Assistant United States Attorney

Department Of Justice Roanoke, VA
* Duties

Help Duties Summary

The district is soliciting applications for three Criminal Division Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) positions - one in the Abingdon office, one in the Roanoke office, and one in the Harrisonburg office. The applicant will join other criminal AUSAs who handle a wide variety litigation. The Criminal Division investigates and prosecutes federal cases arising from a wide array of criminal activity. The typical criminal caseload for an attorney may involve major drug cases, gang-related violent crimes, other crimes of violence, computer crimes including child pornography, and sophisticated white collar offenses. An AUSA engaged in this challenging work spends substantial time developing cases with investigators, researching and writing, and preparing for trials, sentencings, and other hearing.

More information on the Office can be found at: http://www.justice.gov/usao/vaw/

This position is located in Abingdon, Harrisonburg and Roanoke, Virginia. One Vacancy will be filled at each city location.

For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney's Offices, visit http://www.justice.gov/careers/careers.html

All initial attorney appointments in the Department of Justice are made on a time-limited (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.

Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory preemployment adjudication. This includes fingerprint, credit and tax checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.

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Responsibilities

The applicant will join other criminal AUSAs who handle a wide variety litigation. The Criminal Division investigates and prosecutes federal cases arising from a wide array of criminal activity. The typical criminal caseload for an attorney may involve major drug cases, gang-related violent crimes, other crimes of violence, computer crimes including child pornography, and sophisticated white collar offenses. An AUSA engaged in this challenging work spends substantial time developing cases with investigators, researching and writing, and preparing for trials, sentencings, and other hearing.

Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel, both within and outside the District, may be required depending on the needs of a particular case. On average, 1 to 5 days a month is typical.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

29

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0905 Attorney

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* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

You must be a United States Citizen or National.

Background Investigation, credit and tax checks, and drug test required.

J.D. degree and active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) required.

Residency Requirements: Assistant United States Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which he or she is appointed or within 25 miles thereof. See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district-specific information.

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. See www.sss.gov.

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, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). 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 who have lived outside the United States for two or more of the past five years will likely have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department Security Staff. The two-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.

Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least 1 year post-J.D. experience.

Applicants must be United States Citizens.

Preferred Qualifications:

Only applicants with outstanding academic records and superior legal research and writing skills will be considered. Any applicant invited for an interview will be required to submit a writing sample. Recent law school graduates should include a copy of their law school transcript with their application. Applicants should possess strong oral and written communication skills, legal research and writing skills, interpersonal skills and exercise fair and sound judgment. Additionally, it is desired that the successful candidate have strong academic credentials.

You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.

Note: 5 CFR 3801.106, Outside Employment, generally prohibits Department attorneys from engaging in the compensated outside practice of law, with the exception of law professors. Attorneys in this category are employed to teach law, and are not otherwise engaged in the compensated outside practice of law.

Following appointment, Assistant United States Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which they are appointed or within 25 miles thereof. See U.S.C. § 545 for district-specific information.

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:Required - Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire (online).

Required - Your resume showing relevant experience and dates of employment (include day/month/year). (cover letter optional).

Required, if applicable - A recent copy of an SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action), showing title, series, grade, and current salary; and a copy of your most recent performance appraisal.

Required, if applicable - To get Veterans' Preference, you must indicate your preference in response to the appropriate question in your assessment questionnaire and you must submit the appropriate supporting documentation. See the "How you will be Evaluated" section for details regarding what is appropriate Veterans' Preference documentation. It is also recommended that you include veterans' preference information in your cover letter or resume.

Education

Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree

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