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Director of Training and Workforce Development (Attorney Advisor), GS-0905-15

Hiring Organization
National Security Division (NSD)
Hiring Office
Office of the General Counsel
Washington, DC 20530 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The mission of the National Security Division (NSD) is to coordinate the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) efforts in carrying out its core mission of combating terrorism and protecting national security, including protecting our national assets from state-sponsored threats to the private sector. 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 DOJ’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 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 National Security Division (NSD) is seeking an experienced attorney to serve as its Director of Training and Workforce Development (Director). The Director is central to the professional development and training of more than 400 employees (including managers, attorneys, paralegals, administrative assistants, and other professionals). The Director develops and maintains an innovative and progressive training curriculum tied specifically to strategic priorities of the Division. The Director also coordinates and manages NSD’s Workforce Development programs including NSD’s Detail and Rotation Program, Mentoring Program, Intern Program, Diversity Committee, and Women in National Security Law Group. The Director is delegated authority to plan, schedule, and implement training programs and workforce development initiatives under the general supervision of NSD’s General Counsel and at the direction of NSD’s Chief of Staff.  Responsibilities and duties include the following:

  • Serves as an expert consultant in the areas of training and development and provides professional leadership and authoritative consultant services to top-level officials within the Division and the Department on the development of training and workforce development;
  • Engages with Division personnel on issues related to career development, professional development, and workplace satisfaction;
  • Develops and facilitates NSD New Employee Orientation, New Attorney Training, and Management Training;
  • Recruits and retains a core of volunteer instructors capable of offering in-house training and ensures that instructors possess the training required to develop and deliver effective courses;
  • Personally conducts attorney training sessions as appropriate;
  • Provides the necessary oversight and support to ensure that Division employees fulfill DOJ training requirements including annual mandatory professionalism/discovery/ethics training; 
  • Maintains the Division's training records and handles the Division's reporting requirements with respect to required training;
  • Administers the Division's training website and resources;
  • Coordinates Division participation in programs conducted by the Department's Office of Legal Education and outside organizations;
  • Establishes a system for evaluating training received by Division employees. Distributes and collects training evaluations and analyzes and communicates results with sound recommendations for improving existing and/or offering future training courses;
  • Develops and facilitates NSD’s on-line training;
  • Works with the Department’s Chief Learning Officer and with other Federal agencies in order to share expertise and effective practices in training programs;
  • Supervises and provides technical and professional leadership and guidance to personnel assigned to the Training Office; and
  • Represents the Division at a variety of meetings and conferences and maintains effective relationships with professionals and other organizations and groups concerned with the Division's programs.

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 4 or more years of post-J.D. professional experience to be qualified at the GS-15 level. Applicants with experience in training are preferred. Applicants must also have superior academic credentials, writing and analytic skills.

Applicants must also be able to qualify for the highest and most sensitive security clearances.

Application Process

To apply for the position, please submit a resume, cover letter (highlighting your relevant experience), writing sample (no longer than 10 pages, which exhibits your own written advocacy skills), and copy of your most recent performance appraisal (if available), via electronic mail, using the subject line “ATTN: Director of Training and Workforce Development Vacancy” to:

No telephone calls please.


GS-15: $155,700 – $183,500 (per annum)

Number of Positions
Periodic travel may be 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 October 23, 2023