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Supervisory Assistant United States Attorney (Chief, Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Unit)

Hiring Organization
USAO District of New Jersey
Job ID
970 Broad Street, Suite 700
Newark, NJ 07102 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The District of New Jersey is an energetic and progressive District comprised of 140 attorneys located in three staffed offices: Newark, Trenton and Camden. The USAO has jurisdiction and responsibility in a broad range of subject matter areas, all of which involve advancing the multi-varied criminal and civil legal interests of the Federal government. The office values diversity and seeks to provide an inclusive rewarding work environment for employees of all backgrounds.

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

Supervisory Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Unit of the District of New Jersey

This is a temporary, at will position. The selectee will be part of the district's management team, under the control, supervision, and direction of the Chief of the Criminal Division. The AUSA selected for this supervisory position will be responsible for exercising dynamic leadership and efficiently and effectively managing the employees in the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Unit to accomplish the mission of the Department and the specific goals of this district, as set forth by the United States Attorney.


This vacancy is open to Current AUSAs in the United States Attorney's Offices, Executive Office for the United States Attorneys and Attorneys at the Department of Justice components.

Required Qualifications: Applicants must have at least five years of experience as an AUSA or comparable legal experience. Interested AUSAs must have at least a fully successful performance rating for the last evaluation year. All applicants must be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction) and not have received any disciplinary actions within the past year from the date of the application.

Preferred Qualifications: Applicants should be able to demonstrate by experience, knowledge, or training, that they are skilled litigators, especially in representing the U.S. in forfeiting assets that are the proceeds of criminal activity or were used to facilitate criminal activity; prosecuting defendants for money laundering, violating currency reporting requirements, and conducting illegal money transmitting businesses; and handling civil asset forfeitures.

Application Process

The application materials which consist of a coversheet, resume and writing sample should be submitted using one of the methods listing below:

Regular or Express Mail
Send the required documents to:

William Fitzpatrick
First Assistant US Attorney
US Attorney's Office
970 Broad Street, Suite 700
Newark, NJ 07102

Send the required documents to

Application materials submitted by mail must be received by 5:00 pm Eastern Standard/Daylight Time on the closing date.

Application materials submitted by email must be received by 11:59 pm (midnight) Eastern Standard/Daylight Time on the closing date.


$103,422 - $158,554

Number of Positions
Occasional travel may be required.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses will not be paid.

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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 April 7, 2016