Supervisory Trial Attorney (Deputy Chief - PSEU)

Office of Enforcement Operations
Attorney
Washington, DC 20005
United States
16-CRM-OEO-017
About the Office: 

The Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking an experienced attorney to fill the position of Deputy Chief for the Policy and Statutory Enforcement Unit (PSEU), within the Office of Enforcement Operations. The PSEU reviews and prepares recommendations to senior Department leadership on a wide variety of requests by United States Attorney's Offices and Department of Justice attorneys for authorization to use or consultation about certain investigative tools or prosecutorial actions. The investigative tools and prosecutorial actions reviewed by the PSEU include requests to: obtain information from or about members of the news media through subpoenas, court orders, or search warrants in federal criminal, civil, and national security cases; close otherwise public judicial proceedings to the public in federal criminal cases; seek court-ordered use immunity for federal witnesses; subpoena attorneys in federal criminal as well as civil proceedings for information relating to their representation of clients; authorization to apply for search warrants for the premises or electronic storage devices of attorneys who are the subjects or targets of federal investigations; and obtain authorization to conduct a dual or successive federal prosecution of an individual under the Department's Petite policy. The PSEU also provides advice when Department of Justice employees have been subpoenaed to provide testimony or to produce evidence in state or federal judicial proceedings. In addition, the PSEU reviews, and provides analysis and guidance on proposed legislation in a number of areas.

Job Description: 

The Deputy Chief for the PSEU is responsible for assisting PSEU's Chief with managing PSEU; ensuring the quality and timeliness of the Unit's work; and handling a variety of legal, policy and managerial tasks, as directed. The incumbent manages and supervises attorneys and support staff within the Unit and will:

· Assist in the initial screening of matters submitted to PSEU and in their assignment to attorneys;

· Assist in ensuring the timely completion of matters submitted to PSEU;

· Review (and on an as needed basis draft) memoranda to ensure that they accurately describe relevant facts and issues for determination, contain an analysis of the relevant law and policy as they apply to the facts of the matter, make appropriate recommendations to higher level Criminal Division or Department decision makers (including the Attorney General) and are concise and clearly written;

· Advise attorneys in the Unit, OEO senior managers and other Department officials and personnel on factual, legal and policy matters;

· Interact with Assistant U.S. Attorneys, federal law enforcement agents, and other Executive Branch officials, and, on occasion, represent the Unit with various agency partners;

· Assist in personnel matters, including the evaluation of PSEU attorneys and support staff and time and attendance functions;

· Assist in ensuring that support staff accurately and efficiently perform administrative functions; and

· Assist in facilitating outreach to Assistant U.S. Attorneys.

Qualifications: 

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 have at least 5 years post J.D. experience. Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing (in any jurisdiction).

· To qualify at the GS-15 level, applicants must have five (5) 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; demonstrated experience working with sensitive investigative techniques and prosecutorial tools;

· Superior legal writing skills and analytical skills;

· Superior communication skills.

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

· Experience conducting federal criminal investigations;

· Criminal or civil trial experience;

· Extensive writing experience;

· Experience supervising attorneys;

· Experience with the use of sensitive investigative techniques and prosecutorial tools, such as the ones described above.

Salary: 
This is a permanent position at the GS-15 grade level. The salary range for this position is $128,082.00 to 160,300.00 per annum, which includes locality pay.
Travel: 
Occasional travel may be required.
Application Process: 

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: http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/423552700

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses are not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
1
Updated February 12, 2016

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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 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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