The United States Attorney's Office (USAO), Southern District of Illinois (SDIL), is a fast-paced, collegial, and energetic office which seeks to maintain the highest standards of excellence in the enforcement of federal laws and the representation of the United States. Our headquarters are located in Fairview Heights, Illinois, a suburb of St. Louis, MO. Our branch offices are located in Benton, IL and East St. Louis, IL, in or near the federal courthouse. The office presently employs 30 attorneys and 31 support staff.
The Southern District of Illinois is comprised of the lower 38 counties of the State of Illinois and has a population of approximately 1.2 million. Our most populous counties, Madison and St. Clair, are adjacent to the Mississippi River and are within the St. Louis, Missouri, metropolitan area.
The home page for the USAO-SDIL may be accessed at: http://www.justice.gov/usao/ils/
The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Illinois is currently seeking applications from experienced attorneys who have a strong background in criminal prosecution for a vacancy in the Violent Crimes unit of our Criminal Division in the Fairview Heights office. This position is one of 190 new nationwide Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) positions that were created to enhance violent crime reduction efforts. The candidate selected for this position will work as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative to provide additional resources towards combating violent crime in the Southern District of Illinois.
The position will include collaboration with state and federal partners, investigation and prosecution of gang cases, working with the violent crime task force to implement the district's violent crime reduction plan, and prosecuting violent offenders and drug trafficking offenses related to violent crime. The successful applicant will be responsible for all phases of criminal prosecution to enforce federal laws, including providing guidance to law enforcement officers, initiating criminal charges, conducting grand jury proceedings and felony trials, and handling appeals.
The duties of any AUSA can be reassigned depending upon the district's future staffing needs.
Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as training and experience progresses.
As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.
Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 1 year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.
United States citizenship is required.
Admission to the Illinois bar is not required but is preferred.
Criminal prosecution experience is preferred.
You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.
Applicants must demonstrate a quick analytical ability, good judgment, and superior communication and courtroom skills. Applicants must be team players who exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff, and client agencies. Applicants must have demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment.
Applicants will be expected to do their own legal research and writing and will be substantially self-sufficient in preparing day-to-day correspondence and pleadings. Applicants must also demonstrate excellent computer literacy skills to include experience with automated research on the Internet, electronic court filing, and electronic e-mail and word processing systems.
The AD-0905-21 is the minimum grade level for which applicants may be selected; applicants may be selected up to the AD-0905-29 level, based on qualifications.
Type of Position: All initial attorney positions 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 thereof. 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.
Applications for this position must be submitted through USAJobs at the following link:https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/504552500
This position (18-ILS-10254486-AUSA) is open Monday, July 9, 2018 through Tuesday, July 31, 2018 (11:59 EDT)
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). Please limit to 4 pages.
- Required - Cover Letter
- Required - Writing Sample (Not to exceed 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.
The Point of Contact for this vacancy announcement is Nanette Lallish who can be reached at 618-628-3700 or Nanette.Lallish@usdoj.gov
Evaluation Method: Once your complete application package is received, it will be reviewed to ensure you meet all job requirements. An attorney interview panel will then review all qualified applicants and make recommendations for invitation to interview. You will be notified if selected for an interview.
The Occupational Questionnaire will take you approximately 20 minutes to complete.