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Supervisory Trial Attorney (Deputy Chief and Head of National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team)

Hiring Organization
Criminal Division (CRM)
Hiring Office
Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section
Job ID
23-CRM-CCIPS-052
Location:
United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) is responsible for implementing the Department's national strategies in combating computer crime, intellectual property crime, and cryptocurrency crime worldwide. CCIPS prevents, investigates, and prosecutes computer, intellectual property, and cryptocurrency crimes by working with other government agencies, the private sector, academic institutions, and foreign counterparts.  

The National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team (NCET) is part of CCIPS.  NCET members investigate and, where appropriate, prosecute criminal offenses involving the abuse of cryptocurrency. That includes, in partnership with the Criminal Division’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section (MLARS), investigating and prosecuting cryptocurrency exchanges that facilitate money laundering.  NCET’s other core responsibilities are building and enhancing its relationships with cryptocurrency-focused Assistant United States Attorneys and prosecutors within Criminal Division and from other Department litigating components; and playing the crucial role it has in capacity building by training these prosecutors and law enforcement partners on best practices in investigative and prosecutorial strategies in these complex cases.

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 Deputy Chief and Head of National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team, the incumbent:

  • Leads, supervises and manages the work of assistant deputy chiefs(s), senior counsel, trial attorneys, and Section detailees responsible for investigating and prosecuting cryptocurrency cases, including the review of litigation documents and related approval requirements.
  • Advises high-level Department officials on matters relating to significant prosecutions and the Section’s strategic priorities, legal, and policy work relating to cryptocurrency. Supervises the preparation of Department officials for testimony before Congressional Committees and subcommittees on cryptocurrency crime issues.  
  • Assists and supports the Chief and Principal Deputy Chief in the day-to-day operations of the section, including but not limited to budget allocation, hiring, personnel disciplinary actions, and a wide variety of Department reporting responsibilities.
  • In collaboration with other Section managers, develops and maintains the Section’s program to foster effective national and global investigation and prosecution of cryptocurrency crime, including developing litigation priorities, policy and legislative recommendations, outreach and training, and international efforts.
  • Assists in the development and maintenance of the Section’s program to prosecute cryptocurrency crime, which includes investigations and prosecutions in partnership with U.S. Attorney’s Offices, and coordinates with U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and federal law enforcement agencies in the development and management of international and multi-district prosecution initiatives.
  • Serves as a principal liaison on cryptocurrency crime matters between the Criminal Division and other DOJ and USG components, such as the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the intelligence community.
  • Builds and enhances relationships with cryptocurrency-focused Assistant United States Attorneys, inclding the Digital Asset Coordinators network, and prosecutors with other Department litigating components and offices; and with private sector actors with expertise in cryptocurrency matters.
Qualifications

Required 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, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include 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; and leading paralegals and support staff. The successful applicant should also have an understanding of key cryptocurrency litigation and policy issues.

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

  • Extensive knowledge of the law, business, and technology of digital currencies and blockchain technology;
  • Knowledge of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the Bank Secrecy Act, and money laundering statutes;
  • Ability to support, litigate and supervise criminal cases in federal courts;
  • Experience in managing and supervising attorneys; 
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with various government officials and the public; 
  • Experience working with U.S. government structures and inter-agency processes, especially relating to cryptocurrency; 
  • Knowledge about computing technologies and electronic communications (such as tracing Internet communications, computer programming, digital forensics, and information security);
  • Experience with complex investigations and the use of legal process (such as subpoenas and wiretap orders), especially in gathering electronic evidence;
  • Ability to communicate clearly through well-organized and accurately written documents;
  • Ability to perform cogent and correct legal analysis on a variety of contentious and complex substantive issues;
  • Experience working with foreign government officials and international law enforcement policy.
     
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.
Salary

The salary range for this position is $155,700 – $183,500 per annum, which includes locality pay. See OPM’s Web page at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/sala…

Number of Positions
1
Travel
Travel for litigation, training, and outreach is required.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses are not authorized.

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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 August 15, 2023