Deputy Director - Office of International Affairs

Washington, D.C
May 14, 2022
May 21, 2022
Executive, Director
Full Time

The Deputy Director for OIA:
  • In consultation with the OIA Director, develops and implements strategies to ensure that OIA is structured to meet the needs of the Department's growing international caseload and to address the increasing number of foreign requests for legal assistance, including the design and implementation of streamlined processes for handling mutual legal assistance requests and other functions. Specifically, the Deputy Director supervises OIA teams handling various incoming and outgoing requests for extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA).
  • Motivates attorneys and staff to achieve goals and objectives-with quality results and service to all the parties it represents-despite substantial caseloads and limited resources.
  • Oversees litigation in U.S. and foreign courts of extradition and mutual legal assistance cases and related issues.
  • Oversees the development of policy and procedural guidance to address developments in foreign and U.S. law in international criminal practice.
  • Directly supervises attorneys in the provision of legal advice to U.S. prosecutors and agents, both federal and state, regarding obtaining fugitives and evidence from abroad.
  • Develops effective relationships with the U.S. Attorneys' Offices and federal law enforcement agencies involved in international cases, as well as with foreign law enforcement counterparts.
  • In consultation with the OIA Director, participates in the negotiation of bilateral and multilateral law enforcement treaties and ensures that negotiations promote the law enforcement priorities of the United States. Establishes regular consultations with most active treaty partners to assure effective implementation of treaties and resolution of recurrent problems.
  • With delegation from the OIA Director, represents OIA on undercover and sensitive case review boards of federal law enforcement agencies. Handles sensitive case matters involving critical foreign policy interests, intelligence and national security matters, and other law enforcement interests.
  • Represents OIA and the Criminal Division at intra-departmental and interagency meetings, and briefings for Congressional staff and members. Represents the Department of Justice at international meetings. Briefs the Attorney General and other Department leadership on international issues and law enforcement relations with particular countries.
  • In consultation with the OIA Director, develops and leads programs for training and outreach to federal, state and foreign prosecutors and agents and police on international issues, including tools for securing international cooperation and legal and policy guidance.
  • Provides strong advocacy and commitment to the Criminal 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.
  • In consultation with the OIA Director, develops budget and resource requirements for OIA and provides necessary justifications. Makes recommendations to the OIA Director and Criminal Division leadership on staffing and hiring. Reviews programs to identify needs for improvements in quality, timeliness and/or productivity. Monitors and evaluates plans and measures attainment of outcomes and performance. Identifies and analyzes problems; obtains, maintains, reports, and uses reliable and timely information for decision making; and provides solutions to organizational problems. Ensures best use of scarce resources and promotes accountability and efficiency.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Individuals entering the SES career service for the first time are subject to a one-year probationary period.


Interested applicants must possess a J.D., or equivalent, degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State or 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. Applicants must also have a high level of management/supervisory experience.

Applicants must submit a resume and a separate narrative statement/response that addresses each of the Mandatory Professional/Technical Qualification factors related to this position as well as the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) related to all positions in the Senior Executive Service.

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: .

Professional/Technical Qualification Requirements:
  • Experience in federal criminal practice and criminal prosecutions and investigations involving international issues and related interagency coordination.
  • Experience in public speaking and representing an organization at high-level domestic and/or foreign meetings.
  • Familiarity with federal investigatory agencies, the intelligence community, and on-going programs, policies and priorities concerning international cooperation in criminal investigations and prosecutions.
  • Experience leading and managing a large organization, including guiding it through significant change.
  • 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 and 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


    A J.D., or equivalent, degree.

    Applicants who possess an equivalent degree rather than a J.D. may be subject to additional review by the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management.

    Additional 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.

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