The Fraud Section is composed of 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 an Assistant Deputy Chief of the Special Matters Unit.
The Special Matters Unit is responsible for coordinating a variety of Fraud Section significant matters and initiatives and focuses on matters involving attorney client privilege and other protections. The Assistant Deputy Chief will be responsible for assisting the Unit Chief and supervising attorneys within the Unit, as well as working with the Fraud Section’s three litigating units—the Market Integrity and Major Frauds Unit, the Health Care Fraud Unit, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Unit, to establish uniform practices for handling evidence collection and review that implicate claims of attorney-client or other privileges. In addition to the team of dedicated attorneys and contractors in the Special Matters Unit, the Assistant Deputy Chief will work with members of the other Fraud Section Units and the U.S. Attorney’s Offices to oversee and, where necessary, litigate filter and privilege-related matters.
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, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, 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.
As Assistant Deputy Chief of the Special Matters Unit, the incumbent:
- Leads and oversees the work of the Special Matters Unit’s attorneys and support staff. Advises prosecutors and supervisors throughout the Fraud Section on strategic approaches to identifying and handling issues related to privilege at all stages of criminal investigations and litigation. Handles and supervises pre-indictment privilege-related litigation, including grand jury litigation, that may be necessary to ensure that such matters are being handled appropriately and effectively.
- Ensures ongoing individual and team development, identifies and corrects performance deficiencies, and supervises the work of attorneys in the unit.
- Assists and supports the Unit Chief and Section management by providing input on budget allocation, hiring, personnel disciplinary actions, technology, and various Department reporting responsibilities as they pertain to the Special Matters Unit.
- Assists in the management of the Section’s programs to develop policies and procedures related to evidence collection and handling for materials that implicate attorney-client or other privileges, including where appropriate the establishment of filter teams or other evidence review processes.
- Coordinates with U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and federal law enforcement agencies in the development and implementation of privilege and filter teams.
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, and have at least five (5) years of post-JD experience to include at least two (2) years of federal prosecution experience. Applicants must also be an active member of the bar in good standing.
Preferred Qualifications: Your qualifications will be further evaluated based upon the following
- Expertise in the law of legal privilege, including the Attorney-Client Privilege, Work Product Doctrine, Spousal Privilege, and all exceptions to such privileges, including waiver and the crime-fraud exception.
- Experience leading attorneys and support staff engaged in the review of potentially privileged materials.
- Experience litigating privilege matters in federal court.
- Experience as a criminal prosecutor.
- Knowledge of white collar criminal litigation.
- Experience in supporting, litigating, and supervising federal or state criminal cases.
- Experience with the federal judiciary.
The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of 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.
- 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.
- Once you have an account, apply to the USAjobs vacancy: https://www.usajobs.gov/job/635897500.
Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.