Chief

Public Integrity Section
Attorney
1400 New York Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20530
United States
15-CRM-SES-02
About the Office: 

The incumbent in this position serves as Chief of the Public Integrity Section (PIN). The Section oversees the federal effort to combat corruption through the prosecution of elected and appointed public officials at all levels of government. The Section has exclusive jurisdiction over allegations of criminal misconduct on the part of federal judges and also monitors the investigation and prosecution of election and conflict of interest crimes. Section attorneys prosecute selected cases against federal, state, and local officials, and are available as a source of advice and expertise to other prosecutors and investigators. The Section also advises the Department of Justice with respect to legislative issues relating to public corruption and coordinates national policy with respect to certain types of corruption.

Job Description: 

The Chief, PIN:

  •  Supervises the conduct of investigations and litigation carried on by the attorneys and support staff of the Section. As Chief of the Section, the incumbent directly supervises prosecutions conducted by Section attorneys and, when appropriate, coordinates with U.S. Attorneys on prosecutions conducted by U.S. Attorneys' Offices. The Chief supervises the preparation and review of indictments by Section attorneys. The Chief also has frequent contact with United States Attorneys' Offices, including visitations, to assist in developing investigations and prosecutions in corruption matters, particularly those related to the electoral process. In addition, the Chief evaluates requests for the Section to participate in matters where U.S. Attorneys' Offices are recused.
  •  Continually exercises discretion in connection with prosecutorial recommendations that involve difficult and complex questions of law, fact and policy. The incumbent advises the Assistant Attorney General regarding the status of important cases as well as complex legal and policy questions. The Chief is also called upon from time to time to counsel and assist the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General in connection with matters in the public corruption area. The incumbent represents the Section in consultation with senior law enforcement personnel at various federal agencies.
  • Reviews and makes recommendations with respect to proposed changes in legislation relating to statutes for which the Section has responsibility and is occasionally called upon to testify before Congressional Committees as the Department's representative on such legislation.
  • Reviews and approves a large volume of correspondence, legal opinions, authorizations, instructions and advisory materials prepared in the Section, either for his own or for the Assistant Attorney General's signature.
  • Develops a comprehensive business plan for the Section which sets forth the justification for resources and identifies areas for cost savings. The Chief acquires and leverages needed fiscal and human resources to achieve results-oriented outcomes. The Chief also develops budget enhancements which include both performance measures and outcomes that reflect the Section's, Division's and Department's strategic goals and objectives.
  • Demonstrates a strong commitment and support for the Division's equal employment policies and programs to enhance workforce diversity. The Chief promotes merit promotion principles in all aspects of personnel hiring, promotions, training and development and employee retention.
Qualifications: 

Interested applicants must possess a J.D. degree and 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. Applicants must be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction) in good standing and have at least 5 years post-J.D. experience. Applicants must also have a high level of management/supervisory experience, proven leadership skill, significant trial experience, and substantive knowledge in the areas of public corruption and election and conflict of interest crimes.

Applicants must submit a resume and a separate narrative statement/response that addresses each of the Mandatory Professional/Technical Qualification factors related to this position as well as the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) related to all positions in the Senior Executive Service.

OPM's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications can assist you in writing an effective SES application. In particular, please note the Challenge-Context-Action-Result Model that is recommended and very helpful when drafting ECQ narrative responses. The Guide is available on OPM's Website at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/reference-materials/guidetosesquals_2012.pdf

Mandatory Professional/Technical Qualification Requirements

1. Extensive knowledge and experience with federal criminal practice, including experience in investigating and prosecuting complex federal corruption cases;

2. Experience in managing and supervising teams of attorneys and their work product;

3. Working knowledge of the Federal regulatory and investigatory agencies, on-going programs, and key national goals and priorities relating to public corruption;

4. Experience in establishing and maintaining harmonious relationships with the public, members of Congress, federal law enforcement agencies, United States Attorney's Offices, and Department and Division senior officials; and

5. Ability to formulate and implement Departmental policies on all matters pertaining to assigned areas.

Candidates will be evaluated on the mandatory Professional/Technical Qualification Requirements identified above. If candidates are found to possess all technical requirements, they will then be evaluated based on the Executive Core Qualifications as established by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) outlined below.

