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Assistant US Attorney, Affirmative Civil Enforcement (ACE)

Civil Division
FARGO, ND 58102
United States
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney's Office represents the United States in civil, criminal and appellate litigation in the District of North Dakota.  The main office is in Fargo, with a staffed branch office in Bismarck.

Job Description: 

The United States Attorney's Office for the District of North Dakota is seeking an experienced attorney with a strong background in civil litigation for the position of Assistant United States Attorney, with a focus on Affirmative Civil Enforcement.  This position will be in the Office’s Civil Division with duty in either Fargo, North Dakota, or Bismarck, North Dakota.  The attorney in this position will be responsible for the investigation and litigation of a variety of complex civil cases, including health care fraud and federal program fraud. Other affirmative litigation matters may include natural resource and land use cases and civil violations of the Controlled Substances Act.  Other areas of practice may also include complex defensive litigation matters, including personal injury and medical malpractice, constitutional torts, actions seeking review of federal agency decisions, employment discrimination, and land use, as well as bankruptcy and foreclosure matters.  Attorneys in the Civil Division perform tasks related to all stages of litigation, and the successful candidate should have substantial experience in drafting pleadings, conducting interviews and taking depositions, motion practice, negotiating settlement, and preparing civil cases for trial.  Employment with the United States Attorney's Office offers a unique and challenging experience for the highly motivated and talented attorney who is devoted to excellence and committed to serving justice.


Required Qualifications: 

Applicants must have a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least three to five years of post-J.D. legal experience. United States citizenship is required. 


Preferred Qualifications: 

The ideal candidate will have significant complex civil litigation experience, superior academic records, strong analytical abilities and judgment, excellent oral and writing skills, and demonstrated interest in public service.  Successful candidates should be able to work in a highly professional manner with other attorneys, professional support staff, client agency representatives, law enforcement officers and investigators, opposing counsel, and court staff. 

Assistant United States Attorneys' pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional experience. The range of pay for this position is $52,062 - $124,502 (Plus 15.37% locality pay).
Occasional travel within and outside the District will be required.
Application Process: 

Applications may be submitted via email (preferred method) to the following address: USAND.HR@USDOJ.GOV   Reference the vacancy announcement number "18USAND-AUSA-03-SRE" in subject line of email, along with your Last Name in parenthesis.

Applications submitted via email must be in "pdf" format.


Applications may be mailed to:

U.S. Attorneys Office

Attn: Stu Eidenschink, Administrative Officer

655 First Ave N, Suite 250

Fargo, ND 58102

You must include current resume, bar membership information and three professional references in your application package to be considered.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

No phone calls, please.

This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at: https://www.justice.gov/legalcareers

The home page for the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of North Dakota may be accessed at: http://www.justice.gov/usao/nd/

Note:  Multiple selections may be made from this announcement.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, July 2, 2018
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation Expenses are not authorized
Number of Positions: 
Updated July 2, 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 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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