Assistant United States Attorney

Criminal Division
Attorney
650 Poydras Street, Ste. 1600
New Orleans, LA 70130
United States
17-LAE-1003100-AUSA
About the Office: 

The Eastern District of Louisiana, located in the City of New Orleans, is responsible for prosecuting all federal offenses committed within 13 parishes (counties) of southern Louisiana. The Criminal Division prosecutes a wide range of federal cases involving violent crime, narcotics, public corruption, and fraud crimes. The Civil Division, responsible for a wide range of affirmative and defensive litigation, handles matters involving environmental violations, health care, civil rights, employment discrimination, tax, immigration, and challenges to federal agency actions.

Job Description: 

Assistant United States Attorneys assigned to the Criminal Division must possess the qualities necessary to excel in their mission to enforce the criminal laws of the United States. These qualities include superior advocacy and communication skills, strong analytical ability, management and leadership potential and dedication to duty. Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff, investigative agencies, witnesses and crime victims. They must also demonstrate their willingness to meet the higher ethical standards expected of prosecutors in their interactions with opposing counsel and the courts.

 

Significant courtroom experience, including jury trials, is preferred. Successful candidates will also be computer proficient, capable of doing their own legal research and writing and self-sufficient in preparing day-to-day correspondence and pleadings. Relevant favorable experience would include investigating and prosecuting or defending complex criminal offenses, such as public corruption, financial frauds and other white collar offenses, RICO/enterprise-type offenses, organized crime, drug and gang offenses, computer crimes or multiple defendant conspiracy cases. Expertise in grand jury practice is also desirable, as is experience with investigatory and prosecution techniques, such as electronic surveillance, tracking devices, telephone toll record analysis and asset seizure and forfeiture.

 

Qualifications: 

Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member in good standing of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least 1 year post-J.D. experience.

United States citizenship is required.

Preferred Qualifications: Applicants must have a demonstrated ability to function as a criminal litigator, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment. Applicants also must demonstrate: (1) the ability to quickly, accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a case; (2) superior oral and writing skills; (3) strong research and interpersonal skills; (4) good judgment; (5) excellent communication and courtroom skills; and (6) the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff and client agencies.

You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.

 

Salary: 
The range of pay is $60,120 to $157,487.
Travel: 
Occasional travel may be required.
Application Process: 

Applications must be submitted online through the following link:
 

http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/475408000


 

You must provide a complete application package which includes:

 

- Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.

- A cover letter.

- Your resume showing relevant experience and dates of employment (include day/month/year).

-A writing sample.


The deadline to apply is August 4, 2017.

 

If you are unable to apply online, the announcement provides instructions on faxing your document in the “How to Apply” tab.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, August 4, 2017
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
1
Updated August 1, 2017

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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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