The Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section (NDDS) supervises and has responsibility for enforcing federal statutes pertaining to narco-terrorism, narcotic drugs and other controlled substances. The Section advises the Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, Department of Justice and other federal officials involved in drug enforcement on all matters related to federal narcotics and narco-terrorism law enforcement including proposed and enacted legislation, policy, enforcement initiatives, and criminal and civil litigation. The Section has direct litigation responsibilities in significant drug and narco-terrorism investigations and prosecutions targeting national and international narcotics trafficking and money laundering organizations.
Litigation Unit attorneys work with federal law enforcement agencies to identify, investigate and prosecute the most significant national and international drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. Litigation Unit attorneys prosecute major transnational narcotic traffickers and money launderers in U.S. courts, using evidence gathered by U.S. federal agents in the United States, and often utilizing evidence gathered by foreign law enforcement officials abroad.
The Deputy Chief of the Litigation Unit is primarily responsible for recruiting, directing, supervising and overseeing the Unit's attorneys, paralegals, and two Assistant Deputy Chiefs, and overseeing all of the litigation functions of the Section, including:
· Assignment and monitoring of workloads;
· Writing annual performance appraisals and other employee relations related matters;
· Coordinating the preparation of weekly and other periodic reports regarding the Unit's significant cases;
· Supervision of the Unit's statistical reporting to the Criminal Division, and Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF);
· Ensuring that the Department's litigation-related policies and practices are adhered to by the Unit's attorneys;
· Coordinating the professional development, training and mentoring of the Unit's attorneys;
· Coordinating and interacting with management from federal and international law enforcement agencies with whom Litigation Unit attorneys work;
· Representing the Section at international coordination meetings;
· Serving as a Section representative in national and international narcotics-related conferences and training seminars; and
· Serving as the Section's liaison to the OCDETF at its periodic Regional and National conferences.
This position reports through the Principal Deputy Chief to the Chief of the Section.
Interested applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia. Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing.
Applicants must have at least five years post J.D. experience, one of which 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 and conducting highly complex civil or criminal litigation. Applicants must also have at least three years of federal prosecutor experience and must have conducted at least five federal jury trials as a first chair.
Prior management experience and experience investigating and prosecuting complex, federal international narcotics cases, is preferred, but not required. Applicants must have excellent interpersonal skills, have a demonstrated interest in mentoring younger attorneys and be a self-starter.
The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
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