The Organized Crime and Gang Section oversees the Department’s program to combat organized crime by: investigating and prosecuting the most significant domestic and international organized crime groups in conjunction with Strike Force Units and Assistant United States Attorneys in U.S. Attorney’s Offices around the country; prosecuting significant Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO), Violent Crimes in Aid of Racketeering (VICAR) and violent crime cases against the most dangerous street gangs operating on a regional and national level, coordinating the flow of criminal intelligence concerning organized crime cases to and from the field, including working with the International Organized Crime Intelligence and Operations Center; coordinating and working with organized crime and gang coordinators at U.S. Attorney’s Offices around the country, as well as the 21 Organized Crime Strike Forces; exercising approval authority over all proposed federal prosecutions under the RICO and VICAR statutes; advising and assisting on criminal investigations and prosecutions of federal crimes involving labor-management disputes, the internal affairs of labor unions in the private sector, and the operation of employee pension and welfare benefit plans; working with U.S. intelligence agencies and U.S. and foreign law enforcement agencies to identify, investigate and prosecute international organized crime groups; and contributing to the development of policy and legislation relating to numerous organized crime and gang related issues including gambling, firearms trafficking, human trafficking, violent crime, and international law enforcement strategies.
The Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, is seeking qualified, experienced attorneys for a permanent position in the Organized Crime and Gang Section located in Washington, D.C. The incumbent independently directs, conducts, and monitors investigations, prepares and conducts trials, and advises on strategies and tactics relating to the prosecution of organized crime. As a Trial Attorney, the incumbent:
- Partners with Assistant U.S. Attorneys (“AUSAs”) including Organized Crime Coordinators, Organized Crime Strike Force Attorneys, and Anti-Gang Coordinators, in the development and management of organized crime and gang prosecutions. Engages in all phases of investigation and litigation, including, but not limited to, the use of grand jury, advising federal law enforcement agents, preparing appropriate pleadings, and litigating motions and trials before U.S. District Courts across the country.
- Gives advice and instructions to AUSAs on complicated questions of law and Departmental policy.
- Promotes, in collaboration with OCGS managers, the Section’s program to foster effective national investigation and prosecution of organized crime and violent gang crime, including giving advice on strategy and legal complexities, and identifying and developing litigation priorities, policy, and legislative recommendations.
- Represents the interests of the Department of Justice by fostering communication and coordination between law enforcement agencies, as well as between United States Attorney’s Offices (USAOs).
- Serves as a subject matter expert, participating in, and/or providing advice on, activities related to the investigation and litigation of organized crime and gang cases.
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, be an active member of the bar in good standing. To qualify at the GS-15 level, applicants must have at least four (4) years 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; and leading paralegals and support staff.
Preferred Qualifications: Your qualifications will be further evaluated based upon the following competencies and experiences.
- Experience with prosecuting RICO, CCE or other complex conspiracy matters.
- Criminal litigation experience.
- Trial experience in U.S. District Courts.
- Trial experience in State or local courts.
- Experience with the federal judiciary.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. A list of eligible candidates will be referred to the hiring managers every two weeks during the open period of the announcement. If you are interested in applying, it is recommended that you do so early, as the vacancy may close prior to the advertised date if a selection is made.
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.
- If you do not already have an account, please create a USAJobs account before applying. You will be able to upload your resume and supporting documents and complete your profile prior to applying.
- Once you have an account, apply to the USAJobs vacancy: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/528776700
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