Assistant United States Attorney (Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Unit)

970 Broad Street, Suite 700
Newark, NJ 07102
United States
About the Office: 

The District of New Jersey is comprised of 140 attorneys located in three offices: Newark, Trenton and Camden. The USAO has jurisdiction and responsibility in a broad range of subject matter areas, all of which involve advancing the multi-varied criminal and civil legal interests of the Federal government. The office values diversity and seeks to provide an inclusive rewarding work environment for employees of all backgrounds.  Selection for positions in the District are made without regard to race, sex, creed, color, national origin, handicap condition, age, or political affiliation. Employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background investigation conducted by the Department of Justice. The investigation process includes a drug test, a fingerprint check, and a thorough review of the applicant's background to determine whether there have been any significant problems with unresolved financial indebtedness, failure to file and/or pay income taxes, criminal record, illegal drug use, etc.

Job Description: 

The United States Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey is seeking an attorney to work in the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Unit (AFMLU), in the Criminal Division. AFMLU AUSA’s handle some of the most significant and complex forfeiture cases in the nation, using both criminal and civil forfeiture to take the profit out of crime and, in many cases, return assets to the victims of financial crime.  Day-to-day responsibilities may include working with other AUSAs in the Criminal Division, law enforcement agents, research and writing on legal issues, negotiating case resolutions, representation of the United States in federal court, and other litigation related duties. 


Required Qualifications:  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.   


Preferred Qualifications:  Preferred applicants will demonstrate superior oral and written communications skills; excellent case management skills; and the ability to work as part of a team. Preferred applicants will possess substantial and specialized experience in federal asset forfeiture and money laundering work.  Because the applicant will handle both criminal and civil forfeiture cases, experience in civil practice, procedure, and litigation is highly desirable.  The preferred applicant will also have criminal litigation and courtroom experience.  Applicants should demonstrate well developed computer skills, have strong character and interpersonal skills, and demonstrate the capacity to function with minimal guidance in a highly demanding environment. 

$80,023 - $114,593 plus 29.20% Locality
Occasional travel may be required
Application Process: 

Applications must be received for this vacancy through October 7, 2016.  Applicants are evaluated by the hiring Committee on the basis of such factors as academic performance, trial experience, research, writing ability, oral communication skills and other legal and community service and experience.

If interested, your application package which consist of your resume and cover letter must be emailed to the address below on or before October 7, 2016.

The subject line on your email must show your last name, first name, AUSA (Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Unit)


Application Deadline: 
Friday, October 7, 2016
Number of Positions: 
Updated September 26, 2016

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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 targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  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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