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Department of Justice seeks new compliance counsel

Scuttlebutt | June 13, 2017

Legal and compliance professionals interested in joining the Department of Justice’s Fraud Section for the compliance counsel job have until June 27 to apply.

The Fraud Section is on the lookout for a new compliance counsel to replace Hui Chen, the first person to ever assume the role. Chen has served as compliance counsel since 2015.

“To fulfill its mission, the Fraud Section seeks a highly qualified compliance attorney with unique expertise to assist Fraud Section prosecutors with regard to compliance-related issues,” the job description reads.

The Fraud Section is a litigating unit that investigates and prosecutes complex, multi-district and international white-collar criminal cases throughout the country and implements and coordinates the Department's fraud enforcement policy. Fraud Section cases focus on corporate, securities and investment fraud, foreign bribery, health care fraud, financial institution and insurance fraud, mortgage fraud, procurement and government program fraud—including fraud related to economic stimulus and recovery programs—mass marketing fraud, and other complex criminal schemes.

As compliance counsel, the incumbent will:

  • Assist the Fraud Section in assessing corporate compliance standards and compliance efforts, including developing general criteria for the evaluation of any compliance program;
  • Assist in evaluating whether an organization’s compliance program is effective and reasonable;
  • Work with compliance professionals to better understand the realities of compliance in the multitude of industries in which the corporate actors that appear before the Fraud section function;
  • Work with monitors appointed in Fraud Section cases to assist in establishing and assessing an organization’s ongoing remediation efforts; and
  • Perform consultant services to attorneys in connection with, or in anticipation of, the Fraud Section’s litigation involving corporate compliance matters.

Qualifications. All applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and have at least four years of post J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include experience in a senior compliance position within a multinational company, knowledge of state-of-the-art compliance programs, and the ability to benchmark industries.

Applicants will be further evaluated based on the following additional preferred qualifications: demonstrated compliance experience within the financial industry; and demonstrated compliance experience within multiple industries (healthcare, financial services, insurance, etc.).

This position will be for an initial term of two years and may be extended for additional terms. The pay is $131,767 to $161,900 a year.