Assistant United States Attorney (Civil)

Civil Division
Albany, New York 12207 or Syracuse, NY 13261
United States
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of New York is seeking an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) to work in the Civil Division of our Albany, New York or Syracuse, New York office.

The United States Attorney's Office prosecutes federal offenses and represents the United States in criminal and civil cases. The Northern District of New York is comprised of 32 counties in Upstate New York, a territory comparable to the combined area of Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. We have staffed offices in Albany, Binghamton, Plattsburgh, and Syracuse (Headquarters). Our Assistant U.S. Attorneys appear before federal judges in those cities and Utica. (Auburn, Malone, and Watertown also are designated sites for court). Throughout the District, there are 50 attorneys and 46 support personnel. In addition, our offices are supported by several subject-matter specialist contract personnel.  

Albany is the state capital of New York. The Albany-Schenectady-Troy metropolitan area is home to 825,875 people. The New York State Museum is in Albany and the Saratoga National Historical Park is nearby. The Capital area has a rich history and a vibrant present, with outstanding schools and social opportunities. The Times Union Center in Albany is touted as the premier sports and entertainment facility in Upstate New York. The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is another regular concert venue and the summer home of the New York City Ballet. It is a short drive from the Capital area to the beauty and year-round recreational opportunities in the Adirondack Mountains, Lake George, and the Catskills. Boston and New York City are approximately a three-hour drive from our Albany office.

Syracuse is the headquarters office for the Northern District of New York. It is situated in the heart of Central New York, a region with a population of just under 1.2 million. Syracuse calls itself "the epicenter of the Northeast" based on its central location, with Toronto, Niagara Falls, Montreal, New York City, and Philadelphia all within a four hour drive. There are abundant recreational opportunities nearby in the Finger Lakes and Thousand Island Regions and areas for downhill skiing and other winter sports. Syracuse is home to numerous parks, golf courses, museums, and galleries, public access to the Erie Canal, the New York State Fair, and Syracuse University. The area surrounding Syracuse is known for its fresh produce and homemade goods from numerous family-run farms and farm stands, an abundance of B&Bs, country houses and inns offering overnight accommodations and culinary experiences, live musical and theatrical performances at various venues and year-round festivals, museums, and exhibits touting our cultural heritage, including the Boxing and Baseball Halls of Fame.

You may access the webpage for the United States Attorney, Northern District of New York at:

If you are looking for an exciting and challenging career, this is the position for you! With a diverse and talented workforce of over 100,000 men and women, Justice leads the Nation in ensuring 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 United States Attorney's Offices, visit

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. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:

Job Description: 

This Assistant U.S. Attorney will be assigned to our Civil Division handling Affirmative Civil Enforcement (ACE) cases where they will be responsible for the investigation and litigation of a variety of ACE cases, including health care fraud, procurement fraud, federal program fraud, civil violations of the Controlled Substances Act, environmental violations, and civil rights violations, such as discrimination based on race, sex, religion, disability, and other protected characteristics. 

Other areas of practice may include complex defensive litigation matters, like personal injury and medical malpractice cases, constitutional tort actions, employment discrimination cases, as well as bankruptcy and foreclosure matters.

Attorneys in the Civil Division are responsible for handling all aspects of investigations and cases, including gathering evidence, taking testimony, writing briefs, participating in negotiations, and appearing in court at hearings and trials.

Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as training and experience progress.



  • Applicants must possess a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), have at least 1 year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.
  • United States citizenship is required.


  • The ideal candidate will have at least 3 years post-J.D. experience, as well as a very strong ability to analyze complex legal and factual issues, write clearly and persuasively, possess a strong work ethic, exhibit good organizational skills, exercise fair and sound judgment, pay careful attention to facts and details, work well both independently and on a team, be ready and willing to assist other attorneys, be able to negotiate fairly and effectively with opposing counsel, handle matters in court persuasively on behalf of the United States of America, and be devoted to justice, excellence, and representing the public. 

You must meet all qualification requirements upon closing date of this announcement.

All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a time-limited (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation. Temporary appointments may be extended or made permanent without further competition.

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.

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.

Pay for AUSAs is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The range of basic pay is $53,062 to $138,790 plus a 16.50% (Albany) or 15.37% (Syracuse) locality pay supplement where authorized.
Employment will require occasional travel to court at one of the designated sites in the District. Other occasional travel within and/or outside the District may be required.
Application Process: 

Interested persons should send a cover letter, detailed resume including dates of employment (month/year), and one (1) writing sample in a single document in PDF format  to (link sends e-mail). Please include the vacancy number listed at the top of this announcement (18-NYN-AUSA-04) as well as the office location(s) in which you are interested in your email and on your cover letter. Electronic submission of applications is preferred, however, if doing so creates a hardship, applications may be sent to: 

Daniel Hanlon, Chair, Hiring Committee

Attn: Maria Farrell, Human Resources Officer

United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

100 South Clinton Street

Federal Building, Room 900

P.O. Box 7198

Syracuse, NY 13261-7198

Once your complete application package is received, it will be reviewed to ensure you meet all job requirements. An attorney interview panel will then review all qualified applicants and make recommendations for invitation to interview. You will be notified if selected for an interview.  

This is an open continuous announcement to fill current and future vacancies. Positions are open until filled, however applications received by July 22, 2018 will receive first consideration. (The filling of these positions is subject to the availability of funds).

If you have questions regarding this process, you may contact Maria Farrell, Human Resources Officer at 315-448-0963.

Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
One (1). As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.
Updated July 6, 2018

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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 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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