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Deputy Director - Supervisory Attorney GS-15

Hiring Organization
Justice Management Division (JMD)
Hiring Office
Departmental Ethics Office
Washington, DC 20530 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The incumbent serves as the Deputy Director of the Departmental Ethics Office (DEO) in the Justice Management Division (JMD).  DEO administers the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) ethics program for the Assistant Attorney General for Administration, who serves as the Department's Designated Agency Ethics Official (DAEO).  Among other responsibilities, DEO staff members provide advice and guidance to Department leadership, career employees, and managers on the interpretation and application of the ethics rules and Standards of Conduct governing Federal employees.  DEO also provides oversight of the ethics, financial disclosure, and Standards of Conduct training programs at DOJ's components, including the FBI, Bureau of Prisons, the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, and the U.S. Marshals Service.  The incumbent will manage all aspects of the office and is the first line supervisors for a team of attorneys, ethics specialists, and other staff.

As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.

Job Description

This position reports to the Director of the Departmental Ethics Office and is a Supervisory Attorney Advisor.  The primary responsibility of the Deputy Director is to manage the Departmental Ethics Office, and its staff, under the direction of the Director.  The incumbent advised the Director of DEO on staff performance, manages and tracks assignments, develops and administers performance plans, and coordinates the work of the office.  The incumbent advises senior Department officials, component ethics officials across the Department, and managers and staff in the Justice Management Division on the application of the Federal ethics laws and regulations, and on the effective management of the Department’s ethics program.  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 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.  The incumbent participates in drafting and establishing policy and best practices for the Department’s ethics program and identifies areas for improvement and recommends corrective action to meet internal and external program requirements. The incumbent 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.  The incumbent communicates with government officials at a variety of agencies, including the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE), U.S. Office of Special Counsel, the White House, and ethics officials in other Executive Branch Departments and agencies, to resolve specific issues.


Applicants must be United States citizens, have a J.D. degree from an accredited law school, be an active member in good standing of the bar of any state (or the District of Columbia) and must have five (5) or more years of post-J.D. experience in a Federal executive branch ethics office responsible for an agency or component ethics program, at least four (4) of which were equivalent to the GS-14 grade level or higher.

Applicable Federal executive branch ethics experience includes: independently performing legal analysis and composing memoranda or other documents on Federal ethics issues; providing legal advice to senior officials, managers, and employees on Federal ethics statutes and regulations; experience in administering Federal financial disclosure requirements, including the use of Integrity or FDOnline; experience in reviewing PAS nominee financial disclosure reports, advising nominees, and preparing nominee ethics agreements in coordination with the office of Government ethics;  training Federal employees on the Standards of Conduct, ethics requirements, or related issues; experience in preparing waivers under 18 USC § 208 and authorizations under 5 CFR § 2635.502; experience in advising on issues relating to the Hatch Act and the Foreign Gifts and Decorations Act; experience in advising on DOJ supplemental regulations including 5 C.F.R. § 3801 and 28 C.F.R. § 45; experience in advising on E.O. 13989 or prior ethics pledges; experience in responding to OGE-201 requests or request under the FOIA for ethics related documents; and, experience in advising current and former employees on matters relating to 18 USC § 207; and experience in advising on issues relating to 18 USC § 203 and §205.

DEO is looking for candidates with experience in as many of the areas listed in the preceding paragraph as possible.  DEO is also interested in candidates with supervisory experience. Candidates must also have demonstrated ability to efficiently and thoroughly research and incisively analyze a wide variety of complex issues; to express themselves clearly and persuasively in oral and written presentations; to exercise sound judgment; to manage a workload consisting of a number of varied projects, without specific guidelines and often with short deadlines; and to contribute to and work in a collaborative environment.

Telework:  This position may be eligible for telework in accordance with JMD policy.

Application Process

If you have already submitted you application materials, you do not need to resubmit them.

To apply, interested individuals must submit an application including the following:

  • Cover letter detailing how the applicant meets the qualifications.
  • Resume.
  • List of references.
  • Brief writing sample or part of a longer writing sample (not exceeding 5 pages) which is exclusively or primarily the applicant's work and includes legal analysis.
  • Applicants most recent performance appraisal
  • Applicant's contact information.


All application materials must be in a single PDF document and should be emailed to Joseph W. Tirrell, Director, Departmental Ethics Office, Justice Management Division, U.S. Department of Justice at:  Subject line should read “Application for Deputy Director Supervisory Attorney Vacancy with Departmental Ethics Office - 2023.”  No applications by U.S. mail and no phone calls.


Salary range for the position is $155,700-$183,500 (GS-15).

Number of Positions
Travel is generally not required for successful performance of the duties of this position.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses are not authorized.

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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 race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit based 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. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

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 disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. 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 their retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

USAO Residency Requirement:  Assistant United States Attorneys must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

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Updated September 5, 2023