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Assistant United States Attorney

Hiring Organization
USAO District of the Virgin Islands
Hiring Office
Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands
Job ID
23-VI CRIM DIV-11923329-DE
Location:
5500 Veterans Drive, Suite 260
Saint Thomas, VI 00802 - U.S. Virgin Islands
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The United States Attorneys Office for the District of the Virgin Islands is seeking an experienced white collar attorney with outstanding prosecution and research and writing skills, as well as a criminal law background, to fill an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) vacancy in the Criminal Division in the headquarter office located in the Ron DeLugo Federal Building, St. Thomas. Candidates with well established litigating skills, high proficiency in legal research and writing, and experience with criminal practice will be selected to fill this position. For more information on the Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney's Offices, visit https://www.justice.gov/usao-vi
 

As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.

Job Description

The U.S. Attorney's Office is seeking experienced attorneys for one or more positions as an Assistant United States Attorney ("AUSA") in the Criminal Division in the headquarter office in the Ron DeLugo Federal Building on the waterfront of downtown St. Thomas. This position offers a rare opportunity to combine a challenging and rewarding career as a federal prosecutor with life in a tropical paradise. Attorneys with welldeveloped 
litigation skills, proficiency in legal research and writing and experience with criminal practice and procedure will be selected to fill 
multiple AUSA vacancies in the Criminal Division of the St. Thomas Division. Successful candidates will be responsible for handling the investigation and prosecution of federal crimes. 

The United States Attorney's Office (USAO) for the District of the Virgin Islands is a unit of the Department of Justice, with its headquarters office on the 
island of St. Thomas and a smaller satellite office in St. Croix. The USAO is led by the United States Attorney, who serves as the chief federal law enforcement official in the District of the Virgin Islands. Like other USAOs, we prosecute federal crimes and represent the interests of the United States in civil cases. By Department standards, we are considered a small office, but we prosecute serious and significant cases. The District of the Virgin Islands encompasses the entire Territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands, including the primary islands of St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas. 

The District of the Virgin Islands is truly an island paradise with a celebrated Caribbean culture, pristine beaches, crystal clear blue waters, brilliant 
sunshine, moderate climate and constant breezes. Residents enjoy countless leisure opportunities such as swimming, fishing, sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking and a wide range of dining and nightlife options. Other tropical island destinations such as the British Virgin Islands are easily accessible, and Puerto Rico is a short 15-minute flight for additional sightseeing and shopping options. 

Each AUSA position will have some degree of concentration but will also have significant opportunities to handle a variety of criminal prosecutions. We 
seek one AUSA who will focus primarily on public corruption, civil rights and fraud offenses. Our District also prosecutes Virgin Islands Territorial crimes 
such as murder, rape and firearm offenses when they are related to other charged federal offenses. While we do offer some degree of specialization in 
our criminal practice, the successful candidate may also handle a range of criminal cases, as needed, to address the District's priorities. In addition to 
developing investigations and cases, AUSAs will also have an opportunity to handle appeals on occasion. 

A successful prosecutor must possess a restrained, professional temperament and sound judgment, and must have the legal acumen, skills and flexibility to work on a range of cases with support from colleagues and co-counsel, after receiving appropriate training. Above all, a successful candidate must have a commitment to seek and do justice, to vigorously use the authority of the United States Attorney's Office to protect the public while simultaneously respecting and protecting the rights of defendants. Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress. Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress. 

Security Requirements: Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory preemployment adjudication. This includes fingerprints, 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.
 

Qualifications

Conditions Of Employment
You must be a United States Citizen. 
Background Investigation, credit and tax checks, and drug test required. 
You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable. 
J.D. degree and active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) required.

Qualifications
About the Position: Initially selected for an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA), the selectee for this position may be placed on a temporary promotion as the supervisor of the St. Thomas office as part of the supervisory team of the office, under the control, supervision and direction of the United States Attorney. AUSAs selected for supervisory positions will be responsible for exercising dynamic leadership and efficiently and effectively managing the employees in their respective sections to accomplish the mission of the Department and the specific goals of this office, as set forth by the United States Attorney. All Supervisory AUSA appointments are temporary promotions that may be extended or terminated at the discretion of the US Attorney. At the end of the temporary promotion, the employee returns to a permanent line AUSA position with pay set within the salary range of line AUSAs. 

Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 8 years post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience. United States citizenship is required. 
Preferred Qualifications: Applicants should have excellent academic credentials and litigation experience, preferably at least 10 years. Applicants also should be computer literate, possess superior oral and written communication skills, have strong character and excellent interpersonal skills, have the capacity to function with minimal guidance in a highly demanding environment, and have strong commitment to public service.

Education
Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree

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. The Benefits link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal Employees. 
 

Application Process

How To Apply
To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. 
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 04/24/2023 to receive consideration. 

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package. (It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date.)
  3. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.


To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete. 
You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. However, should you not be able to apply online, please contact District of Virgin Islands at 340-715-9436 or email at Anthony.Fontaine@usdoj.gov, prior to the closing date of this announcement to request an alternate method of applying.

Agency Contact Information

Questions About This job
Anthony Fontaine 
Phone: 340-715-9436 
Email: Anthony.Fontaine@usdoj.gov

Next Steps
We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has 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. We expect to make a final job offer within 120 days after the closing date of the announcement.

Salary

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 $84,495 to $ 155,155, which does not include as additional locality pay, currently at 16.50%, and an additional tax-free Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) currently at 12.25%. 

Number of Positions
1
Travel
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses may or may not be authorized.

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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 race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit based 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. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

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 disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. 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 their retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

USAO Residency Requirement:  Assistant United States Attorneys must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

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Updated April 14, 2023