The U.S. Attorneys Office for the District of New Mexico has approximately 165 employees and contractors. The main office is located in Albuquerque. The branch office in Las Cruces is located approximately 225 miles south of Albuquerque, is 50 miles from the Mexican border, and includes approximately 45 of the district employees and contractors. The District also has an unstaffed office in Santa Fe.
This position(s) will be located in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Las Cruces, the second largest city in New Mexico, is nestled in the fertile Mesilla Valley between the majestic Organ Mountains and the meandering Rio Grande and is 50 miles north of the border with Mexico. Las Cruces blends a unique variety of attractions, culture, historical sites, and superb year-round weather with 350 days of sunshine per year.
The State of New Mexico, also known as the Land of Enchantment, is a unique mix of Native cultures, blended with Hispanic and European traditions. Ranked the 5th largest state, it totals 121,593 square miles. New Mexico shares 180 miles of international border with the Country of Mexico.
The attorney selected will handle prosecutions of a wide variety of federal offenses, with the emphasis on the prosecution of immigration, firearms and narcotics crimes. Prosecutions of narcotics offenses include enforcement of Title 21 and cases involving organizations responsible for the trafficking of heroin, marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and other controlled substances. Immigration offenses include re-entry after deportation, transportation of illegal aliens and other crimes.
All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14 month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation. Temporary appointments may be extended or made permanent without further competition.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member, in good standing, of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least one (1) year of post-J.D. experience.
Ideal candidate would have 1 to 6 years of experience.
Applicants must demonstrate a quick analytical ability and the facility to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a case and demonstrate superior oral and writing skills as well as strong research and interpersonal skills, and good judgment. Applicants must possess excellent communication and courtroom skills and exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff and client agencies. Applicants must have a demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding office and courtroom environment.
Applicants will be expected to conduct their own legal research and writing and must be substantially self-sufficient in preparing day to day correspondence and pleadings. Applicants must also possess computer literacy skills to include experience with automated research, electronic court filing, electronic e-mail and word processing systems.
The ideal candidate will have some subject matter expertise in criminal matters and will demonstrate the ability to handle complex cases from the initial investigative stage through trial.
Security Requirements: Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory pre-employment adjudication. This includes fingerprint, tax and credit checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
Any interested applicant should submit a cover letter and resume by mail, post marked by March 30, 2015 or submit via electronic mail no later than March 30, 2015.
Resumes should include a detailed description of employment history, to include dates of employment (month/year). Please include the vacancy announcement number listed at the top of this announcement (15-AUSA-NM-2) on your resume and cover letter. No telephone calls please. We will contact you if we believe an interview is appropriate or if further information is required.
email to: :USANM.HR@usdoj.gov
Or you may mail your application materials to the following address:
U.S. Attorneys Office
ATTN: HR Office
201 3rd Street NW, Suite 900
Albuquerque, NM 87102