Assistant United States Attorney

United States Attorney's Office for the District of Delaware
Attorney
1007 N. Orange St. Suite 700
Wilmington, DE 19899-2046
United States
16-DE-01
About the Office: 

The District of Delaware comprises the entire state of Delaware, which has a population of about 897,000.  The State consists of three counties (New Castle, Kent, and Sussex).  Three-fourths of the population resides in New Castle County.  The largest metropolitan area is Wilmington (pop. 70,800), in which the U.S. Attorney's Office is located.   The office prosecutes federal crimes and represents the interests of the United States in civil cases.  For additional information regarding the United States Attorney’s Office, District of Delaware, please visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/de

Job Description: 

The District of Delaware is accepting applications for an Assistant United States Attorney in its Civil Division.  The Civil Division prosecutes cases for fraud and other violations of federal laws and is responsible for collecting monies owed to the government as a result of criminal fines, defaulted student loans, mortgage foreclosures, bond forfeitures and civil judgments.  The Civil Division's civil rights enforcement program investigates and litigates cases involving discrimination in the areas of housing, public employment, disability, voting and education.  The Civil Division also defends the interest of the United States from suits alleging statutory torts, constitutional torts, employment discrimination, and a myriad of other claims.  The dynamic civil practice in the Office features a challenging mix of cases, and represents a great opportunity for an attorney seeking greater autonomy and litigation experience. 

Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: The applicant selected will represent the United States in a wide range of unique and complex cases, including combatting financial fraud through litigation of bankruptcy cases on behalf of the United States and through affirmative civil enforcement.  The position includes representing the government at hearings and trials in the United States District and Bankruptcy Courts in the District of Delaware.

Qualifications: 

Required qualifications:  Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, territory, or District of Columbia, and have at least two years of post-J.D. litigation experience.  Applicants must be active members in good standing of the bar (any jurisdiction).   United States citizenship is required.

Preferred qualifications: Applicants with three or more years of commercial litigation experience are strongly preferred. Some bankruptcy experience is also preferred. Applicants must demonstrate a quick analytical ability and the facility to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in civil litigation.  Applicants must demonstrate superior writing skills as well as strong research and interpersonal skills and good judgment.  Applicants must possess excellent communication skills and exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff and client agencies.  Applicants must have a demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment, including courtroom and trial settings.  Applicants must also demonstrate excellent computer skills to include experience with automated research on the Internet, e-mail and word processing systems.

Salary: 
Assistant United States Attorneys' pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number years of professional attorney experience. The range of basic pay is $51,811 to $135,519 plus locality pay where authorized.
Travel: 
Occasional travel (1 – 2 weeks per year)
Application Process: 

Interested applicants should send a resume to: usade.hiring@usdoj.gov or U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Delaware, 1007 N. Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19899-2046.  Please include the vacancy announcement number, 16-DE-01, on your resume and all correspondence. 

Required:  A resume showing relevant experience and dates of employment (include day/month/year).  Cover letter optional.

Required, if applicable:  A recent copy of an SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action), showing title, series, grade, and current salary; and a copy of most recent performance appraisal.

Required, if applicable:  Veterans’ Preference documentation (see Benefits and Department Policies section for details).

Application Deadline: 
Friday, August 19, 2016
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
One
Updated July 26, 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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