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Job Title:  Deputy Chief, Appellate Section
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Offices, Boards and Divisions
Job Announcement Number:  13-CRM-SES-05

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 to Monday, August 12, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
United States Citizens



The Department of Justice (DOJ) mission to enforce the law, and to defend the interests of the United
States and its citizens in accordance with the law, is carried out by approximately 104,000 talented and
diverse men and women, working in 40 separate component organizations and in numerous and varied
law enforcement, legal, and administrative mission-critical occupations. DOJ leads the Nation in ensuring
the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. With such an important
mission to achieve, it is critical for DOJ to recruit a highly-skilled workforce. Become a member of our
team, where you can achieve your career goals and apply your skills and talents to our important

Consider joining the DOJ Criminal Division. One of seven litigating Divisions in the Department, the
Criminal Division investigates and prosecutes complex criminal matters and assists the 93 United States
Attorney Offices in investigations, trials, and appeals. In addition to its direct litigation responsibilities,
the Division formulates and implements criminal enforcement policy and provides advice and assistance
in sensitive areas of law enforcement; advises the Attorney General, Congress, the Office of Management
and Budget and the White House on matters of criminal law; provides legal advice and assistance to
federal prosecutors and investigative agencies; and provides leadership for coordinating international as
well as federal, state, and local law enforcement matters.

The Appellate Section defends the integrity and constitutionality of the Department’s investigations and prosecutions.  To accomplish its mission, the Appellate Section prepares draft briefs and certiorari petitions for the Solicitor General for filing in the U.S. Supreme Court; makes recommendations to the Solicitor General as to whether further review is warranted on adverse decisions in the district courts and courts of appeals; prepares briefs and argues cases in the courts of appeals; and briefs and argues motions in district courts in cases of national importance.  Section attorneys also assist U.S. Attorneys in preparing briefs for the courts of appeals and provide advice on a variety of legal issues.


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


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As the principal Deputy Chief of the Appellate Section you will manage complex appellate legal matters in many of the Attorney General’s mission critical areas such as public corruption, financial crimes, terrorism and violent crime, child exploitation, and the validity of federal sentencing. The principal Deputy Chief also:

• Supervises and coordinates legal issues of substantial precedential importance assigned to the Appellate Section charged with carrying out one of the heaviest caseloads in the Department.  Serves, along with the Chief, as the Department’s expert on appellate cases.  Oversees the preparation of briefs and petitions of government cases in the Supreme Court that are within the jurisdiction of the Criminal Division. 

• Assigns and reviews for policy and substance recommendations to the Solicitor General prepared in the Appellate Section as to the advisability of taking appeals to the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court from adverse decisions of the lower courts.  Reviews briefs prepared by Section attorneys for filing in the federal appellate courts, and prepares attorneys for oral arguments in those courts.  Advises and consults with United States Attorneys, other Division attorneys, the Assistant Attorney General, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, and the Solicitor General on the status of the Division’s cases in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, and ongoing and emerging priorities.

• Advises and consults regularly with United States Attorneys on questions arising in their daily work of preparing indictments, preparing and trying cases, and handling appeals which call for quick solutions by means of ready knowledge of the relevant legal precedents.

• Prepares legal memoranda and correspondence on a wide spectrum of Division criminal matters, including terrorism, public corruption, financial fraud, and child exploitation investigations and the legality of investigative techniques, jurisdictional questions or grand jury issues vital to protecting the interests of the United States.  Also provides advice and analysis to the Assistant Attorney General on proposed amendments to the federal rules and the criminal code.

• Personally drafts Supreme Court briefs in the most difficult and important cases upon assignment by the Solicitor General.  Also personally briefs and argues cases in the courts of appeals and drafts appeal recommendations to the Solicitor General.

• Assumes responsibility for a broad range of management, financial and administrative functions that are critical in the planning, policy direction, operation and problem solving of the Section.  Mobilizes Section’s prosecutorial resources to provide significant litigative support on quick response issues.  Reviews programs to identify need for improvements in quality, timeliness, and/or productivity.  Monitors and evaluates plans and measures attainment of outcomes.  Provides solutions to organizational problems.

• Acquires and leverages needed fiscal and human resources to achieve results oriented outcomes.  Develops budget enhancements which include both performance measures and outcomes that reflect the Section’s, Division’s and Department’s strategic goals and objectives. 

• Provides strong advocacy and commitment to the Division’s priorities concerning workforce diversity and equal employment opportunity.  Affirms merit promotion principles in all aspects of personnel recruitment, selection, development, and performance management.


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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. 

Mandatory Professional/Technical Qualification Requirements:

1. Experience in handling criminal cases in the United States Supreme Court and the federal circuit courts;
2. Experience in supervising appellate attorneys and reviewing the work product of attorneys; and
3. Ability to establish and maintain harmonious relationships with the United States Attorneys, the Office of the Solicitor General, and other Department offices and law enforcement agencies.   

 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


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.

Candidates will be evaluated on their responses to 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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Applicants must meet qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

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.

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).

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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To receive consideration, applicants must submit:

1. A resume

2. A separate statement addressing each of the Mandatory Professional/Technical Qualification Requirements, as outlined in the Qualifications section.

3. A separate statement addressing each ECQ that describes your managerial experience, as outlined in the Qualifications section. 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.

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.

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

Applications being mailed should be sent to*:

        Department of Justice/Criminal Division

        1400 New York Avenue, NW

        Attn: Monet Gregory

        Human Resources Management 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.


THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS HAS BEEN EXTENDED. All applications (including mailed applications) MUST BE RECEIVED BY 11:59 PM EST on Monday, August 12, 2013.


To receive consideration, applicants must submit the required documents listed in the How to Apply section.


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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