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The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Maine has a full-time position available for an experienced trial attorney. The position is based in Portland, but will involve occasional travel to our branch office in Bangor. The position is for an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) to oversee the District of Maine's Smart on Crime Action Plan which focuses on drugs, violent and firearm-related crimes and gang activity. The Department of Justice's Smart on Crime program combines traditional law enforcement and prosecution with community outreach to provide incentives for local residents to resist patterns of criminal activity. The position will involve significant interaction with Maine law enforcement agencies at the federal, state, county and local levels as well as community based service agencies. This successful applicant will prosecute federal criminal cases arising out of several Smart on Crime initiatives.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree and be an active member in good standing of the bar (any jurisdiction). Admission to the Maine bar is not required but is preferred. Applicants must have a minimum of 3 years of post-J.D. experience and demonstrated excellence in charging decisions and a successful record in criminal trial experience. Prior experience as a prosecutor in Maine courts is preferred, but not required. Applicants must demonstrate analytical ability, good judgment, and excellent communication and courtroom skills. Applicants must exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff and client agencies. The successful applicant must relocate within the District and reside within a reasonable distance of the Portland office. See 28 U.S.C. § 545 for district-specific information. Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory preemployment adjudication. This includes fingerprint, credit and tax checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation. 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. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys' Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. Citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. Citizens are 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.
Interested persons should send an original signed cover letter and detailed resume to:
Sandra J. Dow, Administrative Officer
United States Attorney's Office
District of Maine
100 Middle Street, 6th Floor, East Tower
Portland, Maine 04101
No telephone calls please. Fax and e-mail applications will not be accepted. Position is open until filled. All applications must be postmarked by May 29, 2015.