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Supervisory Trial Attorney (Deputy Chief)

Hiring Organization
Civil Rights Division (CRT)
Hiring Office
Policy and Strategy Section
Job ID
23-HKI-POL-001 (ATT)
Washington 20001 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The Civil Rights 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 Policy and Strategy Section supports and coordinates the Division's broad policy work, including developing and analyzing legislative, regulatory, and policy proposals relating to the Division's enforcement authorities; leads and coordinates cross-divisional and high-priority civil rights strategic initiatives within the Department and with other federal agencies; and conducts targeted outreach and public engagement with stakeholders on legal and policy matters. The Section also reports on the policy and enforcement initiatives of the Division by convening roundtables and conferences and preparing ongoing analysis and assessments that are memorialized and disseminated in reports and strategy documents.

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 Policy and Strategy Section (POL) is seeking an experienced attorney for the position of Supervisory Trial Attorney (Deputy Chief).The Attorney selected for this position will be senior management advisor and legal policy expert in civil rights law. This attorney will work closely with the Section Chief and other CRT leaders to ensure the smooth operation of POL's policy, strategy, and administrative functions. As a Supervisory Trial Attorney (Deputy Chief), your duties may include:

  1. Provide direct supervision of staff in the Section at the direction of the Chief;
  2. Directly handle and manage policy assignments within the jurisdiction of the Section. Matters directly assigned to the incumbent are those in which especially significant, complex, or sensitive legal and policy problems are involved;
  3. Provide effective legal, tactical, and strategic advice and assistance to other Civil Rights Division staff, as well as outside agencies, on sensitive and high profile policy matters;
  4. Effectively implement agreed upon strategies to advance policy initiatives;
  5. Collaborate with the Chief and Section staff to identify policy matters to recommend to Division leadership as candidates for priorities for the Division and POL, and develops and implements strategies to ensure vigorous, effective, and consistent civil rights policy work;
  6. Prepare legal and policy memoranda and other legal documents required in connection with the disposition of key policy matters;
  7. Monitors significant developments in civil rights policy and law and disseminates this information to Section and Division staff, as well as Division leadership;
  8. Keep Chief informed of significant issues and developments sufficiently in advance to allow for an appropriate and well-considered response;
  9. Serve as consultant to the Chief and represents the Section (or the Division) in meetings with other Civil Rights Division and Department staff, with other federal agencies, with lawmakers and staff as requested, and at meetings and conferences with civil rights stakeholders; and
  10. Perform numerous administrative, reporting, and other assignments, as tasked by the Chief or leadership in the Division.

Required Qualifications:

Applicants must possess a J.D. from an American Bar Association accredited law school, be an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction) and must have a minimum of four (4) years post-J.D. work experience. Applicants also must have strong, demonstrated qualifications in the following areas: academic achievement; substantive knowledge and expertise in the laws, rules, and regulations applicable to the work of the section or substantially similar laws, rules, and regulations; written and oral communication skills; the ability to analyze complex issues; skill and experience working collaboratively and productively with others; organizational skills; professional judgment; initiative; and the ability to excel in a fast-paced, demanding environment. In addition, applicants must have outstanding professional references. 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:

The following demonstrated qualifications are preferred but not required: knowledge of federal legislative, regulatory, and policy-making processes, including experience working in or with Congress or the Executive Branch; experience drafting or analyzing legislative, regulatory, and policy proposals; and knowledge or experience working in two or more areas of the federal civil rights laws enforced by the Division.

Application Process

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11 :59 p.m. (Eastern Time Zone) on Friday, July 18, 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:


$155,700.00 to $183,500.00 Per Year

Number of Positions
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, 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 June 27, 2023