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Deputy Chief - MLARS

Hiring Organization
Criminal Division (CRM)
Hiring Office
Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section (MLARS)
Job ID
Washington, DC - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section (MLARS) provides centralized management for the Department's asset forfeiture program to ensure its integrity and maximize its law enforcement potential and provides managerial direction to the Department's components in prosecuting money laundering, Bank Secrecy Act, Kleptocracy, and forfeiture cases. MLARS initiates, coordinates, and reviews legislative and policy proposals impacting the asset forfeiture program and money laundering enforcement.

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

The Deputy Chief:

  • Vigorously enforces money laundering statutes, Bank Secrecy Act, and forfeiture laws; supervises the work of attorneys assigned to matters requiring grand jury presentations and trial; reviews proposed court orders and motions; renders advice as to strategy and evidence problems; reviews appellate briefs; and supervises, counsels, and advises attorneys in the trial of cases.
  • Consults with the Section Chief, the Deputy Assistant Attorney General, and the Assistant Attorney General concerning legal and policy questions relating to statutes administered by the Section and the status of important cases and initiatives; reviews a large volume of general correspondence, legal opinions, authorizations, instructions, and advisory materials that emanate from the Section; upon request, prepares testimony for congressional committees.
  • Assists or shares responsibility with the Section Chief, as required, in all aspects of Section Management, including the following areas:
    • Supervision of complex money laundering cases, asset forfeiture cases, and cases involving financial institutions in conjunction with the Deputy Chiefs, including where necessary and appropriate: supervising the work of attorneys assigned to matters requiring grand jury presentations and trial; reviewing proposed court orders and motions; rendering advice as to strategy and evidence problems; reviewing appellate briefs; and supervising, counseling, and advising attorneys in the trial of cases.
    • Oversight of major domestic and international forfeiture, asset recovery, and anti-money laundering programs in conjunction with the Deputy Chiefs of the International, Bank Integrity, Policy, and Program Management and Training Units.
    • Planning and supervision of all policy and operational activities within the Section; implementing the Department's strategic planning for asset forfeiture and money laundering goals. This includes: proposing and reviewing legislative initiatives and Department policies regarding asset forfeiture, money laundering, and the Bank Secrecy Act; assessing the implications of proposed legislation on investigative operations; improving procedures for obtaining oversight and assistance to the U.S. Attorneys' forfeiture litigation; providing legal advice, training, and guidance on specialized aspects of money laundering, asset forfeiture, and the Bank Secrecy Act to the U.S. Attorneys' Offices and investigative organizations.
  • In close coordination with the Section Chief and as necessary, participates in public conferences, seminars, and meetings to promote the Section's mission and represents the Section in the interagency setting.
  • Works with the Section Chief to: provide direct oversight over the allocation of two distinct financial resources: the Division's general allocation and the money received from the Assets Forfeiture Fund; strengthen internal controls for financial systems and improves efficient and cost-effective fund management and accountability; streamline Section operations and reporting hierarchies to ensure that the Section's core competencies are results oriented and citizen-centered.
  • Works with the Section Chief to develop a comprehensive business plan for the Section that sets forth the justification for resources and identifies areas for cost savings; acquires and leverages needed fiscal and human resources to achieve results-oriented outcomes; develops budget enhancements that 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; promotes merit promotion principles in all aspects of personnel hiring, promotions, training and development and employee retention.

Interested applicants must possess a J.D., or equivalent, degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State or 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.

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: .

Professional/Technical Qualification Requirements

  1. Experience in developing and prosecuting complex federal criminal and/or asset forfeiture cases.
  2. Knowledge of the federal regulatory and investigatory agencies, on-going programs, and key national goals, priorities, and initiatives relating to asset forfeiture and money laundering.
  3. Experience in supervising criminal cases and reviewing the work product of attorneys.
  4. Experience formulating and implementing policies on all matters pertaining to assigned areas.

Executive/Managerial Requirements:

. 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 and 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
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.


Please submit all the required documents listed above to: SES.CRMJOBS@USDOJ.GOV .

All applications MUST BE RECEIVED BY 11:59 PM EST on 07/23/2024.


$147,649 - $221,900 per year

SES pay is determined within the pay range, commensurate with experience and other factors, contingent on DOJ pay-setting rules.

Number of Positions
50% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Relocation Expenses
You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with Division policy.

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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 June 25, 2024