Assistant United States Atorney

Wester District of Arkansas
Attorney
Texarkana, AR
United States
18-WDAR-10264993
About the Office: 

The Western District of Arkansas has 34 counties and includes the cities of, Texarkana, El Dorado, Hot Springs, Fayetteville, and Fort Smith. This Office is proud to represent the federal law enforcement interests of the people of the Western District of Arkansas and the country.

Job Description: 

The mission of the United States Attorney's Office, Western District of Arkansas, is to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States, provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime, seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior, and administer and enforce the Nation's laws to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans. The office is responsible for the prosecution of federal criminal statutes for all of The Western District of Arkansas, from acts of terrorism to public corruption, white-collar crime, organized crime, gang activities, internet-related crimes, drug importation through Western Arkansas, and many other criminal acts. The Office also is charged, through its Civil Division, with defending agencies of the United States, enforcing regulatory agencies' authority, and recovering funds from violators of U.S. criminal, regulatory, and civil laws. We strive to build a stronger office through recruitment efforts and maintain the high standards of the office by promoting professional development. We seek to build a legacy of excellence.

In all matters, it is our mission to represent the people of the United States in a manner that will instill confidence in the fairness and integrity of our office and the judicial system, and to conduct our work with the highest integrity. We strive to perform our mission in the most efficient and effective manner.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Arkansas has one (1) vacancy for an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division. The position will be located in the Texarkana, AR office. Attorneys in the Criminal Division are responsible for the prosecution of a variety of crimes under federal law including white-collar crime, public corruption, investment schemes, illegal immigration and alien smuggling, drug violations, firearms violations, terrorism, and violent crime.

Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.

Employment with the U.S. Attorney's Office offers a unique and challenging experience for the highly motivated and talented attorney who is committed to serving justice.
 

Qualifications: 

Qualifications: Applicants must demonstrate quick analytical ability as the facility to accurately and precisely articulate critical issues in a case. Applicants must demonstrate superior and interpersonal skills, and good judgment. Applicants must possess excellent communication and courtroom skills and exhibit the abilities to work in a supportive and professional manner with other Attorneys, support staff and client agencies. Applicants must have demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment.

Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least one (1) year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.

United States citizenship is required.

Preferred Qualifications: Strong academic credentials, superior legal research and writing skills, quick analytical ability to accurately and precisely articulate critical case-related issues, courtroom experience, excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to work in a supportive and professional team environment with client agencies, support staff, and other attorneys, and a demonstrated commitment to public service. Applicants also should be computer literate. The candidate selected for this vacancy will represent the United States in a wide variety of criminal cases.

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

Salary: 
$61,217 to $143,639 per year which includes locality pay of 15.37% for Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Application Deadline: 
Friday, August 17, 2018
Relocation Expenses: 
No
Number of Positions: 
1
Updated August 8, 2018

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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 must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-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. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled 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 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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