Job Title: Principal Deputy DirectorJob Announcement Number: 14-CRM-OPD-058
Department: Department Of Justice
Agency: Offices, Boards and Divisions
Hiring Organization: The Criminal Division
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/ Per Year
Monday, March 10, 2014 to
Monday, March 17, 2014
SERIES & GRADE:
Full Time -
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
Applicants must be a current Department of Justice Attorney
About the Agency
The mission of the Criminal Division's Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT) is to develop and administer technical and developmental assistance designed to enhance the capabilities of foreign justice sector institutions and their prosecutorial, judicial and law enforcement personnel. This assistance is administered in order to enable those institutions and their personnel to more effectively combat terrorism, organized crime, corruption, financial crimes and other types of crime in a manner consistent with the rule of law. The assistance is also administered to enable those institutions and their personnel to more effectively cooperate regionally and with the United States in combating such crime. http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/opdat.
The Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, is seeking a qualified, experienced attorney currently employed as a Department of Justice Attorney to serve as the Principal Deputy Director of OPDAT in Washington, D.C. This position will be filled by a permanent appointment.
- Occasional Travel
- Periodic international travel is required.
- 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:Back to top
As the Principal Deputy Director, the incumbent will:
- In collaboration with the Director of OPDAT, propose overall strategy 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.
- Supervise and oversee the activities of OPDAT, both substantively and administratively, 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, advice on legal processes and skills development workshops.
- Personally, and through subordinate staff, provide regular analysis and reports on the status and effectiveness of OPDATs criminal justice development and training efforts in achieving strategic goals. Also, advise on the impact of prosecutorial and criminal justice training conducted by other Department components and operational law enforcement agencies.
- Meet with U.S. foreign policy, prosecutorial, training and law enforcement officials to identify and document key foreign criminal justice training problems and shortcomings. Also, meet 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.
- Review programs to identify need for improvements in quality, timeliness, and/or productivity. Oversees and evaluates plans and measures attainment of outcomes. Identify and analyzes problems; develop Office-wide procedures.
- In collaboration with the Director of OPDAT, provide daily management and administrative guidance for OPDAT activities at the headquarters and field levels.
- Provide strong advocacy and commitment to the Divisions priorities concerning workforce diversity and equal employment opportunity. Demonstrate strong commitment for merit promotion principles in all aspects of hiring, selection, development, and performance management of employees.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
Required Qualifications: Applicants must be a current Department of Justice Attorney. 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 four (4) years post J.D. experience. Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing.
Grade Specific Qualifications:
- To qualify at the GS-15 level, applicants must have four (4) or more years of post-J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: independently performing legal analysis; composing pleadings, briefs and other court documents involving unique and/or difficult legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; prosecuting highly complex civil or criminal litigation; leading paralegals and support staff; and demonstrated experience with international law.
- Experience with the U.S. and foreign criminal justice systems.
Experience in formulating and executing U.S. criminal justice policy and foreign assistance goals.
Experience in designing, implementing and supervising rule of law training and justice sector development programs, particularly in an international context.
- Experience in dealing with foreign governments, international organizations, and the U.S. interagency process.
- Executive management or senior management experience.
A J.D. Degree.
- 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.
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 assessment questionnaire. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.
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).
HOW TO APPLY:Back to top
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, on Monday, March 17, 2014.
A complete application package must include:
- Cover Letter (highlighting relevant experience).
Résumé - 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.
- Assessment Questionnaire (you will be prompted to complete this when you apply online).
- 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.
Veterans Preference Documentation (if applicable):
- If you are a discharged, non-disabled veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing
character 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
- 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.
- 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.
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.
If you cannot apply online, please contact Human Resources at the phone number or email below for further instructions.
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.