Assistant Director Law Enforcement

Arlington, Virginia
Mar 29, 2023
Apr 04, 2023
Executive, Director
Full Time

The incumbent serves as the Assistant Director providing executive leadership in the strategic planning, development, implementation, and operation of programs, policies and procedures that support the United States Marshals Service. They are responsible for the direction, management and oversight of broad, nation-wide law enforcement programs that may include ensuring the safety of the Federal Judiciary, court operations and facilities; apprehending fugitives and violent offenders under the jurisdiction of the United States Marshals Service, maintaining the security of key government witness and their families; guarding, transporting, and housing Federal prisoners; providing assistance in matters of Federal emergencies; accountability and internal review of United States Marshals Service operations and employee conduct; or developing and conducting training for the United States Marshals Service workforce. They will serve as the principal advisor to the United States Marshals Service leadership on program responsibilities; establishes strategic goals and objectives; adjusts or redefines goals and objectives and ensures resources are effectively utilizes; formulates broad policies and prescribes rules, regulations and procedure governing the execution of major law enforcement programs and activities; develops reliable sources of support from Federal agencies, state and local governments and private organizations; seeks to innovate and advance operations; oversees and directs negotiations of intergovernmental agreements and contracts; and proactively plans and projects for the effective management of Federal resources. The incumbent will serve as Assistant Director for one of the following Divisions:
  • Body Worn Camera Program Office
  • Investigative Operations Division
  • Judicial Security Division
  • Office of Professional Responsibility
  • Prisoner Operations Division
  • Tactical Operations Division
  • Training Division
  • Witness Security Division
** More than one position may be selected.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Must Complete a Public Financial Disclosure Report before entering on duty.
  • This is a Designated Random Drug Testing position.
  • Initial appointments to the SES require a one year probationary period.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance.


As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible executive leadership and supervisory experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Executive Core Qualifications and Technical Qualifications listed below. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-14/15 grade level in the federal service or its equivalent in the private sector. As such, your resume should demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully fulfill responsibilities inherent in most SES positions such as:

Directing the work of an organizational unit; Ensuring the success of one or more specific major programs or projects; Monitoring progress toward strategic organizational goals, evaluating organizational performance and taking action to improve performance; and Supervising the work of employees; and exercising important policy-making, policy determining, or other executive functions. Failure to meet the basic qualification requirement and address all Executive Core Qualification and Technical Qualification factors will result in your application being disqualified.

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have prior experience in a primary law enforcement position and immediate prior experience in a position approved for coverage under 5 U.S.C. 8336(c)(1) or 5 U.S.C. 8412(d), since this position includes responsibility directly involving the investigation of criminal activity. This position is also covered by the law enforcement officer retirement provisions and has a mandatory age requirement. If applicants are over the age of 37, they must have been or currently covered by the special retirement provisions and be able to complete at least 20 years of covered service by age 57.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential not technical expertise. They measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions. All applicants must submit a written narrative to address the ECQs. Your narrative must address each ECQ separately and should contain at least two examples per ECQ describing your experiences and accomplishments/results. The narrative should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy Initiatives undertaken, and the results of your actions. Applicants should not enter "Refer to Resume" to explain your answer.
The narrative must not exceed 10 pages.
NOTE: Current career SES members, former career SES members with reinstatement eligibility, and SES Candidate Development Program graduates who have been certified by OPM do NOT need to address the ECQs.

ECQ 1 - 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. (Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision)
ECQ 2 - Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organizations 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. (Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building)
ECQ - 3. Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. (Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility)
ECQ 4 - Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. (Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management)
ECQ 5 - 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. (Competencies: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating)
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, 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.

Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action and Result (C-C-A-R) model outlined in the guide to SES qualifications.
Challenge - Describe a specific problem or goal.
Context - Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to address a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale).
Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge.
Result - Give specific examples of measures/outcomes that had some impact on the organization. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

Additional information about the SES and Executive Core Qualifications can be found on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) SES Website. You are strongly encouraged to review OPMs Guide to SES Qualifications for specific examples and guidance on writing effective ECQ narrative statements.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs) - Please include information on the scope and complexity of your experience in the following Technical Qualifications. Each MTQ is limited to two pages. The applicant must address the MTQs as a separate narrative statement from the ECQs, not to exceed two (2) pages per MTQ. Applications without separate narrative statement will not be considered.

MTQ1 - Demonstrated experience in developing, managing and advancing law enforcement programs with broad scope and complexity.
MTQ2 - Demonstrated experience in managing highly sensitive law enforcement operations that are subject to congressional, media and/or public scrutiny.
MTQ3 - Demonstrated experience in developing and monitoring program metrics and driving program requirements and efficiencies.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Special Note to Preference Eligible Veterans: Veteran's preference does not apply to positions in the Senior Executive Service.

General Employment Information:

1. REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: Our policy can be found at:

2. DOJ EEO STATEMENT: The U.S. Department of Justice fosters an inclusive and diverse workforce, find our EEO statement online at: https://www.justice.gove/jmd/page/file/1394116/download

3. Departmental Diversity Statement: 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.

4. SELECTIVE SERVICE: If you were a born male, on or 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. Additional information is found at:

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 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purpose of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

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.