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Deputy Director, Constitutional and Specialized Torts Litigation (Career SES)

TORTS/Constitutional and Specialized Torts Litigation (CSTL)
Washington, DC 20530
United States
About the Office: 

The Civil Division, with more than 1,000 attorneys and 14 litigating components, represents the United States, its departments and agencies, Members of Congress, Cabinet officers and other Federal employees. The Deputy Director of Torts/Constitutional and Specialized Torts Litigation (CSTL) Section, Civil Division, is a Senior Executive Service position within the U.S. Department of Justice. CSTL is one of the four sections in the Torts Branch.

The incumbent serves as a deputy director who reports to the Director of CSTL and operates under the general direction of the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Torts Branch. The incumbent directly oversees the litigative and administrative responsibilities related to the implementation of two nation-wide tort reform programs established by the National Childhood Vaccine Act of 1986 and the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) of 1990. Vaccine Act claims for injuries caused by the administration of a vaccine are defended by the Torts Branch in the United States Court of Federal Claims, and Radiation Act claims for compensation for certain medical conditions related to uranium mining and atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons are processed administratively within the Torts Branch, with judicial review in federal district court.

Job Description: 

In conjunction with the Director, and four Assistant Directors (three in Vaccine, one in RECA), supervise and direct all aspects of the work of attorneys to include assignment and distribution of work among the attorneys, and reviewing and approving pleadings, briefs, and other papers filed with the courts. Supervise the review and analysis of facts pertaining to cases or claims brought under the Vaccine Act or RECA and the development of evidence necessary to support the Government's position.

Represent the interests of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services in all cases filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims under the Vaccine Act.

Communicate and negotiate with other Department components, government agencies, other attorneys, expert witnesses, the Office of Special Master, and the Court, regarding the proper development of the programs and the procedures under which they operates.

Determine the Department's strategy in cases, claims, or groups of cases or claims, including with respect to defensive posture, settlement, and appellate prospects.

Ensure that compensation trust funds, from which awards are paid, are protected and, where eligibility criteria are met, that fair compensation is distributed to those whom Congress has intended.

Advise and consult with staff on new program orientations or directives and ensure that adequate resources will be available for implementation within the Branch. Evaluate organizational structure and make necessary changes based on new directions or caseload requirements. Maintain data relative to the administration of the programs.

Advise the Director, the Deputy Assistant Attorney General, and as necessary, the Assistant Attorney General, on significant cases and their impact on the Branch and the Division. Prepare analysis and policy papers, as needed, given the policy and program concerns of the Director and the Deputy Assistant Attorney General.

Consult with the Director, the Deputy Assistant Attorney General, and Assistant Attorney General on matters concerning the Torts Branch and the Vaccine and RECA programs. Participate in the formulation of and plan for implementation of new policies, legislation, or organizational changes having an impact on the Branch and the Division.

Serve as a resource to attorneys throughout the Division in the planning, briefing, and tactical approaches to the handling of specialized tort compensation programs.

Analyze and review proposed and pending legislation which may affect the work of the Office. Comment on and make recommendations to revise, support, or oppose such legislation, and assist in formulating the Department's position.

Personally prepare and argue difficult and precedent-setting cases of unusual complexity.

Represent the Department of Justice on interagency task forces, in study groups, or at conferences dealing with the Vaccine Act or RECA.

Provide advice and assistance to client agencies.

Ensure compliance with Departmental policies, regulations, and applicable law.


Applicant must be a graduate from a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Qualifications include both general management skills and characteristics that are applicable to all SES positions and technical or program responsibilities specific to this position. Applicants must have a substantive general experience which provides a good basic or general knowledge of the principles of organization, management, and administration; and substantive specialized (operating administrative or managerial) experience in a type of work or a combination of functions directly related to this position.


1. Demonstrated expertise in tort litigation and tort compensation schemes that are alternatives to traditional litigation.

2. Demonstrated experience supervising and reviewing the work product of attorneys.

3. Demonstrated writing ability.

4. Ability to serve as spokesperson for one's organization.

ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE. This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

Leadership Competencies:

Creativity and Innovation

Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting edge programs/processes.

External Awareness

Understands and keeps up-to-date on local, national, and international policies and trends that affect the organization and shape stakeholders' views; is aware of the organization's impact on the external environment.


Is open to change and new information; rapidly adapts to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.


Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks.

Strategic Thinking

Formulates objectives and priorities, and implements plans consistent with the long-term interests of the organization in a global environment. Capitalizes on opportunities and manages risks.


Takes a long-term view and builds a shared vision with others; acts as a catalyst for organizational change. Influences others to translate vision into action.

ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE. This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

Leadership Competencies:

Conflict Management

Encourages creative tension and differences of opinions. Anticipates and takes steps to prevent counter-productive confrontations. Manages and resolves conflicts and disagreements in a constructive manner.

Leveraging Diversity

Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the organization.

Developing Others (New)

Develops the ability of others to perform and contribute to the organization by providing ongoing feedback and by providing opportunities to learn through formal and informal methods.

Team Building

Inspires and fosters team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust. Facilitates cooperation and motivates team members to accomplish group goals.

ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN. This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

Leadership Competencies:


Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules.

Customer Service

Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external customers. Delivers high-quality products and services; is committed to continuous improvement.


Makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data are limited or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions.


Positions the organization for future success by identifying new opportunities; builds the

organization by developing or improving products or services. Takes calculated risks to accomplish organizational objectives.

Problem Solving

Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations.

Technical Credibility

Understands and appropriately applies principles, procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise.

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN. This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

Leadership Competencies:

Financial Management

Understands the organization's financial processes. Prepares, justifies, and administers the program budget. Oversees procurement and contracting to achieve desired results. Monitors expenditures and uses cost-benefit thinking to set priorities.

Human Capital Management

Builds and manages workforce based on organizational goals, budget considerations, and staffing needs. Ensures that employees are appropriately recruited, selected, appraised, and rewarded; takes action to address performance problems. Manages a multi-sector workforce and a variety of work situations.

Technology Management

Keeps up-to-date on technological developments. Makes effective use of technology to achieve results. Ensures access to and security of technology systems.

ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS. This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

Leadership Competencies:


Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals.

Political Savvy.

Identifies the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization. Perceives organizational and political reality and acts accordingly.


Persuades others; builds consensus through give and take; gains cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals.

Fundamental Competencies

These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications.


Interpersonal Skills

Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.

Oral Communication

Makes clear and convincing oral presentations. Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed.


Behaves in an honest, fair, and ethical manner. Shows consistency in words and actions. Models high standards of ethics.

Written Communication

Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.

Continual Learning

Assesses and recognizes own strengths and weaknesses; pursues self-development.

Public Service Motivation

Shows a commitment to serve the public. Ensures that actions meet public needs; aligns

organizational objectives and practices with public interests.

ES-0905-00 ($121,956 - $183,300) / per year
Some travel may be required.
Application Process: 

Applications must either be EMAILED, hand-delivered, or sent via the U.S. Postal service, or some other mail carrier.

You may EMAIL your application package to: Civil.SES-vacancies@usdoj.gov

Please use ` Announcement # Civil-2015-Torts/CSTL-2 ' as your Subject Line.

Via U.S. Postal Service:

Crystal Roy
DO J/Civil Division/PMB
Room 9020
P.O.Box 14660 Ben Franklin Station
Washington, DC 20044-4660

Via other mail carriers:

Crystal Roy
DO J/Civil Division/PMB
Room 9020
1100 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20530

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Relocation Expenses: 
Not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Updated April 7, 2016

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Department Policies

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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.

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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, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). 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, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf 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).


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