Assistant United States Attorney (Violent Crimes)

Attorney
63 So. Royal Street
Suite 600
Mobile, AL 36602
United States
19-SDAL-AUSA-01
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney's Office prosecutes federal criminal offenses and defends the U.S. Government's interest in civil cases.  The Southern District of Alabama (SDAL) covers approximately 14,000 square miles, including 400 miles of coastline and 1,700 miles of navigable waterways. This District serves 13 counties within the state and a population of approximately 813,400 citizens.

Our office places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from all qualified men and women from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBT individuals, and persons with disabilities.
Job Description: 

 

This position was previously announced under Announcement# 18-SDAL-AUSA-05.  Applicants who previously applied need not re-apply.

 

The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Alabama is seeking applications from experienced/senior litigators for an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) vacancy to serve in the Criminal Division.  Assistant United States Attorneys assigned to the Criminal Division prosecute federal criminal cases, such as fraud, public corruption, money laundering, immigration offenses, economic crime, narcotics offenses, firearms violations and violent crimes. 

All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14-month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.  Temporary appointments may be extended or made permanent without further competition. 

This position is located in Mobile, Alabama.  As Alabama’s oldest city, Mobile has a 300 year history that provides citizens and tourist alike a year full of activities and attractions. Mobile is only a short distance from Alabama Gulf Coast Beaches which include miles of sparkling turquoise Gulf waters and white sand.  For additional information, please visit: http://www.cityofmobile.org/index.php.  Many AUSAs and office staff live “across the Bay” in the Baldwin County cities of Fairhope, Spanish Fort and Gulf Shores.

Please note:  In addition to the frequent travel to the Northern Division, if a staff office is opened in Selma, Alabama, the selected candidate may be required to relocate to within a 50-mile radius of the staffed office.

 

Qualifications: 

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), have at least 1-year post-JD experience in the legal field, and possess superior oral and written communication skills as well as strong interpersonal skills, exhibit good judgment and function with minimal guidance in a highly demanding environment. 

Preferred Qualifications:  The ideal candidate will possess experience prosecuting complex federal or state criminal cases, with a special emphasis on prosecuting violent crimes.  The ideal candidate will possess specific knowledge of the counties located within the Northern Division of the Southern District of Alabama, and will have personal associations with law enforcement stakeholders serving in the counties.

Must have demonstrated a quick analytical ability and the facility to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a case; and exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff, and client agencies.

Salary: 
Assistant United States Attorneys' pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number years of professional attorney experience. The current range of basic pay is $53,062.00 to $138,790.00, plus locality pay.
Travel: 
Frequent travel to the Northern Division of the Southern District of Alabama in addition to occasional travel elsewhere.
Application Process: 

Interested persons should send a cover letter, detailed resume including date of employment (month/year), and one (1) writing sample in a single document in PDF format to usaals.hro@usdoj.gov.  Please include the vacancy number (19-SDAL-AUSA-01) in your email and on your cover letter.  Electronic submission of applications is preferred, however, if doing so creates a hardship, applications may be sent to: 

United States Attorney’s Office

Southern District of Alabama

63 So. Royal Street, Suite 600

Mobile, AL 36602

ATTN:  Jimmie L. Jones, Human Resources Officer

Once your complete application package is received, it will be reviewed to ensure you meet all job requirements. A hiring panel will then make recommendations for invitation to interview. You will be notified if selected for an interview. 

This is an open continuous announcement, however, applications received by April 5, 2019 will receive first consideration.

If you have questions regarding this process, you may contact Jimmie Jones, Human Resources Officer at 251.441.5845.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be paid
Updated March 21, 2019

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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 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 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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