The Office of International Affairs' (OIA) responsibilities include securing the return of fugitives from foreign countries and obtaining foreign evidence and other assistance needed for the investigation and prosecution of criminal offenses, as well as meeting the United States' reciprocal obligations to return foreign fugitives and obtain evidence for foreign prosecutors and judicial authorities. In addition, OIA is responsible for the negotiation of bilateral and multilateral law enforcement treaties and representing the United States' law enforcement interests in various international fora. OIA also plays a central role in the development and implementation of policy in the area of international law enforcement cooperation and international criminal law and practice, and supports the Attorney General and other principals of the Department in developing relations with foreign counterparts and in meetings in bilateral and multilateral settings.
OIA's workforce currently is comprised of approximately 130 employees, of which nearly 90 are attorneys and it is slated to grow to over 150 employees by mid-2016. Its main office in Washington, D.C., is organized into five teams handling bilateral cases in specific geographic regions, along with four teams handling, respectively: requests for electronic evidence; requests for Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA); litigation and legal policy; and policy, legislation, multilateral and treaty affairs. It also has attorneys stationed at seven U.S. embassies overseas. OIA has a pending caseload of more than 12,000 extradition and mutual assistance cases, with approximately 6,000 new cases opened each year. OIA serves as the primary adviser and point of contact for all U.S. prosecutors --federal, state, and local --seeking assistance from foreign law enforcement authorities. It also works in close coordination with the federal law enforcement agencies, the Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Intelligence Community.
OIA is in the process of restructuring to meet the needs of the Department's growing international caseload across a broad spectrum of criminal activity, including transnational organized crime, cybercrime, corruption and sophisticated financial fraud in the global marketplace. OIA is also in the process of re-designing and implementing a streamlined process to address an increasing number of foreign requests for legal assistance to help our foreign partners fight crime and terrorism. Specifically, OIA is designing a centralized process using new technology, and restructuring and expanding existing teams for intake, review and implementation of foreign requests.
The two incumbents of this position will serve as the Deputy Directors of OIA. The incumbents will report directly to the OIA Director. The Deputy Directors:
· In consultation with the OIA Director, develops and implements strategies to ensure that OIA is structured to meet the needs of the Department's growing international caseload and to address the increasing number of foreign requests for legal assistance, including the design and implementation of streamlined processes for handling mutual legal assistance requests and other functions. Specifically, the Deputy Director supervises OIA teams handling various incoming and outgoing requests for extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA).
· Motivates attorneys and staff to achieve goals and objectives --with quality results and service to all the parties it represents --despite substantial caseloads and limited resources.
· Oversees litigation in U.S. and foreign courts of extradition and mutual legal assistance cases and related issues.
· Oversees the development of policy and procedural guidance to address developments in foreign and U.S. law in international criminal practice.
· Directly supervises attorneys in the provision of legal advice to U.S. prosecutors and agents, both federal and state, regarding obtaining fugitives and evidence from abroad.
· Develops effective relationships with the U.S. Attorneys' Offices and federal law enforcement agencies involved in international cases, as well as with foreign law enforcement counterparts.
· In consultation with the OIA Director, participates in the negotiation of bilateral and multilateral law enforcement treaties and ensures that negotiations promote the law enforcement priorities of the United States. Establishes regular consultations with most active treaty partners to assure effective implementation of treaties and resolution of recurrent problems.
· With delegation from the OIA Director, represents OIA on undercover and sensitive case review boards of federal law enforcement agencies. Handles sensitive case matters involving critical foreign policy interests, intelligence and national security matters, and other law enforcement interests.
· Represents OIA and the Criminal Division at intra-departmental and interagency meetings, and briefings for Congressional staff and members. Represents the Department of Justice at international meetings. Briefs the Attorney General and other Department leadership on international issues and law enforcement relations with particular countries.
· In consultation with the OIA Director, develops and leads programs for training and outreach to federal, state and foreign prosecutors and agents and police on international issues, including tools for securing international cooperation and legal and policy guidance.
· Provides strong advocacy and commitment to the Criminal Division's priorities concerning workforce diversity and equal employment opportunity. Affirms merit promotion principles in all aspects of personnel recruitment, selection, development and performance management.
· In consultation with the OIA Director, develops budget and resource requirements for OIA and provides necessary justifications. Makes recommendations to the OIA Director and Criminal Division leadership on staffing and hiring. Reviews programs to identify needs for improvements in quality, timeliness and/or productivity. Monitors and evaluates plans and measures attainment of outcomes and performance. Identifies and analyzes problems; obtains, maintains, reports, and uses reliable and timely information for decision making; and provides solutions to organizational problems. Ensures best use of scarce resources and promotes accountability and efficiency.
