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Lead Trial Attorney (Assistant Deputy Chief)

Hiring Organization
Criminal Division (CRM)
Hiring Office
Fraud Section
Job ID
22-CRM-FRD-007
Location:
Washington, DC 20005 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The Fraud Section, comprising over 180 federal prosecutors, investigates and prosecutes complex, multi-district and international white-collar criminal cases throughout the country and implements and coordinates the Department's fraud enforcement policy. Fraud Section cases include foreign bribery (the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act), corporate, securities and investment fraud; mass marketing fraud; mortgage fraud; procurement and government program fraud; health care fraud; and other complex white-collar criminal schemes. The Fraud Section is composed of four subject matter units: Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; Health Care Fraud; Market Integrity and Major Frauds; and Corporate Enforcement, Compliance, and Policy.

Openings are available for the Lead Trial Attorney (Assistant Deputy Chief) position in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Unit (FCPA). The FCPA Unit has primary jurisdiction among the Department components in prosecuting FCPA matters. The FCPA Unit and the SEC share FCPA enforcement authority and are committed to fighting foreign bribery through robust enforcement. An important component of this effort is education and assisting to develop FCPA enforcement policy. Upon accepting an offer of employment, applicants must make a three-year commitment to the Fraud Section.

Applicants to this announcement may also be considered for other Attorney positions within the Fraud Section, including positions located in the Health Care Fraud, Market Integrity and Major Fraud, Special Matters, Litigation, and Corporate Enforcement, Compliance, and Policy Units.

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

As an Assistant Deputy Chief, the incumbent:

  • Leads and oversees the work of the FCPA Unit’s prosecutors and support staff. Advises prosecutors on strategic approaches to their investigations, prosecutions and trials to ensure that the investigation and litigation of such matters are being handled effectively.
  • Ensures ongoing individual and team development, identifies and corrects performance deficiencies, advises the Chief of the FCPA Unit about attorney assignments, provides input to the Chief of the FCPA Unit on performance evaluations, and coordinates with other Assistant Deputy Chiefs in the Unit concerning Unit management.
  • Assists and supports the Chief and Principal Deputy Chief(s) of the Fraud Section, and the Chief of the FCPA Unit in the day-to-day operations of the Section, including providing input on budget allocation, hiring, personnel disciplinary actions, technology, and various Department reporting responsibilities as they pertain to the FCPA Unit.
  • Assists in the management of the Section’s programs to investigate and prosecute foreign bribery and related offenses.
  • Partners with U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, federal law enforcement agencies, domestic and foreign regulators, and foreign law enforcement officials in handling and coordinating complex and multi-district and multi-jurisdictional prosecutions.
  • Serves as a liaison on white-collar and corporate criminal matters between the Criminal Division and other DOJ components, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security, Internal Revenue Service, United States Postal Inspection Service, and other law enforcement agencies and officials on white-collar and corporate crime issues.
  • Engages in all phases of investigation and litigation, including, but not limited to, using the grand jury, using federal investigative tools and handling electronic evidence, advising federal law enforcement agents, using international evidence collection tools, preparing appropriate pleadings, appearing for hearings at all phases of criminal proceedings, and litigating motions and trials before U.S. District Courts across the country.
  • Evaluates reports of potential violations of the FCPA and other laws implicated by foreign bribery from both internal and outside sources to determine whether investigation is warranted.
  • Advises and instructs Assistant U.S. Attorneys on complicated questions of law and Departmental policy with respect to the FCPA and related offenses.
Qualifications

Interested applicants must possess a J.D., or equivalent, 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. To qualify at the GS-15 grade level, applicants must have at least five (5) years post J.D. legal experience, to include at least three (3) years of federal prosecution experience.

Your qualifications will be further evaluated based upon the following competencies:

  • Experience as a criminal prosecutor.
  • Experience with FCPA matters. 
  • Knowledge of white-collar criminal litigation.
  • Federal court experience
  • Supervisory experience. 
  • Experience conducting investigations of organizations and entities, including corporations.
  • Four (4) years of prosecutorial experience.
Application Process

The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

Please submit your application through USAJOBS. The list of required documents can be found in the USAJobs announcement.

  1. If you do not already have an account, please create a USAjobs account before applying Create an Account. You will be able to upload your resume and supporting documents and complete your profile prior to applying.
  2. Once you have an account, apply to the USAjobs vacancy: https://www.usajobs.gov/job/626500400
Salary

The salary range for this position is $144,128 - $172,500 per annum, which includes locality pay. See OPM's web page at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/sala… pdf/2021/DCB.pdf.

Number of Positions
Few
Travel
Frequent travel will 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, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). 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, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf 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 December 10, 2021