Supervisory Trial Attorney (Deputy Associate Director)

Washington, D.C
Sep 12, 2020
Sep 19, 2020
Full Time


The Office of International Affairs (OIA) returns fugitives to face justice, transfers sentenced persons to serve their sentences in their home countries, and obtains essential evidence for criminal investigations and prosecutions worldwide by working with domestic partners and foreign counterparts to facilitate the cooperation necessary to enforce the law, advance public safety, and achieve justice.
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OIA is hiring one or more Deputy Associate Directors to support and assist the Associate Directors in supervision of the Cyber Team and the incoming Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) Team. These teams have global responsibilities and the staff on these teams are assigned to specific country dockets. They respond to requests from foreign authorities seeking evidence located in the United States through MLA requests. Staff also coordinates with United States Attorney's Offices, law enforcement entities, and others who are designated to assist with execution of foreign MLA requests.

The major responsibilities of the Deputy Associate Director include:
  • Assisting the Associate Director with the day to day operations of the team.
  • Providing guidance to the team staff and recommendations to the Associate Director, OIA leadership, and Department principals.
  • Supervising a portion of the team's review and approval of MLA requests for evidence.
  • Carrying out legal, operational, and policy-related assignments pertaining to MLA requests from foreign authorities.
  • Directly supervising the work of the non-attorney team staff.
  • Overseeing the training and development of the non-attorney staff.
  • Participating in the recruitment and selection process of new employees.
  • Reviewing draft court applications seeking the production of content and/or non-content data.
  • Advising the Associate Director regarding sensitive and/or high-profile operational matters, treaty issues and changes in policy relating to the intake, review, processing, and execution of MLA requests.
  • Briefing department officials on various matters needing higher-level approvals.
  • Reviewing and updating country assignments for staff.
  • Assisting the Associate Director with periodic file reviews and the closing of cases.
  • Serving as the Acting Associate Director when the Associate Director is out of the office.
  • Ensuring assigned staff review, process, and execute or assist in the execution of foreign MLA requests on a timely basis and that requests are handled in a manner consistent with applicable treaty provisions, U.S. laws and regulations, and applicable policies, practices and procedures.
  • Serving as a policy advisor and briefing the Associate Director, Deputy Directors, Director, and other high-level officials on various aspects of cases with high visibility, sensitivity and/or legal complexity.

Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualify for this position.
  • You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation.
  • All male applicants born after 12/31/1959 must have registered for the selective service. If selected, 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.
  • You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
  • This position has supervisory/managerial responsibilities. A one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period is required upon selection. This may be waived if you have successfully completed the supervisory/managerial probationary period.


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, must be an active member of the bar in good standing, and have at least 4 years of post J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-15 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: preparing court papers and materials, presentations and other written material involving or addressing unique and/or difficult legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; conducting complex civil or criminal litigation (to include appellate practitioners); analyzing cases for legal sufficiency; and providing expert, specialized advice and consultation.

Preferred Qualifications :
  • Extensive knowledge of U.S. criminal law and practice, as well as of foreign law and procedures for international cooperation.
  • Significant experience in the fields of international legal assistance and extradition, the application and interpretation of bilateral and multilateral law enforcement treaties, and the application of U.S. case law and statutes.
  • In-depth familiarity with U.S. federal law enforcement agencies and the work of the Department of State and U.S. embassies.
  • Significant experience in reviewing attorney work product.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious relationships with federal and state prosecutors, federal law enforcement officials, officials of the State Department, Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. regulatory agencies.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to operate in a high stress environment and to make decisions and recommendations in urgent circumstances involving multiple stakeholders.


A J.D. Degree.

Additional information

Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement to fill vacancies that occur subsequent to this announcement.

An in-person interview in Washington, D.C. may be required for this position prior to final selection. The cost of travel to the interview site will be the responsibility of the applicant unless otherwise stated. Reasonable accommodation requests will be considered on an individual basis as requested by a person with a disability. Declining an invitation to interview may remove you from further consideration.

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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.

It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment. Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys' Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. Citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. Citizens are extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

BASIS OF RATING: Once the announcement closes, your application will be automatically evaluated and rated by the system and a Human Resources Specialist. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your application and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s)). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service-connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

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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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