Assistant United States Attorney

Charleston, WV 25301
United States
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia has an opening for a three-year term as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in the Violent Crime and Narcotics Section of the Criminal Division, in the main office in Charleston. The Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia currently has 62 employees.

There are two staffed branch offices in Beckley and Huntington, and one un-staffed branch office in Bluefield. The office currently employs 20 Assistant United States Attorneys in the Criminal Division and five Assistant United States Attorneys in the Civil Division.

The United States Attorney’s Office is a part of the Department of Justice. With a diverse and talented workforce of over 100,000 men and women, the Department of Justice ensures the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. You can be a 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 If you are looking for an exciting and challenging legal career, this is the position for you!

You may access the webpage for the United States Attorney, Southern District of West Virginia at: https://www/

To learn more about the area and what the State of West Virginia has to offer, please visit the web sites at: and

As need, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.

All initial attorney positions to the Department of Justice are made on a 14-month (temporary) basis.  This is a temporary appointment not to exceed 36 months.

Job Description: 

An appointment as an Assistant United States Attorney within the U.S. Attorney’s Office offers unique and challenging experiences for a highly motivated attorney: an opportunity to work on their own caseload and handle their own trials and appeals. Working in the Violent Crime and Narcotics Section of the Criminal Division, the AUSA will be part of a dedicated team helping to investigate and prosecute federal criminal cases and to prepare and argue appeals.

This is a temporary appointment not-to-exceed 36 months.  This position may be extended or made permanent without further competition.

Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.


Required: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) and have a least two years of legal or other relevant experience after obtaining the J.D. degree.  In addition, applicants must possess superior oral and written communication skills as well as strong interpersonal skills, exhibits good judgment and be able to function with minimal guidance in a highly demanding environment.  The Applicant must submit a resume and a writing sample.  The local rules of the district court require obtaining membership in the bar of West Virginia within one year of entry on duty.

Preferred Qualifications:  The ideal candidate will possess outstanding litigation skills, legal writing and research skills, courtroom skills and be committed to public service.  Experience litigating criminal cases in federal court is desirable.  A federal judicial clerkship is a plus. 

United States Citizenship is Required.

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

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

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 $60,210 to $141,275 plus 15.06% locality payment.
Occasional travel within and outside the District will be required. Possibility 2-3 weeks for training and/or local travel within the District for hearings and trials.
Application Process: 

Interested persons should send a cover letter, detailed resume and writing sample.

You must apply online on USAJOBS at

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
One (1). As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.
Updated September 7, 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 must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-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. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.

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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