Supervisory Trial Attorney (Deputy Chief, Litigation)

Washington, DC 20530
United States
About the Office: 

The Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), working together with United States Attorneys’ Offices (USAO) and law enforcement agencies around the country and around the world, prosecutes violations of federal law related to producing, distributing, receiving, or possessing child pornography, the commercial sexual exploitation of children (prostitution), enticement of children, transporting children across state lines for the purpose of engaging in criminal sexual activity, traveling interstate or internationally to sexually abuse children, international parental kidnapping, and child abuse on federal and Indian lands. CEOS also provides advice to prosecutors in the field on these issues, and develops and refines proposals for prosecution policies, legislation, and agency regulations in these subject matter areas. Finally, CEOS conducts and participates in training federal, state, local, and international prosecutors and law enforcement professionals in these areas.

CEOS attorneys prosecute cases involving child exploitation, including child pornography, child sexual abuse occurring on government controlled land and property, child prostitution, international child sex tourism, Internet enticement of children for sexual abuse or exploitation, international and domestic trafficking of children, child support enforcement, international parental abduction, and obscenity crimes.  In particular, CEOS attorneys handle cases of trafficking in child pornography on the Internet which were developed through innovative investigative and forensic techniques employed by CEOS digital investigative analysts and federal law enforcement agents. Because these cases involve the application of cutting-edge computer technologies, both in the criminal conduct and its investigation, CEOS attorneys regularly face novel and challenging legal issues. Additionally, CEOS attorneys draft and comment on proposed federal legislation and develop and handle matters of national policy in the criminal law enforcement areas detailed above.  CEOS attorneys prosecute cases and work with Assistant United States Attorneys and investigative agents in federal districts throughout the country. Many cases and operations handled by CEOS attorneys are national and international in scope.  Increasingly, CEOS attorneys work jointly with foreign prosecutors and investigators as well. To maximize the effectiveness of large investigations/operations, especially where the criminal conduct is committed over the Internet, CEOS attorneys work closely with U.S. Attorney’s Offices and investigative agencies to develop a national strategy in which information and evidence is exchanged, investigative actions are coordinated, and finally, indictments, arrests, and prosecutions are planned and coordinated on a national level.

Job Description: 

The incumbent to this position serves as Deputy Chief, Litigation. The Deputy Chief:

Supervises and manages a staff of Trial Attorneys dedicated to investigating and pursing crimes involving child exploitation and obscenity.  Reviews work product and objectively evaluates the work performance of those supervised; recognizes and rewards accomplishments  and prepares and administers  development  plans addressing deficiencies in staff knowledge, skills and/or abilities; identifies organizational training needs; provides advice, counsel or instruction to staff on work and administrative matters; participates in the recruitment and selection process of new employees  consistent with applicable regulations and policy; hears and seeks to resolve work-related complaints lodged by employees; refers group grievances and unresolved complaints to upper management; and applies minor disciplinary sanctions, as appropriate.                                       

Reviews search warrants, arrests warrants, complaints, prosecution memoranda, indictments, and all substantive filings and other pleadings.

Provides litigation advice to other Criminal Division litigating components, U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, federal investigative agencies, and state and local prosecutors and agencies on child exploitation and obscenity crimes and related issues.

Develops and maintains working relationships with partners at the U.S. Attorneys’ Office, other litigating components and offices, and federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.

Represents CEOS in inter-departmental and inter-agency meetings and communicates on matters concerning the Section’s missions.

Leads and attends training courses, seminars, conferences and other classes to maintain and enhance professional competence, individually and on the part of more junior attorneys; keeps apprised of changes in legislation, case law, and program operating procedures to ensure compliance.

Approves leave, plans, schedules, and coordinates work operations; solves problems related to work issues.  Evaluates employees’ performance and recommends selections, promotions, awards, disciplinary actions and separations.                


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.

Grade Specific Qualifications:

  • To qualify at the GS-15 level, applicants must have four (4) or more years of 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: independently performing legal analysis; composing pleadings, briefs and other court documents involving unique and/or difficult legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; conducting highly complex civil or criminal litigation; and leading paralegals and support staff.

Preferred Qualifications: Your qualifications will further be evaluated based upon the following competencies:

  • Ability to plan and carry out complex cases involving violations of federal statutes;

  • Superior oral advocacy preparation and experience;

  • Superior written and analytical skills.

The salary range for this position is GS-15, $128,082 - $160,300 per annum, which includes locality pay.
Occasional travel will be required.
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.

  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:

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Updated July 20, 2016

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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 color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit 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.

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 targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  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 his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).


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