Closing Date: 1st February, 2023


The Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section (NDDS) supervises and has responsibility for enforcing federal statutes pertaining to narco-terrorism, narcotic drugs and other controlled substances. NDDS advises the federal officials involved in drug enforcement on all matters related to federal and international narcotics law enforcement including proposed and enacted legislation, policy, enforcement initiatives, and criminal and civil litigation.

As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.

The incumbent will serve as Assistant Deputy Chief in the Litigation Unit, assisting the Unit's Deputy Chief in the direction and supervision of the Unit attorneys and paralegals in carrying out the litigation functions of the Section.

As a Supervisory Trial Attorney/Assistant Deputy Chief, the incumbent will:
  • Oversee the development of complex investigations and prosecutions;
  • Assist and advise trial attorneys on litigation-related matters;
  • Approve leave, plan, schedule, and coordinate work operations;
  • Develop, analyze and recommend policies applicable to the Section regarding all aspects of drug law enforcement, including prevention and detection of criminal/civil activity, use and application of investigative and prosecutorial techniques, and civil/criminal practices and procedures;
  • Evaluate work performance, provide advice and instructions to staff;
  • Interview and recommend the selection of hiring candidates;
  • Resolve employee complaints, take action on disciplinary matters, and identify training needs;
  • Represent the Section in Department, interagency and other committees, groups and task forces;
  • On occasion, as directed by the Deputy Chief of the Litigation Unit, personally handle particularly complex cases and matters in court, as the Section's lead attorney or in substitution for another attorney from the Section; and
  • Develop and maintain personal contacts with officials and employees of U.S. Attorneys' Offices, other litigating components of the Criminal Division, and federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
The incumbent reports through the Deputy Chief of the Litigation Unit to the Principal Deputy Chief.

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, and be an active member of the bar in good standing. To qualify at the GS-15 grade level, applicants must have at least five (5) years post J.D. legal experience, to include at least three (3) years of federal prosecutor experience.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • A demonstrated interest in mentoring younger attorneys;
  • A self-starter;
  • Prior management experience; and
  • Experience investigating and prosecuting complex, federal international narcotics cases is preferred, but not required.

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.

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