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Assistant United States Attorney - Criminal Division

Hiring Organization
USAO Southern District of Mississippi
Hiring Office
Criminal Division - Jackson Office
Job ID
20-MSS-10919163-AUSA
Location:
Jackson, MS - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The district encompasses the 45 southern counties of the state and more than 2 million people.  Also in the district are numerous military bases and installations, a NASA rocket testing facility, and the Choctaw Indian Reservation.

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 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.

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

The candidate selected for this position will serve as an AUSA for the Southern District of Mississippi, but will initially work from the Northern or Eastern District of Oklahoma to provide emergency assistance with the prosecution of major crimes in Indian country as a result of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in McGirt vs. Oklahoma.  This detail is expected to last for at least 6 months, but may be extended up to 12 months. 

Upon completion of the detail, the AUSA will return to the Southern District of Mississippi to work in the Jackson office and have the responsibility for all phases of criminal prosecution including providing guidance to law enforcement officers, initiating criminal charges, conducting grand jury proceedings, trials and handling appeals or asset forfeiture matters.  An appointment in the U. S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Mississippi offers a unique and challenging experience for the highly motivated attorney.  Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.

During the duration of the detail, travel related expenses will be paid by the Executive Office for the United States Attorneys.  The individual selected will be authorized reimbursement of certain travel-related expenses under Extended Temporary Duty Travel (EX-TDY).  If EX-TDY is authorized, a reduced monthly per diem will be allowed and a monthly trip home will be authorized in accordance with the Federal Travel Regulations.

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 one-year of post-J.D. legal or other relevant legal experience.  Qualifying legal experience may include work as an attorney, as a judicial law clerk in either a Federal or State court and/or litigation experience in either public or private sector.  Proof of active bar membership is required.

Preferred Qualifications:  Experience litigating criminal cases in the federal sector or in the federal courts and/or a federal judicial clerkship is desirable.  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 skills to include experience with automated research on the internet, electronic court filing, email and word processing systems.

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.

Assistant United States Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which he or she is appointed or within 25 miles thereof.

Application Process

Applications and a cover letter must be submitted online through the following link:  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/579440600

A cover letter must be submitted with your application and you MUST indicate that you understand that, if selected for the position that although you are selected for an AUSA position in the Southern District of Mississippi, that you will be initially detailed to the Northern or Eastern District of Oklahoma. 

 

Salary

$64,009 - $130,000 annually, which includes 15.95% locality pay

Number of Positions
1
Travel
Occasional travel will be required.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

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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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Updated September 21, 2020