Assistant United States Attorney

United States Attorney's Office, Southern District of California
Attorney
United States Attorney's Office
880 Front Street, Room 6293
San Diego, CA 92101
United States
20-SDCA-10841195-AUSA04
About the Office: 

San Diego is the eighth largest city in the United States and is commonly referred to as America's Finest City! San Diego has year-round perfect weather with 70 miles of coastline and amazing beaches. Some local major attractions include: Balboa Park, the World Famous San Diego Zoo, LEGOLAND, Belmont Park and Seaport Village. San Diego has beautiful golf courses, hiking trails, the Del Mar Race Track, and Comic-Con. San Diego is also home to nationally recognized colleges and universities, including University of California at San Diego, San Diego State University and University of San Diego.

The SDCA is home to the largest concentration of Navy and Marine Corps installations in the world.  As a result, San Diego has a vibrant defense industry community.  In addition, San Diego is an international leader in life sciences, bio-tech, and healthcare. 

The entire southern boundary of the district borders the Republic of Mexico. Contained within the district are International ports of entry at San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, Tecate, Calexico (two ports, East and West) and Andrade. The entire west boundary of the district lies on the Pacific Ocean, with a major port in San Diego.

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, religious backgrounds, veterans, LGBT individuals, and persons with disabilities.
Job Description: 

The U.S. Attorney's Office is currently interviewing for an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) position in the Criminal Division in San Diego and Imperial Valley. The one year-term appointment may be extended in some circumstances. The Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) will be tasked with non-case related responsibilities as part of our tribal liaison program and our strategic outreach effort to combat crimes through a multi faceted approach, including prevention of crime, community engagement, and the re-entry of prior offenders.

The selected candidate will serve as the primary personal contact between the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Indian tribes located in the San Diego and Imperial counties. He/she will be responsible for maintaining personal relationships with tribal government and law enforcement leaders as well as local and federal officials with jurisdiction over and/or responsibility for the safety of tribal communities. The candidate will be responsible for enhancing information sharing and assisting with coordination of criminal prosecutions, and providing training on technical assistance to tribes.

The selected candidate will also work in conjunction with the Outreach Director in addition to federal, state, and local criminal justice agencies and local community groups in order to provide effective program development, oversight, and evaluation of joint efforts to research, analyze, design and implement targeted strategies and interventions to prevent and reduce crime, successfully reintegrate ex-offenders into society, and otherwise to jointly address significant law enforcement programs. The selected AUSA will ensure affected community and government groups are adequately involved in defining goals and objectives to reduce crime and recidivism. Additionally, the AUSA will need to perform program analysis and evaluation of initiatives, and needs to also be thorough, well organized, effective, and timely. Any recommendations made need to be persuasive and result in improved effectiveness of the program to meet law-enforcement, crime reduction, and community goals and objectives.

Effective oral and written communications as well as presentations to a wide variety of internal and external organizational groups are required.

Must be able to meet strategic goals of the Department of Justice as well as departmental guidelines and ethical standards.

Enclosed is a link to the Southern District of California's web page for more information about the office: http://www.justice.gov/usao/cas/index.html

For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney's Offices, visit https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdca/assistant-u-s-attorney-positions

Qualifications: 

Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, and must currently be an active member of a state bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) in order to be considered. Proof of active bar membership is required. Three (3) years of post-JD or legal or other relevant experience is required. Qualifying legal experience may include work as an attorney, a judicial law clerk in either federal or state court and/or litigation experience in either the public or private sector.

Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress. 

Preferred Qualifications:

Appointment is subject to FBI background investigation, including credit, arrest, tax, reference and drug inquiries. In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.

United States citizenship is required.

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 information.  The residency requirement must be met once appointed as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of California.

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

Salary: 
$76,970 - $170,700
Travel: 
This position requires occational travel.
Application Process: 

Applications are received through the USAJobs website.

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Required - Your responses to the Online Occupational Questionnaire (This is completed automatically during the apply online process). The occupational questionnaire takes about 20 minutes to complete.
  • Required - Your cover letter and resume showing relevant experience and dates of employment (include day/month/year).
  • Required-You will have to provide and upload one legal writing sample.  You can upload this document using the "Other" document category.
  • 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.  Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on 6/30/2020.

The Point of Contact for this vacancy announcement is Nitza Williamson who can be reached at 619-546-9273 or Nitza.williamson@usdoj.gov.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

Once your complete application package is received, it will be reviewed to ensure you meet all the job requirements.  An attorney interview panel will then review all qualifed applicants and make recommendations for invitation to interview.  You will be notified if selected for an interview. 

Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
One or more positions may be filled using this job announcement.
Updated June 24, 2020

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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, protected genetic information, pregnancy, status as a parent, or any other nonmerit-based 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. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

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, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). 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, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf 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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