Assistant United States Attorney

Attorney
1100 Commerce St., Third Floor
Dallas, TX 75242
United States
15-NDTX-AUSA-1423942 NB
About the Office: 

The Office of the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas is the principal federal prosecution authority for the North Texas area, with offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Lubbock, Abilene, and Amarillo.  The Civil Division is charged with defending agencies of the United States, enforcing regulatory agency authority, and recovering funds from violators of U.S. criminal, regulatory, and civil laws.  The Criminal Division of our office prosecutes all federal crimes in our jurisdiction, including acts of terrorism, public corruption, white-collar crime, organized crime, gang activities, internet-related crimes, and many other criminal offenses.

In all matters, it is our mission to represent the people of the United States in a manner that will instill confidence in the fairness and integrity of our office and the judicial system, and to conduct our work with the highest integrity.  We strive to perform our mission in the most efficient and effective manner.

District Website: http://www.justice.gov/usao/txn/.

Job Description: 

This is a temporary appointment not-to-exceed 9/30/2016. This position may be extended or made permanent without further competition.

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.

The Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) will serve in the Civil Division of the Dallas Office, and will work on affirmative bankruptcy litigation on behalf of federal agencies.  The successful applicant will handle bankruptcy work in Dallas for numerous federal agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the Social Security Administration (SSA).  In addition, the successful applicant will work with the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s current bankruptcy team to expand our involvement in complex bankruptcy litigation, including adversary proceedings on behalf of HHS, the Department of Education, our office’s Asset Recovery Unit, and our office’s Affirmative Civil Enforcement section; work on behalf of SSA’s Dallas regional office to recover non-dischargeable overpayments of SSI disability benefits; assist our Criminal Division with the handling of criminal bankruptcy fraud referrals; and handle objections to IRS proofs of claim.

Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.

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 3 years post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.

United States citizenship is required.

Preferred Qualifications:  Ideal qualifications include at least 3-5 years of post-J.D. litigation experience.  Hiring preferences include some courtroom experience, strong academics,  outstanding organizational skills, superior legal writing and research ability, a strong work ethic, and a demonstrated commitment to professionalism, ethics, civility, and public service.  While prior bankruptcy litigation experience is not required, it is preferred.  Applicants must demonstrate a quick analytical ability and the facility to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues involved with a case.  Applicants must display strong interpersonal skills, be enthusiastic about working in a team environment and possess good judgment.  Applicants must also demonstrate excellent computer literacy skills to include experience with automated research on the internet, electronic court filing, and electronic e-mail and word processing systems.

You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.

Salary: 
Assistant United States Attorneys' pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience and availability of funds. The current range of pay is $54,877 to $145,244 which includes 20.67% locality pay
Travel: 
1-5 nights occasional travel for training purposes. Occasional local travel may be required, especially between our Dallas and Fort Worth offices.
Application Process: 

Applications may be submitted online through the following: http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/405890500.

The deadline to apply is Friday, June 12, 2015 at 11:59p.m.  If unable to apply online, the announcement provides instructions on faxing your documents in the "How to Apply" tab.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, June 12, 2015
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses are not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
One or more positions may be filled from this announcement.
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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