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Trial Attorney (International Unit)

Hiring Organization
Criminal Division (CRM)
Hiring Office
Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section
Job ID
24-CRM-MLARS-025
Location:
United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The mission of the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section (MLARS) is to take the profit out of crime and protect the U.S. financial system. MLARS investigates and prosecutes complex international money laundering and asset forfeiture cases, and has responsibility for managing the Department's Asset Forfeiture Program. Prosecutors in MLARS handle investigations, prosecutions, and civil and criminal forfeiture involving: violations of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), sanctions regimes, and related laws by financial institutions and their employees; high-level foreign corruption and international money laundering schemes aimed at laundering the proceeds of foreign corruption through the U.S. financial system and the forfeiture of assets related to those schemes; schemes involving professional money launderers and gatekeepers to the financial system; and other complex criminal schemes.

MLARS seeks a qualified prosecutor and litigator for the Department of Justice's anti-corruption initiative. The Department's Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative is aimed at combating large scale international corruption, preventing international criminal networks from corrupting the U.S. financial system, and recovering the proceeds of foreign official corruption. The mission includes returning recovered assets for the benefit of people harmed by the corruption in appropriate circumstances. To date, MLARS prosecutors have initiated criminal and civil actions throughout the United States in cases alleging the misappropriation of billions of dollars in funds from various governments or stateowned institutions, as well as major international bribery and kickback schemes. Examples include the $4.5 billion dollar theft embezzlement and kickback scheme involving 1MDB, the sovereign wealth fund of Malaysia; an $18 million bribery scheme involving the President of Panama and his sons that were paid by a major Brazilian company, Odebrecht; a case against foreign bankers who laundered funds for Odebrecht as part of its illegal schemes including using the US financial system; as well as millions of dollars in embezzlement and bribery proceeds involving corruption in countries including Nigeria, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Panama, Ukraine and Honduras, among others. IU trial attorneys are also investigating and prosecuting cases as part of the Department's Task Force KleptoCapture established in February 2022, involving evasion of sanctions relating to Russian aggression against Ukraine and other offenses. To date, in publicly filed cases, IU trial attorneys working with their FBI, HSI, Customs and National Security Division and AUSA partners have seized a $300 million yacht, obtained seizure warrants against two Boeing jets, and convicted three individuals. We are currently seeking federal prosecutors with criminal prosecution and forfeiture experience in complex money laundering cases.

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 successful candidate's responsibilities will include:

  • Instituting complex, sensitive, and high profile criminal and civil investigations and cases targeting high level foreign corruption and international money laundering schemes aimed at laundering the proceeds of foreign corruption through the U.S. financial system;
  • Collaborating on a frequent basis with foreign prosecutors and foreign law enforcement officers and working closely with federal law enforcement agencies, U.S. Attorneys' Offices and other Sections within the Criminal Division, including the Office of International Affairs and the Fraud Section, as well as Trial Attorneys in the National Security Division;
  • Recommending charging decisions and proposing dispositions in accordance with Department, Division, and Section policies and practices;
  • Conducting criminal and civil discovery, preparing for trial, and trying cases in federal courts throughout the United States;
  • Developing and strengthening strategic international partnerships and treaty relationships with foreign authorities; and
  • Handling the repatriation of funds to states harmed by the corruption utilizing various authorities.

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, 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.

Qualifications

Required Qualifications: Interested applicants must possess a J.D., or equivalent, 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, and be an active member of the bar in good standing. To qualify at the GS-15 grade 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:

  • Ability to plan and carry out complex investigations and litigation involving violations of federal statutes.
  • Substantial federal criminal prosecution experience in complex cases.
  • Effective legal advocacy and attention to detail, including significant writing, research, and analytical abilities in complex cases.
  • Ability to supervise agents, investigators, and legal support staff.
  • Fluency in one or more foreign languages is desired, but not required.
Application Process

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 https://secure.login.gov/sign_up/enter_email.You will be able to upload your resume and supporting documents and complete your profile prior to applying.

Salary

The salary range for this position is $163,964 – $191,900 per annum, which includes locality pay.  See OPM’s Web page at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2024/general-schedule

 

Number of Positions
2
Travel
Occasional
Relocation Expenses
No

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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 June 28, 2024