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Monday, May 24, 2010

Employment Opportunity: Chief, New York Field Office, Department of Justice Antitrust Division

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

Details are available here.

About the Office: The United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, is seeking to fill a Senior Executive Service (SES) vacancy in its New York Field Office. The Antitrust Division enforces Federal antitrust law, pursuing price-fixing and market allocation schemes, investigating mergers that may substantially reduce competition, and investigating other potentially anti-competitive conduct.

Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: The incumbent serves as Chief of the New York Field Office, reporting to a Deputy Assistant Attorney General. He/she is responsible for organizing and directing the activities of a staff of attorneys, paralegals, clerical support and other specialists engaged in the investigation, preparation, and prosecution of cases under the Federal antitrust laws within the jurisdiction of the office. As appropriate, incumbent is also responsible for representing the Department in interagency groups.

Qualifications: Qualifications include both general management skills and characteristics that are applicable to all SES positions AND technical or program responsibilities specific to this position. Applicants must have substantive general experience that provides a good basic or general knowledge of the principles of organization, management and administration; and substantive specialized legal experience in both civil and criminal practice at the national and/or international level, including litigation and the management of associated investigation and litigation teams.

Experience with managing and handling civil and criminal antitrust matters in the United States is desirable.

You 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.

The Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) 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:

Professional/Technical Requirements:

1) Experience investigating and litigating Federal or state civil and criminal matters at the national or international level;

2) Knowledge of and experience with domestic or international financial markets;

3) Knowledge of and experience interacting with Federal regulatory and investigative agencies;

4) Ability to establish and maintain relationships with the public and/or Federal officials involved in antitrust cases or related matters and with other regulatory agencies, such as the Federal Trade Commission and Securities and Exchange Commission;

5) Ability to formulate and implement policies on all matters pertaining to assigned areas;

6) Ability to serve as a spokesperson for one's organization;

7) Applicant must have graduated from a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Candidates will be evaluated on the professional/technical requirements identified above based on their total background, i.e., education, training, self-development, awards, outside activities, performance appraisal, as well as work history. If candidates are found to possess all technical requirements, they will then be evaluated based on the Executive Core Qualifications as established by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and outlined below.

Executive/Managerial Requirements:

1) Leading Change: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

2) Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting an organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, supports employee diversity, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

3) Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

4) Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

5) Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

Other Information:

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

  • 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. In addition, individuals entering the SES career service for the first time are subject to a one-year probationary period.

  • If the selectee is not a current employee of the Offices, Boards, or Divisions of the U.S. Department of Justice, he/she will be required to submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.

Travel: Some travel required.

Salary Information:
Candidates are being solicited for the Senior Executive Service, with salaries up to $179,700, depending on current salary and experience.

Location: The position is located in New York, NY.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

Deadline and Submission Process: Applications must be received no later than 11:59 pm on June 1, 2010. For consideration, applicants must submit:

(1) A resume that includes all professional work experience, education, training, special skills, accomplishments and awards. Your resume must demonstrate that you possess the professional/technical requirements for this position.

(2) A separate statement that addresses each ECQ and describes your managerial experience. While individuals who are current or former Career SES members (approved by OPM and have completed an initial probationary period) need not submit an Executive Core Qualifications statement, they are required to provide an SF-50 or SES certificate to demonstrate their current or prior service. Otherwise, the absence of ECQs will be identified as a failure to comply with the requirements of the vacancy. Applicants must meet qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

(3) Proof of bar membership.

(4) If you are a current or recent Federal employee, you must submit a copy of your latest Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) and a performance appraisal issued within the past 12 months, or if none exists, please include a statement to that effect.

To receive consideration, applicants must submit a separate supplementary statement addressing each of the Professional/Technical and Executive/Managerial Requirements listed above.

**Preference is to receive an application via e mail at

All applications (including mailed and faxed applications) MUST BE RECEIVED BY 11:59 PM EST on June 1, 2010.

Applications being mailed should be sent to:
Antitrust Division, Department of Justice
Personnel Staff
Attn: Lhatoya Reed
450 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20530

Please allow additional time for delivery as all incoming mail must be processed at a remote facility prior to final delivery.

For additional information about this position, please contact:
Lhatoya K. Reed
Phone: (202) 305-8996
Fax: (202) 514-0580

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