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.
Our mission is to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States, provide Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime, seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior, and to administer and enforce the Nation's laws to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans. We strive to build a stronger office through recruitment efforts and maintain the high standards of the office by promoting professional development. We seek to build a legacy of excellence.
In all matters, it is our mission to represent the people of the United States in a manner that will instill confidence in the fairness and integrity of our office and the judicial system, and to conduct our work with the highest integrity.
The United States Attorney's Office is the chief law enforcement office in the district and is responsible for representing the federal government in virtually all litigation involving the United States in the Northern District of Indiana. This includes criminal prosecutions for violations of federal law, civil lawsuits by and against the government, and actions to collect judgments and restitution on behalf of victims and taxpayers. The district has three offices located in Hammond, Fort Wayne, and South Bend. Please visit: https://www.justice.gov/usao-ndin.
For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney's Offices, visit http://www.justice.gov/careers/careers.html.
As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.
This position is located in Hammond, Indiana.
Hammond, Indiana is centrally located in the Northwest Indiana region. With a thriving population and minutes away from Chicago, Northwest Indiana offers low-cost, high-quality living while offering highly competitive salaries at the Chicago locality rate. The proximity of Chicago also offers its art and cultural institutions, world-class entertainment, and dining. The area boasts a variety of living options - from urban living and suburbs to small towns and rural communities. Northwest Indiana is also home to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Park and the Indiana Dunes State Park - both offering trails, camping and beaches along Lake Michigan.
For more information about the area, visit www.nwiforum.org
For more information about the state of Indiana, visit www.visitindiana.com.
The office is soliciting applications for an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) position within the Civil Division of the Northern District of Indiana. The successful candidate will be responsible for legal research and writing, case development, case presentation, case resolution including settlement negotiations and mediation, and a variety of program responsibilities. The office currently is looking to fill one AUSA position in the following practice area:
Affirmative Civil Rights - The attorney selected will be responsible for developing, investigating, litigating, and resolving affirmative civil rights matters in a variety of subject matter areas including without limitation employment discrimination, housing discrimination, military reemployment rights, disability rights, voting rights, and civil rights for interactions with law enforcement agencies. As an affirmative civil enforcement (ACE) AUSA the attorney also may be responsible for other ACE matters such as health care fraud, government contract procurement fraud, and grant fraud. Finally, as part of the Civil Division, the attorney may be responsible for civil defensive litigation in a variety of subject matter areas including without limitation torts and defensive employment discrimination.
Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.
Salary Information: 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 $69,107.00 to $180,646.00 plus locality pay. To view the current Administratively Determined Pay Scale, please visit: https://www.justice.gov/usao/career-center/salary-information/administratively-determined-pay-plan-charts.
Locality Pay: This form of pay is added to basic pay and is determined based on the location of the assigned duty station. For Hammond, Indiana, this is set at a rate of 29.79%.
Incentive Pay: May be considered for superiorly qualified applicants and in accordance with 5 CFR Part 575.
Relocation Expenses: Permanent Change in Station (PCS) Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Benefits: The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part:
- Paid vacation
- Sick Leave
- 11 paid holidays
- 12-weeks of Paid Parental Leave
- Reasonable Accommodations
- Health Insurance Benefits
- Dental and Vision benefits
- Flexible Spending Accounts for Healthcare and Dependent Care
- Federal Retirement Pension (Federal Employees Retirement System)
- Thrift Savings Plan (401k) with up to 5% employer matching
- Life Insurance
- Long-term care Insurance
Other Benefits:In addition to the above benefits, we also offer:
- Flexible Work Schedules
- Compressed Work Schedules
- Student Loan Forgiveness
- Performance Awards & Bonuses
- Employee Assistance Programs
The Benefits link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal Employees. For more information visit OPM's site for Federal Employee Compensation Package.
Conditions of Employment
To be eligible for this position, you must meet the following requirements:
- U.S. Citizenship: You must be a United States Citizen or National.
- Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See www.sss.gov for additional information.
- Security Requirements: Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory preemployment 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.
- Licensure Requirement: You must possess a J.D. degree and be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction). You will be required to maintain an active bar membership in "good standing" in order to retain employment.
- Residency Requirements: 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 specific information.
All initial attorney positions to the Department of Justice are made on a 14-month (temporary) basis.
You must apply online and submit a complete application by the closing date of this announcement in order to be considered for this position (See Required Documents Section of this announcement).
All applicants must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement (See Qualifications Section of this announcement).
As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.
Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) and have at least ONE (1) year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.
Preferred qualifications: Ideal qualifications include 3 or more years of post-J.D. experience litigating cases in federal or state courts, with substantial responsibility for all aspects of motions practice, discovery, and trial in civil matters. The ideal candidate also will have substantial experience handling complex negotiations, including mediation.
Applicants must demonstrate a quick analytical ability and the facility to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a case. Applicants must demonstrate superior 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 attorneys, support staff and client agencies. Applicants must have a demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment.
Applicants will be expected to do their own legal research and writing and will be substantially self-sufficient in preparing day-to-day correspondence and pleadings. Applicants must also demonstrate excellent computer literacy skills to include experience with automated research on the Internet, electronic court filing, and electronic e-mail and word processing systems.
Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree from an accredited law school in the United States or U.S. Territories.
All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criterion, see www.ed.gov.
***You must apply online at: https://www.usajobs.gov/job/727694800***
You must provide a complete Application Package by the closing date of this announcement, which includes the following REQUIRED documents:
- Occupational Questionnaire (completed by clicking "Apply Online").
- Resume (not to exceed 5 pages) - Must show relevant experience with names/locations of employers, position titles, dates of employment, and duties performed; education history that lists the names/locations of the academic institutions attended, degrees acquired with graduation dates, G.P.A.; and any bar association memberships with dates of admittance and expiration. All dates listed should include at least the month and year (MM/YYYY).
- Cover Letter (not to exceed 2 pages) - Should be tailored to the position that you are applying for and clearly summarize any specific qualifications and/or achievements that make you a preferred candidate for the position.
- Legal Writing Sample (not to exceed 25 pages) - Must clearly convey your ability to develop and compose a legal document. Examples may include legal briefs, pleadings, original motions, or other legal writings for scholarly publications.
- Proof of Active Bar Membership - Any documentation that demonstrates that you are an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) and in good standing at the time of your application.
- Required, if applicable - To receive Veterans' Preference, you must indicate your preference in response to the appropriate question in your assessment questionnaire and you must submit the appropriate supporting documentation. See the "How you will be Evaluated" section for details regarding what is appropriate Veterans' Preference documentation. It is also recommended that you include veterans' preference information in your cover letter or resume.
Incomplete or late applications will NOT be considered. All application materials must be submitted via the USAJOBS website by the closing date of the announcement. No hard copy or emailed documents will be accepted.
Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.