Director of Preparedness and Response Policy

Office of Law and Policy, Director of Preparedness and Response Policy
Washington, DC 20530
United States
Non-Reimbursable Detail Opportunity
About the Office: 

This vacancy was previously advertised and closed on December 30, 2016.  Those candidates that previously applied do not need to reapply, your resume will be considered for this position.

This assignment is for a period of 12 months, beginning in or about January 2017, with the possibility of extension for an additional 6 months.  Applicants should receive the approval of their supervisor before applying.

This is a non-reimbursable detail.

The mission of the National Security Division (NSD) is to coordinate the Department’s efforts in carrying out its core mission of combating terrorism and protecting national security.  NSD is responsible for supervising the enforcement of all federal criminal laws related to counterterrorism and counterespionage, except those specifically assigned to other divisions.  NSD also serves as the Department of Justice’s liaison to the United States Intelligence Community (USIC) and represents the government and the USIC before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.  NSD advises the Attorney General regarding all matters of national security policy.

As a component of the Department of Justice, NSD executes the Department’s highest priority:  to combat terrorism and other threats to the national security, including cyber espionage and cyber-attacks on U.S. interests.  NSD consolidates the Department’s primary national security elements within a single division and, in addition to the Office of Law and Policy, consists of the Office of Intelligence, the Counterterrorism Section (CTS), and the Counterintelligence & Export Control Section (CES).  The structure facilitates greater coordination and unity of purpose between prosecutors and law enforcement agencies, on the one hand, and intelligence attorneys and the Intelligence Community, on the other, strengthening the Department’s national security efforts.  The Division is led by an Assistant Attorney General and supported by a Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and four other Deputy Assistant Attorneys General – including a DAAG for Law and Policy – who oversee the Division’s four components.

The Office of Law and Policy is responsible for, among other things, resolving novel and complex legal issues that arise from the work of the Division and other parts of the Department; providing advice and guidance to Department leadership, the Intelligence Community and other Executive Branch agencies on matters of national security law and policy; and developing policies in the area of national security.  The Office works with a variety of other agencies and Department components.    


Job Description: 

The individual selected for this position will serve as a Director of Preparedness and Response Policy, within the Office of Law and Policy, National Security Division (NSD).  The Director would serve, on behalf of the office, as the Department’s representative to a number of interagency policy committees, including the Domestic Resilience Group (DRG), and would negotiate and coordinate across the Division and the Department, including with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The Director will also work with interagency partners and the National Security Council staff on various types of strategy and planning policies, particularly in the area of Weapons of Mass Destruction. The Director will also develop and expand expertise on the legal and policy frameworks relevant to the response to critical incidents including acts of terrorism. Finally, the Director would assist NSD in providing counsel to Department leaders who may be participating in exercises or high-level briefings.



Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, Territory, or the District of Columbia, and have at least 4-5 of post J.D. professional experience to be qualified at the GS-15 level.  Experience in the area of preparedness and response is desirable, but not required.

Applicants must have a TS/SCI security clearance.


This is a one-year non-reimbursable detail. Under a detail assignment, there is no change to the selectee's base pay.
Periodic travel may be required.
Application Process: 

To apply for the Director position with L&P, please submit a resume and a cover letter (highlighting your relevant experience), a writing sample (no longer than 15 pages which exhibits your own written advocacy skills), and a copy of your most recent performance appraisal (if available), to:

Wakeya Henry

Office of Law and Policy

National Security Division

U.S. Department of Justice

950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Room 6648

Washington, DC  20530

Or to NSD.LPO.applicant@USDOJ.GOV

No telephone calls please. 

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation Expenses are not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Updated January 5, 2017

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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 color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit 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.

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 targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  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 his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).


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