Assistant United States Attorney

Multiple Locations
300 Virginia Street, East
Suite 4000
Charleston, WV 25301
United States
About the Office: 

This is a re-posting to solicit additional applications.  If you have already applied to this vacancy announcement, we have your resume and you are still under consideration.  Please do not re-apply.


The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of West Virginia prosecutes federal criminal offenses and defends the interests of the United States in civil cases.  The office seeks to maintain the highest standards of excellence in the enforcement of federal laws and the representation of the United States.  The Southern District of West Virginia covers 23 counties of the state's 55 counties.  The headquarters office is located in Charleston, with two staffed branch offices in Beckley and Huntington, and one non-staffed branch office in Bluefield.  The district currently has 60 employees. 

Additional information about the district can be found at  To learn more about what the area and what the State of West Virginia have to offer, please visit (link is external) and (link is external).

The United States Attorney's Office is a part of the Department of Justice (DOJ).  With a diverse and talented workforce of over 100,000 men and women, DOJ ensures the protection of all Americans while preserving their consititutional 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.  For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney's Office, visit  If you are looking for an exciting and challenging legal career, this is the position for you!

The United States Attorney's Office, Executive Office for the United States Attorneys, is a great  place to work.  The Department of Justice ranked #11 out of 18 large agencies and EOUSA/USAO ranked #108 out of 339 agency subcomponents in a study, "The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, 2017 Ratings" published by the Partnership for Public Service.

Job Description: 

The Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's Office (USAO) is currently accepting applications from experienced attorneys who have a strong criminal prosecution background for the position of Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA), with a primary focus on Violent Crime, including gun, drug, and child targeted crimes.  The position offers a unique and exciting experience for a highly motivated team player with the desire to engage in challenging and important litigation.  AUSAs have an opportunity to work on their own caseload and handle their own trials and appeals.  Working in the Criminal Division, the AUSA will be part of a dedicated team helping to prosecute federal criminal cases and prepare appeals.  Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progresses. 

Location:  Positions are located in the Charleston, Huntington and/or Beckley offices, based upon needs of the district.


Required Qualifications:  Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member in good standing of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least 3 years post-J.D. experience.  Applicants must demonstrate a quick analytical ability and the faculty to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a case.  Applicants must demonstrate superior oral and writing skills as well as strong research and interpersonal skills, and good judgment.  Applicants must possess excellent communication and courtroom skills and exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff and client agencies.  Applicants must have a demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment.  United States citizenship is required.

Preferred Qualifications:  Applicants must have a demonstrated ability to function as a criminal litigator, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment.  The ideal applicants should also demonostrate (1) strong work ethic; (2) ability to work long hours, including evenings and weekends; (3) courtroom experience; (4) accounting, finance or technical experience; (5) engineering and science background; (6) fluency in Spanish; and (7) a positive attitude and leadership ability.  Applicants must be willing to follow rules and directives, and work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff and client agencies. 

Residency:  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. Section 545 for district specific information.

Security:  Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory pre-employment adjudication.  This includes fingerprint and credit checks, and drug testing.  In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.

This is a re-posting to solicit additional applications.  If you have already applied to this vacancy announcement, we have your resume and you are still under consideration.  Please do not re-apply.

AUSA pay is administratively determined based on the years of professional attorney experience. The range of base pay is AD-21 ($61,218 to $93,357) to AD-29 ($94,189 to $143,639) which includes locality pay of 15.37%.
Travel will be required for training and local travel for hearings and trials.
Application Process: 

This is a re-posting to solicit additional applications.  If you have already applied to this vacancy announcement (see number), we have your resume and you are still under consideration.  Please do not re-apply.

To be considered for a position, applications must be emailed or postmarked by 11:59pm (EST) on Friday, July 27, 2018. Do not submit your application to both email and mailing address. If you are sending by postal mail, please submit your application to:

The Honorable Michael B. Stuart

United States Attorney, Southern District of West Virginia

300 Virginia Street, E., Suite 4000

Charleston, WV 25301

If submitting your resume to the email address, please submit all attachments as PDF documents. Please do not submit your resume by both email and regular mail. Resumes may be submitted via email to (link sends e-mail).

Resumes will not be accepted by fax. Candidates who have submitted applications within the past year need only submit a letter relating to his or her continued interest, unless updated information is required. Your complete Application Package should include:

• Your Resume (required) showing relevant experience and dates of employment (including month, date and year). Please ensure your resume notes month/year of J.D. and bar membership information.

• Cover Letter (optional).

• Required (if federal employee): A recent copy of your 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 receive veterans preference consideration, you must indicate that you have preference on your resume and be prepared to provide appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214, Veterans Administration Letter, etc.).

Please state in your cover letter or resume the duty station you are willing to be assigned (Charleston, Beckley, Huntington).  If you are willing to be assigned to any of the duty locations, please indicate your preference in order.

Please do not submit writing samples at this time.

As needed, additional vacancies may be filled using this announcement.

This and other attorney announcements can be found at

Point of contact for this announcement is Robin Justice at (link sends e-mail). Application Deadline: Friday, July 27th, 2018

Application Deadline: 
Friday, July 27, 2018
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses are not authorized and will not be paid.
Number of Positions: 
Updated July 16, 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 disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. 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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