Assistant United States Attorney

Portland, ME 04101
United States
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Maine has a permanent position available for an Assistant United States Attorney in our Civil Division.  The District of Maine comprises of the entire State of Maine, which has population of 1.3 million. Our headquarters office is located in Portland, in Cumberland County, Maine’s largest county with a population of 289,977.  Our branch office is located two hours north in Bangor, in Penobscot County, which is Maine’s third largest county with a population of 152,692. The office prosecutes federal crimes and represents the interests of the United States in civil cases. For additional information regarding the United States Attorney’s Office, District of Maine, please visit

Job Description: 

Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) located in the Civil Division of our Portland office will be expected to litigate on behalf of the government a wide variety of civil cases including employment discrimination, medical malpractice, constitutional claims against federal officials, personal injury, bankruptcy, collection, foreclosure, health care fraud, procurement fraud, prisoner litigation, challenges to federal agency actions, and subpoena and summons enforcement litigation.  Assigned cases will include matters pending in United States District Court in both Portland and Bangor, as well as limited matters in the United States Bankruptcy Court in Portland and Bangor.  Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.


All initial attorney positions to the Department of Justice are made on a 14-month (temporary) basis. Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory preemployment 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.


Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree and be an active member in good standing of the bar (any jurisdiction).  Admission to the Maine bar is not required but is preferred.  Applicants should have a minimum of 2 years of post-J.D. experience and demonstrated excellence in civil litigation. 

United States citizenship is required.

Preferred qualifications: Applicants should have federal civil jury and non-jury trial experience.  Applicants must demonstrate analytical ability, good judgment, and excellent communication and courtroom skills.  Applicants must exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff and client agencies. 

Assistant United States Attorneys' pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number years of professional attorney experience. The range of basic pay is $52,329 to $122,784 plus locality pay where authorized.
Occasional travel, both within and outside the District of Maine, will be required. Travel requirements typically entail no more than 1-5 days per month.
Application Process: 

Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter through using the following link: 

No emailed, faxed or hand delivered applications will be accepted. You must apply through The deadline to apply is December 1, 2017.  Please include the vacancy announcement number listed at the top of this announcement 18-ME-10080526-AUSA on your resume.

No telephone calls please. 

Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 1, 2017
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be paid.
Number of Positions: 
Updated November 22, 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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