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Job Title:  Deputy Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Offices, Boards and Divisions
Job Announcement Number:  ENRD-13-001-EXC

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
Monday, January 07, 2013 to Thursday, February 07, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States
All groups of qualified individuals within the civil service



The Environment and Natural Resources Division (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 the Justice Department's website at:



  • You must submit your application by 5:00 pm (EST) on the closing date.
  • You must meet all minimum qualifications to be considered eligible.


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The Environmental Enforcement Section (EES) is the largest litigating section 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 EES who oversee a staff of attorneys and legal support who are responsible for bringing civil judicial actions under most federal laws enacted to protect public health and the environment from the adverse effects of pollution, 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 the environmental laws.

Through its enforcement of the Superfund law, the Section seeks to compel responsible parties either to clean up hazardous waste sites or to reimburse the United States for the cost of cleanup, thereby ensuring that they, and not the public, bear the burden of paying for cleanup. The Superfund law is also a basis of the Section's actions to recover damages for injury to natural resources that are under the trusteeship of federal agencies.

The Section works closely with the Environmental Protection Agency and with federal agencies that serve as trustees for federal natural resources, such as the Fish and Wildlife Service, or serve as managers for federal lands, such as as National Parks and Forests, when those resources and lands have been contaminated by third parties.


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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').

You must hold a J.D. degree, be an active member of a bar and you must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position




You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required; and on the extent to which your application shows that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with this position as defined below. When describing your knowledge, skills and abilities, please be sure to give examples and explain how often you used these skills, the complexity of the knowledge you possessed, the level of the people you interacted with, the sensitivity of the issues you handled, etc.

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

MTQ 1: Demonstrated ability to apply effective management techniques and leadership qualities in directing the activities of attorneys, including the ability to adjust priorities, and the ability to provide accurate, useful, and timely information and advice to superiors on which they can confidently rely when making decisions.

MTQ 2: Demonstrated experience in management of complex legal issues, with a focus on enforcement of environmental laws and regulations.

You will be evaluated on the following Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs):

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. Qualities within this ECQ are: creativity and innovation; external awareness; flexibility; resilience; strategic thinking; and vision.

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. Qualities within this ECQ are: conflict management; leveraging diversity; developing others; and team building.

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. Qualities within this ECQ are: accountability; customer service; decisiveness; entrepreneurship; problem solving; and technical credibility

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Qualities within this ECQ are: financial management; human capital management; and technology management.

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. Qualities within this ECQ are: partnering; political savvy; and influencing/negotiation.

Veterans' preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service.


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You may participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, with costs shared with your employer. More info:

Life insurance coverage is provided. More info:

You will earn annual vacation leave. More info:

You will earn sick leave.More info:

You will be paid for federal holidays that fall within your regularly scheduled tour of duty. More info:




The Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) of the selectee who is not a current or former career Senior Executive employee (Title V) must be approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) before appointment. In addition, individuals entering the SES career service for the first time are subject to a one-year probationary period.

Applicants who have completed a Candidate Development Program (CDP) and have had their ECQs certified by OPM must provide a copy of their certificate as part of their application.

Relocation expenses will not be approved. Frequent travel may be required.

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 adrug-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. 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, 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 non-service-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).

Legal and Regulatory Guidance Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.

False Statements - If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

Selective Service - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.


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If you are a current career member of the SES, or are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have completed an SES Candidate Development Program and obtained Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board certification, you can apply to be considered noncompetitively. To be considered non-competitively, you must submit your resume, written statements addressing the technical qualifications, and other qualifications, as applicable, however, you need not submit written statements addressing the Executive Core Qualifications.

Be certain that your application, e-mailed or hand -carried, is received by 5:00 pm (EST) on the closing date. Please note that sending your application other than email or in person may result in a delay in your package being received in the Environment and Natural Resources Division/Human Resources prior to the deadline; therefore, you would not receive consideration. Applicants must submit the following:

A resume, SF-50 and Performance Appraisal, individual narrative statements for the technical qualifications and for each of the Executive Core Qualifications; you must send this information so that it is received by the Director, Office of Human Resources, Environment and Natural Resources Division, prior to the closing date of the announcement.


See the "How to Apply"section. 



Marcia Jordan-Burke
Phone: (202)616-3128
Fax: (202)305-4866
Agency Information:
US DOJ Environment and Natural Resources Division
Director Office of Human Resources ENRD
P O Box 7611
Washington, DC
20044-7754 Fax: (202)305-4866


Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of all applicants' qualifications. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome.

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