The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Mississippi covers 37 counties and is located in Oxford, MS. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Mississippi prosecutes federal criminal offenses and represents the interests of the United States in civil cases. We place a high value on diversity of experience and cultural perspective and encourage applications from trial attorneys from all ethnic groups, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. Our headquarters office is located in Oxford, MS with unstaffed offices in Aberdeen and Greenville, MS.
This vacancy is located in Oxford, MS. Oxford, MS is home to the University of Mississippi and a vibrant community of 18,000. Oxford, MS has been named by USA Today as one of the top six college towns in the nation. It is also included in The Best 100 Small Towns in America. Lafayette County consistently leads the state rankings in the lowest unemployment rate per quarter. Both Oxford city and Lafayette County school systems are consistently ranked as “5-star” systems; the highest ranking available.
Additional information about our office is available at https://www.justice.gov/usao-ndms
Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered:
The Northern District of Mississippi is accepting applications for an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) position in its Criminal Division. Attorneys in the Criminal Division are responsible for the prosecution of a variety of crimes under federal law including violent crime, fraud, public corruption, illegal immigration, child pornography, human trafficking, drug violations, firearms violations, terrorism and asset forfeiture. Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as training and experience progress.
Type of Position:
This is a permanent position: however, all initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14-month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation. This appointment can be extended or made permanent without further competition. A selectee who is currently employed with the U.S. Attorney’s office will be considered and he employment status will be reviewed based on his/her current appointment.
Who May Apply: Any U. S. Citizen
- Applicants must be a U.S. citizen.
- Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of the State territory, or the District of Columbia, and have at least one (1) year of post-J.D. experience. Ideal qualifications include at least 3-5 years of post J. D. litigation experience.
- Applicants must be an active members in good standing of the bar (any jurisdiction).
- Applicants must demonstrate a quick analytical 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 attorney, support staff, and client agencies.
- Applicants must have a demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment.
Security Requirements: Initial appointment is conditional upon a satisfactory pre-employment adjudication. This includes fingerprint, tax and credit checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
Residency Requirements: AUSAs generally must reside in the District to which he/she is appointed or within 25 miles thereof. See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.
- No telephone calls please -
To apply, interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample. If a current or former federal employee you must also submit a copy of your latest SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) and a copy of your “last” performance appraisal, or if none, please include a statement to that effect.
Complete application packages should be mailed to:
United States Attorney’s Office - NDMS
ATTN: Administrative Officer
900 Jefferson Avenue
Oxford, MS 38665
*** Please include the vacancy announcement number listed at the top of the announcement on your resume and cover letter.
This position is open until Friday, May 31st, 2019. Applications MUST be postmarked NLT May 31st, 2019 to be considered for this position.