Assistant United States Attorney

Civil Division
101 West Main Street, Suite 8000
World Trade Center
Norfolk, VA 23510
United States
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney (U.S. Attorney) for the Eastern District of Virginia has four offices which are located in Alexandria, Richmond, Norfolk and Newport News.  Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) are assigned to each of these offices to represent federal interests in civil and criminal cases.  The district consists of more than 19,000 square miles and has a population of 5,730,000.  The Norfolk Office is located in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area, which is named after one of the world’s largest natural harbors, is steeped in 400 years of American history, has one of the world’s largest concentrations of military bases and facilities in a metropolitan area, and contains hundreds of miles of waterfront property and beaches.  Its numerous federal facilities include a Veteran Affairs hospital, three military hospitals, community health centers, Coast Guard installations, more than twelve military installations including the largest naval base in the United States, NASA Langley Research Center and the Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility.  Local attractions such as the Historic Triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown; Busch Gardens; Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge; Great Dismal Swap National Wildlife Refuge, First Landing State Park, and Virginia Beach bring millions of tourists to the area each year.  The area also has a thriving music scene, and a variety of performing arts and sports venues.

Job Description: 

An appointment as an AUSA with the U.S. Attorney’s Office offers unique and challenging experiences for highly motivated attorneys seeking to represent the interests of the United States in a wide variety of federal and state litigation. This position is in the Civil Division, and the attorney selected will devote his or her practice to two program areas.  The attorney will primarily focus on financial litigation/collections and serve as the Financial Litigation Unit (FLU) AUSA.  As the FLU AUSA, the attorney spearheads the collection of criminal and civil debt (including court ordered restitution) owed to the United States or crime victims arising out of cases throughout the Eastern District of Virginia.  The FLU AUSA leads the FLU enforcement team, and serves as the District’s authority on restitution and enforcement remedies.  The FLU AUSA frequently coordinates with other AUSAs, including those in the Monetary Penalties Unit (MPU), to maximize collections.  The attorney selected will also serve as the primary bankruptcy AUSA in the Norfolk and Newport News Divisions, handling bankruptcy cases or matters in those Divisions in which the United States or one of its agencies is a creditor or interested party.

All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14 month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.  Temporary appointments may or may not be made permanent without further competition.


Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member in good standing of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least one-year post-JD experience in the legal field.  Applicants must possess superior oral and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, good judgment, and the ability to multi-task and function with minimal guidance in a highly demanding environment.

Preferred qualifications: Experience with, or knowledge of, laws governing financial litigation and collections (including the Federal Debt Collections Procedures Act), and bankruptcy litigation.  A federal judicial clerkship is desired.

United States citizenship is required.

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.

Assistant United States Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which he or she is appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district-specific information.

Assistant United States Attorneys' pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The range of basic pay for these positions will be $53,062 to $138,790, plus locality pay.
Travel within and outside the District may be required, but should be minimal.
Application Process: 

Please send your resume to:

Coleene Rychalski

United States Attorney's Office

Eastern District of Virginia

2100 Jamieson Avenue

Alexandria, VA 22314

No telephone calls please.  Positions are open until filled, but resumes must be received by March 9, 2018.  Please include the vacancy announcement number listed at the top of this announcement (18-EDVA-02) on your resume and all correspondence.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, March 9, 2018
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
One (1)
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 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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