Monday, June 21, 2021

Deputy Chief Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD)

Natural Resources Section
150 M Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
United States
About the Office: 

The Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) is a great place to work. ENRD has been consistently ranked among the top agency sub-components in the annual rankings of Best Places to Work in the Federal Government.

ENRD seeks to attract, retain, and promote individuals of exceptional ability and talent in all job categories. The work environment and atmosphere are open, diverse, collegial, and inclusive. ENRD places a high value on diversity and fosters a work environment where people of all backgrounds, physical abilities, sexual orientations and experiences may reach their full potential. ENRD is the nation's chief environmental litigator, enforcing federal pollution abatement laws to protect the health and environment of the United States and its citizens. ENRD also defends suits challenging environmental and conservation laws, regulations, and activities; represents the United States in all matters concerning the protection, use and development of the Nation's natural resources and public lands; and litigates on behalf of Indian tribes.

For more information about the Environment and Natural Resources Division, visit us at:

Job Description: 

The Natural Resources Section represents a wide range of federal agencies in litigation arising under more than 80 natural resource, environmental, and cultural resource statutes, various treaties and international agreements, interstate compacts, and congressional referrals.  The Section’s docket includes cutting edge energy and climate litigation; disputes over the allocation of valuable natural resources; water rights adjudications; and litigation over the nation’s most treasured parks, forests, and landscapes. 

The Section's cases involve the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Forest Management Act, the National Park Service Organic Act, the Coastal Zone Management Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, the Archaeological Resources Protection Act, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, and the National Trails System Act, among others.  In addition to litigation involving national parks, forests, rangelands, wildlife refuges, and offshore resources, the Section handles matters related to the Nation's trust relationship with Native Americans and Tribes; vital federal programs ranging from nuclear materials management to military preparedness to energy policy and resource extraction; and original actions in the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve boundary and water allocation disputes. The Section is also responsible for the defense of real property claims brought in the United States Court of Federal Claims arising under the Just Compensation Clause of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution. These inverse condemnation cases cover the full spectrum of governmental activity relating to land use and environmental regulation and involve issues such as military readiness, transportation infrastructure, and flood control.

The Section’s cases are tried throughout the United States and its possessions and territories in both state and federal court, including the Court of Federal Claims.

The Deputy Chief directly supervises three or four of the Section's seven Assistant Chiefs.  As directed by the Section Chief, the Deputy Chief is expected to lead, manage, or otherwise work on a wide range of functions for the Section, including: (1) litigation; (2) program goals and objectives; (3) operational and strategic plans; (4) review of and comment on proposals (legislative, regulatory, and policy-making); (5) deployment and safeguarding of resources (personnel, money, and information technologies); (6) maintenance and fostering of an effective and engaged workforce (including recruitment, professional development, and personnel actions that range from evaluation and promotion to disciplinary actions); and (7) providing advice to the Section Chief and the senior leadership of the Environment and Natural Resources Division.

In carrying out all assigned duties, like any other Section employee, the Deputy Chief would be expected to: treat everyone in a professional and respectful manner in all situations; communicate effectively in writing and orally; act unfailingly with integrity and honesty; attend to his or her own professional self-improvement; and act in conformance with the public interest, under the law.

The position is open to all groups of qualified individuals.


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

As a basic requirement for entry into the Senior Executive Service (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 Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications.

To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must address the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) separately.

The application process used to recruit for this position is TRADITIONAL. Your resume must not exceed seven pages, including an optional cover letter.

Copies of the Office of Personnel Management's "Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications" may be obtained via the Internet at  Please see Application Procedures for specific instructions.

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the Bar (any jurisdiction), and be a U.S. Citizen or national.

YOU WILL BE EVALUATED ON ALL OF THE FOLLOWING MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQ): Your responses to the MTQs should be addressed separately, not to exceed two pages per MTQ.

MTQ1.  Demonstrated experience in managing complex federal litigation with an emphasis on matters involving the National Environmental Policy Act, federal natural and cultural resources statutes, water law, federal Indian Law, and/or Fifth Amendment takings claims.

MTQ2.  Demonstrated ability to apply effective management techniques and leadership skills in directing the activities of attorneys and legal professional staff, including the abilities to: manage numerous matters simultaneously; adjust priorities; implement appropriate performance and disciplinary measures; and provide accurate, useful, timely, and reliable information to superiors.

We recommend that your resume emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the programs managed, and your 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 Deputy Chief – Natural Resources Section. Please be sure to give concrete examples of your experience and demonstrate the complexity of the knowledge you possess.


ECQ1 - 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.

ECQ2 - LEADING PEOPLE. This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

ECQ3 - RESULTS DRIVEN. This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

ECQ4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN. This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ5 - 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.

Additional information on the Executive Core Qualifications can be found at:  Please refer to OPM's Guide to the Senior Executive Service Qualifications for more detailed information.

The Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) of the selectee who is not a current or former career Senior Executive employee (Title V) must be approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) before appointment. In addition, individuals entering the Senior Executive Service for the first time are subject to a one-year probationary period. Applicants who have completed the Candidate Development Program (CDP) and have had their ECQs certified by OPM must provide a copy of their certificate as part of their application. OPM is required by law to review the executive qualifications of each new career appointee to the SES prior to appointment.

Applicants must address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) separately. The ECQ narrative is limited to 10 pages and the narrative for each MTQ is limited to two pages per MTQ.

Please see Application Procedures for specific instructions. The resume should demonstrate the necessary level of management skills, characteristics, qualities, specialized knowledge, and technical competence that would indicate successful performance in the SES. This evidence must include clear and concise examples that emphasize the applicant's level of responsibilities, scope, and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives, and level of contacts.

The salary range for this position is: $132,552.00 to $199,300.00 Per Year
You may be expected to travel for this position.
Application Process: 

Application Procedures: Your application package must be submitted by email, to Please use ENRD-21-037-SES as your subject line. To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package that includes:

  • Complete Resume (cover letter optional)
  • Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs)
  • Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
  • Current federal employees must submit a recent SF-50
  • Other supporting documentation as required

Failure to submit a complete application (resume and all supporting documents) by 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on the closing date of the announcement may result in an ineligible rating and loss of consideration. Please follow all instructions carefully as missing application information will not be requested. It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. If more than one resume is received, only the last resume submitted will be reviewed.

To be considered non-competitively, you must submit your resume only, and other documents, as applicable. 

You must submit your application so that it will be received by 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on the closing date of the announcement.

Applicants who fail to submit all information and documents (i.e., resume, and other documents as applicable) WILL NOT receive consideration for this position.

If you are a current career member of the SES, or are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have completed an SES Candidate Development Program and obtained certification from the Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board, you can apply to be considered non-competitively and do not have to submit responses to the ECQs.

Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, July 19, 2021
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Updated June 21, 2021

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Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).


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