Offices, Boards and Divisions Deputy Section Chief [1812334] in Washington, District Of Columbia

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

Opened Thursday 10/13/2016 (11 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 11/2/2016 (9 day(s) away)

Job Overview

The Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) is a great place to work. ENRD has continued to rank among the top 15 federal sub-components for the past 5 years, and ranked #1 for 3 years in a row.

ENRD is the nation's chief environmental litigator, enforcing federal pollution abatement laws to protect the health and environment of the United States and its citizens. ENRD also defends suits challenging environmental and conservation laws, programs, and activities; represents the United States in all matters concerning the protection, use and development of the Nation's natural resources and public lands; and litigates on behalf of Indian tribes and individual Indians.

For more information about the Environment and Natural Resources Division, visit us at:

ENRD seeks to attract, retain, and promote individuals of exceptional ability and talent from all walks of life. The work environment and atmosphere are open, diverse, collegial, and inclusive. ENRD places a high value on diversity and fosters a work environment where people of all backgrounds, physical abilities, sexual orientations and experiences may reach their full potential.


The Environmental Enforcement Section ('the Section") is the largest litigating component in the Environment and Natural Resources Division and one of the largest in the Department of Justice. The Deputy Chief is one of three in the Section. With the Chief, they lead and manage about two hundred public servants; who are responsible for bringing civil, judicial actions under various federal laws enacted to: (1) protect public health and the environment from the adverse effects of pollution; (2) seek civil penalties for past violations and injunctive relief to assure future compliance; and (3) collect environmental debts such as the cost of environmental cleanups and monetary damages flowing from injuries to natural resources. The Section litigates under statutes such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Oil Pollution Act, RCRA and the Superfund law (CERCLA). The breadth of the Section's practice is extensive and challenging. It includes cases of national scope, such as cases against multiple members of an identified industry, to obtain broad compliance with environmental laws.

The Section works closely with many federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard, and with other federal agencies that serve as trustees for natural resources, such as the Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA, or that manage federal lands, such as the National Parks Service and the Forest Service.

As directed by the Section Chief, each Deputy Chief is expected to lead, manage, or otherwise work on a wide range of functions for the Section, including: (1) litigation; (2) program goals and objectives; (3) operational and strategic plans; (4) review of and comment on proposals (legislative, regulatory, and policy-making); (5) deployment and safeguarding of resources (personnel, money, and information technologies); (6) maintenance and fostering of an effective and engaged workforce (including recruitment, professional development, and personnel actions that range from evaluation and promotion to disciplinary actions); and (7) provisions of advice to the Section Chief and the senior leadership of the Environment and Natural Resources Division.

In carrying out all assigned duties, and like any other Section employee, a Deputy Chief would be expected to: treat everyone in a professional and respectful manner in all situations; communicate effectively in writing and orally; act unfailingly with integrity and honesty; attend to his or her own professional self-improvement; and act in conformance with the public interest, under the law.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • 10% or Greater
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • You must complete a background investigation.
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
  • You must meet all minimum qualifications to be considered eligible.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required by law to review the executive qualifications of each new career appointee to the Senior Executive Service (SES) prior to appointment. To be considered for this position, applicants must submit a written statement addressing the five (5) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) listed below (See 'HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED').

Applicants must have a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least five (5) years post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience. The selectee will undergo a suitability review conducted by the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management.

Please limit the narrative statements for each Executive Core and Technical Qualification to no more than two pages. Copies of the Office of Personnel Management's "Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications" may be obtained via the Internet at Please see Application Procedures for specific instructions. The narrative statements should demonstrate the necessary level of management skills, characteristics, qualities, specialized knowledge, and technical competence that would indicate successful performance in the SES. This evidence must include clear and concise examples that emphasize the applicant's level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives, and level of contacts.

All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see

You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required of the position and on the extent your application demonstrates that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with this position as defined below. Please be sure to give concrete examples of your experience and demonstrate the complexity of the knowledge you possess.

You will be evaluated on the following Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs):

MTQ 1: Demonstrated litigation experience, especially in complex, high-stakes matters. MTQ 2: Demonstrated ability to apply effective management techniques and leadership qualities in directing the activities of attorneys and those who work with attorneys, including the ability to: adjust priorities; and provide accurate, useful, timely, and reliable information and advice to superiors. MTQ 3: Demonstrated experience in handling and managing complex legal issues, with a focus on enforcement of federal environmental laws and regulations, including pollution control statutes and those aimed at recovery of environmental debts such as cleanup costs and natural resource damages.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. An Executive Resources Board (ERB) will rank the most highly qualified candidates to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome.


DOJ offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:

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 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 other 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.

Other Information

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. ยง 213.3102(u)) hiring authority. Individuals with targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line. Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department's Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) at

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. 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.

Salary Range: $123,175.00 to $185,100.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: ES-0905-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: All groups of qualified individuals

Control Number: 451770900

Job Announcement Number: ENRD-16-087-SES