.
Applicants are encouraged to send applications to Silas Darden, Director, Servicemembers & Veterans Initiative, by email to email@example.com.
U.S. Department of Justice
Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative (Attn: Silas Darden)
810 7th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20531