Supervisory Trial Attorney (Deputy Director, HTPU)

Washington, D.C
Dec 02, 2020
Dec 09, 2020
Full Time


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The Criminal Section (CRM or Section) is seeking two experienced attorneys for the positions of Deputy Director (HTPU). In this capacity, Deputy Directors serve as the immediate supervisors of their assigned HTPU Trial Attorneys, and as the first-line reviewers of trafficking matters in their assigned judicial Districts.
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The incumbents selected for these Deputy Director positions will supervise trial attorneys and report directly to the Director of the Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit. Along with other tasks, the Deputy Directors:
  • Serve as the immediate supervisors of assigned HTPU Trial Attorneys, including managing the training, mentoring, professional development, productivity, professionalism, and performance of HTPU Trial Attorneys at all stages of investigations and prosecutions, and assigning matters to Trial Attorneys' dockets;
  • Serve as the first-line reviewers of trafficking matters in their assigned judicial Districts, including supervising the initiation and development of trafficking matters for criminal investigation and prosecution, conducting prosecutorial analysis, and presenting prosecutorial recommendations to the Criminal Section's Principal Deputy Chief to seek authorizations as required for initiation of grand jury investigations, presentation of indictments, and other actions requiring further supervisory review;
  • Review Trial Attorneys' written work product to ensure accurate presentation of relevant evidence, reliance on well-researched legal authorities, and rigorous analysis of legal, evidentiary, and strategic considerations;
  • Evaluate Trial Attorneys' performance at key stages of enforcement operations, investigations, and prosecutions, and supervise trial preparation, trial presentation, and post-trial litigation, including reviewing draft pleadings, orders of proof, jury instructions, plea agreements, opening statements, closing arguments, and witness examination outlines as appropriate;
  • Coordinate supervision of complex trafficking matters involving multiple Districts and enforcement agencies, and strengthening trafficking detection and enforcement strategies in assigned judicial Districts;
  • Provide expertise, strategic guidance, and technical assistance, and training to strengthen District-wide trafficking enforcement efforts and supervise HTPU Trial Attorneys in imparting expertise, strategic guidance, technical assistance and training;
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with U.S. Attorney's Offices, Criminal Division counterparts, and other key anti-trafficking partners;
  • Serve as members of the HTPU management team, advise the HTPU Director on strategies for strengthening HTPU operations and nationwide anti-trafficking enforcement, assist the HTPU Director in streamlining coordination between HTPU's litigation, enforcement, training, coordination, and policy advocacy activities, and keep the HTPU Director apprised of relevant developments in human trafficking litigation and enforcement efforts; and
  • Serve as members of the Criminal Section management team, advise the Section's Chief and Principal Deputy Chief on relevant matters, and keep Section management apprised of significant developments in human trafficking cases, investigations, and enforcement efforts.

Travel Required

50% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • 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.
  • You will need to successfully complete a pre-employment background security process pending completion and adjudication of the background investigation before you can be appointed into an attorney position.
  • You must have a Juris Doctorate degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of the bar of a state or territory of the United States, the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.


Required Qualifications :
Applicants must possess a J.D. from an American Bar Association accredited law school, be an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction), and possess a minimum of five (5) years of post-professional law degree experience. Applicants experience must include handling of federal trafficking investigations and prosecutions involving forced labor, sex trafficking of adults by force, fraud, or coercion, and transnational trafficking of foreign victims into the United States. The incumbent(s) must have experience leading federal investigations and prosecutions, including first-chair experience in federal grand jury investigations and trials. The incumbent(s) must have extensive experience handling complex investigations and prosecutions involving multiple investigative agencies and prosecution partners. In addition, the incumbent(s) must have outstanding oral and written communication skills, including outstanding interpersonal and diplomatic skills working with a wide range of law enforcement and external anti-trafficking partners. Furthermore, the incumbent(s) must have experience presenting trainings that clearly and effectively convey complex concepts, and substantial experience providing expertise, guidance, and mentoring to less experienced litigators. The incumbent(s) must possess extensive knowledge of federal anti-trafficking statutes, related federal criminal violations, and victim-protection provisions of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, as well as expertise in the application of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, Federal Rules of Evidence, and United States Sentencing Guidelines. Incumbent(s) must have experience working with a range of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and human trafficking task forces. In addition, applicants must have outstanding professional references.

Preferred Qualifications :
The following qualifications are preferred but not required: (1) Significant experience prosecuting federal criminal civil rights violations and human trafficking cases; (2) Significant experience supervising litigation; (3) Significant experience working cooperatively and productively with others; (4) judicial clerkships (especially in federal court); (5) law review; (6) moot court; (7) clinical experience; and (8) skill and experience working cooperatively and productively with a range of people, such as crime victims, witnesses, disadvantaged or disenfranchised groups, vulnerable populations, opposing counsel, judicial or administrative officials, advocacy groups, law enforcement personnel, and the staff of other federal or state governmental agencies.


You must possess a J.D. degree.

Additional information

Equal Employment Opportunity : 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, protected genetic information, pregnancy, status as a parent, or any other nonmerit-based 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. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement .

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilitie s: The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements. Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department's Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. See list of DPOCs .

Suitability and Citizenship : 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. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, . Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee's Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is 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. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates who have lived outside the United States for two or more of the past five years will likely have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department Security Staff. The two-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applicants will be evaluated based on interview performance, the qualifications set forth above, and other job-related skills, experience and qualifications consistent with merit system principles applicable to hiring for career positions with the Department of Justice.

Applicants who are selected for an interview may be asked to complete a short writing exercise, the results of which will be used when evaluating candidates for the position(s).

Veterans : 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
Top Secret

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

The following documents are required for your application to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in mail service, your system failure or downtime, etc. Encrypted and digitally signed documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
  • Cover Letter (highlighting relevant experience).
  • Resume - Applicants are encouraged to ensure work experiences clearly show the possession of knowledge of the subject matter pertinent to the position and the technical skills to successfully perform the duties of the position.
  • Law School Transcripts
  • Writing Sample - A brief or comparable analytic legal exposition that is your work product. (No more than 10 pages)
  • Assessment Questionnaire (you will be prompted to complete this when you apply online).
  • Schedule A Documentation (if applicable) - Schedule A letter from a physician, local, state or federal rehabilitation office citing your eligibility under 5 CFR 213.3102 (u). The date of your certification letter must be within three (3) years of the vacancy closing date and must be submitted with your application.
  • Current or Former Political Appointees (if applicable) - please note on your resume and attach an SF-50. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the HR Office.
  • Veterans Preference Documentation (if applicable):
    • If you are a discharged, non-disabled veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions. If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives at
    • If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge, you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, and 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.
    • If you are a disabled veteran, Purple Heart recipient, or mother or spouse of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a completed SF-15 and all additional proof required by the SF-15, as applicable. If you don't have your Department of Veterans Affairs letter establishing proof of disability, you may request it at or call 1-800-827-1000.

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