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Director, Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties

Hiring Organization
Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties (OPCL)
Job ID
950 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20530 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties (OPCL) supports the duties and responsibilities of the Department's Chief Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer (CPCLO). OPCL's mission is to provide legal advice and guidance to Departmental components, ensure the Department's privacy compliance, and develop Departmental privacy policy. OPCL coordinates with Departmental components through designated Senior Component Officials for Privacy (SCOPs). Under DOJ Order 0601, Privacy and Civil Liberties (Feb. 6, 2014), Department components are required to identify a SCOP to manage -at the component level -the implementation of privacy rules, regulations, policies, and laws, and to serve as the CPCLO's and OPCL's main point of contact.

In general, OPCL provides legal advice and guidance to Departmental components, including the following:

· Ensures the Department's privacy compliance, including compliance with the Privacy Act of 1974 and the E-Government Act of 2002 (see Privacy Compliance Documentation), including working with the Department's SCOPs (see the SCOP Manual);

· Develops and provides Departmental privacy training;

· Assists the CPCLO in developing Departmental privacy policy (e.g. DOJ Order 0601, see DOJ Guidance and Orders);

· Prepares privacy-related reporting to the President, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), and Congress (see OPCL Reports on; and

· Reviews the information handling practices of the Department to ensure that such practices are consistent with the protection of privacy and civil liberties.

To that end, the mission of OPCL is to protect all individuals by embedding and promoting privacy and civil liberties protections within DOJ activities and programs.

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

The Director of OPCL exercises executive-level responsibility for providing legal counsel and for the development and implementation of privacy policy and program oversight to assist the Department's CPCLO in the ODAG. The Director works with the Deputy Director of OPCL to manage and supervise OPCL. The Director will share responsibility with the CPCLO for carrying out the full range of management responsibilities and acts with full authority over OPCL functions and activities, including human resources management and budget.

The Director is responsible for advising the CPCLO on Department-wide policies and program objectives on matters that pertain to the implementation of the requirements of Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005; the Privacy Act of 1974; the E-Government Act of 2002; the Recommendations of the 911 Commission Act of 2007; and DOJ policies, programs and agreements that promote adherence to privacy and civil liberties principles. In that capacity, the incumbent assists the CPCLO in overseeing Department-wide programs, including responsibilities of reporting to the Deputy Attorney General and the Office of the Deputy Attorney General, the Office of the Attorney General, other Department and Administration leadership, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, and Congress on privacy and civil liberties initiatives/matters of the Department. The Director contributes expert and authoritative legal advice and counsel to the CPCLO, the Office of the Deputy Attorney General, and other senior Department leadership, as well as to other Federal government and Administration leadership, including those officials within the Intelligence Community, on privacy legal guidance and policy development and implementation.

The Director also coordinates with the Senior Component Officials for Privacy throughout the Department to advise and lead privacy initiatives within Department components. The Director advises the CPCLO and other Senior Officials within the Department regarding the privacy implications of Departmental programs and proposals regarding the maintenance, collection, use, and disclosure of personal and Departmental information, including information sharing initiatives for law enforcement, intelligence, and counterterrorism purposes and the development of protocols for responsible information sharing and information management policies.

The Director represents the CPCLO and the Department as a principal at inter-agency meetings, international governmental meetings, national and international public conferences, and maintains liaison and communication for OPCL with counterparts at other Federal, State and local departments and agencies.

Program Planning and Management Work

· Serve as a high-level expert and legal advisor to the CPCLO on all aspects of Departmental privacy programs, including developing policies, guidance, programs, program evaluation, and short- and long-range plans for the Department and its components.

· Provide leadership and expert, authoritative legal advice to senior privacy component officials/management in developing, implementing, reviewing, evaluating, and improving privacy and civil liberties across DOJ.

· Supports the CPCLO in efforts to ensure OPCL is a high-performing organization that meets its goals and objectives and in monitoring and evaluating progress toward achieving these goals.

· Participates in policy and program development within OPCL, at the highest levels of the Department, and within leadership with other federal agencies, including members of the Intelligence Community.

· Provides leadership in developing, implementing, reviewing and evaluating privacy programs, and the impact of civil liberties.

· Support efforts to further integrate and embed privacy and civil liberties protections across DOJ to optimize the alignment of responsibilities, resources, and critical coordination.

· Recommend policy changes, develop plans, and lead Department-wide efforts to support and promote compliance with privacy frameworks.

· Represent the CPCLO at high-level meetings within the Department, executives from other government agencies, Executive Office of the President, Congressional staff, international delegates, and non-governmental organizations.

