The Civil Rights Division (Division) of the Department of Justice, created by the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The Division is primarily responsible for enforcing federal statutes and executive orders that prohibit, among other things, unlawful discrimination in education, employment, housing, police service, public accommodations and facilities, voting, and federally funded and conducted programs. The Division also has jurisdiction to enforce constitutional prohibitions on certain conduct by law enforcement agencies and public residential institutions, such as health care and correctional facilities.
The Criminal Section (CRM) prosecutes cases involving the violent interference with liberties and rights defined in the Constitution or federal law. The rights of both citizens and non-citizens are protected. In general, it is the use of force, threats, or intimidation that characterize a federal criminal violation of an individual's civil rights.
Our cases often involve incidents that are invariably of intense public interest. While some violations may most appropriately be pursued by the federal Government, others can be addressed by either the federal Government or by state or local prosecutors. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that acts constituting federal criminal civil rights violations are sufficiently remedied, whether prosecuted federally or by local authorities.
Additional positions may be filled from this vacancy announcement.
The incumbent shall conduct sensitive and complex investigations to assess potential violations of federal criminal civil rights statutes, including deprivations of rights under color of law, hate crimes, and human trafficking offenses involving sex trafficking and/or forced labor to include: reviewing and analyzing allegations of criminal violations; developing strategies for investigations; coordinating with federal law enforcement agencies to ensure that cases are investigated thoroughly and effectively; developing testimonial and documentary evidence relevant to cases; presenting evidence to federal grand juries; identify relevant legal issues in cases and investigations; recommending for or against federal prosecution; meeting and conferring with officials from the Civil Rights Division, the Department of Justice, other federal, state, and local government agencies, and interested non-governmental organizations; and establishing good working relationships with, and strong coordination with partners from United States Attorney's Offices and federal investigative agencies nationwide.
The incumbent shall also prepare and present cases for prosecution, to include: preparing, reviewing, and editing grand jury authorization requests, prosecution summaries, and indictment recommendations; preparing, reviewing, and editing indictments, motions, pleadings, and briefs; conducting pretrial discovery and motions practice; developing testimonial and documentary evidence for trial; and conducting every aspect of trial preparation and trial presentation in federal criminal trials in jurisdictions across the United States.
The incumbent will also be required to handle non-litigation matters that arise in relation to the Section's mission of investigating and prosecuting criminal civil rights and human trafficking cases. These non-litigation duties might include participating in strategy and coordination meetings; conducting legal trainings, public presentations, and other forms of outreach; meeting with interested persons regarding prosecutorial decisions; and other non-litigation duties.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from an American Bar Association accredited law school, be an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction), and possess the minimum years of post-professional legal experience commensurate to the grade level of eligibility, as shown below. Applicants must demonstrate superior oral and written communication skills (including strong oral advocacy skills), possess excellent academic and professional credentials, and have outstanding professional references. Applicants must also demonstrate exceptional interpersonal skills and professional judgment, and be able to excel in a fast-paced, highly demanding environment.
At least 2.5 years - GS-14 ($106,263 to $138,136 per annum)
The following qualifications are preferred but not required: (1) first-chair criminal prosecution or defense experience; (2) criminal or civil jury trial experience; (3) federal criminal or civil litigation experience; (4) experience with complex criminal investigations, especially in utilizing investigative grand juries; (5) experience in human trafficking, and/or human rights issues; (6) substantial knowledge of federal constitutional law; or (7) judicial clerkship experience.
You must submit your application so that it will be received by 11:59pm (Eastern Time Zone) on the closing date of the announcement. Please refer to the "How To Apply" section at this link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/395805600
Questions about this position may be directed to Harry Vickers at 202-514-3934 or Harry.Vickers@usdoj.gov .