Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA)

63 So. Royal Street, Suite 600
Mobile, AL 36602
United States
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney's Office, Southern District of Alabama (SDAL) is the principal prosecution federal authority for Southern Alabama. This office prosecutes federal crimes and defends the interest of the United States Government in civil cases. The Southern District of Alabama covers approximately 14,000 square miles, including 400 miles of coastline and 1,700 miles of navigable waterways. This District serves 13 counties with a population of approximately 813,400 citizens.

The position is located in Mobile, Alabama. As Alabama's oldest city, Mobile has a 300 year history that provides citizens and tourist alike a year full of activities and attractions. Mobile is only a short distance from Alabama Gulf Coast Beaches which include miles of sparkling turquoise Gulf waters and white sand. For additional information, please visit:

Job Description: 

We are seeking qualified applicants for a position to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in the Criminal Division. The Criminal Division is responsible for handling a variety of criminal cases with an emphasis on white collar cases.

The selected candidate selected will be devoted primarily to prosecuting criminal cases in support of the President's Smart on Crime initiative including the prosecution of criminal cases and the expansion and maintenance of a District-wide program dealing with issues involving prisoner re-entry and crime prevention. In addition to prosecuting criminal cases the incumbent will maintain and expand relationships with community service providers engaged in re-entry, liaison with state and federal probation offices to identify impediments to successful re-entry and develop a strategy to remove them, liaison with local and federal law enforcement in order to develop crime prevention programs and strategy and otherwise develop and implement re-entry and crime prevention strategies in the District.


Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), have at least one-year post-JD experience in the legal field, and possess superior oral and written communication skills as well as strong interpersonal skills, exhibit good judgment and function with minimal guidance in a highly demanding environment.

The ideal candidate will possess experience litigating criminal cases. Must have demonstrated a quick analytical ability and the facility to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a case; and exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff, and client agencies.

Candidates with experience working with community groups and local governments on issues of crime prevention and re-entry are also encouraged to apply.

Assistant United States Attorneys' pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number years of professional attorney experience. The current range of basic pay is $45,477 to $110,000, plus locality pay.
Travel within and outside the District may be required, but should be minimal.
Application Process: 

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample(s) via e-mail to the following e-mail address: no later than the deadline date of June 12, 2015. Your complete package must be received by this date in order for you to receive consideration.

Please reference Vacancy Announcement # 15-SDAL-AUSA-02

We will contact you if we believe an interview is appropriate or if further information is required.

Mailed packages will be accepted provided they are received or postmarked no later than the above referenced deadline date.

Mailed packages may be forwarded to the following address:

United States Attorney's Office
Southern District of Alabama
63 So. Royal Street, Suite 600
Mobile, AL 36602
ATTN: Jimmie L. Jones, Human Resources Officer

No Telephone Calls Please

Application Deadline: 
Friday, June 12, 2015
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be paid.
Number of Positions: 
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 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 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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