The mission of the National Security Division (NSD) is to coordinate the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) efforts in carrying out its core mission of protecting national security and combating terrorism. NSD is responsible for supervising the enforcement of all federal criminal laws related to counterintelligence and counterterrorism, except those specifically assigned to other divisions. NSD also serves as DOJ’s liaison to the United States Intelligence Community (USIC) and represents the government and the USIC before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. NSD advises the Attorney General regarding matters of national security policy.
The Counterintelligence and Export Control Section (CES) investigates, prosecutes, and supervises the investigation and prosecution of cases affecting the national security and foreign relations of the United States, including espionage, violations of U.S. export control and sanctions laws, economic espionage, foreign malign influence, and computer hacking by nation states and their proxies. The Section also coordinates criminal cases involving the application of the Classified Information Procedures Act (CIPA), and it administers and enforces the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). CES provides legal advice to U.S. Attorney’s Offices and investigative agencies on all matters within its area of responsibility, which includes 90 federal statutes affecting the national security.
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.
The Counterintelligence and Export Control Section is seeking an experienced attorney to serve as Principal Deputy Chief. The Principal Deputy Chief will help lead CES across its broad range of investigative and prosecutorial responsibilities to meet the national security needs of the Department of Justice. As delegated by the Chief, the Principal Deputy Chief will supervise the Section’s matters, including by approving investigative steps and analyzing the law; develop operational relationships with the FBI and other federal agencies; provide guidance and counsel to the CES Chief, Deputy Chiefs, and Trial Attorneys, senior officials within NSD and the Department of Justice, and others on complex and sensitive substantive case and policy issues; develop and communicate operational and programmatic policies and priorities; implement internal organization practices, training, and improvements; and otherwise supervise the Section’s legal and support staff. The Principal Deputy Chief will act as the Chief of the Section in the Chief’s absence.
The Principal Deputy Chief must have expert command of several different skills, including excellent judgment, superior legal analysis, persuasive writing and oral presentation, organization, creativity, business acumen, negotiations, results-oriented management, and work ethic. Significant experience in the subject matters covered by CES and significant supervisory/management experience is strongly desired.
Under the NSD Work-Life Program Directive, NSD employees may be eligible for flexible work schedules and telework, subject to supervisor approval and consistent with the needs of the office and individual roles and responsibilities.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, Territory, or the District of Columbia, and have at least 5 years of post-J.D. professional experience to be qualified at the GS-15 level. Applicants must also have superior academic credentials and writing and analytic skills. Applicants must also be able to qualify for the highest and most sensitive security clearances.
Please submit a resume, a writing sample that exhibits your own written advocacy skills (no longer than 15 pages), and a copy of your most recent performance appraisal via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “CES Principal Deputy Chief Vacancy.”
No telephone calls please.
Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.