Assistant United States Attorney (Civil Rights)

Attorney
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
United States
2016-NDIA-AUSA-08
About the Office: 

The Office of the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa prosecutes federal criminal offenses and defends the interests of the United States in civil cases.  The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa covers 52 of the state’s 99 counties.  The headquarters office is located in the eastern Iowa community of Cedar Rapids, with a branch office located in Sioux City on the western border of Iowa.

Cedar Rapids is Iowa's second largest city with a metro population of around 120,000.  The city is located in the east central part of the state and is centrally located from major Midwest cities including Minneapolis, Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis, and Kansas City.  Cedar Rapids has placed among the top 20 Forbes Magazine “Best Places” and has been named a “kid-friendly” city based on such factors as school quality.  Cedar Rapids boasts an ideal blend of commerce, culture, leisure and education opportunities.  Great jobs, safe neighborhoods, theaters, museums, schools, symphonies, shopping, sports and recreation abound in the Cedar Rapids area.  For more information on Cedar Rapids visit: http://www.cedar-rapids.com

More information on the U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa can be found at: http://www.justice.gov/usao/ian/

Job Description: 

(Note:  This is a re-announcement of vacancy announcement 2016-NDIA-AUSA-01.  Persons who previously applied under that announcement DO NOT need not re-apply.  Those applications will be considered along with those received under this announcement.)

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa has a civil rights attorney vacancy in the Civil Division to be filled in our Cedar Rapids office. The person filling this position will work to advance civil rights through a variety of affirmative civil enforcement practice areas that may include housing and fair lending, ADA enforcement, allegations relating to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, voting rights, service members’ rights, pattern and practice policing investigations, and employment discrimination.  The person filling the position will also coordinate with the Northern District’s Criminal Division in criminal civil rights cases involving human trafficking, hate crimes, and color of law prosecutions. The person filling the position will also work closely with the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and will participate in significant community outreach events throughout the district.

When not engaged in affirmative civil rights enforcement work, the person filling the position will handle a variety of civil cases/matters, including defensive cases, as the needs of the office demand.  Cases may include bankruptcy; Touhy work; foreclosure work; social security work; and fraud, waste, and abuse matters where federal agencies and taxpayers are the victims.  These responsibilities will include researching legal issues, drafting legal memoranda, drafting and responding to discovery requests, document review and organization, taking or defending depositions, and representing the United States as primary and/or secondary counsel in judicial proceedings, such as hearings, trials, and appeals in various federal district, bankruptcy, and state court actions.

Qualifications: 

Required qualifications:  Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 3 years post-J.D. professional legal experience.

Preferred qualifications: Preferred applicants will possess affirmative civil rights and/or civil litigation experience. Applicants should be committed to public service, possess superior oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills and should demonstrate incisive analytical ability, excellent judgment, and strong advocacy skills.

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 Attorneys’ pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number years of professional attorney experience. The range of basic pay is $59,246 to $154,966 per annum which includes 14.35% locality pay.
Travel: 
The AUSA may be required to travel within and outside the District.
Application Process: 

Interested persons should direct cover letters and resumes to:

Scott McNamar

Human Resources Specialist

United States Attorney's Office

111 7th Ave SE, Box 1

Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Please specify as to which vacancy announcement you are applying.  A separate application package is required for each vacancy announcement.

No phone calls please.  Hand-carried applications must be received by 5:00 pm Central Time on Monday, October 3, 2016; mailed applications must be postmarked by Monday, October 3, 2016.

Applications may also be emailed to: USAIAN.HR@usdoj.gov

Persons applying by email are responsible for ensuring that email and any attachments are received no later than 11:59 pm Central Time on Monday, October 3, 2016.  (Note: The Northern District of Iowa cannot be responsible for lost/misrouted/delayed email transmissions.)

Application Deadline: 
Monday, October 3, 2016
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses may be paid.
Number of Positions: 
One (1). As needed, additional positions may be filled from this vacancy announcement.
Updated September 27, 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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