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Unit Chief/Supervisory Attorney-Advisor - Cyber Law Unit

Hiring Organization
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Hiring Office
Office of the General Counsel
Job ID
Job ID: 46401
Chantilly, VA 20151 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

Cyber Law Unit:
The Unit Chief must work effectively with the Cyber Law Unit team, it clients, other government agencies, and the private sector to help identify the most effective tools available to combat complex cyber threats that are global in nature.  Candidate will have experience (or demonstrate an ability for) managing and leading legal professionals in an environment that requires rapid decision making, even when confronted with ambiguity, as well as the ability to think and plan strategically to address emerging threats and legal issues.  The ideal candidate will be creative, a team player, and possess excellent interpersonal and legal analysis and writing skills.  The ideal candidate will also have experiences (or demonstrate the ability for) working with high-level executives across multiple organizations, and a familiarity with Executive Branch policymaking processes and the legislative process.
Mission Statement:
The mission of the FBI is to protect the American People and uphold the Constitution of the United States.

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

Major Duties:
- Lead a team of FBI legal professionals called upon to find creative and effective solutions to some of the most complex technical and legal issues facing the United States government.
Focus will be on legal support to FBI investigations of cyber intrusions and attacks by both national security and criminal threat actors
- Serves as a key leader for the FBI in developing and reviewing effective strategies, policies, and legislation to drive the FBI's cyber investigations and operations.
- Supervises attorneys and other professional staff who provide such legal and/or policy guidance, including the full complement personnel matters for these employees (e.g., performance appraisals, promotions, and reassignments)
- Establishes and maintains effective relationships with the FBI's partners in the national security and criminal law arenas, including DOJ (e.g., Criminal Division and the National Security Division), U.S. Attorney's Offices, other Intelligence Community and federal agencies, and foreign partners.
- Participates in National Security Council meetings and working groups as appropriate, and to present as an expert at legal conferences and trainings.
- The position requires the completion of a financial disclosure form (OGE-450).


Mandatory Qualifications:  
Attorney in good standing and in active status with the bar of any state or the District of Columbia and a Juris Doctor - must possess a law degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.
Please make sure your specialized experience/requirement(s) can be identified in your resume. Applicants must meet the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Your application will be evaluated and rated under the FBI’s Candidate Rating Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement and will be compared to your responses to the online assessment questionnaire. High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume, and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from Most Competitive status.
If you are deemed Most Competitive, you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration.
All applicants will be rated on the following Competencies Please ensure you respond to each of the competencies. Failure to provide a response for each competency will preclude you from submitting your application.
Leadership: Motivates, inspires, develops and mentors others; garners respect and loyalty from others by demonstrating credibility, professionalism, and integrity; provides guidance and directs others in accomplishing goals and objectives.

Initiative: Takes action in anticipation of future needs or opportunities; initiates activity to accomplish a task or goal; pursues participation in activities; volunteers ideas, resources, or efforts.

Problem Solving/Judgement: Critically evaluate conditions, events, and alternatives; identify problems, causes and relationships; base decisions or recommendations on data or sound reasoning; and formulate objective opinions.

Communication: Express thoughts and ideas clearly, concisely, persuasively orally and in writing; interpret and understand verbal or written communications; tailor communication to the experience, exposure or expertise of the recipient; proactively share information with others when appropriate.
Specialized Experience (SE): Experience which is required to perform in the position successfully. (This experience should mirror the mandatory qualifications on the internal job opening.) 

All qualifying experience MUST be provided within your RESUME to be considered.
GS - 15: Applicant must possess at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level.  

Application Process

The following instructions outline our application process: Please visit to apply. 
Step 1: Click the “Start” button to begin an application. You will be prompted to either Sign In to continue the application or to register with FBIJOBS if you don't already have an account. 

Step 2: Follow the Step by Step process to submit an application. You will be guided through each step in the process. You are required to complete all sections of the application to successfully submit your application.


GS - $148,484 - $176,300

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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, 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, 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 November 30, 2022