Supervisory Trial Attorney (Chief)

District of Columbia, D.C
Sep 22, 2019
Sep 24, 2019
Full Time


The incumbent serves as Senior Executive and Chief, Transportation, Energy, and Agriculture (TEA), in Washington, D.C., reporting to the Director of Civil Enforcement, and ultimately the Assistant Attorney General of ATR.
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TEA enforces antitrust laws in domestic and international aviation, business and leisure travel, electricity, oil field services, food product, and agricultural biotech industries, among others, investigating and prosecuting proposed mergers and a wide-range of non-merger civil conduct cases, including price-fixing, predation, joint ventures, non-compete agreements, and consent decree violations. TEA also appears before various U.S. regulatory and international agencies in proceedings where competition is an issue.

As Chief of TEA, responsibilities will include:
  • Organizing, supervising, and directing the activities of the Section's attorneys, paralegals, and support staff.
  • Analyzing and deciding matters and issues under review.
  • Overseeing the development of complex litigation and prosecution strategies.
  • Establishing and maintaining lines of responsibility, coordination, and support with officials and employees within the Antitrust Division.
  • Representing the Department in interagency groups and working with other law enforcement agencies (e.g., Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Attorney's Offices, State Attorneys General), as appropriate.
  • Exercising personnel and management responsibilities, including evaluating the work of all Section staff and making recommendations for promotion, employment, and separation.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

Interested applicants must:
  • Be a U.S. Citizen;
  • Possess a J.D. degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association;
  • 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 a member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar.
Please Note: A background Investigation and drug testing are required if selected.


You will be evaluated on all of the following Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs):

MTQ1: Legal experience involving antitrust enforcement cases at the national or international level with emphasis on domestic and international aviation, business and leisure travel, railroads, trucking and ocean shipping, hotels, restaurants and travel services, electricity, oil field services, food products, crops, seeds, fish and livestock, and agricultural biotech industries.

MTQ2: Experience developing and implementing policy on issues of complex antitrust civil merger and non-merger enforcement.

MTQ3: Experience serving as a spokesperson for a competition agency/organization and interacting with Federal regulatory and legislative agencies, Congress, and international competition agencies.

You will also be evaluated on all of the following Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs):

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.
Leadership Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, and Vision.

ECQ2: LEADING PEOPLE - This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting an organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, supports employee diversity, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, and Team Building.

ECQ3: 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: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, and Technical Credibility.

ECQ4: BUSINESS ACUMEN - This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, and Technology Management.

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.
Leadership Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, and Influencing/Negotiating.

Fundamental Competencies: These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation.If a separate statement addressing the ECQs and MTQs is not submitted, the applicant will not receive consideration for this position.


J.D. degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.

Additional information

  • Selectee will be required to file a financial disclosure statement in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
  • The Executive Core Qualifications of the selectee who is not a current or former member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) must be approved by OPM before appointment. In addition, individuals entering the SES 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.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • All applicants selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.
  • Employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background investigation adjudicated by the Department of Justice.
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service System, or be exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.
  • All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.
  • The Antitrust Division participates in the E-Verify program.
  • Veterans preference is not applicable to the SES.
  • The position requires that the incumbent participate in occasional travel, both domestic and international.

The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any non merit factor. The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

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, applicants must submit a written statement addressing the five (5) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), and three (3) Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) listed above (see 'Qualifications' section).

If selected, your application will be vetted for suitability by the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management (OARM), U.S. Department of Justice.

You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required and the extent to which your application shows that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with this position as defined below. When describing your knowledge, skills, and abilities, please be sure to give examples and explain how often you used these skills, the complexity of the knowledge you possessed, the level of the people with whom you interacted, the sensitivity of the issues you handled, etc.

Current or former career Senior Executive Service (SES) employees are not required to address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). Unless you are currently serving under a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed an SES Career Development Program approved by OPM, you must submit a narrative statement covering each of the Executive Core Qualifications and Mandatory Technical Qualifications to receive consideration for the position.

When responding to the Mandatory Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications, you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of this position by submitting narrative responses in which you detail your experience in each of the Technical and Executive Core Qualifications. Your examples of experience, education, and accomplishments applicable to the qualifications, should be clear and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope, and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives, and level of contacts. Please limit the narrative statements for each Executive Core and Technical Qualification to no more than two pages and not more than ten (10) pages total.

Copies of the Office of Personnel Management's "Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications" may be obtained via the Internet at

See "Qualifications" section to the view MTQs and ECQs upon which you will be evaluated.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

For consideration, applicants must submit:
  • A resume that includes all professional work experience, education, training, special skills, accomplishments and awards. Resumes must demonstrate that the applicant possesses the executive and professional/technical requirements for this position.
  • A copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (if a current/former federal employee).
  • Most recent performance appraisal (current/former feds).
  • Separate documents that address each of the following: Proof of Bar Membership; Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs); Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).
  • Individuals who are current or former Career SES members must submit a copy of their latest Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50 or the SES certificate to demonstrate their current or prior service.
Except as outlined immediately above, the absence of an MTQ or ECQ statement will be identified as a failure to comply with the requirements of the vacancy. Your required documents can be submitted electronically using the document upload process or fax. Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, email, and phone number.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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