Assistant United States Attorney

Attorney
402 E. Yakima Avenue, Suite 210
Yakima, WA 98901
United States
18-WAE-2018-2
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Washington has a competent, friendly, talented staff and an outstanding relationship with its client-agencies.  The main office is located in Spokane, a branch office is located in Yakima, and an unstaffed trial and preparation office is in Richland.  The District employs approximately 55 personnel, including five Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) and five support staff assigned to the Yakima branch office.

The branch office is located in the city of Yakima in central Washington.  The Eastern District of Washington is comprised of 20 counties and is bordered by Canada to the north, Oregon to the south, Idaho to the east and the summit of the Cascade Mountains to the west.  This area is rich in rolling farmland, forested mountains and arid desert.  Because this area celebrates four distinct seasons; recreational opportunities are numerous and include, bicycling, hiking, snow skiing, water sports, fishing and hunting.  More information on Yakima and its educational opportunities, medical facilities, arts, sports, etc., can be viewed on the internet at https://visityakima.com.

Job Description: 

The office currently has an Assistant United States Attorney position available in the Criminal Division, Yakima branch, office.  The attorney selected will be part of a dedicated team assisting in the enforcement and prosecution of federal criminal laws.  The primary assignments for this attorney will be the investigation and prosecution of violent crimes including a wide range of criminal matters involving firearms, assaults, domestic violence, gangs, murder, molestation, and the like.

This is a full-time permant position.  However, all initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14-month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.

Qualifications: 

Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from an accredited law school, be duly licensed and authorized to practice law as an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have a minimum of 3 years of post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.

Preferred qualifications:  Applicants must possess excellent research and writing skills, superior oral communication skills and demonstrated capacity to function with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment.  Ideal applicants will possess significant trial or other relevent experience involving violent crimes.  Applicants must exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with the attorney team leaders, attorneys, staff and client agencies.

Salary: 
AUSAs' pay is administratively determined on the number years of professional attorney experience. The basic range of pay is $53,062 to $138,790 plus locality pay. The current locality pay for Yakima is 15.37%.
Travel: 
The attorney selected for this position in the Yakima branch office will travel frequently to Richland and occasionally to Spokane.
Application Process: 

No later than June 29 2018, interested applicants must email: (a.) a signed cover letter referencing Vacancy Announcement: 18-WAE-2018-2; (b.) a detailed resume; (c.) a writing sample edited solely by applicant (at least 7 pages in length, containing substantive legal analysis); and (d.) a current performance evaluation rating, if any, and three professional references all in pdf format to:

USAWAE.Jobs@usdoj.gov

 

United States Attorney's Office

Attn: Lauri Garcia, HR Specialist

920 West Riverside Avenue, Suite 340

Spokane, Washington 99201-1494

No telephone calls please.

 

Application Deadline: 
Friday, June 29, 2018
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses are not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
1
Updated June 13, 2018

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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 who have lived outside the United States for two or more of the past five years will likely have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department Security Staff. The two-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.

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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