Deputy Director, Ethics Office

Departmental Ethics Office
Attorney
145 N Street, Northeast
Washington, DC 20530
United States
About the Office: 

The incumbent serves as Deputy Director in the Departmental Ethics Office (DEO), Policy, Management and Planning (PMP), Justice Management Division (JMD). DEO administers the Department-wide ethics program for the Assistant Attorney General for Administration, who serves as the Department's Designated Agency Ethics Official (DAEO). Among other responsibilities, the DEO staff offer advice and guidance to Department employees and managers on the interpretation and application of the Federal ethics statutes, rules and regulations, and the incumbent supports this mission.  The incumbent advises senior leadership of the Department.  The incumbent is also the first-line supervisor for the DEO staff.  This work demands efficient and accurate products. The position also requires the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing and to deal professionally with high level officials.

Job Description: 

The Deputy Director advises senior Department officials, and managers and staff in the Justice Management Division on the application of the Federal ethics laws and regulations. The Deputy is also a Supervisory Attorney and supervises the staff of the Departmental Ethics Office.  The position requires a thorough knowledge of Federal ethics laws and regulations and the ability to coordinate the practices and procedures of the Department's program. The incumbent counsels and assists Deputy Designated Agency Ethics Officials (Deputy DAEOs) in the Department's components. The incumbent reviews public and confidential financial disclosure reports, counsels filers and prospective nominees on conflicts of interest and assists them in completing their reports in compliance with all requirements and to ensure that their ethics agreements adequately provide for potential conflicts of interest.   The incumbent participates in complex management studies of the component ethics programs, identifies areas for improvement and recommends corrective action to meet internal and external program requirements; plans, develops and presents programs for training employees in all of the Department's components on the laws, rules and policies that govern the conduct of Government employees, provides ongoing education and training for Deputy DAEOs and for officials and employees throughout the Department; briefs senior level management in the Department on the Federal conflict of interest laws and the standards of conduct.  The incumbent communicates with necessary government officials, including officials with the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE), U.S. Office of Special Counsel, and ethics officials in other Executive Branch Departments and agencies, in resolving specific problems.  

Qualifications: 

Required Qualifications: 
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, and have at least four (4) years post J.D. legal experience. Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing.  Only U.S. citizens are eligible for the position.  

Grade Specific Qualifications: 
To qualify at the GS-15 level, applicants must have four (4) or more years of post-J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: independently performing legal analysis; composing memoranda, pleadings, briefs and other court documents involving unique and/or difficult legal issues; providing legal advice to senior officials, managers and employees on Federal ethics statutes and regulations; experience in administering Federal financial disclosure requirements; conducting briefings or training of senior level staff; leading attorneys, paralegals or support staff; and experience which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge and ability to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Salary: 
GS-0905-15 (Salary range: $128,082.00 to $160,300.00 / Per Year)
Travel: 
Infrequent domestic travel may be required.
Application Process: 

To apply for this position, applicants must provide a complete Application Package which includes the Questionnaire and the Required Documents indicated below.  The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on December 17, 2016.

A complete application package must include: 

  1. Cover Letter (highlighting relevant experience). 
  2. Résumé - Applicants are encouraged to ensure work experiences clearly show the possession of knowledge of the subject matter pertinent to the position and the technical skills to successfully perform the duties of the position. 
  3. Questionnaire (Seven questions are listed at the end of the announcement.  Please list the number of the question [1 to 7] with the appropriate corresponding letter and answer to each question). 
  4. Writing Sample (Sample should not exceed 10 pages.  Applicants should indicate their contribution if the writing was not their effort alone). 
  5. Current Performance Appraisal (or similar review of performance).
  6. Documentation of eligibility for special hiring authorities (if applicable) to prove appointment eligibility. Examples include: Schedule A disability letter, Peace Corps volunteer letter, military spouse hiring authority documentation, etc. 
  7. Veterans Preference Documentation (if applicable): 
     

If you are a discharged, non-disabled veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions.  If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives at www.archives.gov/veterans

If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge, you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, and 6) dated within 120 days of your separation. 

If you are a disabled veteran, Purple Heart recipient, or mother or spouse of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a completed SF-15 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf and all additional proof required by the SF-15, as applicable.  If you don't have your Department of Veterans Affairs letter establishing proof of disability, you may request it at http://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ or call 1-800-827-1000.  
 
Submission Process:   Applicants may submit all required documents via email or mail/delivery* to:  
E-mail to:  Cynthia.K.Shaw@USDOJ.gov
OR
U.S. Department of Justice
Departmental Ethics Office
145 N Street, NE
Suite 8E-310
Washington, D.C.  20530
Attn:  Cynthia K. Shaw
 
*Please note that sending an application package other than by email may result in a delay in it being received in DEO prior to the deadline; therefore, it would not receive consideration.  Due to necessary security measures, delivery via USPS mail may take as much as 10-14 days.   
 
Questionnaire
1.  What is your experience level working in an office with responsibility for a Federal agency ethics program?  

