Assistant United States Attorney

235 N Washington Avenue
Scranton, PA 18501
United States
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania embraces 33 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties, making it geographically the largest district in the state. The district, which runs from the New York border on the north, to the Maryland border on the south, encompasses approximately 21,907 square miles, or roughly 47% of the land mass of Pennsylvania, and houses over 3,000,000 people. While much of the district is rural in character, it contains the following major metropolitan centers: Harrisburg, the State Capital, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport, York, Lebanon, and State College. The U.S. Attorney's Office has staff in three offices: Scranton, Harrisburg and Williamsport. Within this large, and diverse, judicial district, the United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania represents the Department of Justice and other federal agencies in all litigation, civil and criminal, conducted within the District in which the United States, or a federal agency, is a party.

Job Description: 

The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania is seeking applications from experienced attorneys to fill an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) position. This position will be in the Civil Division and located either in the Harrisburg, Scranton or Williamsport offices (to be determined). The AUSA will handle cases in a broad range of defensive matters, including prisoner litigation, immigration, medical malpractice, and employment matters and affirmative cases including health care and fraud litigation. AUSAs perform all aspects of civil discovery, motions practice, trials and appeals. AUSAs perform their own legal research and preparation of all legal documents.


Required Qualifications: United States citizenship is required. Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from an accredited law school, be an active member in good standing of the bar of a State, Territory, or the District of Columbia and have at least three years post-J.D. litigation experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

The successful candidate will have at least three years of post-J.D. legal experience as a civil litigator with substantial experience in affirmative and/or defensive litigation. Candidates will possess experience that demonstrates responsibility for all aspects of civil discovery, trials, and appeals. Candidates will possess superior writing skills and good judgment. Successful candidates must possess an extensive knowledge of civil practice and procedure, excellent communication and courtroom skills, strong interpersonal skills, and demonstrate the capacity to function with minimum guidance in a highly demanding environment. In addition, applicants must exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, paralegals, support staff and client agencies.

Pay range is $45,932.00 to $135,519.00 and will be based on years of experience, plus locality pay where authorized.
Occasional travel for training, meetings and conferences.
Application Process: 

Applications must be submitted through the USAJobs on-line application system. Mailed applications will not be accepted.

Applicants should fill out the Middle District of Pennsylvania's supplemental questionnaire, and attach it to their application, submitted through the USAJobs on-line system, along with a cover letter and resume. The supplemental questionnaire may be accessed on the Middle District of Pennsylvania's web-site below.

This is an open continuous announcement to fill current and future vacancies. This announcement will remain open for a period of six (6) months not to exceed January 16, 2017.

First consideration will be given to those applications received by close of business on August 15, 2016.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, January 16, 2017
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
One (1) immediate vacancy
Updated August 2, 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 and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at  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, 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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