Assistant United States Attorney

Gateway Building
14 Durkee Street, Room 340
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
United States
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of New York is seeking an Assistant U.S. Attorney to work in the Criminal Division of our Plattsburgh office.

The United States Attorney's Office prosecutes federal offenses and represents the United States in criminal and civil cases. The Northern District of New York is comprised of 32 counties in Upstate New York, a territory comparable to the combined area of Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. We have staffed offices in Plattsburgh, Albany, Binghamton, and Syracuse (Headquarters). Our Assistant U.S. Attorneys appear before federal judges in those cities and Utica. (Auburn, Malone, and Watertown also are designated sites for court). Our Plattsburgh office is currently staffed by 4 attorneys and 2 support personnel, our Albany office is staffed by 19 attorneys and 21 support personnel, our Syracuse office is staffed by 20 attorneys and 26 support personnel, and our Binghamton office is staffed by 1 attorney and 1 support person. In addition, our offices are supported by several subject-matter specialist contract personnel.  

Plattsburgh is situated on the shores of magnificent Lake Champlain. The Lake is a splendid venue for boating, wind surfing, and fishing. Lake Champlain is surrounded by the majestic peaks of the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Adirondack Mountains of New York. Less than an hour's drive from Plattsburgh, the Lake Placid/High Peaks region, the venue for the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, offers skiing, snowmobile/ATV trails, camping, hiking, and backpacking. The Champlain Valley and surrounding areas offer a setting as spectacular and beautiful as any in the Eastern United States.

You may access the webpage for the United States Attorney, Northern District of New York at:

If you are looking for an exciting and challenging career, this is the position for you! With a diverse and talented workforce of over 100,000 men and women, Justice leads the Nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. You can be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce Federal criminal and civil laws that protect life, liberty, and the property of citizens.

For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney's Offices, visit

Job Description: 

Assistant U.S. Attorneys in our Criminal Division prosecute federal crimes, including offenses involving drug trafficking and smuggling; child exploitation; gang activity and violence; illegal immigration; national security and border security; and fraudulent and/or corrupt conduct in government, health care, mortgage transactions and other banking, securities and corporate activity, federal procurement, bankrupcies and federal taxation. They also work with law enforcement agencies to investigate such crimes, research and brief legal issues, and represent the United States in hearings, trials, and appeals.

Day-to-day responsibilities may include working with law enforcement agencies and others to investigate such matters, researching legal issues, drafting motions or motion responses, drafting search warrants, appearing before grand juries, and other litigation related duties.



U.S. citizenship is required. In addition, applicants must possess a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from an accredited law school, be an active member in good standing of the bar (of any jurisdiction), have at least 1 year post-J.D. experience, and have sound judgment and integrity.


The ideal candidate will have at least 3 years post-J.D. experience, as well as self-reliance and the ability to work collaboratively with other attorneys, support staff, and law enforcement agencies; superior analytical and communication skills; significant litigation experience; outstanding talent as a writer and courtroom advocate; and proficiency in computer research and writing. 

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

All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a time-limited (temporary) basis.  Temporary appointments may be extended or made permanent without further competition.

Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory pre-employment adjudication. This includes fingerprint, credit and tax checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.

Pay for Assistant U.S. Attorneys is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The range of basic pay is $52,329 to $136,874 plus 15.06% locality pay where authorized.
Employment will require occasional travel to court at one of the designated sites in our District. Other occasional travel within and/or outside the District is anticipated.
Application Process: 

Interested persons should send a cover letter, detailed resume, and writing sample to  Electronic submission of applications is preferred, however, if doing so creates a hardship, applications may be sent to:

Edward R. Broton, Chair, Hiring Committee

Attn: Maria Farrell, Human Resources Officer

United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

100 South Clinton Street

Federal Building, Room 900

P.O. Box 7198

Syracuse, NY 13261-7198


This is an open continuous announcement to fill current and future vacancies. Positions are open until filled, however applications received by September 29, 2017 will receive first consideration. (The filling of these positions is subject to the availability of funds).

If you have questions regarding this process, you may contact Maria Farrell at 315-448-0963.

Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
One (1). As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.
Updated August 24, 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 and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at  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, 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, 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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