The Civil Division, with more than 1,000 attorneys and 14 litigating components, represents the United States, its departments and agencies, Member of Congress, Cabinet officers and other Federal employees. The Deputy Director of the Office of Immigration Litigation (OIL) Appellate Section, Civil Division, is a Senior Executive Service position within the U.S. Department of Justice. OIL is comprised of two sections and has jurisdiction over and responsibility for the nationwide coordination of all civil litigation involving immigration matters before the federal district courts and circuit courts of appeals. The Appellate Section (OIL Appellate) defends the government in every immigration-related petition for review filed in the United States Courts of Appeals, and this litigation accounts for approximately 12% of all the federal appeals currently being filed nationwide. OIL provides support and counsel to all federal agencies involved in the admission, regulation, and removal of aliens under our immigration and nationality statutes, as well as related areas of border enforcement and national security.
The incumbent serves as Deputy Director, assisting the Director of the Office of Immigration Litigation (OIL) Appellate Section in overseeing the litigation of this large organization. The office’s attorney staff is organized into 17 teams, with approximately 250 attorneys and additional support staff comprising a total office staff of more than 320 professionals. The Deputy Director helps manage this large attorney and non-attorney staff, and works closely with staff at the highest levels in the Department, in the office’s client agencies, and in the offices of the United States Attorneys. The incumbent likewise helps the Director establish litigation objectives, provide oversight of the large volume of nationwide immigration litigation being handled by the office, and provide critical supervision and guidance to OIL’s staff. The incumbent also helps the Director set litigation and resource-allocation priorities and policies for the office’s large workload, and assigns work within the office.
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.
This position requires the highest level of professional competence. The duties of the position require extended specialized training and experience in the law and an intimate grasp of the specialized, complex, and highly technical subject matter and procedures of the Supreme Court and federal appellate courts. The position also requires extensive experience in litigation on behalf of the United States. Because the legal problems typically involve questions as to which there is no well-settled governing rule, the work also calls for wide latitude in the exercise of independent judgment and initiative in fields of unusual difficulty. The incumbent is called upon regularly to supervise the highly important and complicated cases over which the Civil Division has jurisdiction.
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.
You must submit your application so that it will be RECEIVED by the closing date (Eastern Standard Time) of the announcement. 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 # OILApp-2015-DD as your Subject Line.
Via U.S. Postal Service:
DOJ/Civil Division/PMB Room 9020
P. O. Box 14660 Ben Franklin Station, NW
Washington, DC 20044-4660
Via other mail carriers:
1100 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20530
MANDATORY PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (PTQs):
1. Demonstrated expertise in immigration litigation and in federal appellate practice.
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.
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.