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TRIAL ATTORNEY (GS-905-15)

Hiring Organization
Antitrust Division (ATR)
Hiring Office
Civil Enforcement Program
Job ID
E24-13-O05
Location:
Chicago, IL 60604 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, is seeking a highly qualified attorney to serve as a Chief in its newly established unit of civil antitrust enforcers based in Chicago, IL. This unit will focus on civil enforcement of the antitrust laws and related statutes to protect competition in the agricultural supply chain, including prosecuting civil antitrust enforcement actions against anticompetitive mergers and conduct, and also enforcing related statutes such as the Packers and Stockyards Act. It may also assist with civil antitrust enforcement in other industries, as needed.

Additional information about the Antitrust Division can be found at http://www.justice.gov/atr/. Additional information about the Chicago Office can be found at https://www.justice.gov/atr/chicago-office.

As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.

Job Description

The Chief’s responsibility will include:

  • Assigning matters and/or cases to attorneys based on the difficulty and importance of the cases, and the amount and nature of experience of the attorneys.
  • Representing the Department in interagency groups and regulatory proceedings.
  • Serving as an expert consultant to attorneys and to superiors on antitrust and related laws, regulatory agencies, industries, and industry practices, as appropriate.
  • Participating in conferences with top officials in the Division and presenting opinions and advice as to the positions to be taken by the Division and the Department in complex antitrust conduct matters.
  • Planning trial and/or regulatory hearing strategy and, if necessary, being prepared to take over the trial of cases in the courtroom, handle arguments of major issues, or negotiate with defense counsel.
  • Managing all basic planning involved in handling assigned cases and matters. Reviewing all memoranda, reports, and correspondence for technical accuracy, completeness, and soundness.
  • Recommending appellate action where adverse decisions have been made in district courts.
  • Initiating the investigation of all violations of the antitrust and related laws.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.
Qualifications

Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the position qualifications listed in this announcement. If you are minimally qualified for this position, your resume and supporting documentation will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. To qualify, an applicant must:

  1. Be a citizen of the United States;
  2. Possess a J.D. or equivalent degree, be an active member of the bar in good standing (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least one and one-half years of post J.D. legal experience to qualify at the GS-13 level; two and one-half years of post J.D. legal experience to qualify at the GS-14 level, and/or at least four years of post J.D. legal experience to qualify at the GS-15 level;
  3. Have experience in the investigation of potential civil antitrust violations, or general federal litigation experience, including civil cases; and
  4. Demonstrate excellent writing, analytical, and interpersonal skills.
Application Process

Applications will be accepted until July 23, 2024. To receive consideration, please submit your application through USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov).

  1. If you do not already have a USAJOBS account, please create one before applying via the “Create an Account” link. You will be able to complete your profile and upload your resume and supporting documents prior to applying.
  2. Once an account has been created, apply to the USAJOBS vacancy: https://www.usajobs.gov/job/798115300
Salary

Candidates are being solicited at the GS-15 level, with salary up to $191,900 per annum, depending on qualifications and experience. https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2024/general-schedule

Number of Positions
1
Travel
Domestic and international travel may be required.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses are not authorized.

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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 race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit 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.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:  The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. See list of DPOCs.   

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 their retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

USAO Residency Requirement:  Assistant United States Attorneys must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

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Updated July 1, 2024