The mission of the National Security Division (NSD) is to coordinate the Department's efforts in carrying out its core mission of combating terrorism and protecting national security. NSD is responsible for supervising the enforcement of all federal criminal laws related to counterterrorism and counterespionage, except those specifically assigned to other divisions. NSD also serves as the Department of Justice's liaison to the United States Intelligence Community (USIC) and represents the government and the USIC before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. NSD advises the Attorney General regarding all matters of national security policy.
CTS is responsible for assisting in the design, implementation, and support of law enforcement efforts and strategies relating to combating international and domestic terrorism. Through investigation and prosecution, CTS seeks to assist in preventing and disrupting acts of terrorism which may occur anywhere in the world, and which impact U.S. persons and/or significant United States interests. Through participation in terrorism training exercises with the interagency community and other emergency preparedness-related activities, CTS seeks to enhance the ability to combat, prepare for and respond to terrorist threats.
Under the direction of the Chief, the Deputy Chief(s) will be responsible for providing legal advice to federal prosecutors concerning federal statutes relating to terrorism and the national security, and for implementing and coordinating sensitive Department initiatives in the areas of terrorism and national security. The Deputy Chief(s) will:
- work with federal prosecutors and law enforcement agencies to develop effective strategies in terrorism investigations and prosecutions, and maximize the use of federal statutes;
- plan, supervise, administer, and review the work of staff attorneys and supporting personnel as required to fulfill the section's responsibilities; provide strong support for the U.S. Attorneys, including assistance in the design of strategic investigative and prospective models, dissemination of successful enforcement strategies, and sharing of intelligence and tactics;
- coordinate the formation of response teams of experienced prosecutors to assist in the design of investigations and the prosecution of cases;
- coordinate cases and provide legal advice and guidance and litigative support to U.S. Attorneys' Offices involved in terrorism prosecutions;
- provide advice and assistance to the Chief and other senior officials in the Division and in the Department;
- serve as a liaison between NSD and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, other members of the USIC, the Department of the Treasury, the Department of State, and various international officials on terrorism issues; and
- prepare testimony for Congressional Committees and subcommittees, briefing materials for Department officials, legal monographs for terrorism prosecutors, and comments on proposed legislation.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, Territory, or the District of Columbia, and have at least 5 years of post J.D. professional experience to be qualified at the GS-15 levels. Applicants must also have superior academic credentials, writing and analytic skills, and have significant criminal trial experience. Past experience in the national security or intelligence field is not required, but is preferred. Prior federal litigation experience also strongly preferred.
Applicants must also be able to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI security clearance.
To apply for a Deputy Chief position with CTS, please submit a resume and a cover letter (Highlighting your relevant experience), a writing sample (No longer than 15 pages which exhibit your own written advocacy skills), and a copy of your most recent performance appraisal (If available), to:
Principal Deputy Chief
National Security Division
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Room 2647
Washington, DC 20530
No telephone calls please. Applications will be accepted through September 2, 2015.