Assistant United States Attorney

Attorney
655 First Avenue, North
Fargo, ND 58102
United States
15-ND-1432756-AUSA
About the Office: 

The District of North Dakota encompasses the entire state of North Dakota, with a population of about 672,591 residents, according to the 2010 Census. The District is bordered on the west by Montana, on the east by Minnesota, and on the south by South Dakota. The northern border is shared with Canada. North Dakota has 53 counties spanning more than 70,665 square miles. The District has two staffed offices and two unstaffed offices.

The main headquarters of the United States Attorney's Office are located in Fargo, which is North Dakota's largest city. There are 18 Assistant United States Attorneys and 30 support staff personnel in the main office.

A staffed branch office is located in Bismarck, which is the state capitol. There are six Assistant United States Attorneys and eight support staff personnel in the branch office.

There are unstaffed branch offices in Minot and Grand Forks where hearings and trials are regularly scheduled.

Four Indian reservations are located in the District: Spirit Lake, Fort Berthold, Standing Rock, and Turtle Mountain. A portion of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Nation eclipses a small section of southeastern North Dakota.

Together our staff is comprised of 48 highly trained and dedicated employees working in different areas such as civil law, criminal law, financial litigation, anti-terrorism, law enforcement coordination, victim-witness support, and administration.

The United States Attorney's Office is responsible for representing the federal government in virtually all litigation involving the United States in the District of North Dakota, including all criminal prosecutions for violations of federal law, civil lawsuits against the government, and actions to collect judgments and restitution on behalf of victims and taxpayers.

Job Description: 

The District of North Dakota is accepting applications for an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) position. The successful applicant will work on criminal cases in Indian Country and assist in implementing the Department's Smart on Crime initiative in the District of North Dakota. More specifically, the AUSA will help with the Office's prevention and re-entry programs and investigate and prosecute various criminal cases in Indian Country.

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

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 also demonstrate excellent computer skills to include experience with automated research on the Internet, e-mail and word processing systems.

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 candidates will have at least three years of criminal litigation experience.

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

Salary: 
$45,477 - $134,177 plus 14.16% locality.
Travel: 
1-2 weeks per year.
Application Process: 

You must apply on-line via USAJOBS at the following link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/PrintPreview/406938800

Application Deadline: 
Friday, June 19, 2015
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be paid.
Number of Positions: 
one
Updated April 7, 2016

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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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