Offices, Boards and Divisions Supervisory Trial Attorney/ Deputy Chief in District of Columbia, District Of Columbia

Offices, Boards and Divisions
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • District of Columbia, DC
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Wednesday 9/28/2016 (28 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 11/11/2016 (16 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

The Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section (NDDS) supervises and has responsibility for enforcing federal statutes pertaining to narco-terrorism, narcotic drugs and other controlled substances. The Section advises the Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, Department of Justice and other federal officials involved in drug enforcement on all matters related to federal narcotics and narco-terrorism law enforcement including proposed and enacted legislation, policy, enforcement initiatives, and criminal and civil litigation. The Section has direct litigation responsibilities in significant drug and narco-terrorism investigations and prosecutions targeting national and international narcotics trafficking and money laundering organizations. Litigation Unit attorneys work with federal law enforcement agencies to identify, investigate and prosecute the most significant national and international drug trafficking and money laundering organizations.

Litigation Unit attorneys prosecute major transnational narcotic traffickers and money launderers in U.S. courts, using evidence gathered by U.S. federal agents in the United States, and often utilizing evidence gathered by foreign law enforcement officials abroad.


The Deputy Chief of the Litigation Unit is primarily responsible for recruiting, directing, and supervising the Unit's attorneys, paralegals, and two Assistant Deputy Chiefs, and overseeing all of the litigation functions of the Section, including:

  • Assignment and monitoring of workloads;
  • Writing annual performance appraisals and other employee relations related matters;
  • Coordinating the preparation of weekly and other periodic reports regarding the Unit's significant cases;
  • Supervision of the Unit's statistical reporting to the Criminal Division, and Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF);
  • Ensuring that the Department's litigation-related policies and practices are adhered to by the Unit's attorneys;
  • Coordinating the professional development, training and mentoring of the Unit's attorneys;
  • Coordinating and interacting with management from federal and international law enforcement agencies with whom Litigation Unit attorneys work;
  • Representing the Section at international coordination meetings and at national and international narcotics-related conferences and training seminars; and
  • Serving as the Section's liaison to the OCDETF at its periodic Regional and National conferences.

This position reports through the Principal Deputy Chief to the Chief of the Section

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional domestic and international travel will be required.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualify for this position.
  • You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation.
  • You may be required to take a drug test.

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. 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. experience, three(3) of which must include experience as a federal prosecutor, equivalent to the GS-14 grade level. Applicants must also have conducted at least five federal jury trials as first chair.

Preferred Qualifications:

Prior management experience and experience investigating and prosecuting complex, federal international narcotics cases, is preferred, but not required. Applicants must have excellent interpersonal skills, have a demonstrated interest in mentoring younger attorneys, and be a self-starter.


A J.D. Degree.

Other Requirements:

  • You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.
  • All male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service (see If selected for this position, 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.
Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

We will notify you of your status as a candidate after each step of the recruitment process (receipt of application, determination of basic qualifications, notice of forward to selecting official, and final selection). After extending a tentative job offer and receiving acceptance by the selectee, we will conduct an employment suitability/security background investigation to confirm that the selectee meets all requirements to fill the position. We expect to make a final job offer once all such reviews have been completed.


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The link above provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.

Other Information

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 AttorneysÂ’ 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.

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Salary Range: $128,082.00 to $160,300.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0905-15/15

Promotion Potential: 15

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 451754000

Job Announcement Number: 16-CRM-NDD-085