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Principal Deputy Chief, Special Litigation Section

The Principal Deputy Chief assists the Section Chief in planning and directing a nationwide program to enforce federal civil rights laws and executive orders covering patterns or practices of unnecessary institutionalization, unconstitutional/unlawful institutional conditions at state and locally-operated facilities and police misconduct, covering access to reproductive health services and places of religious worship, and the protection of institutionalized persons' religious exercise rights.

As Principal Deputy Chief, the successful candidate:

  • Advises the Section Chief on personnel, overall management planning, litigative program development, budget, and other matters; and participates in the decisional process relating to these subjects. S/he supervises directly and through subordinate managers and supervisors, attorneys, investigators, and support personnel.

  • Supervises various administrative tasks, including evaluating attorneys.

  • Oversees the preparation of, review, and edit of complaints, other pleadings, discovery requests and responses, motions, briefs, proposed consent decrees and other legal documents. Oversees all aspects of pretrial discovery and motion practices to ensure the development of testimonial and documentary evidence for trial. Personally handles the most sensitive and difficult cases.

  • Meets, coordinates and fosters good working relationships with the United States Attorneys' Offices, other Department of Justice (DOJ or Department) components, federal regulatory agencies, and other partner agencies.

  • Coordinates with counsel for private litigants in cases in which the Government intervenes; confers with the United States Attorneys' Offices at all important stages of litigation; and meets with the public (and their delegations), law enforcement entities, and others.

  • Consults and advises on an emergency basis with DOJ officials at the highest echelon, reporting on the immediate status of civil rights matters that fall under the SPL Section's areas of oversight.

  • Consults and advises with the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, and the Deputy Assistant Attorneys General. Coordinates with the Division's other litigation Section Chiefs and Deputy Chiefs as appropriate.

  • Speaks at meetings and conferences to educate other governmental agencies, industry, and/or the public about the work of the SPL Section. Meets and conducts outreach to community organizations and other interested parties.

Position: Principal Deputy Chief, Special Litigation Section
Organization: Department of Justice
Location: Washington,  DC 
United States
Salary: $131,239 to $197,300
Posting Start Date: 7/31/2020
Date Posted: 8/3/2020

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualify for this position.

  • This is a resume-only application. Your resume must not exceed seven (7) pages to include the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).

  • You must complete a background investigation to include pre-employment drug testing. Continued employment is contingent upon successful completion and adjudication of your background investigation.

  • You must have a Juris Doctorate degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be an active member in good standing of the bar of a state or territory of the US, the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

  • Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

  • Applicants seeking initial career appointment to the Senior Executive Service are subject to a one-year probationary period.

  • Veterans' preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service.

  • Selective Service - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

  • A public Financial Disclosure report will be required annually.

Only experience obtained by closing date of this announcement will be considered.

As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Mandatory Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications.

The application process used to recruit for this position is RESUME-ONLY. Applicants must address the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) within their resume. Resumes may not exceed seven (7) pages.

We recommend that your resume emphasize 1) your level of responsibilities; 2) the scope and complexity of programs managed; and 3) program accomplishments, including the results of your actions. You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required of the position and on the extent your application demonstrates that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of the Principal Deputy Chief, Special Litigation Section. Please be sure to give concrete examples of your experience and demonstrate the scope of the knowledge you possess.

YOU WILL BE EVALUATED ON ALL OF THE FOLLOWING MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQ): Your responses to the MTQs should be embedded/addressed within your resume not to exceed seven pages.

MTQ 1 - Demonstrated experience working with one or more of the applicable statutory provisions, e.g., 42 U.S.C. §§ 1983, 1997, 12132, 3789d, 2000b, 2000cc, 34 U.S.C. § 12601, and 18 U.S.C. § 248(c).

MTQ 2 - Demonstrated experience managing a complex organization, a diverse workforce (including lawyers, non-lawyer professionals, and support) and challenging organizational issues to enforce applicable statutory provisions effectively.
MTQ 3 - Demonstrated experience communicating effectively on complex legal and technical issues through oral and written communication, including the ability to advocate successfully with diverse stakeholders, external partners and individuals or groups having differing and often conflicting interests, on matters related to the successful execution of a large-scale organization's mission, programs and projects.


Your demonstrated leadership ability and the evidence of the ECQs and MTQs must be clearly shown in your resume. A separate narrative statement will not be accepted.

Status: This listing expires on: 10/2/2020
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Organization Information
Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington,  DC 20530
United States
(202) 514-0292
Delicia Taylor