Deputy Director, Consumer Protection Branch

Consumer Protection Branch
Washington, DC 20530
United States
About the Office: 

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.

Job Description: 

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.

$121,956.00 to $183,300.00 / Per Year.
Occassional travel; fewer than one trip per month, on average.
Application Process: 

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.


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:

Please use Announcement # CIV-CPB-2015-DD-01 as your Subject Line.

Via U.S. Postal Service:

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

Via other mail carriers:

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

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Relocation Expenses: 
Not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Updated April 7, 2016

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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 color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit 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.

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 targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  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).


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