Assistant United States Attorney

Portland, OR 97204
United States
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon serves the entire State of Oregon. The state has a population of almost 3.5 million people, almost half of whom live in the tri-county Portland metropolitan area. This vacancy is in the Portland office, the District's headquarters.

Other staff offices are in Eugene and Medford. There are 35 Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) assigned in Portland, nine AUSAs assigned to Eugene and three AUSAs assigned to Medford.

For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney's Offices, visit

Job Description: 

This vacancy is for an Assistant U.S. Attorney position in the Criminal Division in the Portland office.

The United States Attorney Office for the District of Oregon is accepting applications for an attorney in the Criminal Division. This new position will direct the District's Smart on Crime Action Plan, which includes targeted enforcement, prevention and reentry. The Department of Justice's Smart of Crime program combines traditional law enforcement and prosecution with community outreach to provide incentives for local residents to resist patterns of criminal activity. The selected applicant will be tasked with non-case related responsibilities as part of our "Smart on Crime" strategic effort to combat crimes through a multi-faceted approach, including the prevention of crime and the reentry of offenders. The selected applicant will be responsible for reentry court, prison outreach, and other outreach programs, and developing new and innovative community based crime prevention programs throughout the District. The position will involve significant interaction with law enforcement agencies at the federal, state, county, and levels as well as community based service agencies.

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


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 of post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.

United States citizenship is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Ideally, an applicant will have: a record of academic excellence, demonstrated commitment to public service and experience in the criminal justice system. The applicant should also have experience with reentry programs, as well as crime prevention and outreach programs. In addition, the ideal applicant will demonstrate superior written and oral communication skills, superior research skills, and a demonstrated ability to work well with others, including support staff, peers, and supervisors.

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

AD-21 to AD-29; $54,732.00 to $157,000.00 / Per Year
Travel is required 25% or greater.
Application Process: 

Applications may be submitted online through the following link: The deadline to apply is July 29, 2015. If unable to apply online, the announcement provides instructions on faxing your document in the "How to Apply" tab.

If you have questions contact Lisa Smith, HR Officer at 503-727-1078 or Do not e-mail or mail application materials.

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be paid.
Number of Positions: 
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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