Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) - Criminal Division

Concord, NH 03301
Attorney
53 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
United States
17-NH-1839665-AUSA
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney's Office for the District of New Hampshire is located in Concord, New Hampshire, the state capital. Concord is centrally located in the southern third of the state and is 70 miles north of Boston, 45 miles west of the seacoast and 60 miles east of the Vermont border. The city's population is slightly more than 40,000.

New Hampshire has a population of over one million people and is a wonderful place to live. The state offers year-round opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts and provides ready access to skiing, hiking, and other activities. The state includes many small and vibrant towns and its population benefits from the state's lack of a sales or income tax.

The United States Attorney for the District of New Hampshire prosecutes all criminal and civil cases brought by the Federal government and defends the United States when it is a party in a civil case. The office has a very dedicated staff, which includes approximately 20 Assistant United States Attorneys and approximately 28 non-attorney staff members. The majority of the AUSA's are in the Criminal Division, while four AUSA's are in the civil division. For specific information pertaining to this District, please visit: https://www.justice.gov/usao/district/nh

Job Description: 

The District is currently seeking at least two Assistant United States Attorneys for the Criminal Division. Based on staffing needs, additional appointments also may be made from this announcement.

Employment with the U.S. Attorney's Office offers a unique and challenging experience for the highly- motivated attorney who is interested in public service. Working in the Criminal Division, you will be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce Federal criminal laws that protect life, liberty and property.

The District prosecutes the full range of federal criminal cases. Assistant United States Attorneys assigned to the Criminal Division assist in investigations and lead the prosecution of violations of federal criminal law, including drug crimes, human trafficking, organized crime, terrorism, white collar crime, immigration crimes, child exploitation, bank robbery, and firearms crimes. The position of an AUSA offers one the responsibility and the authority to seek justice in the prosecution of federal crimes. The qualified applicant would be expected to (a) assist federal law enforcement agents in structuring and implementing criminal investigative plans and strategies; (b) actively participate in grand jury proceedings, including the presentation of witnesses before the grand jury; and (c) litigate cases of moderate to high complexity from start to finish with limited supervision.

Type of Position:

This is a permanent position. All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a time-limited (temporary) basis. Temporary appointments may be extended or made permanent without further competition.

 

Qualifications: 

The District seeks attorneys who have outstanding legal ability, excellent writing skills, strong communication and interpersonal skills, high moral character, and mature judgment. Litigation experience, including criminal trial experience, is strongly preferred. Experience in federal court also is preferred. Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least two (2) years post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience. United States citizenship is required.

Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory pre-employment 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.

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 $51,811 to $135,519 plus 25.19% locality pay.
Travel: 
Travel within the district may be required. Travel to the Department’s training center in South Carolina may be required. Occasional out-of-state travel may also be required.
Application Process: 

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/455568900

The deadline to apply is Friday, November 18, 2016 at 11:59p.m. If unable to apply on-line, the announcement provides instructions on faxing your documents in the "How to Apply" tab.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, November 18, 2016
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
At least 2
Updated November 9, 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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