Assistant United States Attorney

227 West Trade Street, Suite 1650
Charlotte, NC 28202
United States
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney's Office prosecutes federal offenses and defends the U.S. Government's interest in civil cases. The United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of North Carolina is based in Charlotte with a staffed branch office in Asheville covering the 32 western counties in North Carolina. The office seeks to maintain the highest standard of excellence in the enforcement of federal laws and representation of the United States.

Job Description: 

The United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of North Carolina is accepting applications for an assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) position in our Criminal Division.

The selected applicant will serve as part of our “Smart on Crime” initiative to attack federal crimes in the most dangerous and crime-ridden neighborhoods in Charlotte and other communities, as revealed by crime-data analysis.

The successful applicant will be responsible for handling the prosecution of crimes such as federal firearms violations, robberies, carjackings, kidnappings, and other violent crimes. The AUSA will also be tasked with non-case related responsibilities as part of our “Smart on Crime” strategic effort to combat crimes through a muli-faceted approach, including the prevention of crime, and the re-entry of previous offenders. The selected applicant will be expected to provide law enforcement training, and work with both community and law enforcement partners in a holistic approach to deter, prevent, and reduce crime in the most crime-ridden areas in the District.


Required Qualifications:

Interested applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member in good standing of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 3 years of post-JD legal or other relevant experience.

United States citizenship is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Admission to the North Carolina bar is not required but is preferred.

Hiring preference will be given to applicants with prior experience prosecuting a range of violent crimes, firearms offenses, and drug-trafficking offenses, and a demonstrated commitment to community involvement and service.

Assistant United States Attorneys' pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The range of pay for this position is $51,917 to $105,000. This salary range includes 14.16% locality pay.
Occasional travel, within and outside the District may be required.
Application Process: 

Applications must be submitted online through the following link:

The deadline to apply is June 23, 2015. If unable to apply online, the announcement provides instructions on faxing your documents in the "How to Apply" tab.

Applicants must provide a complete application package which includes:

Required - Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire (online or 1203-FX). Required - Your resume showing relevant experience and dates of employment (include day/month/year). (cover letter optional).

Required, if applicable - A recent copy of an SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action), showing title, series, grade, and current salary; and a copy of your most recent performance appraisal.

Required, if applicable - To get Veterans' Preference, you must indicate your preference in response to the appropriate question in your assessment questionnaire and you must submit the appropriate supporting documentation. See the "How you will be Evaluated" section under the "Qualifications and Evaluations" Tab above for details regarding what is appropriate Veterans' Preference documentation. It is also recommended that you include veterans' preference information in your cover letter or resume.

No Telephone calls please.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
01 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 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 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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