Deputy Chief

Washington, D.C
Mar 24, 2023
Mar 31, 2023
Executive, Chief
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.

The Appellate Section is responsible for appeals in all cases handled by an ENRD Section in the trial court. It also handles directly, or coordinates with the USAOs, on appeals in Division cases that were handled by a USAO in the trial court. In addition, the Appellate Section has responsibility for certain petitions for review filed directly in the courts of appeals that seek review of decisions of the Energy and Interior Departments and of the FAA, NRC, STB, and in some instances FERC. The Appellate Section works closely with the Office of the Solicitor General in determining whether to appeal adverse district court decisions, to seek further review of adverse court of appeals decisions, and to participate as amicus curiae in the courts of appeals and the Supreme Court. The Section provides the Office of the Solicitor General with initial drafts of all briefs filed in the Supreme Court in Division cases handled by the Appellate Section. The Appellate Section management consists of a Chief, a Deputy Section Chief, and three Assistant Section Chiefs, who divide the work of the Section by subject matter.

The Deputy Chief position is responsible for work coming from some of the Division's trial sections, assigning cases, and reviewing briefs and memoranda, as well as working with trial sections and client agencies, the Office of the Solicitor General, and the Front Office on issues as they arise. The Deputy Chief also supervises the work of the three Assistant Chiefs and the Senior Litigation Counsel. The Deputy Chief also works on cross-cutting issues and has responsibility for various administrative matters. Applicants should have considerable litigation and management experience, excellent judgment, and strong writing and editing skills.

As directed by the Section Chief, the Deputy Chief is expected to lead, manage, or otherwise work on a wide range of functions for the Section, including: (1) litigation; (2) program goals and objectives; (3) operational and strategic plans; (4) review of and comment on proposals (legislative, regulatory, and policy-making); (5) deployment and safeguarding of resources (personnel, money, and information technologies); (6) maintenance and fostering of an effective and engaged workforce (including recruitment, professional development, and personnel actions that range from evaluation and promotion to disciplinary actions); and (7) providing advice to the Section Chief and the senior leadership of the Environment and Natural Resources Division.

In carrying out all assigned duties, like any other Section employee, the Deputy Chief would be expected to: treat everyone in a professional and respectful manner in all situations; communicate effectively in writing and orally; act unfailingly with integrity and honesty; attend to his or her own professional self-improvement; and act in conformance with the public interest, under the law.


Conditions of Employment

  • We must receive your application by 11:59 pm (EDT) on the closing date.
  • Pre-employment drug testing and background investigation required prior to appointment.
  • You will be required to complete a Financial Disclosure Report, SF-278 before entrance-on-duty and will be required to provide this information annually thereafter.
  • You must address each ECQ and MTQ separately.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or national.
  • Veteran's preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service.
  • This is not a remote position. If selected, you must physically report to the duty station stated in this announcement on a regular basis.


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 Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications.

To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must address the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) separately.

The application process used to recruit for this position is TRADITIONAL. Your resume must not exceed seven pages, including an optional cover letter.

Copies of the Office of Personnel Management's "Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications" may be obtained via the Internet at . Please see Application Procedures for specific instructions.

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree and be an active member of the Bar (any jurisdiction).

We recommend that your resume 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 Chief. 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 addressed separately, not to exceed two pages per MTQ.

MTQ 1. Demonstrated significant experience and expertise in personally handling and managing complex appellate litigation in the federal courts of appeals.

MTQ 2. Demonstrated experience as a technical authority and expert advisor in environmental and appellate matters in order to develop and implement policy initiatives and direction.

MTQ 3. Knowledge of the federal environmental, natural resource, and other laws or programs administered by the Environment and Natural Resources Division.


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.

Additional information on the Executive Core Qualifications can be found at

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

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: .

The Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) of the selectee who is not a current or former career Senior Executive employee (Title V) must be approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) before appointment. In addition, individuals entering the Senior Executive Service for the first time are subject to a one-year probationary period. Applicants who have completed the Candidate Development Program (CDP) and have had their ECQs certified by OPM must provide a copy of their certificate as part of their application.

EEO Policy Statement: The Department of Justice does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, age, disability (physical or mental), genetic information, status as a parent, sexual orientation, marital status, political affiliation, or any other impermissible 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.

Legal and Regulatory Guidance
  • Social Security Number - Your Social Security Number is 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. Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application materials will result in your application not being processed.
  • 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.