Assistant United States Attorney (Criminal)

Tallahassee, FL
Attorney
Tallahassee, FL 32301
United States
15-FLN-1365576-AUSA
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Florida, is a medium-sized district which includes 23 counties and consists of a headquarters office in Tallahassee, and three staffed branch offices located in Pensacola, Gainesville, and Panama City. The United States Attorney's Office prosecutes federal crimes, represents the federal government's interests in civil cases, and represents the government in criminal and civil appeals. More information about the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Florida is available at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fln/.

Job Description: 

The District is seeking to hire an Assistant United States Attorney to serve in the Criminal Division. The applicant selected will represent the United States in criminal matters and enjoy a rewarding experience working on legal issues involving some of the most significant, complex, and visible criminal cases being litigated by the Department of Justice.

Qualifications: 

Required qualifications: The U.S. Attorney's Office seeks highly qualified applicants with strong advocacy and trial skills, complemented by excellent academic and professional credentials, to serve as Assistant United States Attorneys. Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen, possess a J.D. degree, be an active member in good standing of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 3 years post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience. In addition, applicants must be computer-literate and proficient in the areas of automated research on the Internet, electronic e-mail, and word processing. Courtroom experience in complex criminal cases in federal or state courts is required.

Preferred qualifications: Hiring preferences include superior legal writing and research ability, outstanding organizational skills, strong academic credentials, and a commitment to ethics, civility, and public service. The successful candidate should have excellent oral and written advocacy skills. The attorney will perform his or her own legal research, drafting, and presentation of cases, and must be proficient in all respects. The ideal candidate will possess a strong commitment to professionalism, superior oral and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, good analytical ability, sound judgment, and excellent courtroom skills to function with minimal guidance in a highly demanding environment. The ideal candidate will also exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff, and client agencies. A working knowledge of the Federal Rules of Evidence and Criminal Procedure is required.

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 $51,916 to $153,176 which includes locality pay.
Travel: 
Occasional travel, both within and outside the District, may be required.
Application Process: 

Applications may be submitted online through the following link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/398938300. The deadline to apply is April 13, 2015. If unable to apply online, the announcement provides instructions on faxing your documents in the “How to Apply” tab.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, April 13, 2015
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be paid.
Number of Positions: 
1 More than one selection may be made to fill existing vacancies.
Updated April 7, 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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