Our mission is to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States, provide Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime, seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior, and to administer and enforce the Nation's laws to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans. We strive to build a stronger office through recruitment efforts and maintain the high standards of the office by promoting professional development. We seek to build a legacy of excellence.
In all matters, it is our mission to represent the people of the United States in a manner that will instill confidence in the fairness and integrity of our office and the judicial system, and to conduct our work with the highest integrity. We strive to perform our mission in the most efficient and effective manner.
If you are looking for an exciting and challenging career, this is the position for you! With a diverse and talented workforce of over 100,000 men and women, Justice leads the Nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. You can be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce Federal criminal and civil laws that protect life, liberty, and the property of citizens.
This position is located in McAllen, Texas.
For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney's Offices, visit http://www.justice.gov/careers/careers.html
As needed, 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.
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.
The selected applicant will serve as an Assistant United States Attorney assigned to the Criminal Division with responsibilities commensurate to the applicant's experience and abilities. These responsibilities - working independently and with other AUSAs - will include both investigating and prosecuting federal crimes. The investigative work will include working with federal law enforcement partners to utilize the array of investigative techniques available - e.g., federal grand jury work, search warrants, interviews, subpoenas, document review, electronic surveillance and wiretaps, etc - to reveal evidence of criminal conduct. The AUSA will also be responsible for prosecution, including indictments, arraignments, detention hearings, motions practice and hearings, legal research, plea negotiations, trial and sentencing. Additionally, following convictions, AUSAs are required to shepherd their cases through direct appeal in the Fifth Circuit and in federal habeas proceedings under 28 U.S.C. §2255.
Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 3 year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience. United States citizenship is required.
Hiring preferences include strong academics, significant first-chair criminal litigation experience, outstanding organizational, superior oral and legal writing and research ability, and a demonstrated commitment to professionalism, ethics, civility, and public service. Applicants must demonstrate the following: quick analytical ability and the facility to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a case; strong research and interpersonal skills; good judgment; excellent communication and courtroom skills; ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff, and client agencies; and excellent computer literacy skills. Spanish language skills and familiarity with south Texas are highly desirable, but not required.
Salary Information: Assistant United States Attorney's pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The range of pay is $61,218 to $160,122 which includes 15.37% locality pay.
Other Benefits: The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The Benefits link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal Employees. must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.
All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14 month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
Security Requirements: 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.
Residency Requirements: Assistant United States Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which he or she is appointed or within 25 miles. See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district-specific information.
Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See www.sss.gov.
You must be a United States Citizen or National.
Background Investigation, credit and tax checks, and drug test required.
You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable.
You must apply online. The application website is: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/PrintPreview/492766600
You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
- Required - Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire (online).
- Required - Your resume showing relevant experience and dates of employment (include day/month/year).
- Required - Cover letter (including the announcement number) addressed to: Mitch Neurock, Executive Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney's Office, 1000 Louisiana, Suite 2300, Houston, TX 77002.
- Required - Brief writing sample (not more than 20 pages).
- Required, if applicable - A recent copy of an SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action), showing title, series, grade, and current salary; and a copy of your most recent performance appraisal.
- Required, if applicable - To get Veterans' Preference, you must indicate your preference in response to the appropriate question in your assessment questionnaire and you must submit the appropriate supporting documentation. See the "How you will be Evaluated" section for details regarding what is appropriate Veterans' Preference documentation. It is also recommended that you include veterans' preference information in your cover letter or resume.
Incomplete applications will not receive consideration.
The Point of Contact for this vacancy announcement is Southern District of Texas who can be reached at (713) 567-9329 or Melissa.Vaughan@usdoj.gov.