The Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice is seeking an experienced federal criminal prosecutor to serve as a Deputy Chief of the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section (HRSP).
The Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section (HRSP) primarily investigates and prosecutes cases against human rights violators and other international criminals. The work of the office is divided into three primary portfolios. First, within the Human Rights portfolio, HRSP investigates and prosecutes human rights violators for genocide, torture, war crimes, and recruitment or use of child soldiers, and for immigration and naturalization fraud arising out of efforts to hide their involvement in such crimes. Second, within the International Violent Crime portfolio, HRSP prosecutes crimes of violence committed abroad, particularly crimes involving victims or perpetrators who are U.S. government employees, contractors and dependents. Third, within the Immigration Crimes portfolio, HRSP prosecutes members of international human smuggling networks who present national security concerns and/or who endanger the lives of migrants, and multi-jurisdictional immigration fraud-related offenses. HRSP’s attorneys may perform work in all of its portfolios.
The Section’s prosecutions are usually pursued jointly with a United States Attorney’s Office and involve complex international investigations. HRSP also is actively engaged in policy and legislative work regarding its diverse portfolios that involves close coordination with U.S. government agencies and international organizations.
HRSP is seeking an experienced federal criminal prosecutor to serve as a Deputy Chief. Working closely with the other managers, the incumbent will supervise litigation of the office and participate in policy work. The incumbent’s principal duties will include:
- serving as the direct supervisor for some of the Section’s litigating Trial Attorneys;
- supervising the investigation and prosecution of ongoing cases including cases involving including international human smuggling networks that present national security concerns, that endanger the lives of migrants, and/or multi-jurisdictional immigration fraud-related offenses;
- coordinating with United States Attorney’s Office and federal law enforcement agencies in the development and management of national and international investigations and prosecutions; and
- developing policy and legislative proposals related to the Section’s jurisdiction, preparing recommendations, reports and memoranda for the Chief, the Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division, and other senior officials within the Department.
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 have at least five years post J.D. experience, to include five years federal prosecutorial experience. Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing. All applicants must have, or be eligible for, a top secret or higher security clearance.
- Extensive experience prosecuting major federal cases including cases that fall within the Section’s jurisdiction;
- Strong coordination skills, particularly with federal law enforcement agencies and other prosecutors;
- Proven leadership and management skills, including an established record of initiative;
- Excellent judgment and the ability to handle complex issues;
- Possess an understanding of, and sensitivity to, the political and cross-cultural nuances inherent in working with foreign governments;
- Strong interpersonal skills with a particular emphasis on relationship and team building;
- Excellent oral advocacy, writing, and organizational skills; and
- Foreign language skills, especially Spanish proficiency desirable.
The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
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