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.
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.
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.
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