Trial Attorney

Organized Crime and Gang Section (OCGS)
Attorney
Washington, DC
United States
19-CRM-OCGS-026
About the Office: 

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.

Job Description: 

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. 
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, 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.
Salary: 
The salary range for this position is $134,789 – $164,200 per annum, which includes locality pay. See OPM’s Web page at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2019/general-schedule/
Travel: 
Routine travel will be required for conferences and litigation work throughout the United States. Overseas travel may also be required.
Application Process: 

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Once you have an account, apply to the USAJobs vacancy: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/528776700

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.

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Few
Updated March 27, 2019

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Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, pregnancy, status as a parent, or any other nonmerit-based factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

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Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

 

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