The Consumer Protection Branch is charged with protecting consumers through civil and criminal litigation and representing the United States in defensive litigation filed against federal agencies or officials with responsibility for protecting consumers. Under the direction of the Assistant Attorney General, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, and the Director, the incumbent will be responsible for assisting in managing CPB's litigation efforts and administering the office.
1. Supervising and directing the work of attorneys and staff, including assigning and distributing work; reviewing and approving pleadings, briefs, and other papers filed in federal court; providing advice and counsel to attorneys concerning litigation approaches and strategy. The incumbent provides guidance and direction on all aspects of work performance and provides input to the Director for official appraisals and other personnel actions.
2. Serving as Acting Director in the absence of the Director. He or she works in conjunction with the Director to establish office policy, develop the office vision and the strategy for achieving it, resolve employee complaints, take action on disciplinary matters, identify training needs, and develop performance standards. The incumbent participates in interviews and recommends the selection of candidates for office positions.
3. Advising and consulting with staff to ensure that adequate resources are available to successfully accomplish the organizational mission, including new program initiatives. Works closely with the Branch Director, as well as other senior leaders in the Division and the Department, on matters relating to the management of the Branch.
4. Advising, consulting with, and briefing, the Branch Director, DAAG, the AAG, and other Department leadership regarding litigation, policy, legislation, and administrative issues within CPB’s purview.
5. Representing CPB in Department of Justice, interagency and other committees, groups and task forces. He or she represents CPB at public conferences, in meetings with consumer and industry groups, and in other outreach efforts. He or she directs special programs and initiatives as assigned by the Director and the Deputy Assistant Attorney General.
6. Ensuring that Branch attorneys are properly prepared and trained to litigate complex matters in terms of their substantive knowledge and strategic and ethical considerations.
7. Overseeing and helping coordinate the litigation assignments of paralegals, law clerks, and other support staff. Personnel management activities (including the selection, development, assessment, and promotion of employees) are performed with proper consideration given to the provisions of Merit Promotion and Equal Opportunity.
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.
Highly desirable qualifications include at least 15 years of post J.D. experience, including supervising, investigating, and litigating consumer protection matters, especially those involving matters under the regulatory jurisdiction of the Food and Drug Administration, Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Desirable qualifications include extensive affirmative and defensive federal litigation experience (both civil and criminal); strong organizational and communication skills; management experience; an aggressive, proactive, and creative approach to civil and criminal enforcement; and a demonstrated commitment to public service and protecting consumers. Other desirable qualifications include experience as a federal and/or state prosecutor.
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.
In addition to your resume, you must also submit separate narrative statements addressing each of the five (5) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) AND each of the four (4) Professional and Technical Qualifications (PTQs).
ECQ responses are not required for current and former career members of the SES. Indicate whether you are a current or former member of the SES. You must submit responses to the PTQs, and submit a copy of the most recent SF-50 documenting your SES career appointment.
ECQ responses are not required for SES Candidate Development Program graduates, however you must submit responses to the PTQs, and submit a copy of your OPM Qualifications Review Board certification document.
MANDATORY PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (PTQs):
1. Demonstrated expertise in consumer protection or similar 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.
You will also be evaluated on the following Executive Core Qualifications:
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.
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.
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.
ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN - This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS - This core qualification involves the ability to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals.
You must submit your application so that it will be RECEIVED by the closing date of the announcement. (Eastern Standard Time) For more information, contact the Executive Resources staff at 202-305-2718.
Applications must either be E-MAILED, hand-delivered, or sent via the USPS, or some other mail carrier.
You may E-MAIL your application to: Civil.SESfirstname.lastname@example.org
Please use Announcement # CIV-CPB-2015-DD-01 as your Subject Line.
Via U.S. Postal Service:
DOJ/Civil Division/ PMB
P. O. Box 14660 Ben Franklin Station, NW
Washington, DC 20044-4660
Via other mail carriers:
1100 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20530