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Deputy Chief, National Security Division

ORGANIZATION:              Department of Justice

SALARY RANGE: $126,245 - 158,700
DEADLINE: August 12, 2015
POSITION INFORMATION: Permanent
DUTY LOCATIONS: Washington, DC
WHO MAY APPLY: US Citizens
SECURITY CLEARANCE: Top Secret/SCI

 

Job Summary:

Under the direction of the Chief, the Deputy Chief(s) will be responsible for providing legal advice to federal prosecutors concerning federal statutes relating to terrorism and the national security, and for implementing and coordinating sensitive Department initiatives in the areas of terrorism and national security. The Deputy Chief(s) will:

  • work with federal prosecutors and law enforcement agencies to develop effective strategies in terrorism investigations and prosecutions, and maximize the use of federal statutes;
  • plan, supervise, administer, and review the work of staff attorneys and supporting personnel as required to fulfill the section's responsibilities; provide strong support for the U.S. Attorneys, including assistance in the design of strategic investigative and prospective models, dissemination of successful enforcement strategies, and sharing of intelligence and tactics;
  • coordinate the formation of response teams of experienced prosecutors to assist in the design of investigations and the prosecution of cases;
  • coordinate cases and provide legal advice and guidance and litigative support to U.S. Attorneys' Offices involved in terrorism prosecutions;
  • provide advice and assistance to the Chief and other senior officials in the Division and in the Department;
  • serve as a liaison between NSD and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, other members of the USIC, the Department of the Treasury, the Department of State, and various international officials on terrorism issues; and
  • prepare testimony for Congressional Committees and subcommittees, briefing materials for Department officials, legal monographs for terrorism prosecutors, and comments on proposed legislation.

Qualifications:

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, Territory, or the District of Columbia, and have at least 5 years of post J.D. professional experience to be qualified at the GS-15 levels. Applicants must also have superior academic credentials, writing and analytic skills, and have significant criminal trial experience. Past experience in the national security or intelligence field is not required, but is preferred. Prior federal litigation experience also strongly preferred.

How to Apply: 

To apply for a Deputy Chief position with CTS, please submit a resume and a cover letter (Highlighting your relevant experience), a writing sample (No longer than 15 pages which exhibit your own written advocacy skills), and a copy of your most recent performance appraisal (If available), to:

Jennifer Smith
Principal Deputy Chief
Counterterrorism Section
National Security Division
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Room 2647
Washington, DC 20530
or
[email protected]

Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year

About the Office: 

The National Security Division's (NSD) Office of Law and Policy, United States Department of Justice, seeks interns for positions located in Washington, D.C. The mission of NSD is to coordinate the Department's efforts in carrying out its top priority of preventing and combating terrorism and protecting the national security. NSD provides legal and policy advice on national security matters, litigates counterterrorism, counterespionage and foreign intelligence surveillance matters, represents the Government before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and other federal trial and appellate courts, and conducts oversight over Federal Bureau of Investigation national security investigations and foreign intelligence collection. The Office of Law and Policy is responsible for, among other things, resolving novel and complex legal issues relating to national security that arise from the work of the Division and other parts of the Department; providing advice and guidance to Department leadership, the Intelligence Community, and other Executive Branch agencies on matters of national security law and policy; overseeing the development of legislation, guidelines, and other policies in the area of national security; working with foreign governments on a variety of national security issues; and handling appeals that arise in national security cases. The Office works with a variety of other Department components, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Office of Legal Counsel, and the Office of Legal Policy, as well as other departments and agencies, such as the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Defense, and the Department of State.

Job Description: 

Intern projects include: researching legal questions, drafting memoranda or other legal and policy analysis, factual research, and assisting with presentations and supporting materials.

Qualifications: 

Applicants must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. law school at the time of application and throughout their internship. Strong research and writing skills are required. Prior interest or experience in the area of national security would be useful, but is not required. By the time of the internship, all applicants must have taken one or more of the following courses: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, or Constitutional Law. Additional courses addressing criminal law and litigation or national security or intelligence law, would also be helpful.

Salary: 

Internships are unpaid. If your school offers interns academic or work study, we will work with you to meet school requirements whenever possible.

Application Process: 

Cover letter, resume with two references, transcript (official or unofficial), and a writing sample (not to exceed ten pages). Please submit these materials AS ONE PDF via email to [email protected]

The subject line should read: “[Last name] Intern Application”. Paper or faxed applications will not be considered.

National Security Division
Washington, DC 20530
ATTN: Intern Program Coordinator (Office of Law and Policy)

Application Deadline:

Spring 2016 - September 1, 2015
Fall 2016 - April 15, 2016

Please send all applications to the email address [email protected]

Number of Positions: 2