UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
DISTRICT OF MINNESOTA
Assistant United States Attorney
Vacancy Announcement No. 13-MN-02
About the Office: The United States Attorney's Office is responsible for representing the civil and criminal interests of the United States in the District of Minnesota. The District of Minnesota is comprised of 87 counties, with staffed offices in Minneapolis and St. Paul and currently unstaffed offices in Fergus Falls and Duluth.
Responsibilities and Opportunities Offered: The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Minnesota is currently seeking highly qualified candidates for one or more Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) positions in its civil division. Candidates should be capable of handling a variety of significant and complex civil prosecutions and defensive cases.
These positions are open for full and part time permanent positions. Please be sure to indicate in your cover letter whether you are applying for the part time position, the full time position, or both.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys are eligible for Federal benefits.
Qualifications: Applicants must possess a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from an accredited law school, be an active member in good standing of the bar (of any jurisdiction), and have at least 1 year post-J.D. experience. Additionally, applicants must have admission to practice in Minnesota state courts or have the ability to be admitted to Minnesota state courts within six months of the start date. Applicants must demonstrate a quick analytical ability and the facility to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a case. Applicants must demonstrate superior oral and writing skills as well as strong research and interpersonal skills, and good judgment. Applicants must possess excellent communication and courtroom skills and exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff and client agencies. Submission of a writing sample with resume is required. Applicants must have a demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding office and courtroom environment. Appointment is subject to FBI background investigation, including credit, arrest, reference and drug use inquiries. U.S. citizenship is required.
Travel: Travel on occasion throughout the District of Minnesota may be required. The AUSA will travel to attend court proceedings, interview witnesses and attend meetings as needed. Case and investigation related travel outside the District may also be required. Travel is also required for training at the Department of Justice's National Advocacy Center, Columbia, South Carolina.
Salary Information: Assistant United States Attorneys' pay is administratively determined, based in part on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The starting range of pay is $44,581 to $117,994 base pay with an additional locality payment of 20.96% for the Minneapolis area added to attorney base pay.
Duty Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized.
Application Process and Deadline Date: No telephone calls please. The positions are opened until filled. The initial cut-off date for the receipt of applications is February 20, 2013 or until the positions are filled. Applications may be used to fill other permanent positions that become available at a later date. Please reference the announcement number in your application.
Interested applicants should send a resume, writing sample, and cover letter to:
B. Todd Jones
United States Attorney
District of Minnesota
ATTN: Tammie Cuddihy
300 South 4th Street, Suite 600
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Internet Sites: This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at: http://www.justice.gov/careers/legal/attvacancies.html. Additional information about our office is located at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/mn/
Department Policies: Department hiring policies are located at http://www.justice.gov/careers/legal/
Assistant United States Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which he or she is appointed. See 28 U.S.C. § 545 for district-specific information.
All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a time-limited (temporary) basis. Temporary appointments may, or may not, be extended or made permanent without further competition.
The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, color, race, religion, national origin, politics, marital status, disability, age, status as a parent, membership or nonmembership in an employee organization, or personal favoritism. The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
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. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys' Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. citizens are 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.
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, http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting documents). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service-connected disabilities or receipt of non-service-connected disability pension 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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