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Assistant United States Attorney

Hiring Organization
USAO Northern District of West Virginia
Hiring Office
Job ID
1125 Chapline Street
Wheeling, WV 26003 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the Northern District of West Virginia (NDWV) is responsible for representing the United States of America in criminal prosecutions for violations of federal law, civil lawsuits by and against the federal government, and actions to collect judgments and restitution on behalf of victims and taxpayers.  The USAO-NDWV currently has 55 employees and contractors, and includes offices located in Wheeling, Clarksburg, Elkins, and Martinsburg, West Virginia. 


This announcement closing date has been extended to January 12, 2022 to solicit additional applicants. If you have already applied to this vacancy announcement, we have your resume and you are still under consideration. Please do not reapply.

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

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II is seeking to hire an experienced, highly qualified litigator to serve in the Civil Division of the USAO-NDWV.  The incumbent will have the opportunity to be a part of a dedicated team helping to enforce federal laws.  The Civil Division handles a variety of cases, including defensive matters involving government agencies and employees (medical malpractice, statutory and Constitutional torts, and employment discrimination matters), and affirmative litigation to recover public funds which have been wrongfully obtained by fraud or other improper means (healthcare fraud, pharmaceutical fraud, and procurement fraud).

United States citizenship is required.

Security:  Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory pre-employment 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.

Benefits:  The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.


Required Qualifications:  Applicants must have a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least three (3) years post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.   However, the incumbent must become a member of the West Virginia bar withtin one year of entering on duty.

The applicant will be expected to do his/her own legal research and writing and shall be substantially self-sufficient in preparing day-to-day correspondence and pleadings.  Applicants must possess computer literacy skills to include experience with automated research, electronic court filing, electronic e-mail and word processing systems.

Preferred qualifications include at least three (3) years of legal experience, including courtroom experience.  Experience working collaboratively with a variety of attorneys and non-attorney professionals is strongly preferred.  Primary areas of litigation include defending the government in causes of action  brought under the Federal Tort Claims Act and those alleging employment discrimination under Title VII, the ADEA, or the Rehabilitation Act; Affirmative Civil Enforcement for violations of the False Claims Act and Controlled Substances Act; and defending against allegations of unconstitutional conduct.  Qualified candidates should excel in legal research and writing, taking and defending depositions, engaging in complex discovery and motions practice, handling expert witnesses and representing parties in bench trials and jury trials. Assistant United States Attorneys in the Civil Division must be able to work well both independently and as a member of a team and should demonstrate strong organization and negotiation skills and the ability to analyze complex legal and factual issues and to write clearly and persuasively.      

Application Process

Applicants interested should e-mail a resume and cover letter (pdf file preferred) to 

Resumes should include complete dates (beginning month and year and ending month and year) for all periods of employment.  Please ensure that your resume notes month/year of bar membership information.

The point of contact for questions about this announcement is First Assistant United States Attorney Randolph J. Bernard, 304-234-0100.


AUSA pay is administratively determined based on the years of professional attorney experience. The range of base pay is 55,756 to $145,836 ($64,649 to $169,097 including locality pay of 15.95%).

Number of Positions
Travel will be required for training and local travel for hearings and trials.
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, 2022