Supervisory Trial Attorney / Deputy Chief

Washington D.C.
Apr 14, 2017
May 08, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

The Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice is seeking an experienced federal criminal prosecutor to serve as a Deputy Chief of the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section (HRSP).

The Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section (HRSP) investigates and prosecutes international crime. The work of the office covers a broad range of offenses, and is divided into three primary portfolios: First, within the Human Rights portfolio, HRSP investigates and prosecutes human rights violators for genocide, torture, war crimes, and recruitment or use of child soldiers, and immigration and naturalization fraud arising out of efforts to hide their involvement in such crimes. Second, within the International Violent Crime portfolio, HRSP prosecutes crimes of violence and other serious offenses committed abroad, particularly crimes involving victims or perpetrators who are U.S. government employees, contractors and dependents. Third, within the Immigration Crimes portfolio, HRSP prosecutes members of international human smuggling networks who present national security concerns and/or who endanger the lives of migrants, and multi-jurisdictional immigration fraud-related offenses.

The Section's prosecutions are usually pursued jointly with a United States Attorney's Office and involve complex international investigations. HRSP also is actively engaged in policy and legislative work regarding its diverse portfolios that involves close coordination with U.S. government agencies and international organizations.

Applicants interested in one year details will also be considered. Please specify in your cover letter if you are interested in a detail.

Additional selections may be made from this announcement.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Domestic and international travel is required.

  • No

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualify for this position.
  • You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation.
  • You may be required to take a drug test.
  • Required Qualifications: Interested applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and be an active member of the bar in good standing.

    Grade Specific Qualifications:

    • To qualify at the GS-15 grade level, applicants must have at least five (5) years post J.D. legal experience, to include five years federal prosecutorial experience.

    Preferred Qualifications:
    • Extensive experience prosecuting major federal cases including cases that fall within the Section's jurisdiction;
    • Strong coordination skills, particularly with federal law enforcement agencies and other prosecutors;
    • Proven leadership and management skills, including an established record of initiative;
    • Excellent judgment and the ability to handle complex issues;
    • Possess an understanding of, and sensitivity to, the political and cross-cultural nuances inherent in working with foreign governments;
    • Strong interpersonal skills with a particular emphasis on relationship and team building; and
    • Excellent oral advocacy, writing, and organizational skills.


    A J.D. Degree.

    Other Requirements:

    • You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.
    • All male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service (see If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.
    • DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.


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