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Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) 23-UT-13

Hiring Organization
USAO District of Utah
Hiring Office
Salt Lake City, Utah
Job ID
111 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84111 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The United States Attorney for the District of Utah is responsible for prosecuting all federal crimes committed within the district, including acts of terrorism, white-collar crime, organized crime, criminal gang activities, internet-related crimes, drug offenses and other criminal acts. The Office also defends the United States, its agencies, officers, and employees in civil actions; enforces the regulatory authority of federal agencies, and recovers funds from individuals who violate criminal, civil and regulatory laws. The Office is divided into four divisions: Criminal, Civil, Appellate and Administrative.

Our office places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from individuals from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBTQ+ individuals, and persons with disabilities.

As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.

Job Description

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is seeking an experienced attorney to fill a permanent Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) position in the Civil Division. This attorney will primarily be assigned to the Affirmative Civil Enforcement (ACE) section in the Salt Lake City office, but may also be required to handle defensive civil matters as needed. Attorneys in the Civil Division are responsible for representing the federal government, its agencies, and employees in civil litigation in the District of Utah. Attorneys in the ACE Section investigate and litigate civil affirmative cases on behalf of the United States, including matters involving procurement and healthcare fraud, civil violations of the Controlled Substances Act, fire trespass recovery, and actions to recover administrative penalties imposed by agencies. Civil AUSAs are expected to work independently and manage civil cases at all stages of litigation, including appeals. Civil AUSAs make all strategic investigation and litigation decisions for their cases, take depositions, prepare and answer discovery, negotiate settlements, engage in motions practice, and try cases.

All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14-month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation. Temporary appointments may or may not be extended or converted to permanent positions without further competition.


Required Qualifications: Applicants must have a J.D. degree, must be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least two years post J.D. civil litigation experience. 

Preferred Qualifications: Applicants should have excellent writing, negotiation, and interpersonal skills, exhibit good judgment, and have a strong interest in litigation.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • Four or more years of civil litigation experience
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills and ability to work closely with investigative agencies
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding office and courtroom environment
  • Quick analytical ability and the facility to identify and articulate critical issues
  • Significant experience planning and managing all aspects of civil litigation, including working with experts

United States citizenship is required.

Application Process

Please submit resume and cover letter (referencing Vacancy No. 23-UT-13) via email to (preferred method). Alternate option would be to mail to the United States Attorney’s Office, Attn: Mardi AlSamarai, 111 South Main Street #1800, Salt Lake City, UT 84111-2176. No telephone calls please. Applications must be postmarked no later than 09/23/2023.

A complete application package must include a résumé, a cover letter, and a writing sample.

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.


Assistant United States Attorney's pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience and availability of funds. The range of basic pay is $59,319 - $155,155 plus locality where authorized.

Number of Positions
Occasional travel may be required.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation Expenses are not authorized.

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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 race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit 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, 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 their retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

USAO Residency Requirement:  Assistant United States Attorneys must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

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Updated September 13, 2023