Supervisory Trial Attorney (Chief, Program Management and Training Unit)

Washington, D.C
Jan 25, 2022
Feb 02, 2022
Full Time

As a Supervisory Trial Attorney (Chief, Program Management and Training Unit), you will:
  • Supervise and manage the work of the PMTU's attorneys and professionals on nationwide law enforcement initiatives, working groups, and programs, including the transfer of forfeited funds to victims of crime, the Equitable Sharing Program, and real property transfers. The Unit is also responsible for the oversight and nationwide training of all federal prosecutors, agents, analysts, and support staff on asset forfeiture, money laundering and financial investigations, which includes the development of curricula, training tools, and educational materials.
  • Supervise and manage the work of the Asset Forfeiture Victims Compensation Program, including the review and analysis of petitions for remission and mitigation, and restoration requests for decision recommendations to the MLARS Section Chief or designee. Coordinate the hiring of claims administrators and oversees their work in large-scale victim compensation cases.
  • Supervise and manage the work of the Equitable Sharing Program staff, including the Agreement, Certification, and Audit Team and the Compliance Review Team, to ensure that state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies comply with all applicable policies, procedures, and regulations governing the Equitable Sharing Program.
  • Supervise and manage the work of attorneys assigned to the U.S. Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund (USVSSTF).
  • Provide advice to U.S. Attorneys' Offices, federal investigative agencies, and state and local prosecutors and law enforcement agencies on the return of forfeited assets to victims, equitable sharing, asset forfeiture, and money laundering issues.
  • Advise line prosecutors on strategic approaches to their investigations and prosecutions to support and enable victim compensation.
  • Coordinate MLARS' relationship with and represent MLARS in meetings with the national forfeiture community, regulatory community, interagency partners, and state and local law enforcement agencies, as well as private sector outreach.
  • Represent MLARS in Departmental and interagency meetings on matters concerning program management operations.
  • Develop and implement appropriate policies, procedures, systems, and controls to effectively support the Asset Forfeiture Program.
  • Provide training to partners at the U.S. Attorneys' Offices, other Department litigating components and offices, and federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.


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.
  • As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Please see "Next Steps" for additional information.


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 have at least five years post J.D. experience. Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing.

Excellent academic credentials, expert knowledge of the forfeiture program, strong advocacy and legal writing skills, sound judgment, extensive supervision experience of attorneys and other professionals, excellent interpersonal and management skills, strong quantitative and accounting skills, speaking experience, and a demonstrated commitment to public service.

Preferred Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be an experienced federal attorney who possesses supervisory experience, has demonstrated leadership ability, and has worked on forfeiture matters and large-scale victim compensation programs.


A J.D., or equivalent, degree.

Applicants who possess an equivalent degree rather than a J.D. may be subject to additional review by the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management.

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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