Assistant United States Attorney (Bankruptcy) NTE 9/30/2016

Pittsburgh, PA 15219
United States
About the Office: 

The United States Attorneys Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania (USAO) is an energetic and collegial office which represents the United States in all criminal prosecution and civil and appellate litigation in the Western District of Pennsylvania. The Western District of Pennsylvania consists of 25 counties in the western part of the state; its main office is in Pittsburgh, with staffed branch offices in Erie and Johnstown. The USAO strives to provide an inclusive, rewarding work environment for employees of all backgrounds.

Job Description: 

The USAO for the Western District of Pennsylvania is seeking qualified applicants for a term position as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) for its Civil Division, specifically dealing with bankruptcy matters. AUSAs concentrating in bankruptcy law appear on behalf of the United States before the bankruptcy, district, and appellate courts. Most bankruptcy litigation focuses on establishing and protecting the claims of Federal agencies against the objections of Trustees, debtors, other creditors or third parties. The AUSA would be expected to initiate and prosecute complaints that seek the non-dischargeability of tax and student loan indebtedness, and, where appropriate, to negotiate and collect the claims of any affected Federal agency in Chapter 7, 11, 12 and 13 petitions.

***Note: This is a re-advertisement of vacancy announcement number #15-WDPA-AUSA-01. Applicants who had applied in response to vacancy announcement number #15-WDPA-AUSA-01 need not re-apply as their application will be considered.***


Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) and have at least two years of post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.

Preferred qualifications: At least five years of post-J.D. experience; a strong work ethic, quick analytical ability and exemplary scholarship, communication and advocacy. The candidate should demonstrate capacity to function both independently and on a team in a demanding environment while balancing a significant case load. The candidate should be devoted to justice and public service and be ready and willing to volunteer to assist other attorneys. Computer literacy skills and aptitude are necessary.

United States citizenship is required.

The range of basic pay is $45,477 - $134,177, plus applicable locality pay. The current locality adjustment for Pittsburgh is 16.37%.
Occasional travel within and outside the district will be required.
Application Process: 

Applications must be received by February 23, 2015, 5:00 pm (EST).

***Note: Applicants who had applied in response to vacancy announcement number #15-WDPA-AUSA-01 need not re-apply as their application will be considered.***

Interested applicants must include a cover letter, resume and bar membership information to Application materials must be submitted in PDF format.

Soo C. Song, First Assistant U.S. Attorney
U.S. Attorney's Office
700 Grant Street, Suite 4000
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

No telephone calls please.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, February 23, 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 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 and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at  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, 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, 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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