Asset Forfeiture Assistant United States Attorney

Attorney
Atlanta, GA 30303
United States
15-GAN-AUSA-05
About the Office: 

The United States Attorneys Office prosecutes federal criminal offenses, seeks recovery of government funds fraudulently obtained, litigates affirmative civil fraud and enforcement actions, and defends the U.S. Governments interest in civil cases. The United States Attorneys Office, Northern District of Georgia, is located in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to the main office in downtown Atlanta, we maintain three intermittently staffed offices located in Rome, Newnan and Gainesville. More information about the United States Attorneys Office for the Northern District of Georgia is available at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/gan.

Job Description: 

Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: The Northern District of Georgia is currently seeking highly qualified applicants for a term Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) position in our Criminal Division. The position is assigned to the Asset Forfeiture (AF) Section where the attorney will litigate the forfeiture of seized assets and also assist with the efforts to ensure that forfeited assets are restored to victims. This is a temporary position not to exceed 14 months. This position may be extended or made permanent without further competition, depending on the federal budget and staffing levels.

The Asset Forfeiture Section investigates and litigates cases involving the forfeiture of assets seized as proceeds of illegal activities and/or involved in money laundering activity. The Asset Forfeiture Section also handles the civil forfeiture of assets that are used to facilitate illegal activity such as drug trafficking.

Qualifications: 

Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from a law school approved by the American Bar Association, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least one year post-J.D. experience.

United States citizenship is required.

Preferred qualifications:The preferred applicants for this position will have a solid academic background, strong legal research and writing skills, experience with asset forfeiture litigation and complex case investigations, with a business, securities, or white collar litigation background. The applicant should possess experience in managing and organizing voluminous documentary evidence and synthesizing the information in these materials to present an effective case. While not required, experience taking or defending depositions and conducting witness interviews, and/or post-J.D. experience in the federal system is desirable. Applicants must demonstrate analytical ability, good judgment, and excellent communication skills. Applicants must also exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff, and client agencies.

(*Note: You must become a member of the Georgia bar within 18 months of appointment as an Assistant US Attorney. If you are a member of the bar in any jurisdiction other than Georgia, you may apply for admission on motion without examination, provided you meet all eligibility criteria. The state in which you were admitted by examination to membership in the bar must have comity for bar admission purposes with the State of Georgia. Reciprocity Order, eligibility criteria, and instructions for admission on motion without examination are available at http://www.gabaradmissions.org/).

Salary: 
Assistant United States Attorneys' pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The range of pay is $54,250 to $158,600, which includes a 19.29% locality pay supplement.
Travel: 
Occasional travel, both within and outside the District, may be required.
Application Process: 

If you are interested in relocating to a great United States Attorneys Office in the beautiful, rapidly growing, and still relatively affordable Atlanta area, please email a resume and a cover letter (pdf file preferred) to USAGAN.Resumes@usdoj.gov Or, resumes may be mailed to:

Tanya Smilley
Human Resources Specialist
United States Attorneys Office
Northern District of Georgia
600 Richard Russell Building
75 Spring Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

Resumes should include complete dates (beginning month and year and ending month and year) for all periods of employment. Please submit only one application.

No telephone calls please.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
1
Updated April 7, 2016

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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 because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, 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 other 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. 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.

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 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, 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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