The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa (“USAO”) prosecutes federal criminal offenses and defends the interests of the United States in civil cases. The Northern District of Iowa spans 52 of the state’s 99 counties. The USAO headquarters is located in the eastern Iowa community of Cedar Rapids, with a branch office located on the western border of Iowa in Sioux City.
Sioux City is located on the Missouri River and is approximately half-way between Minneapolis and Kansas City. Twice named an All-American City by the National Civic League, Sioux City serves as a regional hub for business, employment, industry, retail trade, medical care, educational opportunities and tourism in Northwest Iowa, Southeast South Dakota and Northeast Nebraska. More than 140,000 people live in this tri-state metropolitan area. For more information about Sioux City, visit: http://visitsiouxcity.org/.
More information on the U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa can be found at http://www.justice.gov/usao/ian/.
The attorney filling this position will be assigned a variety of narcotics and narcotics-related criminal investigations and prosecutions under the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) initiative. The position will be filled on a timelimited basis and is expected to last for two years but may be extended without further competition.
This is a non-federal position and the employer is the Woodbury County (Iowa) Attorney’s Office. The terms, conditions and salary of this position will be administered by the county. The selectee will be cross-designated as a SAUSA. The position does not confer status as a federal employee.
Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 1 year post-JD professional legal experience. Applicants will be expected to do their own legal research and writing, and must be substantially self-sufficient in preparing day-to-day correspondence and pleadings. Applicants must be proficient in the use of computers.
Preferred Qualifications: Preferred applicants will possess significant experience, skills, and/or interest in prosecuting federal narcotics and narcotics-related crimes. Preferred applicants will demonstrate excellent oral and written advocacy skills. Preferred applicants will have excellent interpersonal skills, including experience working with multi-agency task forces and other law enforcement officials. Preferred applicants will have experience and familiarity with federal grand jury practice. Preferred applicants will have experience in preparation of appellate briefs and presentation of appellate arguments.
United States citizenship is required.
Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory pre-employment adjudication. This includes fingerprint, credit and tax checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a full-field background investigation.
Special Assistant United States Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which he or she is appointed or within 25 miles thereof. See 28 U.S.C. § 545 for district-specific information.
Note: Employees of the Department of Justice, including Special Assistant United States Attorneys, may not engage in the compensated practice of law outside the office. Attorneys are not eligible to serve as Special Assistant United States Attorneys if they have had an employment offer deferred by a law firm and received a payment for the period of their deferral with the expectation of future employment with the law firm, or if they will receive any payment from a law firm during their employment with the Department of Justice. In addition, contractors, including employees of contractors who do business with the Department of Justice, and who also are attorneys, are not eligible to serve as Special Assistant United States Attorneys.
Please specify the announcement number in your application materials.
Interested persons should direct cover letters and resumes to:
Human Resources Specialist
United States Attorney’s Office
111 7th Ave SE, Box 1
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
No phone calls please. Hand-carried applications must be received by 5:00 pm Central Time on Wednesday, October 26, 2016; mailed applications must be postmarked by Wednesday, October 26, 2016.
Applications may also be emailed to USAIAN.HR@usdoj.gov.
Persons applying by email are responsible for ensuring that email and any attachments are received no later than 11:59 pm Central Time on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. (Note: The Northern District of Iowa cannot be responsible for lost/misrouted/delayed email transmissions.)
Applicants must also complete the Woodbury County Employment Application. The application can be found at www.woodburyiowa.com, (under the Departments/ Human Resources). A hard copy of the completed application must be mailed or hand-carried to the address indicted at the top of the application form: Human Resources Department; Woodbury County Courthouse; 620 Douglas Street, Room 701; Sioux City, Iowa 51101. The Woodbury County Employment Application must be postmarked or hand-delivered by Wednesday, October 26, 2016.