Uncompensated Special Assistant United States Attorney (Civil) (Part-time or Full-time)

Indianapolis, Indiana
Attorney
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Indiana
10 West Market Street, Suite 2100
Indianapolis, IN 46204
United States
18-INS-10132063-SAUSA-01
About the Office: 

The office is located in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The city of Indianapolis is known as the "Crossroads of America" and consistently ranks among the best places in the nation to live.  There are 35 Assistant United States Attorneys in the office including both the Criminal and Civil Divisions serving a population of over 4.5 million people throughout the southern two-thirds of Indiana.  The southern district of Indiana is a medium sized district with the main office in Indianapolis, a fully staffed branch office in Evansville, and offices in New Albany and Terre Haute.

Our mission is to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States, provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime, seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior, and to administer and enforce the nation's laws to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.  We strive to build a stronger office through recruitment efforts and maintain the high standards of the office by promoting professional development.  We seek to build a legacy of excellence.

In all matters, it is our msision to represent the people of the United States in a manner that will instill confidence in the fairness and integrity of our office and the judicial system, and to conduct our work with the highest integrity.  We strive to perform our mission in the most efficient and effective manner.

 

Job Description: 

The U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Indiana, is recruiting for an uncompensated Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA), temporary not-to-exceed one year which may be extended without further competition, (Full or Part-time), to serve in the Civil Division The SAUSA will be given the opportunity to represent the United States and its agencies and employees in a wide variety of civil matters, such as by representing federal agencies and employees in civil lawsuits, assisting in the office's fraud investigations, and otherwise representing the United States.  The SAUSA will receive substantial training and will have responsibility for handling all aspects of civil cases in court.  The SAUSA's duties will include handling cases, working alongside other attorneys, writing briefs, taking and defending depositions, and appearing in court.  The attorney must have a very strong ability to analyze complex legal and factual issues, write clearly and persuasively, possess a strong work ethic, exhibit good organizational skills, exercise fair and sound judgment, pay careful attention to facts and details, work both independently and on a team, be ready and willing to volunteer to help other attorneys, be able to negotiate effectively with opposing counsel, and be devoted to justice, excellence, and representing the public.

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

Qualifications: 

Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree and be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, territory, or District of Columbia.  Applicants must be active members in good standing of the bar (any jurisdiction).

Preferred Qualifications: The office seeks someone with excellent written and oral communication skills; a strong work ethic; the ability to work well both independently and with others; and dedication to serving the public.

United States citizenship is required.

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

Salary: 
None - This is an uncompensated position. Employee benefits for this position will be limited.
Travel: 
Occasional travel within and outside the District may be required.
Application Process: 

Opens Tuesday, February 6, 2018 and Closes Tuesday, February 20, 2018.  Applications may be submitted online throught the following link: http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/490370000.  The deadline to apply is Tuesday, February 20, 2018.  If unable to apply online, the announcement provides instruction on faxing your documents in the "How to Apply" tab.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
1
Updated February 5, 2018

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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, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit 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.

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 targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to resume@benderconsult.com and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com.  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  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 who have lived outside the United States for two or more of the past five years will likely have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department Security Staff. The two-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.

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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