Helena, MT
901 Front St., Ste 1100
Helena, MT 59626
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 assiged to the reservations act as a liaison between the reservation(s) and the U.S. Attorney.  The Civil Division prosecutes every conceivable variety of affirmative and defensive case filed in the District of Montana, at both the trial and appellate levels, involving matters such as health care, commercial, 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 division in one of the branch offices.   

Job Description: 

The United States Attorney is seeking an experienced attorney to serve as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA).  The successful applicant will represent the U.S. Government on a wide range of unique and complex cases in the District of Montana handling a variety of civil litigation or criminal prosecutions.  Civil Division cases encompass affirmative litigation where the United States is seeking some type of monetary recovery or injunctive relief (e.g. civil rights, judgment enforcement, bankruptcy, asset forfeiture) and defensive cases involving a variety of lawsuits brought against the Federal government.  Criminal Division assignments include, but are not limited to, prosecution of economic crime, public corruption, narcotic cases and Indian Country cases.  Narcotics prosecution duties include handling both Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) and non-OCDETF cases.  In addition to trial work, other areas of responsibility include interaction with multi-jurisdictional drug task forces and training of officers.  Indian Country cases include prosecution of violent crimes which occur on Indian Reservations.  Among other substantive areas, cases will include assaults, burglaries, drugs, sexual assaults and homicides.  The successful applicant will be working primarily in the Civil Division.  The position may be located in either the Billings, Great Falls or Helena branch office.  All applicants should identify in their cover letter which location(s) they are interested in working out of. 


Required Qualifications:  Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 3 years post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.  United States citizenship is required.

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

  • a quick analytical ability and the facility to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a case;
  • superior oral and writing skills as well as strong research and interpersonal skills, and good judgment;
  • excellent communication and courtroom skills;
  • the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, 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 base, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The range of basic annual pay is $51,811 to $135,519, plus applicable locality pay.
Some travel will be required. AUSA's can expect to travel 1-5 nights per month, dependent upon the branch office they are assigned to.
Application Process: 

To apply, interested candidates should submit their resume and a cover letter that address in detail their educational and professional background as well as a listing of all bar memberships to:

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

United States Attorney's Office

Attn:  Theresa Hutchison

901 Front St., Ste 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.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
One or More
Updated August 5, 2016

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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 and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at  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, 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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