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.
More information on the U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa can be found at http://www.justice.gov/usao/ian/.
This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at: https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/attorneys-vacancies/.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa has a criminal attorney vacancy to be filled in our Cedar Rapids office. 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.
This is a non-federal position and the employer is the Linn 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 Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA). The position does not confer status as a federal employee. The expected duration of this position is two years, but it may be extended without further competition.
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.
Cedar Rapids is Iowa’s second largest city with a metro population of around 120,000. The city is located in the east central part of the state and is centrally located from major Midwest cities including Minneapolis, Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis, and Kansas City. Cedar Rapids has placed among the top 20 Forbes Magazine “Best Places” and has been named a “kid-friendly” city based on such factors as school quality. Cedar Rapids boasts an ideal blend of commerce, culture, leisure and education opportunities. Great jobs, safe neighborhoods, theaters, museums, schools, symphonies, shopping, sports and recreation abound in the Cedar Rapids area. For more information on Cedar Rapids visit: https://www.gocedarrapids.com/
Required Qualifications: 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-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.
(Note: A separate application is required for each announcement; each application must reference the vacancy announcement to which it pertains.)
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 Monday, May 21, 2018; mailed applications must be postmarked by Monday, May 21, 2018, 2018.
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 Monday, May 21, 2018. (Note: The Northern District of Iowa cannot be responsible for lost/misrouted/delayed email transmissions.)
NOTE: Applicants who previously applied under Vacancy Announcement 2018-NDIA-SAUSA-01, which closed on January 19, 2018, need not reapply. Your application materials will be considered along with new applications received under this announcement. If you wish to supplement information previously submitted, you must submit a completely new application which contains all requested information.