The US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of West Virginia (USAO-WVS) has an opening for an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the Charleston office. The primary office is located in Charleston, and the district currently has 64 employees. There are two staffed branch offices in Beckley and Huntington, and one non-staffed branch office in Bluefield. The Charleston office currently employs 22 Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) in the Criminal Division and 6 AUSAs in the Civil Division.
The US Attorney's Office is a part of the Department of Justice (DOJ). With a diverse and talented workforce of over 100,000 men and women, DOJ ensures the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. You can be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce Federal criminal and civil laws that protect life, liberty and the property of citizens. For more information on the Department of Justice and the US Attorney's Office, visit http://www.justice.gov/careers/careers.html. If you are looking for an exciting and challenging legal career, this is the position for you!
The United States Attorney's Office/Executive Office for United States Attorneys is a great place to work. The Department of Justice ranked #11 out of 18 large agencies and EOUSA/USAO ranked #108 out of 339 agency subcomponents in a study, "The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, 2017 Ratings" published by the Partnership for Public Service.
The Office of the United States Attorney offers a unique and exciting experience for a highly motivated team player with the desire to engage in challenging and important litigation. AUSAs have an opportunity to work on their own caseload and handle their own trials and appeals. Working in the Criminal division, the AUSA will be part of a dedicated team helping to prosecute federal criminal cases and prepare appeals. Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progresses.
Applicants must demonstrate personal integrity, good judgement, analytical ability, and excellent organizational, interpersonal, and litigation skills. In addition, applicants must be willing to follow rules and directives, and work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff, and client agencies.
All initial attorney positions are filled on a provisional 14 month basis, pending adjudication of the background investigation.
Applicants must have a J.D. degree and at least one year of post-J.D. experience. In addition, applicants must possess superior oral and written communication skills as well as strong interpersonal skills, exhibit good judgement, and be able to function with minimal guidance in a highly demanding environment.
Applicants must be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, Territory, or the District of Columbia. In addition, the local rules for the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia require all Assistant United States Attorneys to become members of the West Virginia State Bar within one year of appointment.
Applicants will be required to go through a background investigation, including credit, tax, and drug tests. Initial appointment is conditional based upon a satisfactory pre-employment adjudication, and continued employment past the 14 month provisional period is subject to a favorable adjudication of the background investigation.
You must be a US Citizen or National.
You must be registered for selective service, if applicable.
You must meet all the above qualifications as of the closing date of this announcement.
The ideal candidate will possess outstanding litigation skills, legal writing and research skills, courtroom skills, and be committed to public service. Experience litigating criminal cases in federal court is desirable. A federal judicial clerkship is a plus.
Residency: 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 specific information.
Security: May require Secret/Top Secret/SCI
Benefits: The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.
What to Expect Next: We will notify you that your resume has been received, and after making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/Security background investigation. We expect to make a final job offer within 120 days from the closing date of the announcement. Once a final selection is made, letters will again be sent to notify all applicants.
To be considered for a position, applications must be emailed or postmarked by 11:59pm (EST) on Sunday, March 11th. Do not submit your application to both email and mailing address. If you are sending by postal mail, please submit your application to:
The Honorable Michael B. Stuart
United States Attorney, Southern District of West Virginia
300 Virginia Street E, Room 4000 Charleston, WV 25301
If submitting your resume to the email address, please submit all attachments as PDF documents. Please do not submit your resume by both email and regular mail. Resumes may be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org (link sends e-mail).
Resumes will not be accepted by fax. Candidates who have submitted applications within the past year need only submit a letter relating to his or her continued interest, unless updated information is required.
Your complete Application Package should include:
- Your Resume (required) showing relevant experience and dates of employment (including month, date and year). Please ensure your resume notes month/year of J.D. and bar membership information.
- 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 veterans preference consideration, you must indicate that you have preference on your resume and be prepared to provide appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214, Veterans Administration Letter, etc).
Please do not submit writing samples at this time.
As needed, additional vacancies may be filled using this announcement.
This and other attorney announcements can be found at: http://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/vacancies
Point of contact for this announcement is Robin Justice at email@example.com.