Lead Trial Attorney / Assistant Deputy Chief

Fraud Section
Attorney
washington, DC 20530
United States
17-CRM-FRD-017
About the Office: 

The Fraud Section, comprising over 160 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 corporate, securities and investment fraud; mass marketing fraud; mortgage fraud; procurement and government program fraud; foreign bribery (the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act); health care fraud; and other complex white-collar criminal schemes. The Fraud Section is composed of four subject matter units – Health Care Fraud; Securities & Financial Fraud; Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; and Strategy, Policy & Training – as well as an administrative and management unit. The Fraud Section is located in Washington DC. An opening is available for an Assistant Deputy Chief in the Securities & Financial Fraud Unit.

Additional selections may be made from this vacancy.

Job Description: 

The Fraud Section is seeking to fill an Assistant Deputy Chief position within the Securities & Financial Fraud Unit. The incumbent will assist the Section Chief, Principal Deputy, Senior Deputy Chief, and the chief of the Securities & Financial Fraud Unit in all aspects of Section leadership and in national and international law enforcement efforts to combat financial crime, and will work with the other Assistant Deputy Chiefs in the Unit in supervising Trial Attorneys in that Unit. Upon accepting an offer of employment, applicants must make a three-year commitment to the Fraud Section.

Generally, as an Assistant Deputy Chief in the Securities & Financial Fraud Unit, the incumbent:

  • Leads and oversees the work of the Securities & Financial Fraud Unit's prosecutors and support staff. Advises prosecutors on strategic approaches to their financial fraud investigations, prosecutions and trials to ensure that the investigation and litigation of such matters are being handled appropriately and effectively.
  • Ensures ongoing individual and team development, identifies and corrects performance deficiencies, advises the chief of the Securities & Financial Fraud Unit about attorney assignments, provides input to the chief of the Securities & Financial Fraud Unit on performance evaluations, and coordinates with other Assistant Deputy Chiefs in the Unit concerning Unit management.
  • Assists and supports the Principal Deputy Chief, Senior Deputy Chief and chief of the Securities & Financial Fraud 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 Securities & Financial Fraud Unit.
  • Assists in the management of the Section's programs to investigate and prosecute financial fraud, including securities and commodities fraud, telemarketing fraud, investment schemes, corporate fraud, and other matters.
  • 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 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, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and a variety of 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, advising federal law enforcement agents, using international evidence collection tools, preparing appropriate pleadings, and litigating motions and trials before U.S. District Courts across the country.
  • Evaluates reports of potential violations of the securities and financial fraud laws 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 securities and financial fraud laws.
  • Represents the United States in direct negotiations and discussions with corporate counsel and high-level officials. Participates in discussions with opposing counsel for defendants and in the formulation of settlements often having far-reaching legal consequences.
Qualifications: 

Required Qualifications:

All 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, have experience as a federal criminal prosecutor, and have at least five (5) years of post J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: working as a lead attorney on felony level cases or specialized criminal litigation (e.g., white collar, computer crime, racketeering); independently performing legal analysis; composing pleadings, briefs and other court documents involving unique and/or difficult legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; conducting highly complex civil or criminal litigation; leading paralegals and support staff, and/or leading the development of a policy initiative. Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing.

Preferred Qualifications:

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

  • Experience with and knowledge of civil or criminal financial fraud matters.
  • Federal court experience.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience conducting investigations of individuals as well as corporations and other business entities.
Salary: 
$128,082.00 to $160,300.00
Travel: 
Frequent travel will be required.
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/GetJob/ViewDetails/457689200.
Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses are not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
1
Updated November 29, 2016

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