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Support Employment

The U.S. Attorney's Office employs a large number of support staff members in a variety of positions. Support staff positions include: Legal Assistant, Supervisory Paralegal Specialist, Paralegal Specialist, Administrative Services Specialist and other administrative and legal support positions ranging in grades from GS-5 up to and including GS-14. The General Schedule (GS) salary scale for the Des Moines, Iowa Metropolitan area may be obtained by contacting the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) web site at: OPM

Support staff positions are normally career or career conditional appointments in the competitive service.

Separate vacancy announcements are prepared and provide the opening and closing dates, the areas of consideration and qualification requirements, and are distributed as support staff vacancies occur. All jobs are advertised on USAJOBS

When vacancies occur, applicants interested in receiving consideration, should submit either a resume, or an Optional Form OF-612, that describes job related qualifications, answers to the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's) and any additional documents required in the vacancy announcement, to the following address:

United States Attorney's Office
Attention: Human Resources
Southern District of Iowa
110 East Court Avenue, Suite # 286
Des Moines, Iowa 50309

The OPM Brochure OF-510 "Applying for a Federal Job" outlines what is required. The OF-512, OF612, and information about applying for Federal Jobs is available from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) website at OPM Forms.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Please note that all employment is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background investigation. Applicants are also subject to drug testing by urinalysis.

Security Forms:

Support staff applicants who have tentatively been selected for positions with the U.S. Attorney's Office will find below a list of security and administrative forms required for employment.

Support Staff Pre-Employment Security Form Checklist

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