While this vacancy announcement expires on May 17, 2015, the announcement may be closed at any time if a selection is made. This assignment is for a period of up to 12 months, beginning in or about May 2015, with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding. Appointment to this position will be effected by detail appointment.
The Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section (AFMLS) leads the Department's asset forfeiture and anti-money laundering enforcement efforts. AFMLS provides leadership by: (1) prosecuting and coordinating complex, sensitive, multi-district, and international money laundering and asset forfeiture investigations and cases; (2) providing legal and policy assistance and training to federal, state, and local prosecutors and law enforcement personnel, as well as to foreign governments; (3) assisting Departmental and interagency policymakers by developing and reviewing legislative, regulatory, and policy initiatives; and (4) managing the Department's Asset Forfeiture Program, including distributing forfeited funds and properties to appropriate domestic and foreign law enforcement agencies, as well as adjudicating petitions for remission or mitigation of forfeited assets.
This announcement is for one position assigned to the Policy and Training Unit, which conducts outreach to USAOs and other Department components to identify, develop, refine, and implement policy regarding asset forfeiture. The Policy Team advocates for policy, regulatory, and legislative changes, and develops and implements strategic initiatives to promote the use of forfeiture and money laundering as a fundamental law enforcement tool. The Policy Team also handles a variety of policy issues involving victims, equitable sharing, real property, intellectual property, and emerging technologies. The incumbent to this position is an Attorney Advisor and identified within the Section as a Senior Policy Counsel. This is a reimbursable detail funded by AFMLS.
The incumbent provides senior level input and counsel on a wide variety of policy and legal questions that, broadly speaking, relate to the effective use of anti-money laundering and asset forfeiture laws to attack crime. The incumbent works to coordinate AFMLS' efforts with the Office of the Assistant Attorney General and other Sections in the Division, U.S. Attorney's Offices, federal law enforcement agencies, Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), and the interagency community (through participation in several working groups and interagency program reviews). As Senior Policy Counsel, the incumbent:
- Engages in representational work
- Drafts and reviews national policy strategies
- Drafts proposed legislation and positions
- Drafts policy guidance and regulations
- Drafts recommendation memos on matters requiring AFMLS approval
- Performs speech writing duties
- Serves as the expert for information on the Section, the DOJ Assets Forfeiture Fund, their initiatives and programs
- Delivers training and plans and carries out various speaking assignments
- Mentors and advises junior Policy Counsels
Required: We are seeking an experienced Department of Justice attorney. To qualify for this position, 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, and be an active member of the bar in good standing.
Preferred: The successful applicant should also have:
- specialized knowledge in money laundering and asset forfeiture law;
- mastery of clear and persuasive writing; mastery of concise and informative oral presentation;
- a high order of skill in analytical and legal reasoning; and
- high degree of diplomacy, integrity, and tact is essential in coordinating many sensitive Department initiatives.
While this vacancy announcement expires on May 17, 2015, the announcement may be closed at any time if a selection is made. The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
All interested attorneys meeting these qualifications should submit a cover letter and resume to AFMLSAttorney.Hiring@crm.usdoj.gov