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Job Title:  Director, Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training Section (OPDAT)
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Offices, Boards and Divisions
Job Announcement Number:  13-CRM-SES-04

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$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year
Monday, April 01, 2013 to Monday, April 22, 2013
Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


The Criminal Division is one of seven litigating Divisions in the Department of Justice which investigates and prosecutes complex criminal matters and assists the 93 United States Attorney Offices in investigations, trials, and appeals.

The incumbent of this position serves as Director, Office of Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training and reports directly through the cognizant Deputy Assistant Attorney General (DAAG) and to the Assistant Attorney General within the Criminal Division.

The Office of Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT) was created in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice in 1991 in response to the growing threat of international crime. OPDAT's mission is to assist prosecutors and judicial personnel in other countries to develop and sustain effective criminal justice institutions. OPDAT recognizes that international cooperation in the investigation and prosecution of criminals and organized crime groups is central to countering international crime at its source; and that the efficient and fair administration of justice offers the greatest protection from lawlessness and support for basic human rights.


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


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The Director, Office of Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training:

  • Proposes overall strategic policy for the design and implementation of highly technical legal assistance programs, tailored to meet specific needs that enhance the ability of foreign counterparts to investigate offenses effectively, to competently prosecute them, to foster fair adjudication, and to promote human and technological development.
  • Coordinates with top management officials of the Department of Justice and the Criminal Division and senior policy officials in the Department of State, USAID and operational law enforcement agencies, to assure the identification of strategic foreign criminal justice goals and the initiation of programs to meet these goals.
  • Supervises and oversees the activities of OPDAT, ensuring that the office delivers fully integrated training and development programs for criminal justice systems overseas. These program activities include legislative reform, the drafting of new criminal codes, creation of investigative policies and procedures, and advice on legal processes.   
  • Advises the cognizant Deputy Assistant Attorney General (DAAG) on criminal justice training related to foreign policy issues, and acts as a senior advisor to Department officials on foreign criminal justice policy matters. Due to the complexity and sensitive nature of these criminal justice training issues, the incumbent must be a recognized expert and aware of the wide-ranging policy implications in virtually all aspects of the work.
  • Personally, and through subordinate staff, provides regular analysis and reports on the status and effectiveness of OPDAT’s criminal justice development and training efforts in achieving strategic goals. Also, advises on the impact of prosecutorial and criminal justice training conducted by other Department components and operational law enforcement agencies.
  • Meets with U.S. foreign policy, prosecutorial, training and law enforcement officials to identify and document key foreign criminal justice training problems and shortcomings. Also, meets with counterpart senior criminal justice officials in foreign countries. Working with these senior U.S. and foreign officials and eminent legal scholars, identifies the legislative, developmental and training requirements most likely to ameliorate problems.
  • Represents the DAAG in high level meetings, conferences and symposia concerning international criminal justice matters, sponsored by a wide variety of national and international organizations and agencies, including the United Nations.
  • Manages the Office’s financial and human resources. Works closely with the Criminal Division's Finance Management Unit to track and control of the Office’s multi-million dollar budget. Ensures that resource enhancements necessary for proposed priorities are identified and justifications for additional funding are prepared to ensure adequate funding levels.  Prioritizes work of the Office.  Uses efficient and cost-effective approaches to integrate technology into the Office’s programs for improved program effectiveness and case management.
  • Reviews programs to identify need for improvements in quality, timeliness, and/or productivity. Oversees and evaluates plans and measures attainment of outcomes. Identifies and analyzes problems; develops Office-wide procedures.
  • Provides strong advocacy and commitment to the Division’s priorities concerning workforce diversity and equal employment opportunity. Demonstrates strong commitment for merit promotion principles in all aspects of hiring, selection, development, and performance management of employees.


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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 (any jurisdiction) in good standing and have at least 5 years post-J.D. experience. 

You must submit a resume and a separate narrative statement/response that addresses each of the Mandatory Professional/Technical Qualification Requirements related to this position as well as the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) related to all positions in the Senior Executive Service.

