Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA)

Attorney
600 United States Courthouse, 300 South Fourth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415
United States
15-MN-1437162-AUSA
About the Office: 

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota prosecutes federal criminal offenses, litigates affirmative civil fraud and enforcement actions, and defends the U.S. Government's interest in civil cases. The District of Minnesota has two offices: Minneapolis and St. Paul, and has approximately 60 Assistant United States Attorneys representing the interests of the United States in the District of Minnesota. More information about the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Minnesota is available on our website at www.justice.gov/usao-mn.

Enclosed is a link to the District of Minnesota's web page for more information about the office. http://www.justice.gov/usao/career-center/job-openings

For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney's Offices, visit http://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/vacancies

Job Description: 

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota is seeking highly qualified candidates to work in the Criminal Division of our office in Minneapolis or St. Paul.

The selected applicant will serve as part of our "Smart on Crime" initiative to prosecute federal crimes in the most dangerous and crime-ridden areas of the State. The AUSA will be tasked with significant non-case related responsibilities as part of our strategic outreach effort to combat crimes through a multi-faceted approach, including the prevention of crime, community engagement, and the re-entry of prior offenders. Additional information about the "Smart on Crime" initiative can be found at: http://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/ag/legacy/2013/08/12/smart-on-crime.pdf

The position is located in Minneapolis or St. Paul, Minnesota. As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.

Initial appointment is subject 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.

Qualifications: 

Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree and must currently be an active member of any state (U.S. jurisdiction). Proof of an active state bar membership is required. Two years of post graduate qualifying legal 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. An exceedingly strong academic background, exemplary writing skills, and experience working on complex litigation are essential.

Preferred Qualifications: Applicants must demonstrate a quick analytical ability and the facility to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a case. Applicants must demonstrate superior oral and writing skills as well as strong research and interpersonal skills and good judgment. Applicants must possess excellent communication and courtroom skills and exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff and client agencies. Submission of a writing sample with a resume is required. Applicants must have a demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding office and courtroom environment.

United States citizenship is required.

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

Salary: 
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 is $55,009.00 to $158,600.00 which includes locality pay.
Travel: 
Travel on occasion throughout the District of Minnesota may be required. The AUSA will travel to attend court proceedings, interview witnesses and attend meetings as needed. Case and investigation related travel outside the District may also be required.
Application Process: 

Applications must be submitted online through the following link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/407537500

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

-Required - Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire (online or 1203-FX).
-Required - Your cover letter and resume showing relevant experience and dates of employment (include day/month/year).
-Required, if applicable - Veterans' Preference documentation (see Benefits and Other Information section for details).

The point of contact for this vacancy announcement is Noelle Corbo who can be reached at 612-664-5650 or noelle.corbo@usdoj.gov We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process have been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation, to include a credit and tax checks, and a drug test by urinalysis.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, July 10, 2015
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses are not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
One or more.
Updated April 7, 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 resume@benderconsult.com and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com.  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, 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 who have lived outside the United States for two or more of the past five years will likely have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department Security Staff. The two-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.

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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