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Job Title:  Director, National Courts / Commercial Litigation Branch (Career SES)
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Offices, Boards and Divisions
Job Announcement Number:  DOJ-CIVses-2013-05-CLB

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
Monday, October 07, 2013 to Thursday, October 31, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC
US Citizens and Status Candidates


Are you interested in a rewarding and challenging career? Join the U.S. Department of Justice!!

The Civil Division, with more than 1,000 attorneys and 14 litigating components, represents the United States, its departments and agencies, Member of Congress, Cabinet officers and other Federal employees.


The incumbent serves as Director of the National Courts Section in the Commercial Litigation Branch, Civil Division.  The National Courts Section handles a wide variety of lawsuits filed by and against the government involving monetary claims worth billions of dollars as well as the review of critical government decision-making in areas of diverse as procurement, benefits for veterans and government retirees, whistle blowing and government personnel actions.  Attorneys handle trial and appellate stages of high stakes monetary actions, including government contacts and other commercial disputes, constitutional claims, military and civilian pay claims, and recovery of money secured fradulently from the United States.  Attorneys regularly file briefs and present oral arguments in appeals from the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the Merit Systems Protection Board, and the Board of Contract Appeals.  Others attorneys litigate claims by financial institutions and investors arising from financial crises and reforms.  Attorneys appear routinely in the United States Court of Federal Claims and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and other fora. 


The Director is accountable for the management and operations of the Section and also serves as an expert advisor and counselor to the Branch's Deputy Assistant Attorney General on all matters pertaining to the Section.  The incumbent also personally handles the most sensitive, precedent-setting litigative matters that are deemed to require the highest level of legal expertise. 


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • 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.
  • You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation.


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The Director provides oversight of the National Courts Section's wide array of litigation and provides critical supervision and guidance of over 100 attorneys and support staff.  In addition to managing National Courts' staff, the incumbent works closely with management and administrators at the highest levels of the Department, in the office's client agencies, and in the United States Attorneys' Offices.  The incumbent sets litigation and resource-allocation priorities for the office's enormous workload, and reviews proposed and pending legislation that may affect the office's areas of expertise.  The Director may also personally handle some of the office's high-stakes cases, participating in negotiation and settlement conferences with opposing parties in sensitive situations.  The incumbent also represents the Division's Assistant Attorney General and the Deputy Assistant Attorney General with the officials and judges of applicable courts in connection with matters arising within the Commercial Litigation Branch. 


In addition, the Director makes decisions involving the management of human resources, budget resources, and operational issues of concern to National Courts.  Human Resources management activities including the selection, development, assessment, and promotion of employees are performed with proper consideration given to the provisions of Merit Promotion and Equal Employment Opportunity. 





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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. 


This position requires the highest level of professional competence.  The duties of the position require extended specialized training and experience in the law and an intimate grasp of the specialized, complex, and highly technical subject matter and procedures of the Supreme Court and federal and state appellate courts.  The position also requires extensive experience in trial and appellate litigation on behalf of the United States.  Because the legal problems typically involve questions as to which there is no well-settled governing rule, the work also calls for wide latitude in the exercise of independent judgment and initiative in fields of unusual difficulty.  The incumbent is called upon regularly to supervise the highly important and complicated cases over which the Civil Division has jurisdiction are pending in foreign courts or other tribunals.  The position also requires a broad background of experience and knowledge in management and policy analysis. 


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.  


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. 



 1.  Demonstrated expertise in federal litigation and multiple areas of commercial law. 

 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 will also 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. 

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

 Resilience - 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. 

 Vision - 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 difference 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 - 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:

Accountability - 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. 

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

 Entrepreneurship - Positions the organization for future success by identifying new opportunities; builds the organization by developing or improving products and 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 recruited, selected, appraised, and rewarded; takes action to address performance problems. 

 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 strategic relationships and achieve common goals. 

 Leadership Competencies:

Partnering - 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.

 Influencing/Negotiating - 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.

 Integrity/Honesty - 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 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:




Other Information:


One year probationary period may be required.


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


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


Some travel may be required.


Relocation expenses will not be paid.


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:  http://www.usdoj/civilindex.html


Other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at:


EEO Statement:

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.


Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. 


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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. 

 Applications must either be E-MAILED, hand-delivered, or sent via the USPS, or some other mail carrier.  You may E-MAIL your application to:

Please use 'Announcement # DOJ-CIVses-2013-05-CLB' as your  Subject Line

Via U.S. Postal Service:

Crystal Roy

DOJ/Civil Division/ PMB

Room 9020

P. O. Box 14660 Ben Franklin Station, NW

Washington, DC 20044-4660

Via other mail carriers:

Crystal Roy

DOJ/Civil Division/PMB

Room 9020

1100 L Street, NW

Washington, DC 20530





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 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. 


Crystal Roy
Phone: (202)305-2718
Agency Information:
Civil Division DOJ
PO BOX 14660
Ben Franklin Station
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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