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Job opening: Deputy Assistant Attorney General

Salary: $147 649 - 221 900 per year
Relocation: YES
Published at: Mar 11 2024
Employment Type: Full-time
This position is one of six Deputy Assistant Attorneys General in the Department of Justice, Criminal Division (CRM), and is on the immediate staff of the Assistant Attorney General (AAG) in charge of the Division. The position manages and supervises the affairs and business of CRM under the direction of the AAG and the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General. This position supervises the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section.


The Deputy Assistant Attorney General (DAAG) acts as consultant and advisor on those questions of major policy and matters that require the personal attention of the AAG. They are also responsible for the direct supervision of assigned Division sections, including the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS). The Deputy Assistant Attorney General: Ensures that Sections under their direction are properly aligned and focused on outcomes that support the Attorney General's strategic goals and Administration priorities. Confers with and advises the Sections under their supervision on the development of business plans that define core functions and responsibilities; outlines proposed changes in program priorities, direction and orientation; and identifies solutions for accomplishing the Division's mission Plays an active role in sensitive policy formulation and oversees the investigation and prosecution of cases under their supervision. Provides legal guidance that reflects a thorough knowledge of highly specialized areas under their purview. Supervises the analysis and review of proposed or pending legislation for possible impact on the work of their Sections. Represents the AAG in matters relating to designated program areas; on various interdepartmental committees or activities; and with members of Congress and their staffs. Maintains close relationships with investigative agencies. Testifies before Congress and speaks publicly on matters relating to designated program areas. Serves as an advocate for the financial, human, and technical resource allocations to the Sections under their leadership. Works closely with responsible Sections to ensure that resource enhancements necessary for proposed priorities are identified. Monitors activities to ensure that resources appropriated by Congress are properly obligated and effectively monitored to accomplish strategic and annual performance goals. 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.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
  • If the selectee is not a current employee of the Offices, Boards, or Divisions of the U.S. Department of Justice, they will be required to submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.
  • The managerial qualifications of a selectee who is not a current or former career Senior Executive Service (SES) employee must be approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) before appointment.
  • Individuals entering the SES career service for the first time are subject to a one-year probationary period.


Interested applicants must possess a J.D., or equivalent, degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State or territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia. Applicants must be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction) in good standing and have at least 5 years post-J.D. experience. Applicants must also have a high level of management/supervisory experience. Applicants must submit a resume and a separate narrative statement/response that addresses each of the Mandatory Professional/Technical Qualification factors related to this position as well as the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) related to all positions in the Senior Executive Service. OPM's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications can assist you in writing an effective SES application. In particular, please note the Challenge-Context-Action-Result Model that is recommended and very helpful when drafting ECQ narrative responses. The Guide is available on OPM's Website at: http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/guidetoSESQuals_2012.pdf . Professional/Technical Qualification Requirements Significant experience in supervising the development and prosecution of Federal criminal cases related to cybercrime (including cases involving ransomware and other attacks on computer networks), cryptocurrency, intellectual property, or child exploitation (including criminal actors operating on the dark web); Familiarity with Federal regulatory and investigatory agencies, on-going programs, and key national goals and priorities on criminal law enforcement related to cybercrime (including cases involving ransomware and other attacks on computer networks), cryptocurrency, intellectual property, or child exploitation (including criminal actors operating on the dark web); Significant experience establishing and maintaining harmonious relationships with the public, members of Congress, Federal officials and foreign partners; and Significant experience formulating and implementing policies dealing with complex legal issues related to cybercrime (including cases involving ransomware and other attacks on computer networks), cryptocurrency, intellectual property, or child exploitation (including criminal actors operating on the dark web). Executive/Managerial Requirements: ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE. This core qualification encompasses the ability to develop and implement an organizational vision, which integrates key national and program goals, priorities, values, and other factors. Inherent to it is the ability to balance change and continuity--to continually strive to improve customer service and program performance within the basic Government framework, to create a work environment that encourages creative thinking, and to maintain focus, intensity and persistence, even under adversity. Leadership Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, Continual Learning, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Service Motivation, Strategic Thinking, Vision ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE. This core qualification involves the ability to design and implement strategies, which maximize employee potential and foster high ethical standards in meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Cultural Awareness, Integrity/Honesty, Team Building ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN. This core qualification stresses accountability and continuous improvement. It includes the ability to make timely and effective decisions and produce results through strategic planning and the implementation and evaluation of programs and policies. Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN. This core qualification involves the ability to acquire and administer human, financial, material, and information resources in a manner which instills public trust and accomplishes the organization's mission, and to use new technology to enhance decision making. Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Technology Management, Human Resources Management ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS. This core qualification involves the ability to explain, advocate and express facts and ideas in a convincing manner, and negotiate with individuals and groups internally and externally. It also involves the ability to develop an expansive professional network with other organizations, and to identify the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization. Leadership Competencies: Influencing/Negotiating, Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Partnering, Political Savvy, Written Communication


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.


  • Address Office of the Assistant Attorney General c/o Human Resources 1400 New York Avenue NW, Suite 600 Washington, DC 20004 US
  • Name: Sydney Tavares
  • Phone: (202) 514-0030
  • Email: [email protected]


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