Mandatory Professional/Technical Qualification Requirements

  1. Experience with the U.S. and foreign criminal justice systems.
  2. Experience in formulating and executing U.S. criminal justice policy and foreign assistance goals. 
  3. Experience in designing, implementing and supervising rule of law training and development programs, particularly in an international context. 
  4. Experience in dealing with foreign governments, international organizations, and the U.S. interagency process.
  5. Experience managing a budget.

Executive/Managerial Requirements:

ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE. This core qualification encompasses the ability to develop and implement an organizational vision, which integrates key national and program goals, priorities, values, and other factors. Inherent to it is the ability to balance change and continuity--to continually strive to improve customer service and program performance within the basic Government framework, to create a work environment that encourages creative thinking, and to maintain focus, intensity and persistence, even under adversity.

  • Leadership Competencies: Creativity & Innovation, Continual Learning, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Service Motivation, Strategic Thinking, Vision

ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE. This core qualification involves the ability to design and implement strategies, which maximize employee potential and foster high ethical standards in meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals.

  • Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Cultural Awareness, Integrity/Honesty, Team Building

ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN. This core qualification stresses accountability and continuous improvement. It includes the ability to make timely and effective decisions and produce results through strategic planning and the implementation and evaluation of programs and policies.

  • Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN. This core qualification involves the ability to acquire and administer human, financial, material, and information resources in a manner which instills public trust and accomplishes the organization's mission, and to use new technology to enhance decision making.       

  • Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Technology Management, Human Resources Management

ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS. This core qualification involves the ability to explain, advocate and express facts and ideas in a convincing manner, and negotiate with individuals and groups internally and externally. It also involves the ability to develop an expansive professional network with other organizations, and to identify the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization.

  • Leadership Competencies: Influencing/Negotiating, Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Partnering, Political Savvy, Written Communication


The managerial qualifications of a selectee who is not a current or former career Senior Executive Service (SES) employee 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.

If the selectee is not a current employee of the Offices, Boards, or Divisions of the U.S. Department of Justice, he/she will be required to submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.

Some travel will be required.


Candidates will be evaluated on the mandatory Professional/Technical Qualification Requirements identified above. Based on their total background, i.e., education, training, self-development, awards, outside activities, performance appraisal, as well as work history. If candidates are found to possess all technical requirements, they will then be evaluated based on the Executive Core Qualifications as established by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) outlined above.

OPM's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications can assist you in writing an effective SES application. In particular, please note the Challenge-Context-Action-Result Model that is recommended and very helpful when drafting ECQ narrative responses. The Guide is available on OPM's Website at: .


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Relocation expenses are authorized.

SES pay is determined within the pay range, commensurate with experience, superior leadership qualifications, and/or other competencies consistent with the agency mission, contingent on Department pay-setting rules.

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.

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).

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Submit all the required documents listed below to:

SES.CRMJOBS@USDOJ.GOV or faxed to (202) 353-0775 (**Preference is to receive an application via e-mail).

Applications being mailed should be sent to:

Department of Justice/Criminal Division

1400 New York Avenue, NW

Attn: Monet Gregory

Human Capital Staff

Bond Building, Suite 5000

Washington, DC 20530

As all incoming U.S. mail must be processed at a remote facility prior to final delivery, to avoid delay in receipt, it is highly recommended that applicants use Federal Express.

All applications (including mailed applications) MUST BE RECEIVED BY 11:59 PM EST on Monday, April 22, 2013.


To receive consideration, applicants must submit:

  1. A resume
  2. A separate statement addressing each of the Mandatory Professional/Technical Qualification Requirements.
  3. A separate statement addressing each ECQ that describes your managerial experience. While individuals who are current or former career SES members (approved by OPM and have completed an initial probationary period) need not submit an Executive Core Qualifications statement, they are required to provide an SF-50 or SES certificate to demonstrate their current or prior service. Otherwise, the absence of ECQs will be identified as a failure to comply with the requirements of the vacancy. Applicants must meet qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
  4. If you are a current or recent Federal employee, you must submit a copy of your latest Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) and a performance appraisal issued within the past 12 months, or if none exists, please include a statement to that effect.


Monet Gregory
Phone: (202)305-1620
Fax: (202)353-0775
Agency Information:
The Criminal Division
1400 New York Ave
Suite 5000
Washington, DC
20005 Fax: (202)353-0775


We will notify you of your status as a candidate after each step of the recruitment process. 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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