Deputy Director

Office of Enforcement Operations
Washington, DC 20005
United States
About the Office: 

The Criminal Division (CRM) enforces and supervises the application of all federal criminal laws except those specifically assigned to other divisions. The Division and the 93 U.S. Attorneys have theresponsibility for overseeing the prosecution of criminal matters under more than 900 statutes. Criminal Division attorneys prosecute many nationally significant cases. In addition to its robust litigation responsibilities, the Division formulates and implements criminal enforcement policy and provides advice and assistance to prosecutors and investigators around the country. Among other things, the Criminal Division advises the Attorney General, Congress, the Office of Management Budget and the White House on matters of criminal law; provides legal advice and assistance to federal prosecutors and investigative agencies; and coordinates national and international law enforcement actions.


The Office of Enforcement Operations (OEO) is comprised of five separate units that provide essential legal and policy support and guidance to federal law enforcement agents and prosecutors. In addition, OEO reviews, approves or makes recommendations regarding the use of the most sensitive law enforcement tools in particular investigations and prosecutions.


Among its varied functions, OEO oversees the use of Title III electronic surveillance tools; oversees the Federal Witness Security Program; administers the International Prisoner Treaty Transfer Program; exercises oversight over the imposition of Special Administrative Measures of confinement; and makes recommendations to Department leadership regarding the use of certain law enforcement tools in sensitive circumstances.


Job Description: 

The Deputy Director works with the Director of OEO to oversee the operations of the office. The Deputy Director:


  • Assists the Director in overseeing one of the largest components within the Criminal Division and plays a vital role in assisting the Director in implementing the Attorney General’s Strategic Plan.
  • Provides the U.S. Attorney’s Offices, various Justice Department components, and federal law enforcement agencies with a wide range of prosecutorial and investigative support services, including legal advice involving myriad federal criminal laws and regulations, statutorily required reviews/approvals, and oversight of the use of the most sophisticated investigative and prosecutorial tools, including electronic surveillance, the Federal Witness Security Program, grants of immunity to witnesses, and Special Administrative Measures imposed on persons in federal custody. Assists the Director in developing Department policy and improving federal-state collaboration and exchange of information on emerging technologies and telecommunications issues. Assists the Director in developing Department policy on news media-relatedissues and in engaging with the news media in federal investigations and prosecutions.
  • Reviews and makes recommendations to the Director with respect to new and proposed changes in legislation relating to statutes for which OEO has responsibility, and supervises the preparation of reports to Congress. At the direction of the Director, prepares detailed memoranda and briefing materials with regard to a number of litigation support functions, such as obtaining authorization for electronic surveillance, news media subpoenas, court closures, search warrants subject to the Privacy Protection Act or involving attorneys, grand jury disclosures, immunities, and tax disclosures. Assists the Director in overseeing responses to requests made to the Criminal Division for disclosure of information under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts
  • Advises the Director, Deputy Assistant Attorneys General, and Assistant Attorney General concerning issues and questions relating to the policies and statutes for which OEO has responsibility.
  • Assists the Director in managing OEO’s financial, human and technical resource allocations. Ensures that resource enhancements necessary for proposed priorities are identified and justification for additional funding is prepared to ensure adequate funding levels. Uses efficient and cost effective approaches to integrate technology into the workplace for improved program effectiveness and enhanced decision‑making.
  • Assists the Director in conducting performance appraisals and handling other personnel matters, including performance and conduct issues that rise to the Director level. Works with the Director in actively promoting and supporting the Division’s equal employment policies and programs designed to enhance workforce diversity. Demonstrates a firm commitment to applying merit promotion principles in all aspects of hiring, selection, training and development, and employee retention.


Interested applicants must possess a J.D. degree, 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 five years post-J.D. experience. Applicants must also have a high level of management/supervisory experience.


You 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.


The Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Guide to Senior Executive Service (SES) 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:


Mandatory Professional/Technical Qualification Requirements:


Significant experience in providing legal advice and policy guidance in the effective use of sophisticated investigative tools, including electronic surveillance, and the potentially sensitive use of other investigative and prosecutive authorities within the Office’s areas of responsibility


Extensive knowledge and experience with federal criminal practice and related Department of Justice policies.


Significant experience managing and supervising employees, including reviewing the work product of federal attorneys.


Experience establishing and maintaining harmonious relationships withstakeholders, including the public, members of Congress, federal lawenforcement agencies, United States Attorney’s Offices, and Department andDivision senior officials.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 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/ COMMUNICATION. 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
124,406 to $187,000* *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.
Some travel may be required.
Application Process: 

To recieve consideration, applicants must submit:

1. A resume

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

Attn: Monet Gregory

Human Capital Staff

1331 F. Street, Suite 400

Washington, DC 20530

*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




Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Updated March 29, 2017

*         *         *

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, protected genetic information, pregnancy, status as a parent, or any other nonmerit-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 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).


*         *         *


This and other vacancy announcements can be found under Attorney Vacancies and Volunteer Legal Internships. The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement. Such posting and/or dissemination is not an endorsement by the Department of the organization or group disseminating and/or posting the information.