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Job Title:  Director, Federal Tort Claims Act Section
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Offices, Boards and Divisions
Job Announcement Number:  DOJ-CVses-2012-05-FTCA/Tort

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year
Thursday, November 08, 2012 to Friday, November 30, 2012
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States
Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified individuals within the civil service.



The Civil Division, with more than 1,000 attorneys and 14 litigating components, represents the United States, its departments and agencies, Members of Congress, Cabinet officers and other Federal employees.  The Director of Torts/Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), Civil Division, is a Senior Executive Service position within the U.S. Department of Justice.  FTCA is one of four sections in the Torts Branch.  The incumbent serves as one of the directors of the Torts Branch who manage both the litigative and administrative responsibilities of this Branch as a collegial body under the direction of the Deputy Assistant Attorney General. The incumbent directs the defense of the United States in a wide range of complex, and often controversial, tort suits, including cases based on medical care, regulatory activities, law enforcement, and maintenance of federal lands.


The incumbent participates with the other directors of the Torts Branch in decision-making on complex and precedent-setting matters that impact the body of Tort law.




  • You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply section).
  • You may be subjected to undergo a urinalysis for a drug test.
  • Moving and Relocation Expenses are not authorized.
  • Some travel may be required.
  • One year probationary period may be required.


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The Director of the FTCA Section is responsible for all aspects of the work of the Section. This responsibility includes supervising and directing the work of the Section’s attorneys, including reviewing and approving pleadings, briefs and other papers filed in significant litigation. The Director also advises and consults with staff members on new program orientations or directives, insures that adequate resources will be available to carry out the work of the Section, and evaluates and adjusts the organizational structure based on new or changed directions of the Section’s work or caseload requirements.

The Director is responsible for providing guidance and advice to U.S. Attorney’s Offices and agency counsel nationwide concerning FTCA jurisprudence, case development, damages evaluation, and settlement strategy and negotiations.  The incumbent reviews and acts upon FTCA settlements up to $1,000,000, and makes recommendations to higher-level DOJ officials for settlements in excess of $1 million. The incumbent oversees the administrative adjustment of tort claims based on the conduct of DOJ employees.

The Director is responsible for making appeal recommendations on all adverse judgments entered in FTCA cases, and making final determinations that no appeal will be taken in certain non-controversial adverse FTCA judgments.

The incumbent provides comments on FTCA-related Congressional legislation that may have an impact on taxpayer liability. This responsibility includes analyzing and reviewing proposed and pending legislation related to the work of the Torts Branch or providing comments and recommendations to revise, support, or oppose such legislation, as well as assisting in formulating the Department's position.

The incumbent proposes and drafts regulations and comments on regulations proposed by other agencies that affect or may affect the FTCA and the work of the Torts Branch.

The Director and Section attorneys represent the Assistant Attorney General on various interdepartmental committees or activities with respect to matters relating to the FTCA. The incumbent communicates with the responsible officials of the principal agencies in  cases handled by the Section, consulting with them on special problems that may arise.  The incumbent guides and directs officials of other agencies in the fulfillment of the Section’s requests for investigation reports, or other pertinent data and witnesses needed in connection with the defense of litigation, and consults with and advises them on agency procedure and policy which are affected by court decisions in order to avoid future litigation.

The Director serves as a consultant to the Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division on matters concerning the Torts Branch. The Director also participates in the formulation and implementation of new policies or organizational changes having an impact on the Branch and the Division. The incumbent also provides advice on significant cases and their impact on the Branch and the Division.


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Applicant must be a graduate from a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Qualifications include both general management skills and characteristics that are applicable to all SES positions and technical or program responsibilities specific to this position. Applicants must have a substantive general experience which provides a good basic or general knowledge of the principles of organization, management, and administration; and substantive specialized (operating administrative or managerial) experience in a type of work or a combination of functions directly related to this position.



1. Demonstrated expertise in tort litigation.

2. Demonstrated experience supervising and reviewing the work product of attorneys.

3. Demonstrated writing ability.

4. Ability to serve as spokesperson for one’s organization.


You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.

You must submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test before you can be appointed into this position.

You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.

Some travel may be required.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

One year probationary period may be required. 


You will be evaluated on the following Executive Core Qualifications:


ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE. This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.


Leadership Competencies:

Creativity and Innovation
Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting edge programs/processes.

External Awareness
Understands and keeps up-to-date on local, national, and international policies and trends that affect the organization and shape stakeholders’ views; is aware of the organization’s impact on the external environment.

Is open to change and new information; rapidly adapts to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.

Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks.

Strategic Thinking
Formulates objectives and priorities, and implements plans consistent with the long-term interests of the organization in a global environment. Capitalizes on opportunities and manages risks.

Takes a long-term view and builds a shared vision with others; acts as a catalyst for organizational change. Influences others to translate vision into action.


ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE. This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization’s vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

Leadership Competencies:

Conflict Management
Encourages creative tension and differences of opinions. Anticipates and takes steps to prevent counter-productive confrontations. Manages and resolves conflicts and disagreements in a constructive manner.

Leveraging Diversity
Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the organization.

Developing Others (New)
Develops the ability of others to perform and contribute to the organization by providing ongoing feedback and by providing opportunities to learn through formal and informal methods.

Team Building
Inspires and fosters team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust. Facilitates cooperation and motivates team members to accomplish group goals.


ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN. This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.


Leadership Competencies:

Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results.  Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes.  Complies with established control systems and rules.

Customer Service
Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external customers. Delivers high-quality products and services; is committed to continuous improvement.

Makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data are limited or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions.

Positions the organization for future success by identifying new opportunities; builds the
organization by developing or improving products or services. Takes calculated risks to accomplish organizational objectives.

Problem Solving
Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations.

Technical Credibility
Understands and appropriately applies principles, procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise.

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN. This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.


Leadership Competencies:

Financial Management
Understands the organization’s financial processes. Prepares, justifies, and administers the program budget. Oversees procurement and contracting to achieve desired results. Monitors expenditures and uses cost-benefit thinking to set priorities.

Human Capital Management
Builds and manages workforce based on organizational goals, budget considerations, and staffing needs. Ensures that employees are appropriately recruited, selected, appraised, and rewarded; takes action to address performance problems. Manages a multi-sector workforce and a variety of work situations.

Technology Management
Keeps up-to-date on technological developments. Makes effective use of technology to achieve results. Ensures access to and security of technology systems.

ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS. This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.


Leadership Competencies:

Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals.

Political Savvy.
Identifies the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization. Perceives organizational and political reality and acts accordingly.

Persuades others; builds consensus through give and take; gains cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals.


Fundamental Competencies These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications.
Interpersonal Skills
Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.

Oral Communication
Makes clear and convincing oral presentations. Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed.

Behaves in an honest, fair, and ethical manner. Shows consistency in words and actions. Models high standards of ethics.

Written Communication
Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.

Continual Learning
Assesses and recognizes own strengths and weaknesses; pursues self-development.

Public Service Motivation
Shows a commitment to serve the public. Ensures that actions meet public needs; aligns
organizational objectives and practices with public interests.


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The Department of Justice 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


Relocation expenses will not be paid.


This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.


Before entering on duty, you will be required to complete a Financial Disclosure Report, SF-278. You will need to provide the information annually.


For more information about the Civil Division visit the Justice Department web site at:


Other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at: http://www.usdoi.govloarmlattvacancies.html


Department Policies: 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, politics, marital status, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the
basis of personal favoritism. 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.


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, http:llwww.opm.govlformslpdfima.qelsfOO15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which fists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting documents). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service-connected disabilities or receipt of non-service connected disability pensions to be dated within the last 12 months 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).


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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You must submit your application so that it will be RECEIVED by the closing date of the announcement.


For more information, contact the Executive Resources staff at 202-305-2718.


In addition to your resume, you must also submit separate narrative statements addressing each of the five (5) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and each of the four (4) Professional and Technical Qualifications (PTQs).


ECQ responses are not required for current and former career members of the SES, (Indicate whether you are a current or a former member of the SES). You must submit responses to the PTQs, and submit a copy of the most recent SF-50 documenting your SES career appointment.


ECQ responses are not required for SES Candidate Development Program graduates, however you must submit responses to the PTQs, and submit a copy of your OPM Qualifications Review Board certification document.


Applications must either be EMAILED, hand-delivered, or sent via the U.S. Postal service, or some other mail carrier.

You may EMAIL your application package to:


Please use ‘ Announcement # DOJ-CVses-2012-05-FTCA/Torts ’ as your Subject Line.


Via U.S. Postal Service:
Crystal Roy
DO J/Civil Division/PMB
Room 9020
P.O.Box 14660 Ben Franklin Station
Washington, DC 20044-4660


Via other mail carriers:
Crystal Roy
DO J/Civil Division/PMB
Room 9020
1100 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20530



Crystal Roy
Phone: (202)305-2718
Agency Information:
U S Department of Justice Civil Rights Division
DOJ/Civil Division/PMB
Room 9020
1100 L Street NW
Washington, DC


A panel of senior executives will distinguish the best-qualified candidates from other applicants based on a review of each applicant’s ECQs, as appropriate, and PTQs. Failure to meet all qualification requirements automatically disqualifies an applicant.

Eligibility for this position will be based upon a clear showing that the applicant has experience, knowledge, skill, and ability of the scope and quality sufficient to effectively carry out the assignments of the position. If you are tentatively selected for appointment to this SES position, your ECQs must be approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

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