Term Assistant United States Attorney

Criminal Division
110 9th Avenue South, Suite A-961
Nashville, TN 37203
United States
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney's Office, Middle District of Tennessee, is located in Nashville, Tennessee. The United States Attorney's Office prosecutes federal criminal offenses, litigates affirmative civil fraud and enforcement actions, and defends the U.S. Government's interest in civil cases. The office seeks to maintain the highest standards of excellence in the enforcement of federal laws and the representation of the United States. More information about the United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Tennessee is available at www.justice.gov/usao/districts/mdtn


Job Description: 

The Middle District of Tennessee is currently seeking applicants to fill an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) position in the Criminal Division. The position will be filled on a term basis, with the term expected not to exceed 14 months. Term offers are not for permanent employment, as terms will expire at the end of the specified period. This term position may be eligible for an extension or conversion to a permanent position without further competition, depending on the federal budget and staffing levels. The applicant selected will be responsible for the investigation and prosecution of the complex cases typically requiring significant federal prosecution experience.  In this position, the applicant will be provided an opportunity to work on some of the most significant, complex and visible cases being litigated today.  As part of a dedicated team, you will be responsible for prosecuting criminal cases involving either violent crime, firearms, narcotics or fraud and white collar crime, among other program areas.


The United States Attorney's Office seeks highly qualified applicants with demonstrated strong advocacy and trial skills and excellent academic and professional credentials to serve as a federal prosecutor.  Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member in good standing of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least one year of post-J.D. experience as an attorney. Appointment is subject to FBI background investigation, including credit, arrests, references and drug inquiries.  Applicants must have a demonstrated ability to function as a criminal litigator, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment. Applicants also must demonstrate: (1) the ability to quickly, accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a case; (2) superior oral and writing skills; (3) strong research and interpersonal skills; (4) good judgment; (5) excellent communication and courtroom skills; and (6) the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff and client agencies.

Assistant United States Attorneys' pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number years of professional attorney experience. The range of basic pay for a non-supervisory AUSA is $55,204 to $144,392 plus locality pay where authorized.
Occasional Travel
Application Process: 

Interested applicants should send a resume to:

*By mail: Dawn Woodside Administrative Services Specialist (HR) 110 9th Avenue South, Suite A-961 Nashville, Tennessee 37203

*Or email to: usatnm-vacancies@usdoj.gov

Required - Your resume showing relevant experience and dates of employment (include day/month/year), announcement number and references.  Cover letter is optional and should be addressed to United States Attorney, Donald Q. Cochran.

Required, if applicable - A recent copy of an SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action), showing title, series, grade, and current salary; and a copy of your most recent performance appraisal.

Required, if applicable - Veterans' Preference documentation (see Benefits and Other Information section for details).

. Do not submit a writing samples, one will be requested at a later date.

•No telephone calls please.

•Please do not fax your applications.

All applications are due by Close of Business (5pm) on the deadline date by mail or email.

Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, June 4, 2020
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation will not be authorized
Number of Positions: 
Updated May 29, 2020

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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, protected genetic information, pregnancy, status as a parent, or any other nonmerit-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, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). 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, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf 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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