The Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking a Department of Justice attorney for a management position in the Special Operations Unit (SOU) within the Office of Enforcement Operations. The position is based in Washington, D.C.
The SOU handles criminal matters requiring Department of Justice headquarters’ consultation or approval mandated by applicable law or Departmental policy, including oversight of the Federal Witness Security Program. Additionally, the SOU reviews, evaluates, and recommends for approval requests to use federal prisoners or BOP employees proactively in covert investigations; approves requests to use covert investigative techniques to target federal prisoners or BOP employees; authorizes covert consensual recordings in sensitive circumstances; reviews all requests to implement Special Administrative Measures upon high-risk federal inmates in terrorism or national security cases, as well as cases involving extremely violent offenders; and reviews and evaluates all requests for S visa and Lawful Permanent Resident consideration to be submitted to the Department of Homeland Security. The SOU also provides legal and operational advice to U.S. Attorneys Offices around the country on substantive areas of the law assigned to it.
The Deputy Chief is responsible for assisting the Unit Chief in overseeing all issues and programs of the SOU. The incumbent will assist the Unit Chief in managing and supervising the attorneys and non-attorney staff within the Unit, including reviewing work product and evaluating performance, as well as exercising decision-making authority in certain circumstances.
In addition to management duties, the Deputy Chief will be responsible for completing assignments in all of the Unit’s substantive areas of expertise and responsibility, and may advise Division and Department decision-makers and others on legal and policy issues relating to sophisticated covert investigative techniques and sensitive operational matters.
The position requires outstanding interpersonal, writing, and legal research skills, as the incumbent will be required to supervise a diverse group of employees as well as to coordinate with many SOU partners, both within and outside of the Department, including interacting with supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorneys, supervisory federal law enforcement agents, representatives of the United States Marshals Service, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and other Executive Branch officials.
The Deputy Chief also will act as Attorney Advisor to the Deputy Director of the Federal Witness Security Program who sits dual-hatted as the SOU Unit Chief. The incumbent will be responsible for representing the Unit with various agency partners and is required to be familiar with the Departmental policies and legal requirements as they relate to the subject matters within SOU’s areas of substantive responsibility. The incumbent must be able to effectively represent the Section, the Division, and the Department in written communications and as a spokesperson.
Other necessary skills include attention to detail and the ability to effectively handle time-sensitive projects.
The Application Package must be received by 11:59PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
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