Assistant United States Attorney

Attorney
Billings, MT 59101
United States
15-MT-01
About the Office: 

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Montana is considered a medium sized district and has offices located in Billings, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, and Missoula. The District of Montana prosecutes in its Criminal Division a wide range of federal cases involving organized crime, terrorism, complex securities and fraud cases, international narcotics, health care fraud and public corruption. The District also prosecutes violent crime cases which occur on Indian Reservations in Federal Court. These cases include assaults, burglaries, drugs, sexual assaults and homicides . AUSA's assigned to the reservations act as a liaison between a specific Indian reservation or reservations and the U.S. Attorney. The Civil Division prosecutes virtually every conceivable variety of affirmative and defensive civil cases filed in the District of Montana, at both the trial and appellate levels involving matters such as health care, commercial, civil rights, environmental, false claims, immigration matters, all varieties of tort and discriminatory claims against the sovereign, the Internet, telecommunications energy policies, and First Amendment issues.

Job Description: 

An appointment with the U.S. Attorney's Office offers unique and challenging experiences for the highly motivated attorney. Assigned to the Criminal Division in one of the branch offices, you will be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce federal criminal laws that protect life, liberty and property of citizens. Criminal Division assignments include, but are not limited to, prosecution of economic crime, public corruption, narcotic cases and Indian Country cases for the District of Montana. The narcotic prosecution duties include handling both Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), and Non-OCDETF narcotics cases. In addition to trial work, other areas of responsibility include interaction with multi-jurisdictional drug task forces and training of officers. The Indian Country duties include prosecution of violent crime cases which occur on Indian Reservations. Among other substantive areas, cases will include assaults, burglaries, drugs, sexual assaults and homicides. The AUSA will also act as a liaison between a specific Indian reservation or reservations and the U.S. Attorney. The position is also responsible for appellate work.

This position may be located in either the Billings, Great Falls or Helena Office, dependent upon the successful applicant.

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 one year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience. United States citizenship is required.

Preferred qualifications: Applicants must demonstrate a quick analytical ability and the facility to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a case. Applicants must 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 environment. Applicants must have experience with automated electronic court filing.

Salary: 
Assistant United States Attorneys' pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The range of basic pay is $45,477 to $134,177 plus locality pay.
Travel: 
Some travel will be required. Cases are assigned throughout the District of Montana. AUSA's can expect to travel 1-5 nights per month, dependent upon the branch office they are assigned to.
Application Process: 

Interested applicants should send a detailed resume and cover letter which address the education and professional background of the candidate and a listing of all bar memberships by e-mail to: Theresa.hutchison@usdoj.gov.

OR by mail to the following address:

United States Attorney's Office
Attn: Theresa Hutchison
901 Front St., Ste 1100
Helena, MT 59626

You may submit using Overnight Service to the above address.

The applicant is responsible for ensuring that their materials are received before the deadline.

Deadline: All applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on June 5, 2015. Fulfillment of the position is subject to the availability of funds.

No telephone calls please.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, June 5, 2015
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses are not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
One or More
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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