The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa employs 25 Assistant United States Attorneys. The District’s headquarters office is located in Des Moines. The District has staffed branch offices in Davenport and Council Bluffs, which serve the District’s eastern and western divisions.
Assistant United States Attorneys in the Southern District of Iowa handle a wide variety of complex cases involving representation of the United States in all phases of pretrial, trial and appellate matters concerning civil litigation. Primary responsibilities of this position will be handling all phases of affirmative matters involving health care and program fraud. Other duties as assigned will include defensive matters involving the Federal Tort Claims Act, employment discrimination statutes, commercial litigation, and other affirmative matters involving debt collection and real estate foreclosures, as well as representing federal agencies on appeals of administrative determinations. This vacancy is for one position in the Civil Division in the Des Moines office.
Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least one year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience. At least three years of post-J.D. litigation experience is preferred.
Preferred qualifications: Applicants must demonstrate a quick analytical ability and the ability 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, law enforcement, and client agencies. Applicants must have a demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment.
Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory pre-employment 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.
All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14 month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
United States citizenship is required.
Applicants should send a resume and Attorney Questionnaire to:USAIAS.Applications@usdoj.gov. Please send entire application package in one pdf file. If you are currently an attorney with a federal agency, please include a copy of your most recent SF 50, Notification of Personnel Action. 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.
No telephone calls please. Applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. CST on the closing date of February 6, 2018.
Security Requirements: Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory preemployment adjudication. This includes fingerprint and credit checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation. All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14 month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
Internet Sites: More information about the Southern District of Iowa may be found at: https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdia. This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at: http://www.justice.gov/careers/legal/attvacancies.html.