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Assistant United States Attorney

Hiring Organization
USAO Western District of North Carolina
Hiring Office
Civil Division
Job ID
227 West Trade Street, Suite 1650
Charlotte, NC 28202 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The United States Attorney’s Office prosecutes federal criminal offenses, seeks recovery of government funds fraudulently obtained, litigates affirmative civil fraud and enforcement actions, and defends the United States Government’s interest. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina is based in Charlotte. The District includes a staffed branch office in Asheville; covering the 32 western counties in North Carolina. The Civil Division features a mix of cases including: affirmative civil enforcement (ACE) (primarily actions brought pursuant to the False Claims Act), defensive matters (catastrophic medical malpractice cases, statutory torts, constitutional torts, employment discrimination, and other causes of action brought under the Federal Tort Claims Act), Asset Forfeiture (civil and criminal cases), monetary collections as a result of criminal fines and civil judgments, and bankruptcy.  In addition, the Division’s civil rights enforcement program investigates and litigates cases involving discrimination in the areas of housing, disability, voting and education. The office seeks to maintain the highest standard of excellence in enforcement of federal laws and representation of the United States.

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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 Western District of North Carolina is accepting applications for a permanent Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) opening in our Civil Division in the Charlotte office.  The Civil Division AUSA’s primary responsibility will be handling affirmative civil enforcement (ACE) litigation and civil fraud investigations pursuant to the False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. § 3729 et seq., civil enforcement investigations and actions under the Controlled Substances Act, 21 § U.S.C. 801 et seq., and the enforcement of other federal statutes that provide for the recovery of compensatory damages by the United States or for aggrieved individuals, or civil penalties.  Secondary responsibilities may include defensive civil litigation or other affirmative litigation, based upon the current needs of the office. All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14-month (temporary) basis pending a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.  

Individuals applying for the position must have strong leadership skills, possess a strong work ethic, exhibit good organizational skills, exercise fair and sound judgment, pay careful attention to facts and details, work well both independently and on a team, be ready and willing to volunteer to help other attorneys, possess excellent negotiation skills, have very strong ability to analyze complex legal and factual issues, write clearly and persuasively, and represent the Government’s interests at hearings and trials before the United States District Court.            

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

As needed additional positions may be filled using this announcement.


Required qualifications:

Interested applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member in good standing of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least 3 years of post-JD legal or other relevant experience.  

United States citizenship is required.

Preferred qualifications:

Hiring preferences include at least seven (7) years of civil litigation experience, although we consider applicants with varied litigation backgrounds. Candidates must possess strong academic credentials, outstanding organizational skills, superior legal research and writing skills, quick analytical ability to accurately and precisely articulate critical case-related issues, courtroom experience, good 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. Finally, preferred candidates must possess the ability to manage large, complex investigations and civil prosecutions.

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

Application Process

To view the full vacancy announcement and to apply for this position, click on the link below:

No telephone calls please.


Assistant United States Attorneys' pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The range of pay for this position is $63,189.00 to $165,277.00 which includes a 17.44% locality pay supplem

Number of Positions
Occasional travel within and outside the district may be required.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses will 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, 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, 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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This and other vacancy announcements can be found under Attorney Vacancies and Volunteer Legal Internships. The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement. Such posting and/or dissemination is not an endorsement by the Department of the organization or group disseminating and/or posting the information.

Updated January 3, 2020