Lead Trial Attorney (Assistant Deputy Chief, Securities and Financial Fraud Unit)

Fraud Section
Attorney
Washington, DC 20530
United States
19-CRM-FRD-049
About the Office: 

Consider joining the Department of Justice, Criminal Division. One of seven litigating divisions in the Department, the Criminal Division investigates and prosecutes complex criminal matters and assists the United States Attorney's Offices in investigations, trials, and appeals. In addition to its direct litigation responsibilities, the Division formulates and implements criminal enforcement policy and provides advice and assistance in sensitive areas of law enforcement; advises the Attorney General, Congress, the Office of Management and Budget, and the White House on matters of criminal law; provides legal advice and assistance to federal prosecutors and investigative agencies; and provides leadership for coordinating international as well as federal, state, and local law enforcement matters.

The Fraud Section comprises three litigating units that investigate and prosecute complex white-collar criminal cases across the country, as well as internationally, and has responsibility for implementing and coordinating the Department's fraud enforcement policy. An opening is available for a Lead Trial Attorney (Assistant Deputy Chief) in the Securities and Financial Fraud Unit (SFF). Upon accepting an offer of employment, applicants must make a three-year commitment to the Fraud Section.

Job Description: 

As a Lead Trial Attorney (Assistant Deputy Chief), the incumbent:

  • Leads and oversees the work of SFF 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 about attorney assignments, provides input to the chief on performance evaluations, and coordinates with other Assistant Deputy Chiefs in the Unit concerning Unit management.
  • Assists and supports the Deputy Chief and the Principal Deputy Chief of SFF 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 SFF.
  • 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 U.S. 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: Interested 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. To qualify at the GS-15 grade level, applicants must have at least four (4) years post J.D. legal experience, to include at lest two (2) years of federal prosecution experience.

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: 
The salary range for this position is $137,849 – $166,500 per annum, which includes locality pay. See OPM's Web page at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2019/general-schedule/.
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.

Any applicant who applied for, and was previously referred, under announcement 19-CRM-FRD-039 is still under consideration and does not need to re-apply to this announcement.

Any applicant who has, in the previous 24 months, applied for a position with the Fraud Section must note the date of any such application and position applied for in the applicant’s cover letter.  Please highlight recent relevant experience gained since the time of any previous application.

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 via 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/536864600.
Application Deadline: 
Friday, June 21, 2019
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses are not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Few
Updated June 17, 2019

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