Director, Constitutional and Specialized Torts Litigation

Washington, D.C
May 27, 2022
Jun 02, 2022
Executive, Director
Full Time

The Director, CSTL, in conjunction with the other branch directors, supervises and directs the work of attorneys, including the assignment and distribution of work among the attorneys, reviewing and approving pleadings, briefs, and court filings. The Branch Director represents the Assistant Attorney General to the officials and judges of the applicable courts in connection with all matters relating to the Branch's and often the Division's business with that Court, and also on various interdepartmental committees or activities with respect to related matters and in dealing with counsel for litigants or others, including members of the Congress. Maintains close contact with the responsible officials of the principal agencies in which the cases handled by the Branch originate, so as to be in a position to consult with them on special problems which may arise.

Serves as a consultant to the Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Assistant Attorney General on matters concerning the Torts Branch. Participates in the formulation and plans for implementation of new policies or organizational changes having an impact on the Branch and the Division. Advises on significant cases and their impact on the Branch and the Division.

Additional duties include:
  • Analyzing and reviewing proposed and pending legislation which may affect the work of the Torts Branch or which is in any way related thereto, comments on and makes recommendations to revise, support or oppose such legislation, and assists in formulating the Department's position concerning same. On occasion, the Branch Director is called upon to testify before Congressional committees on said legislation as a representative of the Department of Justice.
  • Analyzing pursuant to Department regulations, all requests for individual representation submitted by federal employees arising from personal legal exposure related to acts performed within the scope of federal employment.
  • Managing the private counsel representation program, ensuring that private attorneys are properly retained to represent federal officials in appropriate circumstances and that all expenditures remain within budgetary restrictions, are authorized under Department policies and guidelines, and are appropriately documented.
  • Guiding and directing officials of other agencies (in most instances the General Counsels or Solicitors of SES rank) in the fulfillment of the Branch's request for investigation reports, other pertinent data and witnesses which may be needed in connection with the defense of this litigation, and consults with and advises them on agency procedures and policy which are affected by Court decisions in order to eliminate the basis for future litigation.
  • Preparing and arguing the most difficult and precedent-forming case falling within the jurisdiction of the Torts Branch.

  • Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen or National.
  • Veterans' preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service.
  • Selective Service registration is required for males born on, or after, December 31st, 1959. Those not registered should have an approved exemption on file.
  • You will be required to complete a pre-employment security investigation and background check for the security level designated for this position.
  • You will be required to undergo a drug screening and obtain favorable results prior to being appointed.
  • You will be required to obtain and maintain a final Sensitive Compartmented Information Clearance. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in withdrawal of the job offer or removal.
  • You may be subject to a one-year probationary period effective from the date in which you are appointed.
  • This position requires you to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 278) upon entry, and annually thereafter in accordance with DOJ and Federal ethics guidelines.
  • You must meet all minimum qualifications to be deemed eligible. Only experience obtained by closing date of this announcement will be considered.
  • As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Mandatory Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications.

    Note regarding COVID-19: To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.


    Applicants 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.

    We recommend that your application emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the torts litigation programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions. You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required of the position and on the extent your application demonstrates that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of the Director, Constitutional and Specialized Torts Litigation. Please be sure to give concrete examples of your experience and demonstrate the complexity of the knowledge you possess.

    YOU WILL BE EVALUATED ON ALL OF THE FOLLOWING MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQ): Your responses to the MTQs should be submitted in one document that includes separate narrative statements addressing each of the 2 Mandatory Technical Qualifications (NOT TO EXCEED 2 PAGES PER MTQ, 4 PAGES TOTAL).

    MTQ 1. Demonstrated experience and expertise in tort litigation that includes handling Constitutional and common law claims as well as statutory damage actions.

    MTQ 2. Demonstrated experience in planning and oversight of the activities of a legal organization including developing legal strategies in federal courts and providing sound and timely legal counsel.


    ECQ1 - 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.

    ECQ2 - 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.

    ECQ3 - RESULTS DRIVEN. This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

    ECQ4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN. This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

    ECQ5 - BUILDING COALITIONS. This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

    Fundamental Competencies: These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Continual Learning, Written Communication, Integrity/Honesty, and Public Service Motivation. The Fundamental Competencies are crosscutting and should be addressed over the course of each ECQ narratives. It is not necessary for you to address the Fundamental Competencies directly as long as the narrative, in its totality, shows mastery of these competencies on the whole.

    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 that 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.

    Applications without separate narrative statements will not be considered.

    Note: Applicants who have completed the SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) and have had their ECQs certified by OPM must provide a copy of their certificate as part of their application. Candidates must still satisfy the MTQs of the position.

    Please refer to OPM's Guide to the Senior Executive Service Qualifications for more detailed information. .

    Copies of the Office of Personnel Management's "Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications" may be obtained via the Internet at .


    All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see


    Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to timely provide such evidence by submitting proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency with your application materials.

    More information may be found at .

    All documentation must be in English or include an English translation. .

    Additional information

    DOJ 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: .

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    Reasonable Accommodation
    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.

    Legal and Regulatory Guidance
    • Social Security Number - Your Social Security Number may be requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you.
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    • Signature - Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.
    • False Statements - If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.
    • Selective Service - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.