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ASSISTANT UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
Southern District of California
Vacancy Announcement #
14-SDCA-1149587-AUSA-03
Closes July 7, 2014

About the Office:

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California is one of the largest in the country. This office prosecutes federal crimes and defends the interests of the United States Government in civil cases. The Southern District of California encompasses San Diego and Imperial Counties and includes a branch office located in El Centro, California.

The Southern District of California is home to the largest concentration of Navy and Marine Corps installations in the world. The entire southern boundary of the District borders the Republic of Mexico. Contained within the District are international ports of entry at San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, Tecate, Calexico (two ports, East and West) and Andrade. The entire western boundary of the District lies on the Pacific Ocean, with a major port in San Diego.

Enclosed is a link to the Southern District of California’s web page for more information about the office. http://www.justice.gov/usao/cas/index.html

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

Job Description:

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is currently recruiting for two, two-year term AUSA positions for defensive litigation in the Civil Division.  The Civil Division is responsible for defending all civil actions brought against the United States, its agencies, officers, and employees in the Southern District of California.  A large wild land fire in 2013 has prompted the filing of over 100 civil claims against the United States under the Federal Tort Claims Act.  Successful applicants for the term AUSA positions will handle defense of these cases in coordination with current AUSAs and under the supervision of the Chief and Deputy Chief of the Civil Division.

This is a temporary appointment not-to-exceed 24 months. This position may be extended or made permanent without further competition. This position is located in San Diego, California. As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.

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

Required Qualifications:

Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar of any state, and have at least 3 years post-J.D. legal experience.

United States citizenship is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

The U.S. Attorney’s Office seeks highly qualified applicants with substantial litigation experience, strong writing skills, and excellent credentials. Experience with tort damages litigation is preferred.

Applicants must demonstrate strong analytical skills and the ability to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a case. Applicants must have superior oral and writing skills as well as strong research and interpersonal skills, and good judgment. Applicants must possess excellent communication skills. Three or more years of experience handling depositions and other civil discovery are preferred. Experience working with expert witnesses also is a plus. Applicants also must exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff, and client agencies. Applicants must also demonstrate excellent computer literacy skills including experience with automated research on the Internet, CM/ECF, and electronic e-mail and word processing systems.

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

Travel:

Occasional travel, both within and outside the District, may be required depending on the needs of particular cases.

Security Requirements:

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.

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.

Evaluation Method:

Once your complete application package is received, it will be reviewed to ensure you meet all job requirements. An attorney interview panel will then review all qualified applicants and make recommendations for invitation to interview. You will be notified if selected for an interview.

Application Process:   Applications must be submitted online through the following link:

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/373548400

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Required - Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire (online or 1203-FX).
  • Required - Your resume showing relevant experience and dates of employment (include day/month/year) with a cover letter.
  • 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 - Veterans' Preference documentation (see Benefits and Other Information section for details).
  • Required: You will have to upload the Legal Writing Sample and the SDCA Application Form found at http://www.justice.gov/usao/cas/employ/ausaPositions.html under the Application Form section in Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft Word) and attached these documents as “Other”.

The point of contact for this vacancy announcement is Nitza Williamson, who can be reached at 619-546-9273 or Nitza.williamson@usdoj.gov

We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process have been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation, to include a credit and tax checks, and a drug test by urinalysis.

Salary Information:

Assistant United States Attorney's pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The range of basic pay is $55,919.00 to $157,000.00 which includes locality pay.

Other Benefits:

The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits.

Relocation Expenses:

Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at: http://www.justice.gov/careers/legal/attvacancies.html/373548400

Department Policies:

Equal Employment Opportunity: 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 color, race, religion, national origin, politics, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any non merit factor. 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.

Reasonable Accommodations: This agency provides reasonable accommodation 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.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities: The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements. Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213,3102(u)) hiring authority. Individuals with targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to resume@benderconsult.com and referencing “Federal Career Opportunities” in the subject line. Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com. Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC). See list of DPOCs.

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. Only U.S. Citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office of 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.

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 indicate their preference in response to the appropriate question in their assessment questionnaire (it is also recommended that information is included in their cover letter or resume) and they must submit supporting documentation (e.g., DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) which verifies their eligibility for preference. 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 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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