Civil Assistant US Attorney (AUSA)

Fargo ND
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 to hire an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) to work in the Civil Division. This position offers a unique and challenging experience for a highly motivated attorney who is interested in working to advance civil rights in the District of North Dakota.  The attorney selected will work closely with the District’s Civil Rights Coordinator and the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division to implement the civil rights priorities of the United States Attorney’s Office and the Department of Justice. The primary responsibility of the attorney selected will be to represent the United States in a variety of affirmative civil enforcement litigation actions, including those pertaining to housing and fair lending, ADA enforcement, service members' rights, and employment discrimination. The attorney filling this position will design and participate in community outreach events with federal, state, and local government agency partners and community stakeholders throughout the District.  The attorney will also work with criminal prosecutors on outreach matters related to human trafficking. 

The attorney selected will also be assigned to represent the United States in a variety of general civil litigation matters, including defense of claims brought under the Federal Tort Claims Act, such as premises liability and medical malpractice; defending actions under the Administrative Procedures Act, including actions by federal agencies such as the Department of Agriculture; foreclosures; and bankruptcy.  This position will be filled in the Fargo, ND Office.


Required Qualifications:  Applicants must possess a J.D. degree and be an active member in good standing of the bar of a State, Territory, or the District of Columbia and have at least two years of post-J.D. experience.  Ideal qualifications include at least five years of Post-J.D. civil/criminal litigation experience. 

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

  • experience and/or demonstrated interest in civil rights issues
  • 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 based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The range of annual pay is $51,811 to $135,519, plus applicable locality pay.
Travel is required. AUSA's can expect to travel 1-5 nights per month.
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 by e-mail to: USAND.HR@USDOJ.GOV

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


Applications  may be mailed to:

U.S. Attorney

Attn: Stu Eidenschink, Administrative Officer

655 First Ave N, Suite  250

Fargo, ND 58102.

Applications  must be received by Monday, July 25th, 2016, 4:30PM  (Central Time  Zone).

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.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, July 25, 2016
Relocation Expenses: 
Number of Positions: 
Updated July 13, 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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