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Assistant United States Attorney

Hiring Organization
USAO District of Columbia
Hiring Office
United States Attorney's Office - District of Columbia
Job ID
20-DC-10689462-AUSA
Location:
555 4th Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20001 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia is unique in the size and scope of its work. It serves as both the local and the federal prosecutor for the nation's capital. On the federal side, cases prosecuted by AUSAs assigned to the Criminal Division include, but are not limited to, drug trafficking; violent crime and firearms possession; cybercrimes; fraud and public corruption; and national security.

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 Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Unit of the Cyber Crime Section of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia is seeking an experienced prosecutor to serve as a senior Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA). This Unit handles investigations and prosecutions of federal sex offenses, including the production, distribution, and receipt of child pornography - as well as human trafficking offenses, including sex trafficking of minors and adults.

AUSAs in the Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Unit work closely with agents from the FBI/MPD Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force, who are co-located at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.

AUSAs in the Unit work with the Task Force and develop priorities for its work, which includes charges ranging from Production of Child Pornography; Advertising, Distribution, Receipt, and Possession of Child Pornography; Sex Trafficking (including Sex Trafficking of Minors) and/or Travel/Transportation charges; Enticing Minors; Sexual Abuse of Minors; and various D.C. Code Sex Offenses.

Specifically, AUSAs in the Unit are expected to:

- Guide undercover agents in proactive investigations in both child pornography and human trafficking cases;

- Carefully screen matters for prosecution;

- Timely obtain relevant search warrants and arrest warrants, as well as other legal process;

- Work with witnesses and victims, including child victims, during investigations to obtain their statements (including in Child Advocacy Center interviews), grand jury testimony, and trial testimony (if needed), and continue working with them throughout the prosecution;

- Promptly review case files and produce discovery;

- Where appropriate, timely negotiate plea resolutions with defense counsel;

- Represent the United States in regular court appearances, including preliminary and detention hearings, motions hearings, trial, plea hearings, and sentencings;

- As appropriate, work with AUSAs in the Sex Offense and Domestic Violence Section in cases involving hands-on abuse; and

- Regularly report to Section and Criminal Division supervision.

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

Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least three years post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.

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

Preferred Qualifications:

The applicant must have at least 3 years of prosecution experience, including experience indicting and trying cases; strong writing and courtroom advocacy skills; the desire and acumen to manage a high-paced, time-sensitive, and federal court appearance-intensive practice; capacity to screen matters and guide proactive investigations; the ability to work with victims, including children; and the ability to work independently on a demanding caseload.

Selections are made of the most highly qualified attorneys who apply, without regard to race, sex, religion, creed, color, national origin, handicap, age, marital status, gender identity, sexual orientation or political affiliation.

Read more about Assistant United States Attorney at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/555730000.

Application Process

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 (EST) on 01/16/2020 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 Columbia at 202-252-7796 or email at jonathan.hooks@usdoj.gov, prior to the closing date of this announcement to request an alternate method of applying.

Salary

The range of basic pay is $73,101 to $166,400 which includes 29.32% locality pay.

Number of Positions
One or more
Travel
Some travel 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, 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 January 3, 2020