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Deputy Director

Hiring Organization
Professional Responsibility Advisory Office (PRAO)
Washington, DC 20530 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The mission of the Professional Responsibility Office (PRAO) is to ensure that Department of Justice attorneys perform their duties in accordance with the high professional standards expected of the Nation's principal law enforcement agency.  PRAO, which reports directly to the Deputy Attorney General, provides professional responsibility advice to Senior Management Officials, Department attorneys and Assistant United States Attorneys worldwide on how to carry out their duties in compliance with the applicable rules of professional conduct.  PRAO conducts professional responsibility training for Department attorneys throughout the country, at the Department’s National Advocacy Center and hosts a monthly program on the Justice Television Network.  In addition, PRAO identifies trends and changes in professional responsibility jurisprudence and provides recommendations to the Deputy Attorney General’s Office on changes in policies or procedures consistent with those new developments.  PRAO provides litigation assistance to Department components and offices in defending attorneys who have been accused of engaging in professional misconduct.  PRAO also serves as the Department’s liaison with state and national bar organizations

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 Director advises and assists the Director in managing and directing all functions of the office. In the Director’s absence, the Deputy Director performs the Director’s duties, assuming all of the office’s responsibilities. In conjunction with the Director, the Deputy Director:

  • advises and consults regularly with the Deputy Attorney General’s Office and other high-level   Department officials about professional responsibility issues arising in high-profile, sensitive and national security matters.
  • manages, reviews and evaluates the work of PRAO’s Senior and other Legal Advisors.
  • oversees PRAO’s nation-wide professional responsibility training program, and develops initiatives to enhance scope, reach and quality of training, leveraging latest technologies.
  • represents PRAO in high-level meetings both within and outside the Department.
  • develops and presents professional responsibility training including presenting programs on the Justice Television Network.
  • manages all administrative matters pertaining to the Office including keeping abreast of state-of -the art technology and current trends in information technology to evaluate the potential for enhancing  PRAO’s services.
  • coordinates and participates in PRAO’s outreach to bar organizations, bar counsel and the professional responsibility community. 

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, have at least 5 years of relevant post-J.D. experience, and be an active member of the bar in good standing of a state, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.  Applicants are responsible for citing J.D. and bar membership information (institution name, state(s) of admission and date(s)) on their respective resumes.

Applicants must be familiar with the rules imposed on prosecutors and other government attorneys by the Constitution, federal statutes, court decisions, orders, rules, regulations, Department policies, and the professional responsibility jurisprudence. 

Applicants must have substantial criminal and/or civil litigation experience.  We welcome candidates with state or federal prosecutorial experience. 

Applicants must have superior academic and professional credentials and exceptional writing and oral communication skills.

Application Process

Interested candidates should forward a cover letter (highlighting relevant experience), a resume and writing sample demonstrating your ability to analyze and expound on complex legal issues to:

Maria Henry
U.S. Department of Justice
Professional Responsibility Advisory Office
1425 New York Ave., NW, Ste 12000
Washington, D.C. 20530

No telephone calls please. This position is open until filled; and has been extended to June 13, 2016.






The salary and grade level determination is made based on the number of years of qualifying experience and current salary level. The salary range for this position is: GS-15.

Number of Positions
Travel required several times a year for training and sometimes for attendance at professional responsibility conferences.
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 May 11, 2016