Assistant United States Attorney

U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas
Attorney
1000 Louisiana, Suite 2300
Wells Fargo Plaza
Houston, TX 77002
United States
16-SDTX-10 AUSA (HOU CYBER)
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas, with approximately 190 Assistant United States Attorneys, is among the largest in the country.  The office prosecutes federal crimes and represents the interests of the United States in civil cases.   The Southern District of Texas stretches from the Houston area southwest to the Mexican border. The United States Attorney’s Office operates staffed offices in Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Houston, Laredo, McAllen, and Victoria.

Job Description: 

The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas is recruiting for one experienced attorney to serve as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of its Houston office specializing in the prosecution of cybercrimes.  The incumbent will prosecute computer and intellectual property crimes on behalf of the federal government; serve as a resource for prosecutors and agents with electronic evidence issues; ensure that law enforcement agencies and attorney personnel are kept abreast of legal developments in this fast-moving area of law that routinely raises new challenges and new opportunities.; and establish professional and trusting relationships with corporations which result in their willingness to report cybercrimes affecting their business operations. 

 

Qualifications: 

Required qualifications:  Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least three years of full-time post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience. 

Preferred Qualifications:  Hiring preferences include five (5) years of first-chair federal criminal trial experience, including experience in online investigations, strong academics, outstanding organizational skills, superior legal writing and research ability, exceptional computer literacy skills to include experience with automated research on the Internet, electronic court filing, electronic e-mail and word processing systems, demonstrated analytical ability, good judgment and courtroom skills and a demonstrated commitment to professionalism, ethics, civility, and public service.

Qualifications must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

United States citizenship is required.

Salary: 
Assistant US Attorney pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professinal attorney experience. The range of basic pay for 2016 is $51,811 to $135,519 per annum, plus locality pay where authorized.
Travel: 
Occasional travel may be required for training.
Application Process: 

Applications must be submitted online through the following link:  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/PrintPreview/450942800.  The deadline to apply on-line is 11:59 p.m. (EST) on October 3, 2016.  If unable to apply on-line, the announcement provides instruction on faxing your documents in the “How to Apply” tab.

Complete applications submitted through USAJOBS will include:

Required:  Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire;

Required:  Cover letter (including the announcement number) addressed to:   Mitch Neurock, Executive Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office, 1000 Louisiana, Suite 2300, Houston, TX 77002

Required:  Resume showing relevant experience and dates of employment (include day/month/year);

Required:  Brief writing sample (not more than 20 pages); and

Required, if applicable:  Documentation supporting claim for veterans’ preference or hiring eligibility based on disability status (see Department Policies).Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.  All application materials must be submitted via the USAJOBS website by the closing date of the announcement.  No hard copy or E-mailed documents will be accepted.

Please, no telephone calls regarding the status of an application once the announcement has closed.

If you have questions: Feel free to contact Dell Mara Lovell, Human Resources Officer, E-mail Dell.Mara.Lovell@usdoj.gov with questions regarding the application process. 

Application Deadline: 
Monday, October 3, 2016
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
One
Updated September 19, 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 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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