Assistant United States Attorney

Civil Division
Attorney
2100 Jamieson Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States
16-EDVA-09
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney (U.S. Attorney) for the Eastern District of Virginia has four offices, which are located in Alexandria, Richmond, Norfolk and Newport News.  Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) are assigned to each of these offices to represent federal interests in civil and criminal cases.  The district consists of more than 19,000 square miles and has a population of 5,730,000.  It is home to the Pentagon, Quantico, the largest naval base in the United States, and numerous other military installations.

Job Description: 

An appointment as an AUSA with the U.S. Attorney's Office offers unique and challenging experiences for highly motivated attorneys.  This is a term AUSA position focused on carrying out the mission of the Department of Justice’s Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative (Initiative).  The Initiative aims to protect the rights and interests of the men and women serving in our armed forces.  The AUSA’s principal responsibilities will be to coordinate with Staff Judge Advocate’s Offices in area military installations and other partners regarding servicemembers’ rights and to bring claims under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act and other relevant statutes, in coordination with the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.  The AUSA will work in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

This is a TERM appointment, which will be funded through September 30, 2017.  However, in the event that additional funding is received, this position may be extended, or made permanent, without further competition.

NOTE:  The position may be located in the Alexandria, Norfolk, or Richmond, Virginia offices.

Qualifications: 

Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member in good standing of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), have at least one-year post-JD legal experience in the legal field, and possess superior oral and written communication skills as well as strong interpersonal skills, exhibit good judgment, and function with minimal guidance in a highly demanding environment.

Preferred qualifications: Passion for servicemember and veterans rights, other civil rights experience, federal litigation experience, and/or federal judicial clerkship is desired.

United States citizenship is required.

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.

Assistant United States Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which he or she is appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district-specific information.

Salary: 
Assistant United States Attorneys' pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The range of basic pay for these positions will be $51,811 to $135,519, plus locality pay.
Travel: 
Travel within the District may be required. Travel outside the District may be required but should be minimal.
Application Process: 

Please send your resume to:

Coleene Rychalski

United States Attorney's Office

Eastern District of Virginia

2100 Jamieson Avenue

Alexandria, VA 22314

No telephone calls please.  Positions are open until filled, but resumes must be received by July 22, 2016.  Please include the vacancy announcement number listed at the top of this announcement (16-EDVA-09) on your resume and all correspondence.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, July 22, 2016
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
One
Updated July 12, 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 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, 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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