Assistant United States Attorney

Attorney
11204 McPherson Road, Suite 100A
Laredo, TX 78045
United States
15-SDTX-11 AUSA (TERM LAR SAR)
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas, with approximately 190 Assistant United States Attorneys, is among the largest in the country. The office prosecutes federal crimes and represents the interests of the United States in civil cases. The Southern District of Texas stretches from the Houston area southwest to the Mexican border. The United States Attorney's Office operates staffed offices in Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Houston, Laredo, McAllen, and Victoria.

Enjoy trying cases? This opportunity is not for the faint-of-heart: federal prosecutors in Laredo are the nation's busiest, carrying an average of over 170 active felony cases each. The office operates in a fast-paced but friendly environment. Courtroom practice - and we do mean frequent courtroom practice - is a certainty.

Job Description: 

Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: The United States Attorneys Office for the Southern District of Texas seeks an experienced attorney to serve in its Asset Forfeiture Group in the Criminal Division of its Laredo office. The successful candidate will serve as a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) Review attorney and will manage and coordinate a multi-agency SAR Review Team to make proactive use of SAR data. This position will serve as the anchor of an existing SAR Review program and will enhance our office's ability to investigate and prosecute money laundering, illegal money transmitters, illegal structuring of currency deposits, tax offenses, and all other criminal activity that is captured in SAR data. The SAR Review AUSA would assist in managing all aspects of civil and criminal forfeiture prosecutions developed from the SAR Review Team. This is a TERM appointment; the appointment will expire on September 30, 2016.

Type of Position: This is a TERM position not to exceed 09/30/16. Due to the nature of the appointment, the applicant will be eligible for participation in all Federal benefit programs provided he/she has at least a 13-month period of employment remaining from the date of entry on duty at time of the initial appointment. Employment less than 13 months will affect the eligibility for some benefits. An applicant who transfers from another federal position with entitlement to benefits (health, life, retirement) will be able to continue his/her benefits without interruption provided there is no break in service.

The incumbent will be required to sign a statement regarding the conditions of the TERM

appointment. The TERM appointment may be extended for an additional period of time without further competition; however, any extension is not guaranteed and is also dependent upon budgetary restraints.

The incumbent may be considered for placement in a permanent Assistant United States

Attorney position without further competition during the term of the appointment;

however, placement in a permanent position is not guaranteed.

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 of full-time post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications: Hiring preferences include at least three years of federal court experience and an accounting degree or equivalent accounting experience. Other desirable experience includes working in or for a financial institution or having a strong working knowledge of the operations within financial institutions. Ideal candidates will have first-chair federal trial experience, strong academics, outstanding organizational, time management, and interpersonal skills, superior legal writing and research ability, and a demonstrated commitment to professionalism, ethics, civility, and public service. Spanish language skills and familiarity with South Texas are highly desirable, but not required. Qualifications must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

United States citizenship is required.

Salary: 
Range of basic pay is $45,477 to $134,177 per annum, plus locality pay. Pay is administratively determined based on years of professional attorney experience.
Travel: 
Occasional travel may be required.
Application Process: 

Applications must be submitted online through the following link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/PrintPreview/400048000. The deadline to apply on-line is 11:59 p.m. (EST) on April 21, 2015. If unable to apply on-line, the announcement provides instruction on faxing your documents in the “How to Apply” tab.

Complete applications submitted through USAJOBS will include:

Required: Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire;

Required: Cover letter (including the announcement number) addressed to: Mitch Neurock, Executive Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney's Office, 1000 Louisiana, Suite 2300, Houston, TX 77002

Required: Resume showing relevant experience and dates of employment (include day/month/year);

Required: Brief writing sample (not more than 20 pages); and

Required, if applicable: Documentation supporting claim for veterans' preference or hiring eligibility based on disability status (see Department Policies).

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. All application materials must be submitted via the USAJOBS website by the closing date of the announcement. No hard copy or E-mailed documents will be accepted.

Please, no telephone calls regarding the status of an application once the announcement has closed.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
1
Updated April 7, 2016

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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, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit 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.

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 targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to resume@benderconsult.com and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com.  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  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 who have lived outside the United States for two or more of the past five years will likely have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department Security Staff. The two-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.

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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