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. Applicants must be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction) in good standing and have at least 5 years post-J.D. experience. Applicants must also have a high level of management/supervisory experience.
You must submit a resume and a separate narrative statement/response that addresses each of the Mandatory Professional/Technical Qualification Requirements related to this position as well as the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) related to all positions in the Senior Executive Service.
OPM's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications can assist you in writing an effective SES application. In particular, please note the Challenge-Context-Action-Result Model that is recommended and very helpful when drafting ECQ narrative responses. The Guide is available on OPM's Website at: http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/guidetoSESQuals_2012.pdf
1. Experience in federal criminal practice and criminal prosecutions and investigations involving international issues and related interagency coordination.
2. Experience in public speaking and representing an organization at high-level domestic and/or foreign meetings, and strong negotiating and conflict resolution skills.
3. Familiarity with federal investigatory agencies, the intelligence community, and on-going programs, policies and priorities concerning international cooperation in criminal investigations and prosecutions including extradition and surrender of international fugitives, the acquisition and use of foreign evidence, and the administration of justice across international boundaries.
4. Experience leading and managing a large organization, including guiding it through significant change.
Candidates will be evaluated on the mandatory Professional/Technical Qualification Requirements identified above. If candidates are found to possess all technical requirements, they will then be evaluated based on the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) outlined below.
ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE. This core qualification encompasses the ability to develop and implement an organizational vision, which integrates key national and program goals, priorities, values, and other factors. Inherent to it is the ability to balance change and continuity--to continually strive to improve customer service and program performance within the basic Government framework, to create a work environment that encourages creative thinking, and to maintain focus, intensity and persistence, even under adversity.
· Leadership Competencies: Creativity & Innovation, Continual Learning, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Service Motivation, Strategic Thinking, Vision
ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE. This core qualification involves the ability to design and implement strategies, which maximize employee potential and foster high ethical standards in meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals.
· Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Cultural Awareness, Integrity/Honesty, Team Building
ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN. This core qualification stresses accountability and continuous improvement. It includes the ability to make timely and effective decisions and produce results through strategic planning and the implementation and evaluation of programs and policies.
· Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility
ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN. This core qualification involves the ability to acquire and administer human, financial, material, and information resources in a manner which instills public trust and accomplishes the organization's mission, and to use new technology to enhance decision making.
· Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Technology Management, Human Resources Management
ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS. This core qualification involves the ability to explain, advocate and express facts and ideas in a convincing manner, and negotiate with individuals and groups internally and externally. It also involves the ability to develop an expansive professional network with other organizations, and to identify the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization.
· Leadership Competencies: Influencing/Negotiating, Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Partnering, Political Savvy, Written Communication
Information: The managerial qualifications of a selectee who is not a current or former career Senior Executive Service (SES) employee must be approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) before appointment. In addition, individuals entering the SES career service for the first time are subject to a one-year probationary period.
If the selectee is not a current employee of the Offices, Boards, or Divisions of the U.S. Department of Justice, he/she will be required to submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.
Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, politics, marital status, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism.
The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced.
To receive consideration, applicants must submit:
1. A resume
2. A separate statement addressing each of the Mandatory Professional/Technical Qualification Requirements.
3. A separate statement addressing each ECQ that describes your managerial experience. While individuals who are current or former career SES members (approved by OPM and have completed an initial probationary period) need not submit an Executive Core Qualifications statement, they are required to provide an SF-50 or SES certificate to demonstrate their current or prior service. Otherwise, the absence of ECQs will be identified as a failure to comply with the requirements of the vacancy. Applicants must meet qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
4. If you are a current or recent Federal employee, you must submit a copy of your latest Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) and a performance appraisal issued within the past 12 months, or if none exists, please include a statement to that effect.
**Preference is to receive an application via e-mail at SES.CRMJOBS@USDOJ.GOV.
Applications being mailed should be sent to*:
Department of Justice/Criminal Division
1331 F. Street, NW
Human Capital Staff
Washington, DC 20530
Attn: Kimberly Jackson
*As all incoming U.S. mail must be processed at a remote facility prior to final delivery, to avoid delay in receipt, it is highly recommended that applicants use Federal Express.
For additional information, please call:
CONTACT: Kimberly Jackson
CONTACT PHONE: 202-598-2232