Executive/Managerial Requirements:

ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE. This core qualification encompasses the ability to develop and implement an organizational vision, which integrates key national and program goals, priorities, values, and other factors. Inherent to it is the ability to balance change and continuity to continually strive to improve customer service and program performance within the basic Government framework, to create a work environment that encourages creative thinking, and to maintain focus, intensity and persistence, even under adversity.

• Leadership Competencies: Creativity & Innovation, Continual Learning, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Service Motivation, Strategic Thinking, Vision

ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE. This core qualification involves the ability to design and implement strategies, which maximize employee potential and foster high ethical standards in meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals.

• Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Cultural Awareness, Integrity/Honesty, Team Building

ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN. This core qualification stresses accountability and continuous improvement. It includes the ability to make timely and effective decisions and produce results through strategic planning and the implementation and evaluation of programs and policies.

• Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN. This core qualification involves the ability to acquire and administer human, financial, material, and information resources in a manner which instills public trust and accomplishes the organization's mission, and to use new technology to enhance decision making.

• Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Technology Management, Human Resources Management

ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS. This core qualification involves the ability to explain, advocate and express facts and ideas in a convincing manner, and negotiate with individuals and groups internally and externally. It also involves the ability to develop an expansive professional network with other organizations, and to identify the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization.

• Leadership Competencies: Influencing/Negotiating, Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Partnering, Political Savvy, Written Communication

Salary: 
$121,956 to $183,300 SES pay is determined within the pay range, commensurate with experience, superior leadership qualifications, and/or other competencies consistent with the agency mission, contingent on Department pay-setting rules.
Travel: 
Some travel required.
Application Process: 

To receive consideration, applicants must submit:

1. A resume.

2. A separate statement addressing each of the Mandatory Professional/Technical Qualification Requirements.

3. A separate statement addressing each ECQ that describes your managerial experience. While individuals who are current or former career SES members (approved by OPM and have completed an initial probationary period) need not submit an Executive Core Qualifications statement, they are required to provide an SF-50 or SES certificate to demonstrate their current or prior service. Otherwise, the absence of ECQs will be identified as a failure to comply with the requirements of the vacancy. Applicants must meet qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

4. If you are a current or recent Federal employee, you must submit a copy of your latest Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) and a performance appraisal issued within the past 12 months, or if none exists, please include a statement to that effect.

** Preference is to receive an application via e-mail at SES.CRMJOBS@USDOJ.GOV

Applications being mailed should be sent to*:

Department of Justice/Criminal Division
Human Capital Staff
1331 F. Street, NW
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20530
Attn: Monet Gregory

*As all incoming U.S. mail must be processed at a remote facility prior to final delivery, to avoid delay in receipt, it is highly recommended that applicants use Federal Express.

For additional information, please call:

CONTACT: Monet Gregory
CONTACT PHONE: 202-305-1620
E-MAIL: SES.CRMJOBS@USDOJ.GOV

Deadline Date: All applications (including mailed applications) MUST BE RECEIVED BY 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

Other Information: The managerial qualifications of a selectee who is not a current or former career Senior Executive Service (SES) employee must be approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) before appointment. In addition, individuals entering the SES career service for the first time are subject to a one-year probationary period.

If the selectee is not a current employee of the Offices, Boards, or Divisions of the U.S. Department of Justice, he/she will be required to submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses are authorized.
Number of Positions: 
1
Updated April 7, 2016

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Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  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 other 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.

Reasonable Accommodations:  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.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:   The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to resume@benderconsult.com and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com.  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  See list of DPOCs.    

Suitability and Citizenship:  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. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is 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. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates who have lived outside the United States for two or more of the past five years will likely have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department Security Staff. The two-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement.

Veterans:  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).

 

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