Our mission 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 to administer and enforce the Nation's laws to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans. 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 Western District of Texas is a large complex district which includes 68 counties and approximately 93,000 square miles. Offices are located in San Antonio, Austin, El Paso, Del Rio, Midland, Waco, and Alpine/Pecos.
The Civil Division is responsible for representing the federal government and its agencies and employees in civil litigation in the Western District of Texas. Two primary areas of practice are tort cases, including medical malpractice and a variety of personal injury cases, and Title VII cases alleging discrimination in hiring and employment practices by agencies of the United States. Other areas of practice include civil rights, immigration, bankruptcy, debts owed the United States or its agencies, breach of contract, judicial review of administrative findings, and injunctive proceedings. AUSAs in the Civil Division are active at both the trial and appellate levels, taking depositions, preparing and answering interrogatories, negotiating for settlement, engaging in motions practice, trying cases, and writing and arguing appeals.
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 Civil Chief for the District. The Civil Chief is part of the management 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 have at least three years of experience as an attorney. All applicants must be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction) and not have received any disciplinary action within the past year from the date of the application.
United States citizenship is required.
Preferred qualifications: Applicants should be able to demonstrate by experience, knowledge, or training, that they have an understanding of basic leadership and managerial skills and experience managing a civil caseload.
• Experience as a supervisory civil AUSA or supervisory Department of Justice attorney
• Breadth of experience in areas of Department of Justice civil practice, such as torts, employment law, immigration, and health-care fraud
• Exceptional leadership and management skills
• Willingness to travel frequently
You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.
Training: Those AUSAs selected for a supervisory position for the first time will be required to attend the Justice Leadership Institute, or a Legal Issues for Managers Seminar.
Type of Position: 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.
Security Requirements: Depending on the position, a Supervisory AUSA may require access to a Top Secret Clearance.
Location: San Antonio, Texas (Headquarters)
Applications must be submitted online through the following link:
The range of basic pay as a line AUSA is $69,260 to $168,607 which includes 16.77% locality pay. The range of pay as the Civil Chief is $151,579 to $170,700 including locality pay.
Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.