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Job Title:  Deputy Chief
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Offices, Boards and Divisions
Job Announcement Number:  14-ATT-001

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$124,995.00 to $157,100.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, February 05, 2014 to Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
United States Citizens
Public Trust - Background Investigation


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

The Civil Rights Division (Division) of the Department of Justice, created in 1957 by the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The Division enforces federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, disability, religion, familial status and national origin.

The Appellate Section (APP or Section) is seeking an experienced attorney for the position of Deputy Chief in Washington, D.C. The Section has primary responsibility for handling civil rights cases in the courts of appeals and, in cooperation with the Solicitor General, in the Supreme Court. The Section also provides legal counsel to other components of the Department of Justice regarding civil rights law and appellate litigation. The work of the Section also includes appeals from district court judgments in cases originally handled by trial sections within the Division and work involving participation as amicus curiae (friend of the court) in cases that have the potential for affecting Division enforcement responsibilities.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Position requires extended hours but relatively little travel


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • You must complete a background investigation.
  • Selective Service registration is required, as applicable.
  • You must possess a J.D. degree.
  • You must be an active member of the bar in good standing.


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The incumbent of this position will report directly to the Section Chief and will be responsible for duties such as, but not limited to, (1) serving as the reviewer assigned to certain cases, including difficult and complex cases in the courts of appeals and Supreme Court; (2) providing guidance to other attorneys in selected matters and projects; and (3) assisting the Chief in management of the Section. In addition, the Deputy Chief will be expected to handle other special assignments to be made by the Section Chief.


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Required Qualifications:

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction), and have at least six (6) years of post-J.D. experience. Applicants must have demonstrated academic achievement; exceptional writing and analytic ability; outstanding interpersonal, leadership, and organizational skills; solid professional judgment; appellate litigation experience; and the ability to excel in a fast-paced, highly demanding environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

Excellent oral advocacy skills and experience; substantive knowledge and expertise in the laws, rules, and regulations enforced by the Civil Rights Division; experience managing attorneys and staff; and experience or interest in the enforcement of civil rights laws are preferred but not required.



Applicants will be evaluated relative to the qualifications set forth above.


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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.


If an applicant does not submit the requested application materials, the Civil Rights Division will evaluate the applicant solely on the information available, which may result in the applicant not receiving full consideration or not being considered eligible.

Internet Site: This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found here.

Department Policies: 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 contact the Division's Reasonable Accommodations Manager, Jana Erickson, on (202) 616-2206. 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.

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. 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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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:

  • Your résumé
  • A complete Occupational Questionnaire
  • Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time Zone) on Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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 occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID  1039402

Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

  • Click the following link to view and print the Occupational Questionnaire.
  • Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire, and
  • 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.


  • Resume
  • Cover Letter (describe skills and experience relevant to the position)
  • Writing sample of no more than ten pages (a brief or comparable analytic legal exposition that is your work product)

Submitting Documents

If you upload your documents using Application Manager, DO NOT FAX the same documents. To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.

Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. To fax documents, you MUST use the special cover page. Print the pre-populated cover page on the upload documents screen of Application Manager. Or, you may click this link to print a copy of the cover page. When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below.

  • Include the Vacancy Identification Number 1039402
  • Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.
  • You may submit multiple documents for the same vacancy announcement using one cover page.
  • Fax your cover page and documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed:

  • Not using the special cover page mentioned above.
  • Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number
  • Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name

Note: If you have documents in your Application Manager account from a previous vacancy announcement they can be opened, copied and saved then reused as an upload file for this vacancy. Uploading your documents will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.

Your resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications can be submitted electronically using the document upload process, fax, mail or by hand-deliver. Please be sure to include all of the following information in your resume:

Job Information:

  • Vacancy Identification Number, title, grade and location for which you are applying.

Personal Information:

  • Full name, mailing address (with zip code) and day/evening telephone numbers (with area code).
  • Country of Citizenship.
  • If ever employed by the Federal Government, please show the highest Federal civilian grade held, job series, and dates of employment in grade.
  • Education:

    • High School name, city, state and zip code, date of diploma or GED.
    • Colleges and/or Universities attended, city, state and zip code.
    • Major field(s) of study.
    • Type and year of degree(s) received. If no degree received, show total credit hours received in semester or quarter hours.

    Work Experience for each paid or non-paid position held related to the job for which you are applying (do not provide copies of job descriptions):

    • Job title.
    • Duties and accomplishments.
    • Number of hours per week.
    • Employer's name and address.
    • Supervisor's name and phone number.
    • Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year).
    • Salary.
    • Indicate if your current supervisor may be contacted.

    Other Qualifications:

    • Job-related training courses (title and year).
    • Job-related skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.)
    • Job-related certificates and licenses.
    • Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments (e.g., publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, performance awards, etc.). Do not send copies of documents unless specifically requested.


Diane Turner
Phone: (202)514-3934
Agency Information:
US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division
Human Resources Office
950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 3200 Bicentennial Building
Washington, DC


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. We expect to make a final job offer within 120 days after the closing date of the announcement.

Instructions for answering the questions in the Occupational Questionnaire: If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.

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