Assistant United States Attorney

Civil Division
110 9th Avenue South
Suite A-961
Nashville, TN 37203
United States
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney's Office, Middle District of Tennessee, is located in Nashville, Tennessee.  The United States Attorney's Office prosecutes federal ciminal offenses, litigates affirmative civil fraud and enforcement actions, and defends the U.S. Government's interest in civil cases.  The office seeks to maintain the highest standards of excellence in the enforcemehnt of federal laws and the representation of the United States.  More information about the United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Tennessee is available at

Job Description: 

The Middle District of Tennessee is seeking applicants to fill an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) position for an experienced civil litigator.  This is a permanent, full-time position in the Civil Division.

The successful applicant will be part of a team investigating and litigating complex cases on behalf of the United States in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  Civil AUSAs represent the United States' interests in a wide variety of defensive and affirmative litigation.  The attorney selected for this position will be part of a dedicated team representing the United States to enforce monetary judgments imposed by the courts in civil and criminal cases, and to collect restitution and federal civil debts and penalties owed to the United States and victims of federal crimes.  The attorney will work closely with other civil and criminal AUSAs and federal law enforcement agencies, with other duties including civil and criminal asset forfeiture, drafting complaints, taking depositions and debtor’s examinations, preparing and answering interrogatories, negotiating settlements, engaging in motions practice, trying cases, and writing and arguing appeals.  In performing this important public service, AUSAs exercise responsibility that is unparalleled in any other job that a litigator might undertake.


The United States Attorney's Office seeks highly qualified applicants with demonstrated strong advocacy and trial skills and excellent academic and professional credentials to serve as a federal prosecutor.  Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member in good standing of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least five years of post J.D. experience as an attorney.  Appointment is subject to FBI background investigation, including credit, arrest, reference and drug inquiries.

Applicants must have a demonstrated ability to function as a civil litigator with minimal guidance in a highly demanding environment.  Applicants must also demonstrate: (1) good judgement; (2) the ability to quickly, accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a case; (3) superior oral and writing skills; (4) strong research and interpersonal skills; (5) high level of organization; (6) strong negotiation skills; (7) excellent communication and courtroom skills; and (8) the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff and client agencies.


Assistant United States Attorney's pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The range of basic pay for a non-supervisory AUSA is $53,062 to $138,790 plus locality pay where authorized.
Occasional Travel
Application Process: 

Interested applicants should send a resume to:

*By mail:  Dawn Woodside, Administrative Services Specialist (HR), 110 9th Avenue South, Suite A-961 Nashville, TN 37203

*Or email to:

*Required - Your resume showing relevant experiences and dates of employment and job announcement number, cover letter is optional (include day/month/year).

*Required, if applicable - A recent copy of an SF-50(Notification of Personnel Action), showign title, series, grade, and current salary; and a copy of your most recent performance appraisal.

*Required, if applicable - Veterans' Preference documentation (see Benefits and Other Information section for details).

*No telephone calls please

*Please do not fax your application

All Applications are due by Close of Business (5pm) on the deadline date by mail or email.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, March 25, 2019
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation will not be authorized
Number of Positions: 
Updated March 11, 2019

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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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