     A.  I have no experience working in an office with the exclusive function of administering a Federal agency ethics program.
     B.  I have less than three years of experience working in an office with the exclusive function of administering a Federal agency ethics program.
     C.  I have at least 3 years, but not more than 5 years, working in an office with the exclusive function of administering a Federal agency ethics program.
     D.  I have more than 5 years working in an office with the exclusive function of administering a Federal agency ethics program.  
 
2.  What is your experience level supervising or serving as a subordinate ethics attorney for a Federal agency ethics program?  [Relevant experience includes:  the drafting of ethics opinions, developing and implementing ethics training programs, and coordinating the nomination of political appointees and other matters, as required, with the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), and White House Counsel.]

     A.  I have had no experience supervising or serving as a subordinate ethics attorney in an office or function with responsibility for a Federal ethics program.
     B.  I have either supervised or served as a subordinate ethics attorney under the direct supervision of a more experienced ethics attorney responsible for a Federal ethics program for less than 12 months.
     C.  I have served as the supervisory or senior ethics attorney within an ethics function for an office responsible for a Federal ethics program for at least 12 months but not longer than 3 years.
     D.  I have served as the supervisory or senior ethics attorney responsible for a Federal ethics program for more than 3 years.
 
3.  What is your experience providing individual advice regarding the Federal conflict of interest laws (18 U.S.C. 201 et seq.), the Standards of Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch and the Hatch Act to career officers and employees of the Federal government?

     A.  I have no experience as an attorney providing advice regarding Federal ethics statutes and the regulations issued by OGE.
     B.  I have some, but less than 12 months, experience as an attorney providing advice regarding Federal ethics statutes and the regulations issued by OGE.
     C.  I have between 12 and 36 months experience as an attorney providing advice regarding Federal ethics statutes and the regulations issued by OGE.
     D.  I have in excess of 36 months experience as an attorney providing advice regarding Federal ethics statutes and the regulations issued by OGE.
 
4.  What is your experience level providing individual advice regarding the Federal conflict of interest laws (18 U.S.C. 201 et seq.), the Standards of Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch, and the Hatch Act to Presidentially appointed and Senate confirmed (PAS) employees?

     A  I have had no experience providing ethics counseling and legal opinions to PAS employees.
     B.  I have provided advice as described above to federal employees, and I have performed research in the area of ethics law, generally for a more senior counsel, who then provided ethics counseling and legal opinions to PAS employees.
     C.  I have directly provided ethics counseling and/or legal opinions to one or more PAS employees within a federal agency for less than a 12 month period.
     D.  I have directly provided ethics counseling and/or legal opinions to one or more PAS appointees within a federal agency for a period in excess of 12 months.
 
5.  What is your experience level as an attorney collecting, reviewing, and requiring corrective action on financial disclosure reports (Confidential and Public) under the federal ethics statutes and regulations issued by the Office of Government Ethics (OGE)?

     A.  I have no experience as an attorney collecting, reviewing, and requiring corrective action concerning required Federal financial disclosure reports.
     B.  I have at least 1 filing cycle's experience as an attorney, collecting, personally reviewing or supervising the review of Federal financial disclosure reports under the federal ethics statutes and regulations issued by OGE.
     C.  I have at least 2 filing cycles' experience as an attorney collecting, personally reviewing or supervising the review of Federal financial disclosure reports and requiring corrective action on financial disclosure reports, to include those filed by members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) under the federal ethics statutes and regulations issued by OGE.
     D.  I have at least 2 filing cycles' experience as an attorney collecting, personally reviewing or supervising the review of Federal financial disclosure reports and requiring corrective action on financial disclosure reports, to include those filed by members of the Senior Executive Service (SES), and to include those of one or more presidential appointees, under the federal ethics statutes and regulations issued by OGE.

6.  What is your experience level as an attorney reviewing the Federal financial disclosure reports under the federal ethics statutes and regulations issued by the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) for nominees for Senate-confirmed positions? [This experience would include coordinating the review during the nomination of political appointees, as required, with the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), and the White House Counsel.]

     A.  I have no experience as an attorney reviewing and coordinating the review as described above, of such Federal financial disclosure reports.
     B.  I have performed or supervised the performance of such reviews and coordinating the review as described above, on fewer than 5 occasions.
     C.  I have performed or supervised the performance of such reviews and coordinating the review as described above, on at least 5 but fewer than 10 occasions.
     D.  I have performed or supervised the performance of such reviews and coordinating the review as described above, on at least 10 occasions.

7.  What is your experience level providing in-person ethics training sessions? [This experience would include assisting in the development of training materials and presenting the material to a small or large group of participants.]

     A.   I have no experience as an attorney providing in-person Federal ethics training as described above.
     B.  I have performed or supervised the performance of in-person Federal ethics training as described above, on fewer than 5 occasions.
     C.  I have performed or supervised the performance of in-person Federal ethics training as described above, on at least 5 but fewer than 20 occasions.
     D.  I have performed or supervised the performance of in-person Federal ethics training as described above, on at least 20 occasions.

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Relocation Expenses: 
Not authorized
Number of Positions: 
1
Updated December 9, 2016

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