Assistant United States Attorney

Criminal Division
5500 Veterans Drive, Room 260
US Attorney's Office
Saint Thomas, VI 00802
United States
Vacancy Announcement Number 18-VI-05
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney’s Office in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, is located in the heart of Charlotte Amalie. The United States Attorney is the chief federal law enforcement official with jurisdiction covering the primary islands of St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas.  The office prosecutes federal crimes and represents the interests of the United States Government in civil cases.

Job Description: 

The position offers a unique and challenging experience for a highly motivated attorney.  The person or persons hired for this position will have primary responsibility for handling matters and cases involving a variety of criminal cases including but not limited to violent crime, narcotics offenses, firearms violations, racketeering, white-collar crime, money-laundering, and fraud-related offenses. Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.


Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from an accredited law school and be an active member in good standing of the bar of a State, Territory, or the District of Columbia.  The successful candidate must have at least three (3) years of post-J.D. legal experience.  The candidate must also possess the following:  strong writing ability, sound judgment, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, courtroom and advocacy skills, and the capacity to function with minimal guidance in a highly demanding environment.  In addition, applicants must exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, paralegals, support staff and investigative agencies.

Applicants will be expected to do their own legal research and writing and must be substantially self-sufficient in preparing day-to-day correspondence and pleadings. Applicants must be computer literate and adept at learning new computer programs.

$53,062 to $138,790 plus a 15.37% locality pay and a 13.01% tax free cost of living adjustment.
Occasional travel may be required. Travel requirements typically entail no more than 1-5 days per month.
Application Process: 

Applicants should submit the following:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter that highlights interest in the position and addresses in detail how the applicant meets the qualifications;
  • Summary of litigation experience, including the number and types of cases handled and tried;
  • Writing sample; and
  • References.

How to apply:  Submit required application materials by mail to:

     Patrick Schneider

     First Assistant United States Attorney

      United States Attorney’s Office

      Ron De Lugo Federal Bldg. and Courthouse

      5500 Veterans Drive, Suite 260

      Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands 00802-6424

Application Deadline: 
Friday, July 13, 2018
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses may or may not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Updated July 11, 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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