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Supervisory Trial Attorney (Deputy Chief)

Hiring Organization
Criminal Division (CRM)
Hiring Office
Organized Crime and Gang Section
Job ID
Washington, DC 20005 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

Appointment to this position may be filled by permanent appointment or current DOJ employees may be selected through a reimbursable detail.

The Organized Crime and Gang Section oversees the Department's program to combat organized crime by: investigating and prosecuting the most significant domestic and international organized crime groups in conjunction with Strike Force Units and Assistant United States Attorneys in U.S. Attorney's Offices around the country; prosecuting significant Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO), Violent Crimes in Aid of Racketeering (VCAR) and violent crime cases against the most dangerous street gangs operating on a regional and national level; coordinating the flow of criminal intelligence concerning organized crime cases to and from the field, including working with the International Organized Crime Intelligence and Operations Center; supervising the investigation and prosecution of federal organized crime cases by the above-mentioned 21 Strike Force Units within U.S. Attorney's Offices around the country; exercising approval authority over all proposed federal prosecutions under the RICO and VCAR statutes; advising and assisting on criminal investigations and prosecutions of federal crimes involving labor-management disputes, the internal affairs of labor unions in the private sector, and the operation of employee pension and welfare benefit plans; working with U.S. intelligence agencies and U.S. and foreign law enforcement agencies to identify, target and investigate international organized crime groups; and contributing to the development of policy and legislation relating to numerous organized crime and gang related issues including gambling, firearms trafficking, human trafficking, violent crime, and international law enforcement strategies.

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 incumbent serves as a Deputy Chief performing in both a "hands on" and in a supervisory capacity in a wide range of functions involving organized crime, labor, and gang cases, policy matters and initiatives. The Deputy Chief:

• Manages the investigation and prosecution of the Section's nationwide caseload. In doing so, the incumbent coordinates with United States Attorney's Offices and the federal law enforcement agencies in the development and management of national and international organized crime and gang cases. The incumbent facilitates and improves coordination of information flow to and from U.S. Attorney's Offices to ensure maximum penetration on the operations of organized crime groups. The incumbent exercises discretion in connection with prosecutorial recommendations which involve difficult and complex questions of law, fact and policy.

• Supervises and coordinates the most sensitive and complicated litigation matters assigned to the Organized Crime and Gang Section; works closely with the Section Chief and senior management in the development of cases for prosecution and on policy matters. On occasion, the incumbent may be called upon to directly participate in complex litigation, to include trials and motions hearings, in various districts around the United States.

• Supervises and coordinates the most sensitive Department initiatives regarding priority organized crime and gang groups; working closely with the Section Chief and other attorneys in the development of policy initiatives and interagency matters; and coordinating with senior Department officials, United States Attorneys' Offices and other federal agencies devoted to organized crime and enforcement and the development of enforcement matters against large-scale organized crime and gangs.

• Represents the interests of the Section at a wide variety of interagency working group and/or investigative bodies, including promoting the development and implementation of strategies addressing international organized crime (IOC), the sharing of intelligence and case-related information pertaining to IOC, and the establishment and maintenance of solid professional relationships with IOC stakeholders within the law enforcement community and elsewhere.

• Serves as a representative on a wide range of Department, interagency and other committees and task forces regarding a broad range of policy and legal matters related to the enforcement of federal criminal laws related to organized crime and illegal gang activity, as well as labor-related criminal investigations.

• Ensures that Section attorneys are properly prepared and trained to litigate complex matters, and in terms of their substantive knowledge and strategic and ethical insights; reviews the work of attorneys assigned to matters requiring grand jury presentation, motion practice and trial; insures that appropriate technology is considered and utilized in complex investigations.

• Oversees the management of several important policy functions of the Section to help reduce the threat and violence stemming from organized crime and gang activity. Oversees the compilation of U.S. legislative initiatives and comments upon foreign legislative proposals, as well as the drafting of strategic plans.


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 be an active member of the bar in good standing.

Applicants must also have Seven (7) or more years of post J.D. legal experience, including experience with highly complex criminal litigation with experience in organized crime and racketeering and/or gang cases.

Application Process

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. A list of eligible candidates will be referred to the hiring managers every week during the open period of the announcement. If you are interested in applying, it is recommended that you do so early.

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.

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The salary range for this position is GS-15, $126,245 - $158,700 per annum, which includes locality pay. See OPM's Web page at…

Number of Positions
Routine travel will be required from conferences, consultation, and litigation work throughout the United States. Overseas travel may also be required on occasion.
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 April 7, 2016