Uncompensated Assistant United States Attorney

United States Attorney's Office, Southern District of California
880 Front Street, Room 6293
San Diego, CA 92101
United States
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of California is one of the largest in the country. The office prosecutes federal crimes and defends the interests of the United States Government in civil cases. The Southern District of California encompasses San Diego and Imperial Counties and includes a branch office located in Imperial, California.

The SDCA is home to the largest concentration of Navy and Marine Corps installations in the world. The entire Southern boundary of the District borders the Republic of Mexico. Contained within the district are international ports of entry at San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, Tecate, Calexico (two ports, East and West) and Andrade. The entire west boundary of the District lies on the Pacific Ocean, with a major port in San Diego.

Our office places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from all qualified men and women from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBT individuals, and persons with disabilities.
Job Description: 

The U.S. Attorney's Office is currently interviewing for a part-time one-year term Uncompensated Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (SAUSA) position in the Criminal Division of the San Diego and Imperial Valley.  The one year-term appointment may be extended in some circumstances.    The Uncompensated Special Assistant U.S. Attorney ("SAUSA") will be tasked with non-case related responsibilities as part of our strategic outreach effort to combat crimes through a multi faceted approach, including prevention of crime, community engagement, and the re-entry of prior offenders. 

The selected candidate will work in conjunction with the Outreach Director in addition to federal, state, and local criminal justice agencies and local community groups in order to provide effective program development, oversight, and evaluation of joint efforts to research, analyze, design and implement targeted strategies and interventions to prevent and reduce crime, successfully reintegrate ex-offenders into society, and otherwise to jointly address significant law enforcement programs.  The selected SAUSA will ensure affected community and government groups are adequately involved in defining goals and objectives to reduce crime and recidivism.  Additionally, the SAUSA will need to perform program analysis and evaluation of initiatives, and needs to also be thorough, well organized, effective, and timely.  Any recommendations made need to be persuasive and result in improved effectiveness of the program to meet law-enforcement, crime reduction, and community goals and objectives.

Effective oral and written communications as well as presentations to a wide variety of internal and external organizational groups are required. 

Must be able to meet strategic goals of the Department of Justice as well as departmental guidelines and ethical standards. 


Required Qualifications: This position is open to all qualified candidates from the private and public sectors. Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree and be an active member of the bar of any state (U.S. jurisdiction). One full year of post-graduate qualifying legal experience is required. Qualifying legal experience may include work as an attorney, a judicial law clerk in either federal or state court and/or litigation experience in either the public or private sector.  An exceedingly strong academic background and exemplary writing skills are essential.  Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory preemployement adjudication of a background investigation to include fingerprint, credit and tax checks, and drug testing.

United States citizenship is required.

This is a temporary position not to exceed one year. 

This position is a part-time postion of 20 hours a week.

Employee benefits for this position will be limited.

Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

Applicants must apply through the USAJobs website at: www.usajobs.gov and apply to vacancy number: 19-SDCA-10503490-SAUSA-05.  

Application Requirements: a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample and the Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Application form found on the United States Attorney's Office, Southern District of California website: https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdca/special-assistant-u-s-attorney-positions (under the Application Form Section in Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft Word). Please attach this document as an "Other" document. Applicants must also complete the on-line USAJobs occupational questionnaire, which becomes available in USAJobs after you begin the on-line application process.

You must apply by midnight on May 30, 2019 Eastern Standard Time

You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing of this announcement.  

Note:  Employees of the Department of Justice, including Uncompensated Special Assistant United States Attorneys, may not engage in the compensated practice of law outside the office.  Attorneys are not eligible to serve as Uncompensated 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 form a law firm during their unpaid 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 Uncompensated Special Assistant United States Attorneys.

This position is uncompensated.
Occasional travel, both within and outside the District, may be required.
Application Process: 

Applicants must apply through the USAJobs website at: www.usajobs.gov and apply to vacancy number: 19-SDCA-10503490-SAUSA-05.  The link to this vacancy is attached: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/533696400 Opens

The point of contact for this vacancy announcement is Nitza Williamson, who can be reached at 619-546-9273 or Nitza.williamson@usdoj.gov

We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process have been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation, to include a credit and tax checks, and a drug test by urinalysis.


Application Deadline: 

Friday, May 30, 2019

Relocation Expenses: 


Number of Positions: 

One more positions can be filled using this vacancy announcement.

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Relocation Expenses: 
Number of Positions: 
One position or more positions can be filled using this vacancy.
Updated May 15, 2019

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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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