Assistant United States Attorney

Criminal and Civil Division
75 Ted Turner Drive SW
Suite 600
Atlanta, GA 30303
United States
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney's Office prosecutes federal criminal offenses, seeks recovery of government funds fraudulently obtained, litigates affirmative civil fraud and enforcement actions, and defends the U.S. Government's interest in civil cases. The United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of Georgia, is located in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to the main office in downtown Atlanta, we maintain three intermittently staffed offices located in Rome, Newnan, and Gainesville. More information about the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia is available at

Job Description: 

Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: The Northern District of Georgia is currently seeking applicants for two permanent Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) openings in our Criminal and Civil Divisions. All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14 month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.

Criminal Division

The selected Criminal AUSA will initially be assigned to the General Crimes Section. New Criminal AUSAs join this section and, depending on their level of experience, may remain in the section for a year or longer as they develop case experience and trial skills. After successfully completing this training program, the AUSA will be permanently assigned to one of the sections described below at the U.S. Attorney's discretion:

  • Violent Crime & National Security Section focuses on national security, human trafficking, Hobbs Act robberies, immigration, child exploitation, child pornography, and firearm offenses.
  • Organized Crime & Gang Section focuses on investigating and prosecuting gangs and other organized criminal groups for a range of racketeering activity, including fraud, theft, murder, extortion and other violent crimes.
  • Narcotics & Dangerous Drugs Section focuses on investigating and prosecuting complex drug trafficking, money laundering, and other related offenses, many of which involve Title III and other cutting-edge electronic surveillance.
  • Complex Frauds Section focuses on investigating and prosecuting a wide variety of white-collar crimes, including mail and wire fraud, identity theft, corporate fraud, and criminal healthcare fraud.
  • Public Integrity and Special Matters Section focuses on investigating and prosecuting public corruption cases, criminal civil rights cases, and other matters of special importance to the district.
  • Cyber & Intellectual Property Section focuses on investigating and prosecuting cyber intrusions, intellectual property infringement, computer fraud and other fraud schemes.
  • Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section focuses on financial investigations, forfeiture actions, and when appropriate, bringing criminal charges against individuals and/or corporate defendants for money laundering and other financial crimes.

Civil Division

The selected Civil AUSA will be handling a wide range of civil litigation, including affirmative civil enforcement litigation, defensive litigation, civil rights litigation, and financial litigation.

  • Affirmative Civil Enforcement Litigation involves investigating fraud, waste and abuse in government funded programs, where federal agencies and taxpayers are the victims.
  • Defensive Litigation involves defending a vast array of civil cases brought against the United States, its agencies, and its employees, including employment discrimination cases; personal injury actions; Bivens actions; medical malpractice claims arising out of treatment at Veterans' hospitals or other federally funded health facilities; challenges to agency determinations such as the denial of Social Security disability benefits; and decisions by immigration authorities to deport or detain aliens.
  • Civil Rights Litigation involves enforcing a number of federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, disability, and other protected characteristics, involving a number of areas, including education, housing, employment, and police practices. These matters require investigation, negotiation, community outreach, and traditional litigation work.
  • Financial Litigation involves enforcement and collection of criminal restitution judgments and referred civil judgments.

Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from a law school approved by the American Bar Association, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least three years of post-J.D. experience.

United States citizenship is required.

Preferred qualifications: Hiring preferences include federal or state criminal trial experience if applying for the criminal position and significant civil litigation experience if applying for the civil position, although we consider applicants with a variety of litigation backgrounds that demonstrate analytical ability, judgment, and advocacy skills. Candidates must possess a strong academic background, superior legal writing and research ability, organizational skills, and a commitment to professionalism, ethics, civility, and public service. Finally, preferred candidates must possess the ability to manage complex cases and investigations which involve a large number of documents, electronic data, and challenging witnesses.

(*Note: You must become a member of the Georgia bar within 18 months of appointment as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. If you are a member of the bar in any jurisdiction other than Georgia, you may apply for admission on motion without examination to membership in the bar must have comity for bar admission purposes with the State of Georgia. Reciprocity Order, eligibility criteria, and instructions for admission on motion without examination are available at

Assistant United States Attorneys' pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The range of pay is $64,289 to $164,100 which includes a 21.16% locality pay supplement.
Occasional travel, both within and outside the District, may be required.
Application Process: 

If you are interested in relocating to a great United States Attorney's Office in the beautiful, rapidly growing, and still relatively affordable Atlanta area, please email a resume (one page preferred) and cover letter (pdf file preferred) to

Or, resumes may be mailed to:

Denise Jones

Human Resources Specialist

United States Attorney's Office

Northern District of Georgia

75 Ted Turner Drive, S.W.

Suite 600

Atlanta, GA 30303

Please submit only one application via email or postal mail and reference the vacancy posting. 

Resumes should include complete dates (beginning month and year and ending month and year) for all periods of employment. Please indicate in your cover letter for which Division, Criminal and/or Civil, you would like to be considered.

If you have previously applied to a prior announcement, please reapply referencing this vacancy posting number for consideration.

Applicants selected for an interview may be subject to a short writing test separate and apart from a writing sample.

No telephone calls please.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
We are looking to fill one position in the Criminal Division and one position in the Civil Division.
Updated January 31, 2018

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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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