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Chief Voting Section

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Nov 26, 2023

As a Senior Executive, the Section Chief:
  • Serves as the Chief of the Voting Section to supervise, directly and through subordinate supervisors, approximately 50 employees, which include attorneys, Civil Rights Analysts, Paralegal Specialists, Social Scientists, and professional support employees;
  • Manages the development of the Section's enforcement strategy and its plan for implementing that strategy, including appropriate allocation of staff resources and oversight of personnel matters;
  • Plans and directs a nationwide program to enforce the applicable statutory provisions for safeguarding citizens' right to vote, including with respect to state and local redistricting plans and restrictions affecting voter registration and access to the ballot;
  • Directs and reviews investigations that arise from complaints regarding violations of applicable Federal voting statutes;
  • Supervises the preparation and litigation of cases brought by the Voting Section, including investigation, records analysis, drafting and filing of complaints, pre-trial discovery, writing of the trial brief, and trial;
  • Intervenes in significant cases brought by private litigants involving voting rights and, where appropriate, files statements of interest in cases implicating important voting rights issues;
  • Consults and advises the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division and other Department of Justice officials regarding issues in voting rights policy and litigation;
  • Plays a critical role in a range of policy, regulatory, and outreach issues involving voting rights, including issuing guidance documents regarding the interpretation of federal voting statutes as appropriate;
  • Addresses new and emerging challenges concerning voting rights and ballot access to help ensure that the docket is dynamic and responsive to present-day problems;
  • Speaks at meetings and conferences to educate other governmental agencies, industry, and/or the public about the work of the Voting Section and the Division's voting rights enforcement program. Meets and conducts outreach to community organizations and other interested parties;
  • Coordinates with other components and agencies throughout the Federal government to ensure a comprehensive effort to enforce voting rights and to offer technical assistance where appropriate;
  • Meets, coordinates, and fosters good working relationships with the United States Attorneys' Offices, other Department of Justice components, and other partner agencies on matters and cases related to voting rights issues;
  • Resolves cases through settlement agreements, consent decrees, or litigation. Prepares recommendations for or against appeal, including appeals to the Supreme Court, and may brief or assist in the argument of the case or appeal;
  • Serves as the reviewing official for attorney evaluations;
  • Oversees the Section's election monitoring efforts; and
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Office of the Assistant Attorney General.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualify for this position.
  • You must provide the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).
  • You must complete a background investigation, to include pre-employment drug testing. Continued employment is contingent upon successful completion and adjudication of your background investigation.
  • You must have a Juris Doctorate degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be an active member in good standing of the bar of a state or territory of the US, the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
  • Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
  • Applicants seeking initial career appointment to the Senior Executive Service are subject to a one-year probationary period.
  • Veterans' preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service.
  • 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.
  • A public Financial Disclosure report will be required annually.


***READ THIS JOB OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT CAREFULLY AND IN ITS ENTIRETY. It contains detailed information regarding the necessary format and content of documents required to ensure you are appropriately considered for the position.***

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required by law to review the executive qualifications of each new career appointee to the Senior Executive Service (SES) prior to appointment.

To be considered for this position, you must submit a written statement addressing the five (5) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and three (3) Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) listed below. Written statements that include any form of "see resume" in an effort to satisfy the MTQ or ECQ requirement will result in removal from consideration for the position. Further, failure to address both the ECQs (as applicable) and MTQs separately as set forth below will also remove you from consideration for this position.

If you are a current Senior Executive Service (SES) career appointee, a former SES member having reinstatement eligibility, or an OPM-certified graduate of an approved SES Candidate Development Program you are not required to submit the ECQ narratives; however, you must submit the appropriate SF50 (showing SES status) or an OPM Qualifications Review Board certificate.

The ECQ narrative is limited to no more than two pages per ECQ (must not exceed 10 pages total). You must address how you have demonstrated progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined in this job announcement. Qualified candidates typically gain experience of this nature at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations. For examples and guidance on writing effective ECQ narrative statements, you are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications . You must use the Challenge - Context - Action - Result (CCAR) model when describing your accomplishments .

You must also submit a separate narrative statement that addresses each of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) related to this position; limit your responses to no more than one page for each MTQ.

Mandatory Technical Qualifications:
MTQ 1 - Demonstrated extensive experience working with one or more of the applicable statutory provisions (i.e., the Voting Rights Act of 1965; the National Voter Registration Act of 1993; the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act; the Help America Vote Act of 2002; the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act; and other statutory provisions safeguarding citizens' right to vote.
MTQ 2 - Demonstrated experience managing a complex organization, a diverse workforce (including lawyers, non-lawyer professionals, and support staff), and challenging organizational issues while enforcing the law.
MTQ 3 - Demonstrated experience communicating effectively on complex legal and technical issues through oral and written communication, including the ability to advocate successfully with diverse stakeholders, external partners and individuals or groups having differing and often conflicting interests, on matters related to the successful execution of a large-scale organization's mission, programs and projects.

Executive Core Qualifications:
  • 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.
    • Leadership Competencies for ECQ-1: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision.
  • 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.
    • Leadership Competencies for ECQ-2: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building.
  • 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.
    • Leadership Competencies for ECQ-3: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility.
  • Business Acumen : This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
    • Leadership Competencies for ECQ-4: financial management, human capital management, technology management.
  • 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.
    • Leadership Competencies for ECQ-5: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating.


Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar. (Include in your resume the month and year in which you obtained your degree and the name of the College or University from which it was conferred/awarded.)

Additional information

Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

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
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.

DOJ offers a comprehensive benefits package. Please see the "Benefits" area below for details.

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.

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