Assistant United States Attorney (Term -- Not-to-Exceed 14 Months)

Attorney
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
United States
2016-AUSA-NDIA-06
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: 

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa has a term criminal attorney vacancy to be filled in our Cedar Rapids office.  The attorney in this position will be responsible for handling appellate matters, responding to petitions under Title 28 United States Code Section 2255, and evaluating commutation positions referred to the office by DOJ’s Office of the Pardon Attorney.

These cases involve challenging legal issues, including frequent constitutional issues, affirmative government appeals, appeals involving issues of first impression, and efforts to obtain en banc review.

This attorney may also be involved with investigating and prosecuting a variety of criminal cases, including, but not limited to, cases involving narcotics trafficking, child exploitation, violent crime, white collar crime, firearms offenses, environmental offenses, cybercrime, and immigration offenses.

This position is being filled on a Term basis with a not-to-exceed date 14-months from the date of appointment.  Appointments made from this announcement may be extended and/or made permanent without further competition.  This position may be filled on a full-time or a part-time basis based on the availability of candidates, as well as the needs of the office.

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 1 year post-J.D. professional legal experience.

Preferred qualifications: Hiring for AUSA positions within the USAO is highly competitive. The USAO seeks a diverse complement of lawyers with a wide range of exceptional skills and experience, unified by keen intelligence and sincere commitment to public interest. Litigation experience, superior academic record, excellent writing skills, impeccable character, demonstrated interest in public service, courtroom presence, and the ability to work with and relate to a wide variety of people are all taken into account. Most attorneys hired have several years of experience, although highly qualified recent graduates with some experience in practice or as a judicial clerk are also considered.

Preferred applicants will demonstrate excellent oral and written advocacy skills.  Preferred applicants will have experience in preparation of appellate briefs and presentation of appellate arguments.

United States citizenship 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 $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 the vacancy announcement number in your application materials.

No phone calls please.  Hand-carried applications must be received by 5:00 pm Central Time on Thursday, September 22, 2016; mailed applications must be postmarked by Thurs, September 22, 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 22, 2016.  (Note: The Northern District of Iowa cannot be responsible for lost/misrouted/delayed email transmissions.)

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, September 22, 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 13, 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 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 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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