The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of California represents the Federal government in virtually all litigation involving the United States in the Eastern District of California. This includes all criminal prosecutions for violations of Federal law, civil lawsuits by and against the government, and actions to collect judgments and restitution on behalf of victims and taxpayers. The office places a high value on diversity of experience and cultural perspective and encourages applications from attorneys from all ethnic groups, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities.
The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of California is headquartered in Sacramento. The entire District includes the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada Mountains and encompasses most of the land mass of California -- from the Coastal Mountain Range to the Nevada border, and from Bakersfield in the south to the Oregon border. The Bakersfield office serves Kern County and the surrounding areas within the southern part of the Eastern District of California.
Bakersfield, considered the Southern Gateway to the Central Valley, is the ninth largest city in California and one of the fastest growing regions in the nation. Steeped in music history, the city is the birthplace of the country music genre known worldwide as the Bakersfield Sound. Bakersfield is the seat of Kern County, which generates 76 percent of the state's oil supply and ranks third among all counties in the United States in agriculture-related production. Bakersfield enjoys a wide variety of entertainment with the Centennial Garden arena, convention center, theaters, museums, and art galleries. The community is home to three minor league sports teams: The Bakersfield Blaze (baseball), The Bakersfield Condors (ice hockey), and The Bakersfield Blitz (arena football). Outdoor activities abound to include two lakes, several private and public golf courses and tennis facilities, three auto racing tracks, as well as whitewater rafting on the Kern River. Bakersfield is partially surrounded by three mountain ranges and is approximately 110 miles from Los Angeles, providing entertainment and recreational activities of all types.
This position is located in the Criminal Division of the Bakersfield Office and the AUSA will be responsible for handling a variety of criminal cases with an emphasis on narcotics and violent crime.
Please note: This is a re-announcement of vacancy announcement 14-EDCA-10A. Previous applicants must re-apply to receive consideration for this position.
This is a permanent position; however, all initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14 month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
Following appointment, Assistant United States Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which they are appointed. See 28 U.S.C. § 545 for district-specific information.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, territory, or the District of Columbia, and have at least one year of post-J.D. experience. Applicants must be active members in good standing of the bar (any jurisdiction). Ideal qualifications include at least 3-5 years of post-J.D. litigation experience.
Preferred Qualifications: 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. Applicants must have a demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment.
Preferred Qualifications: Applicants will be expected to do their own legal research and writing and will be substantially self-sufficient in preparing day-to-day correspondence and pleadings. Applicants must also demonstrate excellent computer literacy skills to include experience with automated research on the Internet, electronic court filing, and electronic e-mail and word processing systems.
Preferred Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have some experience working with multi-agency task forces; will have substantial experience and familiarity with federal grand jury practice; will have experience with the use of a multitude of investigatory techniques, including electronic surveillance, tracking devices, search warrants, telephone toll record analysis and asset seizure and forfeiture; and will demonstrate the ability to handle complex cases from the initial investigative stage through trial. Proficiency in the Spanish language is a plus.
Security Requirements: Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory pre-employment adjudication. This includes fingerprint, tax and credit checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to:
United States Attorney's Office
ATTN: Phillip Talbert
501 I Street, Suite 10-100
Sacramento, CA 95814
Resumes should include a detailed description of employment history, to include dates of employment (month/year). This position is open until filled but no later than Monday, August 10, 2015.
Please include the vacancy announcement number listed at the top of this announcement (14-EDCA-22A) on your resume and cover letter. No telephone calls please.