Assistant United States Attorney

Criminal Division
Attorney
555 4TH STREET., N.W.
WASHINGTON, DC 20530
United States
18-DC-AUSA-02
About the Office: 

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia (USAODC) is unique among the 94 United States Attorneys’ Offices across the nation by virtue of its size and its varied responsibilities. It is the largest United States Attorney’s Office with up to 350 Assistant United States Attorneys and 350 support personnel. The size of this Office is the result of the breadth of our responsibility for criminal law enforcement and our location in the nation’s capital. We are responsible not only for the prosecution of all federal crimes, but also for the prosecution of all serious local crimes committed by adults in the District of Columbia. In addition, we represent the United States and its departments and agencies in civil proceedings filed in federal court in the District of Columbia. As the principal prosecutor for all criminal offenses in this jurisdiction, and as the principal litigator for the United States in the nation’s capital, this Office offers extensive litigation experience before over 100 judges in the federal and local courts and unique opportunities for important public service.

Job Description: 

The USAODC is seeking experienced attorneys for positions as Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) in the Criminal Division. The Criminal Division consists of the following five sections: National Security, Fraud and Public Corruption, Violent Crime and Narcotics Trafficking, Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering, and Cyber Crime. AUSAs represent the United States in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. AUSAs work closely with Special Agents of all federal investigating agencies, as well as detectives and officers of state and local law enforcement entities, to investigate a broad spectrum of criminal activity. The USAODC’s Criminal Division investigates and prosecutes significant national security cases, including international and domestic terrorism, espionage, export violations, cyber security, and other criminal matters that have significant national security implications. The Criminal Division also investigates and prosecutes transnational organized crime, public corruption, government fraud, narcotics, gang, and child exploitation cases, among other national priorities. Given our location in the nation’s capital, the Criminal Division handles these many assignments in the face of very close scrutiny. Investigations and prosecutions throughout the Criminal Division have drawn, and continue to draw, attention at the highest levels of the Department and in the national and international media. Please note that this job description is different from the job description for AUSAs in the Superior Court Division (18-DC-AUSA-01).

Qualifications: 

The ideal candidate will have outstanding legal ability, high moral character, mature judgment, a keen desire for public service, and an exceptional aptitude for litigation. Selections are made of the most highly qualified attorneys who apply, without regard to race, sex, religion, creed, color, national origin, handicap, age, marital status, gender identity, sexual orientation or political affiliation. Interested applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any state, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and have at least three years post J.D. legal experience. Prior trial or litigation experience is required. Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing. United States citizenship is required. Applicants should review D.C. Bar Opinion 210 and ascertain whether they have a conflict of interest that they need to address.

Salary: 
AUSAs’ pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The range of basic pay is $77,908 to $159,638 which includes 28.22% locality pay.
Travel: 
Some domestic and /or international may be required.
Application Process: 

An application package for a position with this Office should include a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample and an official law school transcript. Cover letters must include the vacancy announcement number and the Division. The writing sample selected for submission should be the applicant’s exclusive work product. If the writing sample was edited, or if there were other contributors, applicants are expected to identify those portions of the writing sample not exclusively their own work product and the extent of editing done by others. Applicants may also submit letters of reference from persons recommending appointment. All applications and supporting documentation for Criminal Division AUSA positions should be emailed to: usadc.crimdivapplicants@usdoj.gov

No telephone calls, please.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, December 31, 2018
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be paid.
Updated February 22, 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 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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