Assistant United States Attorney

United States Attorney's Office, District of New Hampshire
53 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
United States
About the Office: 

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, The Department of Justice leads the Nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. You will be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce Federal criminal and civil laws that protect life, liberty and the property of citizens

The United States Attorney's Office for the District of New Hampshire is located in Concord, New Hampshire, the state's capital. Concord is centrally located in the southern third part of the state and is 70 miles north of Boston, 45 miles west of the seacoast and 60 miles east of the Vermont border. The city's population is slightly more than 40,000.

New Hampshire has a population of over one million people and is a wonderful place to live. The state offers year-round opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts and provides ready access to skiing, hiking, and other activities. The state includes many small and vibrant towns and its population benefits from the state's lack of a sales or income tax.

The United States Attorney for the District of New Hampshire prosecutes all criminal and civil cases brought by the Federal government and defends the United States when it is a party in a civil case. The office has a very dedicated staff, which includes approximately 20 Assistant United States Attorneys and approximately 27 non-attorney staff members.

Information regarding the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Hampshire, can be found at

For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney's Offices, visit

Additional positions may be filled using this announcement as needed.

Our office places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from all qualified men and women from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBT individuals, and persons with disabilities.
Job Description: 

The U.S. Attorney's Office is currently accepting applications for the position of Assistant United States Attorney to serve in the Criminal Division.
Employment with the U.S. Attorney's Office offers a unique and challenging experience for the highly- motivated attorney who is interested in public service. Working in the Criminal Division, you will be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce Federal criminal laws that protect life, liberty and property.

The District prosecutes a full range of federal criminal cases. Assistant United States Attorneys in the Criminal Division are responsible for the investigation and prosecution of cases that include drug crimes; violent crimes; firearms offenses; child exploitation crimes; human trafficking; organized crime; terrorism; white collar crime, including wire and mail fraud, healthcare fraud, and mortgage fraud; criminal immigration matters; and general crimes. The qualified applicant would be expected to (a) assist federal law enforcement agents in structuring and implementing criminal investigative plans and strategies; (b) actively participate in grand jury proceedings, including the presentation of witnesses before the grand jury; and (c) litigate cases of moderate to high complexity from start to finish with limited supervision. Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.

This is a term appointment not-to-exceed 12 months (one years). This position may be extended or made permanent without further competition.  Individuals who previously have applied for AUSA positions in this office who are interested in being considered for this position must submit a separate application.


Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 3 years post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications: The District seeks attorneys who have outstanding legal ability, excellent writing skills, strong communication and interpersonal skills, high moral character, and mature judgment. Litigation experience, including criminal trial experience, is strongly preferred. Experience in federal court also is preferred. Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least three (3) years post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.

You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.

Assistant United States Attorneys' pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number years of professional attorney experience. The range of pay is $72,679.00 to $164,100.00 per year.
Occasional Travel
Application Process: 
Application Process: 

To be considered for a position, applications must be submitted by 11:59pm (EST) on Monday, April 8th, 2019. Applications will only be accepted through the USAJobs website at:

Resumes will not be accepted by fax or regular mail. 

Your complete Application Package should include:

  • Your Resume (required) showing relevant experience and dates of employment (including month and year).  Please ensure your resume notes month/year of J.D. and bar membership information with month/year.
  • Your responses to the occupational questionnaire (required) (online at USAJobs).
  • Writing Sample (required) not to exceed 20 pages.
  • Cover Letter (optional).
  • Required (if a 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 veteran’s preference consideration, you indicate that you have preference on your resume and be prepared to provide appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214, Veterans Administration Letter, etc.).

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

This and other attorney announcements can be found at:

For questions about this announcement please contact Holly Boyson, Human Resources Specialist for the District of New Hampshire via email:

Application Deadline: 
Monday, April 8, 2019
Relocation Expenses: 
Not Authorized
Number of Positions: 
Updated March 25, 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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