Washington, D.C
Sep 16, 2023
Sep 23, 2023
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.

Duties include:
  • The Chief Counsel is the senior advisor for general law within OCDETF, and functions as the legal counsel for the component on civil, administrative, criminal, and other general law matters.
  • Provides innovative and expert legal counsel in the oversight and management of comprehensive legal activities and matters involving litigation, in accordance with applicable laws, policies, procedures, and directives
  • Serves as the senior legal advisor for general law, including employment, labor, fiscal and appropriations, procurement, ethics, information and privacy, FOIA, administrative, and other general law matters.
  • Interpretation and application of statutes, case law, regulations, and other authorities related to OCDETF's mission and program management as well as component management.
  • Advises leadership on a broad spectrum of legal issues and develops authoritative guidance for the workforce.
  • Assures that expert legal counsel and advice is provided to OCDETF leadership and officials of partner agencies.
  • Provides management oversight and direction concerning personnel, policies and programs (e.g., human resources, budget, information technology, facilities, equipment, procurement, FOIA); and ensures the efficient and effective acquisition, use, distribution and disposal of OCDETF resources in compliance with applicable policies, procedures, laws, and directives.
  • Develops policy guidance for advising on all aspects of general law representing OCDETF before administrative bodies, courts, the General Accounting Office, and with other governmental or private sector entities.
  • Reviews various legal documents for legal sufficiency, including program policies and procedures, proposed legislation, proposed revisions to regulations, and agreements affecting the interests of the Program to ensure compliance with relevant laws, regulations, and policies.
  • Confers and negotiates with senior officials in the Departments of Justice, Treasury, Homeland Security, and Defense, the Intelligence Community, and other federal, state, local, tribal, and foreign agencies on important legal and policy questions concerning the OCDETF Program.
  • Evaluates effects of pending legislation and proposed changes in existing legislation that may affect the operations of the OCDETF Program.
  • Prepares detailed legal briefs evaluating legal issues and policy ramifications for leadership.
  • Attends meetings with senior leaders and attorneys from other federal, state, local, tribal, and foreign agencies.
  • Provides authoritative technical legal guidance on complex, controversial, high value, and precedent-setting cases.
  • Personally handles complex legal matters.
  • Provides advice on extremely sensitive and confidential criminal and investigatory matters.
  • Supervises and manages a small team of lawyers and paralegals in the areas of FOIA and privacy, information sharing, and general law.
  • Oversees and conducts legal training for the OCDETF Executive Office as well as the OCDETF Fusion Center; topics will vary but may include sexual assault/harassment prevention, NO FEAR ACT, FOIA and records retention.
  • Reviews and updates all OCDETF (including OCDETF's Fusion Center and its International Organized Crime Intelligence and Operations Center) information sharing agreements to ensure compliance with changes in applicable policies and procedures, to include changes in technology that impact the collection of information and the dissemination of OCDETF products.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen or National.
  • You will be required to complete a pre-employment security investigation and background check which includes a drug screening.
  • You may be required to complete a one-year probationary or trial period.
  • 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 must meet all eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement and continue to meet these requirements throughout the hiring process. Offers can be rescinded if requirements are not met.
  • Additional selections may be made from this announcement, at any time, if openings occur in other offices serviced by Justice Management Division, HR Operations.
  • Financial Disclosure: If selected, you may be required to disclose financial information in accordance with DOJ and Federal ethics guidelines.
  • COVID vaccination status may be requested for the purposes of implementing workplace safety protocols.


Required Qualifications : Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar in good standing in any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and have at least 3 years post J.D. experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to the GS-13 grade level.Examples of specialized experience include: preparing pleadings, briefs, motions, affidavits, and other materials involving legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; independently performing legal analysis; conducting civil or criminal litigation (to include appellate practitioners); trial experience as a prosecutor or defender at the Federal, State, or Local level; analyzing cases or requests for legal sufficiency; and providing expert legal advice and consultation.

Applicants must have superior academic and professional credentials as well as exceptional writing and oral communication skills. Applicants must also possess the legal skills and sound judgment necessary to evaluate the sensitive issues that arise in the course of attorney misconduct investigations. The individuals selected for these positions are required to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance as a condition of employment.

Interested parties must possess a J.D., degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction) and have at least ten years of post-J.D. experience. Applicants must have solid academic credentials as well as excellent writing and strong interpersonal skills. Applicants should possess strong speaking and presentation skills; experience in the training of, and development of, professional training for prosecutors and agents. Demonstrated experience serving as a senior legal advisor for general law, including employment/labor, fiscal/appropriations/procurement, ethics, contracts, information and privacy, administrative, and other general law matters is preferred. A background in criminal prosecution including experience with long term, complex investigations; as well as electronic surveillance and related legal issues; domestic and international financial investigations; and familiarity with federal investigative agencies is desirable. Applicants must be able to secure and maintain a Top-Secret security clearance.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

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  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: If you were 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: .
  • COVID-19 Vaccination:
    1. 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 Safer Federal Workforce Task Force 2 pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. 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.

    2. Due to COVID-19, if selected, you may be expected to telework for an undefined period under the Department's evacuation authority, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Employees in this status may be notified of a requirement to report in person to the component workplace with an advance notice of not less than 30 days. Prior to a requirement to report to the workplace, employees may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the component's telework policy.