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Hiring Organization
Antitrust Division (ATR)
Hiring Office
Transportation, Energy, and Agriculture Section
Job ID
450 5th Street NW
Washington, DC 20530 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, is seeking a highly qualified DOJ Attorney to serve as Chief of its Transportation, Energy, and Agriculture Section (TEA) in Washington, D.C.  TEA is responsible for civil antitrust enforcement, competition advocacy, and competition policy in the areas of domestic and international aviation; business and leisure travel; railroads, trucking, and ocean shipping; hotels, restaurants, and travel services; electricity; oil field services; food products, crops, seeds, fish, and livestock; and Agricultural biotech.

As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.

Job Description

As Chief of TEA, responsibilities will include organizing and directing the activities of a staff of attorneys, paralegals, and support staff engaged in the investigation, preparation, and trial of cases under the Federal antitrust laws within the jurisdiction of the office; conducting deep and probing analyses of matters under review; overseeing the development of complex litigation and prosecution; and maintaining personal contacts to establish and maintain lines of responsibility, coordination, and support with officials and employees of the Division. The Chief is also responsible for representing the Department in interagency groups and working with investigative agencies (e.g., Department of Transportation, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of State, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Energy, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the Federal Maritime Commission), and the United States Attorney Office.


Applicants must:

1. Be a citizen of the United States;
2. Be currently employed as an Attorney by the Department of Justice;
3. Possess a J.D. or equivalent degree, be an active member of the bar in good standing (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least eight years of post-J.D. legal experience;
4. Have a deep knowledge of civil antitrust law;
5. Possess significant experience in the investigation and pursuit of federal antitrust issues;
6. Have strong experience in leading the development and prosecution of antitrust cases and in reviewing the work product of attorneys;
7. Be able to identify quickly and to describe succinctly, orally and in writing, the salient legal issues with complex investigation;
8. Show demonstrated leadership and supervisory experience, including the ability to work effectively with employees in all areas and at all levels as part of a management team;
9. Have a working familiarity with federal regulatory and investigative agencies that can be involved in the enforcement of antitrust laws;
10. Possess the ability to help formulate and implement Antitrust Division policies on all matters pertaining to assigned areas.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted until August 3, 2015. For consideration, please reference announcement number E15-11-O05, and submit a resume, description of significant federal cases litigated (including your role in them), and a writing sample/brief (no more than 15 pages).

Please submit your application through USAJOBS (

1. If you do not already have a USAJOBS account, please create one before applying via the 'Create an Account' link. You will be able to complete your profile and upload your resume and supporting documents prior to applying.

2. Once an account has been created, apply to the USAJOBS vacancy:


Candidates are being solicited at the GS-15 level, ranging in pay from $126,245.00 – $158,700 per annum, commensurate with current salary and experience.…

Number of Positions
Domestic and International travel may be required.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

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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 race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit based 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. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

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 disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. 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, 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 must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-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. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.

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, 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 their retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

USAO Residency Requirement:  Assistant United States Attorneys must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

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Updated April 7, 2016