Assistant US Attorney, Criminal (OCDETF)

Criminal Division
655 First Avenue North, Suite 250
Fargo, ND 58102
United States
About the Office: 

Our mission is to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic, to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime, to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior, and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.  We strive to continually strengthen our outstanding office through rigorous recruitment efforts and to maintain the high standards of the Department of Justice by promoting professional development. We are committed to building on our a legacy of excellence. 

Please visit the United States Attorney's Office for the District of North Dakota's web site at for more information.

Job Description: 

The United States Attorney's Office, District of North Dakota, is seeking an attorney with a strong background in criminal law for its Criminal Division.  The Assistant U. S. Attorney (AUSA) selected candidate will work at the Main Office, located in Fargo, ND.  The AUSA workload will primarily consist of Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) related cases.  The primary duties for this position involve spending substantial time developing, researching, and preparing cases involving primarily complex drug crimes from case submission to and through the appellate process. 

This is a temporary position not-to-exceed 24 months / 2 years.  However, this position may be extended or made permanent without further competition.  

Based on staffing needs, additional appointments may be made from this announcement.


Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, territory, or District of Columbia, and have at least one year of post-J.D. experience, with preferred applicants having 3 or more years.  Applicants must be active members in good standing of the bar (any jurisdiction).

The ideal candidate will have experience handling a variety of complex criminal matters, strong academics, outstanding organizational skills, superior legal writing and research ability.  A demonstrated commitment to professionalism, ethics, civility and public service are beneficial. There is a strong preference for the applicant with significant jury trial experience.

Applicants must demonstrate a strong analytical ability and the ability to accurately articulate the critical issues in a case.  Applicants must demonstrate superior oral and writing skills as well as strong research and interpersonal skills, and good judgment. Applicants must have a demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment while balancing a high caseload. Excellent computer literacy skills are also necessary.

Assistant United States Attorneys' pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The range of pay for this position is $53,805- $126,246 (Plus 15.67% locatlity 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 vacancy announcement number "19USAND-AUSA-03-SRE" in the subject line, 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, a writing sample, and three professional references in your application package to be considered.  Applications should also provide details pertaining to military service  to recieve veteran consideration.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at:

The home page for the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of North Dakota may be accessed at: 


Application Deadline: 
Friday, June 7, 2019
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocations expenses are not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
1 (Multiple selections may be made from this announcement).
Updated May 22, 2019

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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, 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, 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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