Criminal Division
Great Falls, MT
United States
About the Office: 

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Montana is considered a medium sized district and has offices located in Billings, Butte, Great Falls, Helena and Missoula. The Criminal Division prosecutes a wide range of federal cases involving organized crime, terrorism, complex securities and fraud cases, international narcotics, health care fraud and public corruption. The District also prosecutes in Federal Court violent crime cases which occur on Indian Reservations. These cases include assault, burglary, drugs, sexual assault and homicide. AUSA's assigned to the reservations act as a liaison between the reservation(s) and the United States Attorney. The Civil Division prosecutes every conceivable variety of affirmative and defensive cases filed in the District of Montana, at both the trial and appellate levels, involving matters such as health care, civil rights, environmental, false claims, immigration matters, all varieties of tort and discriminatory claims against the sovereign, the internet, telecommunications, energy policies and First Amendment issues. AUSA's are assigned to a unit within either the criminal or civil divisions in one of the branch offices.

As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.

Job Description: 

The Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) will work in the Indian Country Unit for the District of Montana as both a prosecutor, and the USAO Tribal Liaison.  Duties include serving as the liaison between the USAO and our Tribal government and law enforcement partners.  As the Tribal Liaison, the incumbent will arrange and facilitate meetings and communication between Tribal governments and the USA and senior management to collaborate on and address the issues and needs of our Tribal communities.  The incumbent will assist the Tribal governments as needed by providing information, training, and resources.  Duties also include acting as the advisor to the USA on all Indian Country matters in the District of Montana.  

Duties will also include prosecution in Federal Court of Indian Country cases, and serving as the Point of Contact for at least one tribe, training of tribal prosecutors, and attending Multiple Disciplinary Team and Sexual Assault Response Team meetings.  Indian Country cases will include assaults, burglaries, drugs, sexual assaults, and murders, as well as other substantive areas.  Prosecution duties will encompass approximately 25% to 40% of the work.  This will include assisting in criminal investigations by the FBI and other federal law enforcement partners, criminal trial work, and various appeals.  

This position will be located in the Great Falls branch office.  

Additionally, duties may include serving on local and national boards, task forces, and working groups addressing issues in Indian Country.  

Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as training and experience progress.  


Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least one year post-J.D. or other relevant experience. United States citizenship is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Hiring for AUSA positions is highly competitive. The ideal candidate will have:

  • Superior oral and writing skills as well as strong research and interpersonal skills, and good judgement;
  • Excellent communication and courtroom skills;
  • The ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorney's, support staff, and client agencies;
  • A demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment;
  • Excellent computer literacy skills including experience with automated electronic court filing.
AUSA pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The range of annual pay is $66,072 to $155,026, which includes 15.95% locality pay.
Some travel will be required. AUSA’s can expect to travel 1-5 nights per month.
Application Process: 

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Required - Your resume showing relevant experience and dates of employment (include month/year), date J.D. was awarded (include month/year), and date of Bar Admission (include month/year).
  • Highly Recommended - A cover letter expressing your interest in the position as well as your interest in relocating to Montana, if not currently a resident.
  • Highly Recommended - A writing sample.
  • Required, if applicable - To get Veterans' Preference, you must submit the appropriate supporting documentation.  It is recommended that you include veterans' preference information in your cover letter or resume.  

Candidates should submit their application package to:

Applicants without access to e-mail may mail their application materials to the following address:

United States Attorney's Office

Attn: Michelle Gomez

901 Front St.

Suite 1100

Helena, MT 59626

Applicants are responsible for ensuring their application materials are received in the USAO, District of Montana, before the deadline.

No phone calls please.

Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation Expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
One or more
Updated August 20, 2022

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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 race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit based 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. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

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, 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 their retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

USAO Residency Requirement:  Assistant United States Attorneys must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

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