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Supervisory Trial Attorney (Associate Director)

Hiring Organization
Criminal Division (CRM)
Hiring Office
Office of International Affairs
Job ID
Washington, DC - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The Office of International Affairs (OIA) returns fugitives to face justice, transfers sentenced persons to serve their sentences in their home countries, and obtains essential evidence for criminal investigations and prosecutions worldwide by working with domestic partners and foreign counterparts to facilitate the cooperation necessary to enforce the law, advance public safety, and achieve justice.

OIA is hiring one or more Associate Directors to supervise the Office's various Regional and Designated Teams to assist in the leadership and management of the Office.

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

Associate Directors supervise teams of attorneys and International Affairs Specialists (IASs), manage voluminous caseloads assigned to their teams, work closely with U.S. prosecutors, the State Department, domestic law enforcement agencies, and foreign officials, and report under the supervision of the Deputy Directors and Director. Associate Director responsibilities will include:

  • Supervision of a team, including effective management of team caseload often in excess of 1,000 extradition and/or mutual legal assistance (international evidence gathering) cases, assigning cases and country responsibility within the team, evaluating attorney and IAS performance;
  • Providing legal and policy guidance to team members, and to federal, state and foreign prosecutors and law enforcement agents on matters of extradition, mutual legal assistance, treaty law and international law enforcement cooperation;
  • Development of effective and cordial relationships with the State Department, U.S. Attorneys' Offices and federal law enforcement agencies involved in international cases; assuring appropriate and timely coordination with other Divisions and Departments on operational and policy matters;
  • Approving arrest of international fugitives, both in the U.S. and abroad, based on legal sufficiency, compliance with treaty, and U.S. and DOJ policies;
  • Oversight of litigation in U.S. and foreign courts involving extradition and mutual legal assistance cases and related issues, and development of policy and procedural guidance to address developments in foreign and U.S. law in the area of international criminal practice;
  • Participation in the negotiation of bilateral and multilateral law enforcement treaties, and organizing and leading regular consultations with most active treaty partners to assure effective implementation of treaties and resolution of recurrent problems; and
  • Preparing in conjunction with U.S. Attorneys' Offices and litigating components of DOJ, requests to Division and Department leadership for use of sensitive operational techniques.

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 four (4) 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: preparing court papers and materials, presentations and other written material involving or addressing unique and/or difficult legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; conducting complex civil or criminal litigation (to include appellate practitioners); analyzing cases for legal sufficiency; and providing expert, specialized advice and consultation.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Extensive knowledge of U.S. criminal law and practice, as well as of foreign law and procedures for international cooperation;
  • Significant experience in the fields of international legal assistance and extradition, the application and interpretation of bilateral and multilateral law enforcement treaties, and the application of U.S. case law and statutes;
  • In-depth familiarity with U.S. federal law enforcement agencies and the work of the Department of State and U.S. embassies and embassy personnel;
  • Significant experience in reviewing attorney work product;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious relationships with federal and state prosecutors, federal law enforcement officials, officials of the State Department, Department of Homeland Security and U.S. regulatory agencies;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; and
  • Ability to operate in a high stress environment and to make decisions and recommendations in urgent circumstances involving multiple stakeholders.
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:

The salary range for this position is $155,700.00 to $183,500.00 per annum, which includes locality pay. See OPM’s Web page at

Number of Positions
Occasional travel determined the needs of the office for support of overseas consultations and legal assistance.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses are not authorized.

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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, 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, 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 December 14, 2023