Director, Office of Enforcement Operations

Washington, D.C
Jan 28, 2023
Feb 05, 2023
Executive, Director
Full Time

The Director, Office of Enforcement Operations:
  • Oversees one of the largest components within the Criminal Division and plays a vital role in implementing the Attorney General's Strategic Plan and performance goals that relate to investigating all manner of federal offenses including those involving use of advanced technology, reducing narcotics trafficking and violent crime, combatting public corruption and fraud, and dismantling organized crime and violent street gangs, with the use of sensitive investigative techniques.
  • Provides the U.S. Attorney's Offices, various Department components, and federal law enforcement agencies with a wide range of prosecutorial and investigative support, including legal advice involving federal criminal laws and regulations relating to myriad investigative and prosecutorial measures, reviews/approvals required by statute or policy, and oversight of the use of the most sophisticated investigative tools, including electronic surveillance, the Federal Witness Security Program, grants of immunity to witnesses, and Special Administrative Measures imposed on persons in federal custody. Assists in developing Department policy on emerging technologies, telecommunications issues, and other investigative issues. Provides expert guidance in advising on and implementing the Department's policy on obtaining information from or records of members of the news media, including working with the U.S. Attorney's Offices.
  • Reviews, comments on the implications of, and makes recommendations with respect to new and proposed changes in legislation relating to statutes or policies for which the Office has responsibility. Prepares detailed memoranda and briefing materials with regard to a number of investigative and prosecutorial support responsibilities, such as obtaining authorization for electronic surveillance, compulsory legal process regarding members of the news media, court closures, search warrants involving attorneys, dual prosecution waivers, attorney subpoenas, and witness immunities. Responds to requests made to the Division for disclosure of information under the Freedom of Information Act and facilitates Division compliance with the Privacy Act.
  • Serves as the Director of the Federal Witness Security Program.
  • Advises the Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Assistant Attorney General concerning legal and policy questions relating to the statutes and policies administered by the Office or involving important or highly specialized matters. Manages the Office's financial, human, and technical resource allocations. Ensures that resource enhancements necessary for proposed priorities are identified and justification for additional funding is prepared to ensure adequate funding levels. Uses efficient and cost-effective approaches to integrate technology into the workplace for improved program effectiveness and enhanced decision-making.
  • Actively promotes and supports the Division's equal employment policies and programs designed to enhance workforce diversity aims. Demonstrates a firm commitment to applying merit promotion principles in all aspects of hiring, selection, training and development and employee retention.
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.


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 providing legal advice and policy guidance on the effective use of sophisticated investigative tools, including electronic surveillance, and the potentially sensitive use of other investigative and prosecutive authorities within the Office's areas of responsibility.
  • Experience with and knowledge of federal criminal practice and related Department of Justice policies.
  • Experience managing and supervising employees, including reviewing the work product of federal attorneys in the areas of electronic surveillance, court closures, attorney subpoenas and search warrants, witness security and relocation, or other areas in federal criminal practice involving potentially sensitive programs or investigative authorities.
  • Experience in establishing and maintaining harmonious relationships with the public, members of Congress, federal law enforcement agencies, United States Attorney's Offices, and Department and Division senior officials.
  • 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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