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Supervisory Trial Attorney (Deputy Chief)

Hiring Organization
Civil Rights Division (CRT)
Hiring Office
Employment Litigation Section
Job ID
23-ANC-ELS-001(ATT)
Location:
Washington 20001 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The Civil Rights Division (Division) of the Department of Justice, created by the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The Division enforces federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), disability, religion, familial status, national origin, and citizenship status.

The Employment Litigation Section enforces against state and local government employers the provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and other federal laws prohibiting employment practices that discriminate on grounds of race, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), religion, and national origin. The Section also enforces against state and local government employers and private employers the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994, which prohibits employers from discriminating or retaliating against an employee or applicant for employment because of such person's past, current or future military obligation.

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

The Employment Litigation Section (ELS) is seeking an experienced attorney for the position of Supervisory Trial Attorney (Deputy Chief). The attorney selected for this position will be dedicated to the Section's work of developing and supervising investigations and litigation that address all aspects of ELS' enforcement duties through the close review and supervision of the activities of ELS trial attorneys. At the direction of the Chief, the Deputy Chief may personally litigate sensitive and/or particularly complex cases and will assist with the management of the Section by assuming responsibility for certain administrative and operational tasks. Major responsibilities include:

  1. Review and analyze allegations of violations, to determine whether further investigation is appropriate;
  2. Develop or supervise the development of strategies for investigations, to ensure all relevant facts are gathered in a timely manner;
  3. Supervise the development of testimonial and documentary evidence relevant to investigations and cases, including through formal discovery, evidentiary hearings, and trials in federal district court;
  4. Identify or supervise the identification of relevant legal issues in potential cases;
  5. Supervise the preparation of memoranda recommending for or against federal enforcement action;
  6. Supervise preparation of pleadings, motions and supporting memoranda, and other materials to be filed in federal district court;
  7. Meet and confer with officials from CRT, DOJ, other agencies, and interested private organizations;
  8. Establish good working relationships and coordinate with the United States Attorneys' Offices (USAOs), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Department of Labor (DOL), federal regulatory agencies, and other partner agencies; and
  9. Serve as first line supervisor for members of the attorney staff.
Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

Applicants must possess a J.D. or LL.M. professional law degree from an American Bar Association accredited law school, be an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction) and have a minimum of six (6) years post-professional law degree substantive experience, including significant experience investigating, negotiating settlements, and conducting federal court litigation. Applicants must have outstanding professional credentials and references; substantive knowledge and expertise in the laws, rules, and regulations enforced by the Division; superior written and oral communication skills; the ability to analyze complex issues, outstanding skill and experience working collaboratively and productively with others; exceptional interpersonal, leadership, and organizational skills; solid professional judgment; demonstrated initiative; and the ability to excel in a fast-paced, highly demanding environment. In addition, applicants must have the ability to motivate and engage employees; the skill to build relationships that create trust, open dialogue, and full transparency; the assertiveness to drive outcomes and overcome adversity; the capacity to create a culture of clear accountability; and the integrity to make decisions based solely on merit.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in employment discrimination cases is preferred, including: (1) substantive knowledge of and expertise in employment discrimination law; (2) experience investigating allegations of employment discrimination, including interviewing witnesses, reviewing documents and reviewing applicable case law to assess the merits of a case; (3) experience litigating employment discrimination - individual and pattern or practice cases, including handling discovery, litigation strategy, motion practice and trial preparation; (4) experience negotiating settlements in employment discrimination cases; and (5) experience supervising attorneys and support staff in developing and handling litigation. In addition, while not required, consideration may be given to applicants with relevant additional civil rights experience outside the core competencies of ELS, but within the critical responsibilities of the Division, such that the applicant could play a supporting role in ongoing or potential Division initiatives in these areas.

Application Process

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11 :59 p.m. (Eastern Time Zone) on Friday, July 24, 2023. 
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes: 

1.    Cover Letter
2.    Resume
3.    A complete Occupational Questionnaire
4.    Writing sample of no more than ten pages (a brief or comparable analytic legal exposition that is your work product)
5.    Veterans' Preference Documentation, if applicable
6.    Sch A documentation, if applicable
To apply for this position, see page at: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/733716700

Salary

$155,700.00 to $183,500.00 Per Year

Number of Positions
2
Travel
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Relocation Expenses
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, 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 July 14, 2023