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Section Chief (ES): Litigation and Technology Management Section (LTMS)

Hiring Organization
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Hiring Office
Office of the General Counsel
Location:
Washington, DC 20535 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) provides legal advice to the entire FBI, including the Director, FBI headquarters officials, and agents in the field offices, on a wide range of substantive legal issues. The Litigation and Technology Management Section (LTMS) provides legal counsel and representation in administrative claims and lawsuits filed against the FBI and its employees with a primary focus on defending against legal challenges to FBI programs and activities. The Discovery team in partnership with OGC's IT partners in the Discovery IT Support Unit (DITSU), advises FBI leadership on proactive risk management, information management, defensive litigation strategy, and the cutting-edge intersection of law and technology.
 
This is an executive management position so candidates must be able to hold employees accountable as well as develop and implement a strategic vision for the LTMS and participate effectively in broader management decision-making for the LitB and OGC. The SC supervises first-line managers (Unit Chiefs) who oversee two Civil Litigation Units, two Employment Law Units, a Discovery Unit and the management of OGC's Discovery Systems through interaction and management of work in the DITSU.
 
Our office places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from all qualified individuals from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBT individuals, and persons with disabilities.

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

Major Duties
The SC helps shape the litigation strategy and coordinates the legal advice provided to the FBI and its employees regarding administrative claims and civil actions. The SC is expected to shepherd the DOJ's e-Litigation process as it relates to the FBI and continue to lead the ongoing merger of law and technology. The SC will also be expected to engage at senior levels with the DOJ and elements of the Intelligence Community on significant civil litigation matters of common interest. The ideal candidate will have previous leadership and management experience, as well as significant knowledge and experience in the field of civil litigation, personnel law, discovery technology and eDiscovery law and processes, and an ability to work with internal and external partners to resolve litigation, legal and policy issues in a manner that furthers the FBI's mission.

Qualifications

Qualifications & Evaluations
- Interested candidates must be able to obtain a Top Secret -SCI clearance
 
- U.S Citizenship Required
 
- Interested candidates must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of a state bar, and have at least 8-10 years of substantive post-J.D. attorney experience.
 
- Candidates should possess exceptional leadership, collaboration, organizational, planning, problem-solving, and interpersonal abilities.
 
- Candidates should possess and demonstrate management abilities along with outstanding litigation and analytical skills, legal judgment and oral and written communication abilities.
 
The following experience will be considered:
 
- Provision of legal and/or policy guidance within the field of civil litigation, administrative law, personnel law and discovery or e-Discovery technology.
 
- Experience with litigation involving classified or other sensitive information and/or other national security-related litigation, and appearances in front of administrative bodies.
 
- Development of written legal opinions and/or policy related to litigation, liability risks and personnel advice or guidance.
 
- Involvement in working with evolving e-litigation requirements, legislative matters and preparing executive management for briefings.
 
- Advising on statutes, regulations, executive orders, Attorney General Guidelines and ODNI guidance.
 
Please make sure your specialized experience/requirement(s) can be identified in your resume. Applicants must meet the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
 
Your application will be evaluated and rated under the FBI's Candidate Rating Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement.
 
1.    Organizing and Planning (establish priorities, timetables, and goals/objectives; structure a plan of action for self and others; develop strategic and tactical plans)
2.    Leadership (motivate, inspire, develop and mentor others; gain the respect, confidence, and loyalty of others; articulate vision, give guidance and direct others in accomplishing goals)
3.    Collaboration (establish contacts and interact effectively with external agencies, government officials, the media, the community, and internal bureau contacts; display professionalism while working with others to achieve common goals; proactively share information with others when appropriate)
4.     Problem Solving/Judgment (critically evaluates conditions, events and alternatives; identify problems, causes and relationships; base decisions or recommendations on data or sound reasoning; formulate objective opinions)
5.    Interpersonal Ability (establish and maintain rapport with management, colleagues and subordinates; recognize and show sensitivity to differences in the needs/concerns of others; mediate concerns between individuals and groups to settle disputes)

Application Process

How to Apply :
The following instructions outline the steps in the application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. EST on the closing date of this announcement. If applying online is a hardship please contact the HR Specialist listed in the vacancy announcement prior to the closing date for assistance.
 
1. Establish an applicant account on the FBIJobs website by clicking Apply Now and then Register Now or login using your existing applicant account.
2. Paste your text resume in the space provided, upload a new resume or use a resume you have applied with previously.
3. Complete your applicant profile if establishing your account for the first time.
4. Complete the assessment questionnaire.
5. Complete the application sections and submit your application

Required Documents
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package which includes the following REQUIRED documents: 
 
1. Your resume and cover letter; 
2. Photocopy of Law School Transcripts; 
3. Notification of Personnel Action SF-50 (only former Federal employees)
4. Most recent Performance Appraisal (Note: Applies to current federal employees). 
 
What to Expect Next
Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The Most Competitive candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of your status throughout the process.
 
Additional Information:
-    CURRENT PERMANENT FBI EMPLOYEES MUST APPLY FOR THIS JOB THROUGH ASAPP, Announcement Number 2021-1240 for FBI Professional Staff. Applications will not be accepted from outside of the area of consideration.
-    You must respond to the COMPETENCY QUESTIONS in your application. Failure to respond to the competency questions will preclude you from submitting your application. Failure to provide additional necessary and relevant information required by this vacancy announcement may disqualify you for consideration. Additional information will not be requested if your application is incomplete. Your application will be evaluated solely on the basis of information you have submitted.
-    The FBI is in the Executive Branch if the federal government. It is one of the components of the Department of Justice (DOJ). The FBI is the principle investigative arm of the DOJ. All FBI positions are in the excepted service.
-    The selectee, except current FBI SES employees, will be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period as a condition of retaining an SES appointment in the FBI.
-    New Federal employees must serve a one-year probationary period. The probationary periods for the selectee will be served concurrently.
-    Veteran's preference does not apply.
-    Selectees are required to complete a financial disclosure report within 30 days of official appointment.
-    Applicants must be U.S. citizens and consent to a complete background investigation, urinalysis and polygraph. You must be suitable for Federal employment as determined by a background investigation.
-    Policy has been implemented that requires support employees entering a position through a competitive OR non-competitive action may be precluded from moving to another position within the Bureau by means of reassignment or change to a lower grade for a minimum of 12 months.
-    Questions regarding this opening should be directed to the Leadership Selection Unit 202-324-4283

Salary

$132,552 to $175,484

Number of Positions
One
Relocation Expenses
Relocation Incentive may be offered by the FBI. Limited transfer benefits may be borne by the FBI.

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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 September 23, 2021