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Assistant United States Attorney (Civil/Civil Rights)

Hiring Organization
USAO Northern District of Iowa
Job ID
2016-AUSA-NDIA-05
Location:
Sioux City, IA 51101 - United States
Application Deadline:
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.

Sioux City is located on the Missouri River and is approximately half-way between Minneapolis and Kansas City.  Twice named an All-American City by the National Civic League, Sioux City serves as a regional hub for business, employment, industry, retail trade, medical care, educational opportunities and tourism in Northwest Iowa, Southeast South Dakota and Northeast Nebraska.  More than 140,000 people live in this tri-state metropolitan area.  For more information about Sioux City, visit: http://visitsiouxcity.org/.

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

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.

Job Description

This is a re-announcement of Vacancy Announcement 2016-AUSA-NDIA-02.  Persons who applied under the previous announcement DO NOT need to apply again, as they will automatically be considered under this new announcement.

The person filling this position will handle a variety of civil cases and matters, including both affirmative and defensive cases.  Cases may include civil frauds, bankruptcy; foreclosure work; social security work; and fraud, waste, and abuse matters where federal agencies and taxpayers are the victims.  The hired attorney’s responsibilities include researching legal issues, drafting legal pleadings and memoranda, drafting and responding to discovery requests, document review and organization, taking and 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, bankruptcy, and state court actions.

The person filling this position will also devote significant time to advancing civil rights in a variety of affirmative civil enforcement practice areas that may include practice areas such as 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 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 work closely with the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and will participate in significant community outreach events throughout the district.

All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14 month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.

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. legal or other relevant 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.

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 Thursday, September 1, 2016; mailed applications must be postmarked by Thursday, September 1, 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 Thursday, September 1, 2016.  (Note: The Northern District of Iowa cannot be responsible for lost/misrouted/delayed email transmissions.)

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.

Number of Positions
One (1). As needed, additional positions may be filled from this vacancy announcement.
Travel
The AUSA may be required to travel within and outside the District.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses may be paid.

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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 race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit based 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. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

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 disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. 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 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, 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 their retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

USAO Residency Requirement:  Assistant United States Attorneys must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

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This and other vacancy announcements can be found under Attorney Vacancies and Volunteer Legal Internships. The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement. Such posting and/or dissemination is not an endorsement by the Department of the organization or group disseminating and/or posting the information.

Updated August 26, 2016