Assistant U.S. Attorney

Anchorage
Attorney
222 W. 7th Ave, Suite 253
Anchorage, AK 99513
United States
AK-18-10129124-DE
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Alaska serves the entire state of Alaska with its main office in Anchorage and branch offices in Fairbanks and Juneau.  As the trial attorneys for the United States, the 24 Assistant Untied States Attorneys in the District prosecute federal crimes and defend and pursue the interestes of the United States in civil and criminal cases.  Of approximately 55 persons employed, all but four are currently assigned to Anchorage.  The Assistant United States Attorneys in Anchorage are assigned to either the Civil or Criminal Division.  This employment opportunity is in Anchorage in the Civil Division. 

District of Alaska web page can be found at http://www.justice.gov/usao/ak/

 

Job Description: 

The successful candidate will be primarily responsible for representing the United States, Federal agencies, and Federal employees in a wide variety of civil cases. These can include tort claims, employment discrimination claims, bankruptcies , false claims, defending miscellaneous agency actions, and otherwise representing the United States in State and Federal courts. Some travel throughout the state or other states may be required. He/She must have a strong ability to analyze complex legal and factual issues, write clearly and persuasively, possess a strong work ethic, exhibit good organizational skills, exercise fair and sound judgment, pay careful attention to facts and details, work well both independently and in small groups, be ready and willing to volunteer to help other attorneys, be able to negotiate effectively with opposing counsel, and be devoted to justice.

Qualifications: 

Required Qualificiations:  Applicants must have excellent academic credentials, a J.D. degree, an active membership in good standing of the bar of any jurisdiction, 3 years post J.D. experience, superior analytical abilities and oral communications skills, excellent research and writing skills, good judgment and strong character.  

Preferred Qualifications:  Prior civil trial experience is preferred, but not required.

 

Salary: 
$67,930-$164,100 which includes 28.02% locality pay. In addition, there is a non-taxable 3.74% Cost of Living Allowance (COLA)
Travel: 
Some travel is required.
Application Process: 

Applications will be reviewed and acted upon.  No applications received after March 2, 2018 will be reviewed.  Previously submitted resumes will not be reviewed.  All resumes must be accompanied by a cover letter explaining your interest in the position.  Please apply through copy and pasting the following link:  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/490558500

No phone calls please.  Applications must be submitted online, go to www.usajobs.gov.  This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at: http://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/attorneys-vacancies?position=1

 

Application Deadline: 
Friday, March 2, 2018
Relocation Expenses: 
No
Number of Positions: 
1
Updated February 5, 2018

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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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