· Perform, oversee, and provide legal advice on unique, complex, controversial, and often highly sensitive political, classified, or national security matters relative to the analysis, evaluation, and assessment of Department programs and policies related to privacy and civil liberties.

· Coordinate policy questions with representatives of component leadership and general counsels, component privacy officials, the Office of the Chief Information Officer, the DOJ Office of Inspector General, and others as appropriate.

· Supports the CPCLO and other Department leadership by providing expert legal counsel on privacy and data protection issues as a participant in US delegation teams to negotiate international information sharing agreements with foreign partners and to evaluate privacy policy implications from an international and global perspective.

· Supports the CPCLO by providing expert legal and policy counsel on domestic and international privacy and civil liberties initiatives in inter-agency policy committee efforts led by the Executive Office of the President.

Program Evaluation

Reviews, advises on, and conducts complex analyses, evaluations, and oversees reviews in support of organizational programs, systems, and processes, including areas where definitions, methods, and/or data are incomplete, controversial, or uncertain, or where boundaries of the studies are extremely broad and difficult to determine in advance. Plans and conducts analyses that result in new program and policy guidelines that have a profound effect on program or mission capabilities and/or operating procedures. Develops new methods and techniques to address novel or obscure problems for which guidelines or precedents are not substantially applicable. Documents and reports study results to management. Serves as an authoritative source of consultation for other managers and program specialists. Defends controversial findings in public or high-level forums. Represents before public bodies the interests of the organization, program, or Government.

Program, Legal, and Policy Advice and Guidance

Develops, monitors, and provides advice and guidance to the CPCLO on substantive program, legal, and policy issues. The incumbent is accountable for the success of the overall privacy and civil liberties program, and responsible for the effective and efficient achievement of organizational goals and objectives.

Other Significant Facts:

This position requires a TOP Secret security clearance with Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) eligibility not requiring a compelling need waiver. The position requires the incumbent to review and analyze sensitive privacy and intelligence information in order to make the best strategy and policy decisions.


Interested applicants must be a graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar.

The selectee will undergo a suitability review conducted by the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management.

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.

Current or former career Senior Executive Service (SES) employees who have had their Executive Core Qualifications approved by a Qualifications Review Board (QRB) at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) are not required to address the ECQs, but must address all Mandatory Professional/Technical Qualifications.

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:

Mandatory Professional/Technical Qualification Requirements:

1. Demonstrated experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating privacy programs, including civil liberties protections. Substantive expertise in complex privacy issues, including information sharing and cybersecurity initiatives; and

2. Interpersonal and communication skills in providing expert guidance on privacy and civil liberties issues to internal and external audiences.

Candidates will be evaluated on the Mandatory Professional/Technical Qualification Requirements identified above based on their total background, i.e., education, training, self-development, awards, outside activities, performance appraisal, as well as work history. If candidates are found to possess all technical requirements, they will then be evaluated based on the Executive Core Qualifications as established by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) outlined below.

Executive/Managerial Requirements:

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

Other Information: The Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) of a selectee who is not a current or former career Senior Executive Service (SES) employee (Title V) 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. Applicants who have completed the Candidate Development Program (CDP) and have had their ECQs certified by OPM must provide a copy of their certificate as part of their application.

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.

Security/Suitability Requirements: Initial appointment is conditional upon a satisfactory pre-employment adjudication. This includes fingerprint and credit and tax checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to the favorable suitability adjudication of a background investigation.

Application Process

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. Please note that current or former career employees who have had their Executive Core Qualifications approved by a Qualifications Review Board (QRB) at OPM are not required to address the ECQs, but must address all Mandatory Professional/Technical Qualifications.

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.

**To apply, please submit your application via e-mail at SES/SL.Applications@USDOJ.GOV or fax to (202) 514-0673.

Applications being mailed should be sent to*:

Department of Justice/Justice Management Division
145 N Street, NE, Room 9W.300
Attn: Linda Anderson
Human Resources/Executive Resources
Washington, DC 20530

* Please note that sending your application other than by email or fax may result in a delay in your package being received in JMD/HR prior to the deadline; therefore, you would not receive consideration. Please note that application materials mailed in franked government envelopes will not be considered for this position.

For additional information, please call:

CONTACT: Linda Anderson

CONTACT PHONE: 202-532-4589


FAX: 202-514-0673

All applications (including mailed applications) MUST BE RECEIVED

BY 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time, Wednesday, July 29, 2015.


$121,956 to $183,300

Number of Positions
Not Required.
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 April 7, 2016