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Job Title:Supervisory Trial Attorney (Deputy Chief, Forfeiture Unit)

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Offices, Boards and Divisions

Job Announcement Number:13-CRM-AFMLS-052

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, July 09, 2013 to Tuesday, July 30, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0905-15

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

The Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking an experienced attorney to be the head of the Forfeiture Unit in the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section. The position falls under the general supervision of the Chief and the Principal Deputy Chief.

The Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section (AFMLS) leads the Department’s efforts to take the profit out of crime. The multi-dimensional responsibilities of AFMLS include anti-money laundering enforcement, forfeiture, law development, training, and technical assistance, all done in close cooperation with partners in the United States and abroad. AFMLS also provides oversight, management, and policy development for the DOJ Assets Forfeiture Fund, including returning money to victims and funding to federal, state, and local law enforcement.

The Forfeiture Unit initiates its own cases and closely partners with other litigating components of the Criminal Division to seek the forfeiture of the proceeds of criminal activity and property used to facilitate criminal activity. The unit is responsible for providing advice and support on the use of criminal forfeiture and for initiating civil in rem actions, rather than criminal prosecutions, to seek the forfeiture of assets. In particular, the unit targets the assets of serious criminal organizations, such as the Mexican drug cartels, to undercut their profit motive and disrupt the criminal organization, while also giving attention to other high priority criminal offenders who engage in criminal activity such as fraud, cybercrime, and the theft of intellectual property

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualifiy for this position.
  • You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation
  • You may be required to take a drug test.

DUTIES:

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The Deputy Chief of the Forfeiture Unit:

  • Supervises and manages the work of the Unit’s attorneys on cases involving civil and criminal forfeiture actions, and ancillary proceedings;
  • Advises line attorneys on strategic approaches to their forfeiture actions;
  • Ensures that unit attorneys are properly prepared and trained to litigate complex matters, trains line attorneys on discovery obligations and ethical considerations, and oversees the negotiation of settlement agreements and other resolutions, properly balancing a variety of relevant factors;
  • Reviews seizures warrants, lis pendens, restraining orders, complaints, criminal forfeiture allegations, dispositive pretrial motions, and other pleadings;
  • Provides litigation advice to other Criminal Division litigating components, U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, federal investigative agencies, and state and local prosecutors and agencies on asset forfeiture issues;
  • Develops and maintains working relationships with partners at the U.S. Attorneys’ Office, other litigating components and offices, and federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies;
  • Represents AFMLS in inter-departmental and inter-agency meetings and communicates on matters concerning asset forfeiture issues.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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, and have at least five years post J.D. experience. Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing.

Applicants must also have one year of specialized experience at the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: preparing pleadings, briefs and other court papers involving complex legal issues in complex civil or criminal litigation; and conducting complex civil or criminal litigation and familiarity with asset forfeiture litigation.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Your qualifications will be further evaluated based upon the following KSAs.You are required to respond to each KSA in the occupational questionnaire portion of this announcement. Failure to respond to these questions may result in your being deemed not highly qualified for the position.

  • Demonstrates litigation experience at a high level.
  • Demonstrates sound legal judgment.
  • Ability to supervise attorneys and legal support employees.


Education:

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 http://www.sss.gov). 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.
  • Travel will be required.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

BASIS OF RATING: Once the announcement closes, your application will be automatically evaluated and rated by the system and a Human Resources Specialist. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your application and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


BENEFITS:

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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees. http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp



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 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, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf 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 nonservice-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).

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



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes the Assessment Questionnaire and the Required Documents indicated below. The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, onTuesday, July 30, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the process.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following 922361. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144. I

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the Assessment Questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire, and
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire: http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf  and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package which includes:

  1. Your Résumé - applicants will be evaluated based on a comparison of the position requirements against the quality and extent of experience or related education as reflected in their resume. Applicants are encouraged to ensure work experiences clearly show the possession of knowledge of the subject matter pertinent to the position and the technical skills to successfully perform the duties of the position
  2. Cover Letter (highlighting relevant experience).
  3. Veterans Preference Documentation (if applicable):
    a.    If you are a discharged, non-disabled veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character of discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions. If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives at www.archives.gov/veterans.
    b.    If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge, you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, and 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.
    c.    If you are a disabled veteran, Purple Heart recipient, or mother or spouse of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit  a completed SF-15 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf and all additional proof required by the SF-15, as applicable. If you don't have your Department of Veterans Affairs letter establishing proof of disability, you may request it at http://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ or call 1-800-827-1000.
  4. Documentation of eligibility for special hiring authorities (if applicable) to prove appointment eligibility. Examples include: Schedule A disability letter, Peace Corps volunteer letter, military spouse hiring authority documentation, etc.
  5. If current governemnt employee, most recent performance appraisal.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Jennifer Chapman
Phone: (202)514-2811
Email: JENNIFER.CHAPMAN@USDOJ.GOV
Agency Information:
DOJ Criminal Division
1400 New York Ave NW
Suite 5000
Washington, DC
20530

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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Job Announcement Number:

13-CRM-AFMLS-052

Control Number:

347078900