Supervisory Trial Attorney/Deputy Chief

Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section
Attorney
Washington, DC 20005
United States
14-CRM-AFMLS-028
About the Office: 

The mission of the Criminal Division's Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section (AFMLS) is to take the profit out of crime. AFMLS pursues criminal prosecutions and forfeiture actions against (1) financial institutions and their officers and employees engaged in money laundering, Bank Secrecy Act, and sanctions violations; and (2) attorneys, financial professionals, and other facilitators who move money for transnational criminal organizations. In addition, (3) AFMLS forfeits the proceeds of high level foreign corruption, and prosecutes third party money launderers who move corruption proceeds, through the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative.

AFMLS also plays a leadership role in the Department's money laundering and asset forfeiture efforts by: (4) assisting Departmental and interagency policymakers by developing legislative, regulatory, and policy initiatives to combat global illicit finance; (5) returning forfeited criminal proceeds to benefit those harmed by crime through remission and restoration processes; (6) distributing forfeited assets to offset the costs to state, local, and foreign law enforcement for partnering with the United States in federal prosecutions; and (7) providing legal and policy assistance and training to federal, state, and local prosecutors and law enforcement personnel, as well as to foreign governments.

This position is assigned to the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), the targeting and intelligence unit in AFMLS. The FIU is AFMLS' targeting unit, helping the litigating units set investigative priorities and supplementing the resources of investigative agency partners to conduct complex financial investigations. The FIU also serves as the Section's and Criminal Division's (CRM) experts on complicated financial investigations and the use of intelligence products to generate leads for criminal investigations, as well as the handling of classified materials and related litigation.

Job Description: 

The Deputy Chief of the Financial Intelligence Unit:

· Supervises and manages the work of the FIU on financial investigations in support of civil and criminal forfeiture actions and money laundering investigations and cases.

· Advises management and line attorneys on strategic approaches in financial investigations. Assigns, oversees, and reviews the work of the FIU in its support capacity.

· Directs the day-to-day operations of the Unit. Plans and carries out the training and development of employees; ensures that Unit attorneys and professionals are properly prepared and trained to investigate complex financial cases, and trains both attorneys and professionals on discovery obligations and ethical considerations.

· Provides investigative advice to other Criminal Division litigating components, U.S. Attorneys' Offices, federal investigative agencies, and state and local prosecutors and agencies on financial investigations.

· Develops and maintains working relationships with partners at the U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

· Represents AFMLS in inter-departmental and inter-agency meetings and communicates on matters concerning money laundering threats. Influences development of Department policy regarding threats to the financial system.

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 five years post J.D. experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: preparing pleadings, briefs and other court papers involving complex legal issues in complex civil or criminal litigation; and conducting complex civil or criminal litigation including complex financial investigations. Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing.

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

· Demonstrates litigation experience at a high level.

· Demonstrates sound legal judgment.

Ability to supervise attorneys and legal support employees.

Salary: 
126,245 - $158,700
Travel: 
Travel will 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.

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2. Once you have an account, apply to the USAjobs vacancy: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/405088900

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Relocation Expenses: 
No.
Number of Positions: 
1
Updated April 7, 2016

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