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Supervisory Trial Attorney (Chief, Special Operations Unit)

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Offices, Boards And Divisions Washington , DC 20001

Posted 4 months ago



The DOJ is seeking an experienced attorney to serve as the Chief of the Special Operations Unit (SOU) and the Deputy Director of the Federal Witness Security Program. The SOU, a unit within the Office of Enforcement Operations (OEO), in Washington, D.C., oversees the use of several sensitive law enforcement investigative techniques governed by relevant provisions of the United States Attorneys' Manual as well as management and oversight responsibilities for the Federal Witness Security Program.

The majority of the incumbent's time is dedicated to the Federal Witness Security Program (Program). As the Deputy Director of the Program, the incumbent coordinates oversight of Program policies and administration of Program practices with multiple partners both within, and outside of, the Department of Justice.

The Deputy Director manages the day-to-day operations of the Program and supervises, establishes policies, and provides legal guidance to a professional staff, including case analysts and attorneys, to accomplish the mission. In addition, the incumbent is responsible for reviewing and making recommendations for action on all matters before their presentation to the Program Director for final action/decision.

As the Chief of SOU, the incumbent supervises attorneys and staff responsible for oversight of the use of sensitive law enforcement tools, including, but not limited to: the utilization of Special Administrative Measures conditions of confinement in cases involving high-risk federal inmates who threaten national security or who have links to terrorism; the application and vetting of applications by federal law enforcement agencies for certain immigration benefits for witnesses cooperating in cases targeting organized criminal syndicates; and the covert use of federal inmates in sensitive operations. The incumbent makes recommendations to OEO and Criminal Division leadership regarding the use of sensitive investigative techniques employed in federal criminal investigations. In addition, the incumbent is responsible for providing legal advice and guidance to OEO's Director and Deputy Director in establishing policies for the operation of the SOU and management of attorney and non-attorney staff, as well as performing a variety of other tasks, as directed by the Director or Deputy Director.

The incumbent provides legal advice and support on the operation of the SOU and the Program to United States Attorneys' Offices around the country and travels when necessary to provide training to federal prosecutors and law enforcement agencies.

The incumbent develops and maintains relationships with staff and agency employees at various levels, as well as members of the United States Attorney community and representatives of investigative agencies at all levels of the government to communicate and disseminate information about the Unit's mission and activities.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Domestic travel is required, sometimes on a short notice.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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Conditions of Employment

You must be a U.S.

Citizen to qualify for this position.
You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation.
All male applicants born after 12/31/1959 must have registered for the selective service. If selected, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.
DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
This position has supervisory/managerial responsibilities. A one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period is required upon selection. This may be waived if you have successfully completed the supervisory/managerial probationary period.


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, and have at least (5) years of post J.D. experience. Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing.

Grade Specific Qualifications:
To qualify at the GS-15 level, applicants must have five (5) or more years of 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.
Demonstrated significant experience with complex federal investigations and the prosecution of complex federal criminal cases;
Demonstrated significant experience in the use and supervision of sensitive investigative tools in complex federal investigations;
Established relationships with agencies partnered with the Program;
Considerable interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to partner and negotiate sensitive issues at a senior management level;
Experience in supervising the work product of attorneys and other professional staff;
Strong academic credentials; and
Excellent research, writing, and presentation skills.


A J.D. Degree.

Additional information

An in-person interview in Washington, D.C. may be required for this position prior to final selection. The cost of travel to the interview site will be the responsibility of the applicant unless otherwise stated.

Reasonable accommodation requests will be considered on an individual basis as requested by a person with a disability. Declining an invitation to interview may remove you from further consideration.

The Criminal Division participates in the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program . E-Verify helps employers to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees.

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, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any non merit 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.

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.

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.

Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys' Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S.

Citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S.

Citizens are 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.

The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement. Such posting and/or dissemination is not an endorsement by the Department of the organization or group disseminating and/or posting the information.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
BASIS OF RATING: Once the announcement closes, your application will be automatically evaluated and rated by the system and a Human Resources Specialist. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your application and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

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 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).

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required


Required Documents

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If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

This job originated on . For the full announcement and to apply, visit . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

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