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Supervisory Assistant United States Attorney

Hiring Organization
USAO District of Colorado
Hiring Office
Chief, Criminal Division
Job ID
1801 California Street, Suite 1600
Denver, CO 80202 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Colorado is looking for an experienced criminal supervisor to serve as Chief of its Criminal Division. The division includes nearly 100 attorneys and support staff and routinely seeks out the most interesting and complicated federal criminal cases. The Criminal Chief is responsible for the day-to-day prosecution of cases ranging from international terrorism to violent crime on our two Indian Reservations and is a senior advisor to the U.S. Attorney on all aspects of the office's criminal enforcement policy. The Criminal Chief is also responsible for ensuring positive working relationships with our various federal and state law enforcement partners, as well as the supervision of the criminal legal support staff. The position is located in Denver, Colorado, home to over 300 days of sunshine every year, world-class outdoor recreation, a vibrant arts and restaurant scene, and great schools.

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.

Job Description

An appointment as Criminal Chief within the U.S. Attorney's Office offers unique and challenging experiences for the highly motivated DOJ leader. The successful candidate will be hired as an AUSA and will immediately serve as a Supervisory AUSA under a temporary promotion as the Chief of the Criminal Division. The selected candidate will be responsible for overall management of the Criminal Division, either personally or through assigned section chiefs and deputy section chiefs, including but not limited to the following:

· Supervising and managing Criminal Division workload;

· Supervising and counseling Criminal Division Section Chiefs;

· Supervising the Criminal Supervisory Legal Administrative Specialist and coordinating the supervision of and provision of timely and high quality services from the Criminal Division support staff;

· Advising and counseling AUSAs on strategic approaches to their investigations and prosecutions;

· Advising and counseling the First Assistant United States Attorney/United States Attorney regarding criminal matters and trends within the District;

· Performing case intake and case assignment to Criminal AUSAs;

· Ensuring criminal AUSAs properly prepare their assigned litigation for indictment and trial, including review of search warrants, Title IIIs, prosecution memoranda, criminal complaints, indictments, plea agreements, and other pleadings;

· Developing and maintaining strong and cooperative working relationships with federal and local law enforcement agencies; and

· Representing the USAO in inter-departmental and inter-agency meetings and communicating matters of concern to the USAO involving enforcement and litigation.

Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.

Promotions to Supervisory AUSA positions are made on a temporary basis at the discretion of the United States Attorney. At the end of the temporary promotion, the Supervisory AUSA may be returned to a non-supervisory AUSA within the USAO or extended.

The home page for the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Colorado, may be accessed at:


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 of post-J.D. prosecutorial experience. Additionally, applicants must possess experience supervising criminal prosecutors.

Preferred Qualifications: Ideal qualifications also include 10 or more years overall litigation experience as well as experience as both a federal prosecutor and supervisor of federal prosecutors. Applicants must demonstrate superior analytical ability; possess strong research, writing, and courtroom skills; exercise fair and sound judgment; follow all Department of Justice and United States Attorney's Office policies; exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff, and law enforcement agencies; be able to negotiate effectively with opposing counsel; handle matters in court persuasively and justly on behalf of the United States of America; and be devoted to excellence.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted through the following link: announcement is open through Wednesday, September 11, 2019.

No telephone calls please. Applications must be submitted online. Each application must include a cover letter and one-page resume. The USAJobs resume will not substitute for this requirement.


The range of basic pay for non-supervisory (line) AUSA positions is $67,956 to $166,400 which includes 26.30% locality pay. The range of basic pay for supervisory AUSA positions is $137,015 to $166,400 which includes 26.30% locality pay.

Number of Positions
Occasional travel within and outside the District will be required.
Relocation Expenses
A relocation incentive may be considered as appropriate based on qualifications.

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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 race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit based 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. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

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 disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. 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 their retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

USAO Residency Requirement:  Assistant United States Attorneys must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

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Updated September 3, 2019