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Assistant United States Attorney

Hiring Organization
USAO Southern District of West Virginia
Job ID
300 Virginia Street, Suite 4000
Charleston, WV 25314 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia has an opening for an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the Charleston office. The Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia currently has 64 employees. The primary office is located in Charleston. There are two staffed branch offices in Beckley and Huntington, and one un-staffed branch office in Bluefield. The Charleston office currently employs 16 Assistant United States Attorneys in the Criminal Division and five Assistant United States Attorneys in the Civil Division.

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

The Office of the United States Attorney offers a unique and exciting experience for a highly motivated team player with the desire to engage in challenging and important litigation. Applicants must demonstrate personal integrity, good judgment, analytical and ability, and excellent organizational, interpersonal and litigation skills. In addition, applicants must be willing to follow rules and directives, and work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff and client agencies.

The incumbent will represent the United States in criminal matters and cases. The incumbent will also be expected to timely prepare and disseminate media releases and respond to inquiries from the news media on behalf of the USAO, and coordinate and/or participate in community outreach programs of the USAO.


Applicants must have a J.D. degree and have at least one year of post-J.D. experience. Applicants must be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, territory, or the District of Columbia. In addition, the Local Rules for the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia require all Assistant United States Attorneys to become members of the West Virginia State Bar within one year of appointment.

Preferred qualifications:

A background, experience or degree in public relations, journalism, or communications is preferred but not required.

Application Process

To be considered for a position, applications must be received by close of business May 20, 2015. Do not submit your application to both e-mail address and mailing address. Please mail your resume to:

The Honorable R. Booth Goodwin II
United States Attorney Southern District of West Virginia
P.O. Box 1713
Charleston, WV 25326

Resumes will not be accepted by fax. Candidates who have submitted applications within the past year need only submit a letter relating his or her continued interest, unless updated information is required.

As needed, additional positions may be filled from this announcement.

Please do not submit writing samples at this time.

If submitting your resume to one of the e-mail addresses, please submit all attachments as pdf documents. Please do not submit your resume by both e-mail and regular mail.

Individuals within the Department of Justice may submit a resume via e-mail by using the e-mail address:

If submitting your resume to the e-mail addresses, please submit all attachments as pdf documents.

Individuals employed outside the Department of Justice may submit a resume via e-mail by using the e-mail address:

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Assistant United States Attorneys' pay is administratively determined based on the number years of professional attorney experience, performance and availability of funds. The full salary range, AD-21 through AD-29 is $45,027-132,849 base pay annually.

Number of Positions
Some travel will be required.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses are not 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 April 7, 2016