Assistant United States Attorney

San Antonio
Attorney
601 NW Loop 410, Suite 600
San Antonio, TX 78216
United States
20-WDTX-10824750-A12
About the Office: 

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.

Our office places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from all qualified individuals from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBT individuals, and persons with disabilities.
Job Description: 

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.

Qualifications: 

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)

 

Salary: 
AUSA pay is administratively determined, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. Similarly, the pay for a Supervisory AUSA is based on the same pay scale and on the specific supervisory position for which an AUSA is selected.
Travel: 
Must be willing to travel frequently.
Application Process: 

Applications must be submitted online through the following link:

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/569018700

 

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.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be paid.
Number of Positions: 
1
Updated May 28, 2020

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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, protected genetic information, pregnancy, status as a parent, or any other nonmerit-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 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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