Assistant United States Attorney

District of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, VI and/or St. Croix, VI
Attorney
Ron De Lugo Federal Building Courthouse, 5500 Veterans Drive, Suite 260
Charlotte Amalie
St. Thomas, VI 00802
United States
USVI-2016-002
About the Office: 

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of the Virgin Islands (USAO) includes a main office located in St. Thomas and a branch office located in St. Croix. The District is situated in the territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands which consists of three primary islands, St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John, and numerous smaller cays. The United States Attorney's Office prosecutes federal crimes and represents the interests of the United States government in civil cases. The USAO also is responsible for the collection of debts owed to the federal government.

Job Description: 

 

The USAO is currently seeking experienced attorneys for one or more positions as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in the Civil Division. These positions may be located in either St. Thomas or St. Croix.  The successful applicant(s) will have assisgned responsibilities that may included the defense of tort claims, Administrative Procedure Act claims, a wide variety of land use and environmental claims and any other litigation assigned to the Civil Division.  The Civil Division AUSA will draft pleadings, legal briefs, engage in discovery, research legal issues, and conduct hearings and trials. 

Qualifications: 

 

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least three years post-J.D. experience. Preferred applicants will possess superior oral and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills and the capacity to function in a highly demanding environment with minimal guidance. Additionally, it is desired that the successful candidate have strong academic credentials and experience in civil litigation. 

Applicants will also be expected to conduct their own legal research and writing and will be substantially self-sufficient in preparing day-to-day correspondence and pleadings. Applicants must also demonstrate excellent computer literacy skills to include experience with automated research on the Internet, electronic court filing, and electronic 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 and availability of funds. The current recruiting range is $51,811 through $135,519 plus locality rate.
Travel: 
Regular travel between the main office in St. Thomas and branch office in St. Croix may be required. Other occasional travel may also be required.
Application Process: 

 

Cover letter, resume and writing sample may be submitted by e-mail to USAVI.AUSAResumes@usa.doj.gov

OR by mail to the following address:

United States Attorney's Office
District of the Virgin Islands
Attention: Attorney Recruitment
Ron De Lugo Federal Building Courthouse
5500 Veterans Drive, Suite 260
Charlotte Amalie
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands 00802-6424

No telephone calls please.

 

Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 30, 2016
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
one or more
Updated December 9, 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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