The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas, with approximately 190 Assistant United States Attorneys, is among the largest in the country. The office prosecutes federal crimes and represents the interests of the United States in civil cases. The Southern District of Texas stretches from the Houston area southwest to the Mexican border. The United States Attorney's Office operates staffed offices in Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Houston, Laredo, McAllen, and Victoria.
About the McAllen Division: The McAllen Division handles an extremely heavy criminal caseload. In 2013 alone, the McAllen office indicted over 1,900 felony cases. A total of 19 attorneys work in the office, 11 of whom prosecute the bulk of the divisions criminal cases. The successful applicant will thus have ample and immediate opportunity for courtroom work.
As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.
Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas seeks one experienced attorney to serve as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) in its McAllen office. The incumbent will investigate and prosecute violations of federal laws, specifically criminal health care fraud matters. This is a TERM appointment not to exceed 13 months.
Type of Position: This is a TERM position not to exceed 13 months from the date of entry on duty. The incumbent will be required to sign a statement regarding the conditions of the TERM appointment. The TERM appointment may be extended for an additional period of time without further competition; however, any extension is not guaranteed and is also dependent upon budgetary constraints.
The incumbent may be considered for placement in a permanent Assistant United States Attorney position without further competition during the term of the appointment; however, placement in a permanent position is not guaranteed.
All initial attorney positions to the Department of Justice are made on a 14-month (temporary) basis unless the conditions of employment are term in nature.A selectee who is currently employed with the U.S. Attorney's Office will be considered and the employment status will be reviewed based on his/her current appointment.
Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least three years of full-time post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.
Preferred Qualifications: Hiring preferences include significant first-chair criminal litigation experience, strong academics, outstanding organizational, time management, and interpersonal skills, superior legal writing and research ability, and a demonstrated commitment to professionalism, ethics, civility, and public service. Familiarity with statutes and regulations regarding health care fraud is desirable, but not required.
Qualifications must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
United States citizenship is required.
Applications must be submitted online through the following link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/PrintPreview/417329300. The deadline to apply on-line is 11:59 p.m. (EST) on October 15, 2015. If unable to apply on-line, the announcement provides instruction on faxing your documents in the "How to Apply" tab.
Complete applications submitted through USAJOBS will include:
Required: Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire;
Required: Cover letter (including the announcement number) addressed to: Mitch Neurock, Executive Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney's Office, 1000 Louisiana, Suite 2300, Houston, TX 77002
Required: Resume showing relevant experience and dates of employment (include day/month/year);
Required: Brief writing sample (not more than 20 pages); and
Required, if applicable: Documentation supporting claim for veterans' preference or hiring eligibility based on disability status (see Department Policies).
Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. All application materials must be submitted via the USAJOBS website by the closing date of the announcement. No hard copy or E-mailed documents will be accepted.
Please, no telephone calls regarding the status of an application once the announcement has closed.
If you have questions: Feel free to contact Dell Mara Lovell, Human Resources Officer, E-mail Dell.Mara.Lovell@usdoj.gov with questions regarding the application process.
Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.