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/
(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.
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.
Interested persons should direct cover letters and resumes to:
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.)