Deputy Director, Human Resources

Washington, D.C
Jun 30, 2022
Jul 07, 2022
Executive, Director
Full Time

As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.

This position is in the Senior Executive Service (SES) and is located in the Human Resources (HR) Staff, Office of the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Human Resources and Administration, Justice Management Division (JMD), Department of Justice (DOJ). As the Deputy Director of HR, you will be responsible for assisting the Director of HR in planning, directing, and coordinating Department-wide Human Resource management programs dealing with hiring and employment, employee development, labor relations management, benefits, services, classification, human resources/payroll processing, and includes a special emphasis on executive and political personnel. More specifically, you will:
  • Plan, develop, and implement Department-wide Human Resources management policies, regulations, procedures, and programs.
  • Ensure the Department's human capital and learning and development programs are supportive of DOJ's mission and comply with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Provide consultative and advisory services on Human Resources management matters, with a special emphasis on executive resources, to the Director, Chief Human Capital Officer (CHCO), senior leaders and customers throughout the Department.
  • Provide Human Resources management services for all political appointees (Presidential Appointees with/without Senate Confirmation, Senior Executive Service Noncareer Appointees, and Schedule C Appointees).
  • Manage and oversee DOJ's executive resources allocations and provide technical guidance to the Senior Executive Resources Board.
  • Oversee the operational functions for many of DOJ's Offices, Boards, and Divisions.
  • Support DOJ Strategic Human Capital efforts to strengthen an organizational culture of employee engagement and mission performance in accordance with Administration priorities and the DOJ Human Capital Strategic Plan.
  • In coordination with the Director, represents the Department in contacts with key officials of other departments and agencies, especially the Office of Personnel Management (Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer's Council) and participates in inter­ agency deliberations on Government-wide human resources problems and policies.

  • Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    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 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.


    The application process used to recruit for this position is TRADITIONAL METHOD. The applicant must address the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) as separate narrative statements not to exceed 2 pages per MTQ. Applications without separate narrative statements will not be considered.

    We recommend that your application emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the 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 Deputy Director, Human Resources. Please be sure to give concrete examples of your experience and demonstrate the complexity of the knowledge you possess.

    MTQ 1: Expert knowledge of the concepts, principles, practices, policies, rules, regulations, and programs as they relate to human capital in the Federal sector and the Office of Personnel Management, including management and HR Information Technology (HRIT) systems;

    MTQ 2: Demonstrated expertise and experience in two or more human resources functions that provides evidence of comprehensive knowledge and ability to provide high-level analysis and guidance in developing and implementing viable and results-oriented solutions across multiple functional areas; and

    MTQ 3: Strong management, operational, and technical skills, and demonstrated experience overseeing an operational HR organization, supervising a multidisciplinary team to meet HR program requirements with an emphasis on customer-focused service delivery.

    Additionally, your demonstrated leadership ability and the evidence of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) must be addressed as separate narrative statements not to exceed 10 pages. Applications without separate narrative statements will not be considered.

    Note: Applicants who have completed the SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) and/or 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.

    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.

    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 .


    There no educational requirements for this position.

    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: .

    EEO Policy 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. The complete DOJ EEO Statement/Policy is found at: .

    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. Our policy can be found at:

    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.
    • Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.
    • 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.