The United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of North Carolina is based in Charlotte, with a staffed branch office in Asheville, North Carolina. Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) prosecute federal criminal offenses, forfeit property involved in crime, seek recovery of government funds fraudulently obtained, litigate affirmative civil fraud and enforcement actions, and defend the United States Government's interests in civil cases.
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.
An appointment with the United States Attorney's Office offers unique and challenging experiences for the highly motivated attorney. The office is accepting applications for a permanent Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) opening in our Civil Division in the Charlotte office. The Civil Division AUSA's primary responsibility will be handling financial litigation on behalf of the United States and will be responsible for collecting federal debts owed to the United States, including restitution owed to victims of crime. The attorney selected will be part of a team dedicated to the enforcement of civil debts owed to the United States and its agencies. The attorney will be required to appear in federal district court, bankruptcy court, and state court. Secondary responsibilities may include defensive civil litigation and affirmative civil litigation, based upon the current needs of the office. All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14-month (temporary) basis pending a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
Individuals applying for the position must have strong leadership skills, 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 on a team, be ready and willing to volunteer to help other attorneys, possess excellent negotiation skills, have very strong ability to analyze complex legal and factual issues, write clearly and persuasively, and represent the Government's interests at hearings and trials in federal district court, bankruptcy court, and state court.
Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your 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 3 year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience. United States citizenship is required.
Hiring preferences include at least five (5) years of civil litigation experience, although we consider applicants with varied litigation backgrounds. Candidates must possess strong academic credentials, outstanding organizational skills, superior legal research and writing skills, quick analytical ability to accurately and precisely articulate critical case-related issues, courtroom experience, good interpersonal skills, and the ability to work in a supportive and professional team environment with client agencies, support staff and other attorneys, and a demonstrated commitment to public service.
You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.
To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on July 8, 2022 to receive consideration.
1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package. (It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date.)
3. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. However, should you not be able to apply online, please contact Victoria Werner at 704-338-3156 or email at Victoria.Werner@usdoj.gov, prior to the closing date of this announcement to request an alternate method of applying.
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.