About the Office: The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Utah is located in Salt Lake City and employs approximately 90 employees, including 45 Assistant U.S. Attorneys. The U.S. Attorney's Office prosecutes federal crimes, enforces federal law on Indian reservations and federal facilities, enforces civil statutes and defends the United States against lawsuits.

The U.S. Attorney's Office also has a branch office in St. George which is primarily responsible for handling federal criminal matters which arise in southwestern Utah and overseeing the prosecution of criminal violations occurring in national parks and forests and on other public lands.

Both offices seek to maintain the highest standards of excellence in the enforcement of federal criminal law and the representation of the United States, its agencies, and employees in federal civil actions.

Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Utah has one opening for an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in its Civil Division. AUSAs in the Civil Division work with agency counsel and others to investigate civil matters, handle discovery matters, take and defend depositions, attend settlement conferences, and conduct hearings and trials. The AUSA who fills this position will be responsible for handling a civil caseload which principally involves the recovery of suppression and rehabilitation costs arising from intentionally or negligently caused wildfires on public lands.

THIS IS A TEMPORARY POSITION NOT-TO-EXCEED 09/30/15. This position may be extended and/or made permanent without further competition.

Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least one year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience. Ideal qualifications include at least 9 years of post-J.D. litigation experience.

Applicants must demonstrate a quick analytical ability and the facility to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a case. Applicants must demonstrate superior oral and writing skills as well as strong research and interpersonal skills, and good judgment. Applicants must possess excellent communication and courtroom skills and exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff and client agencies. Applicants must have a demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment.

United States citizenship is required.

Travel: Occasional travel may be required.

Type of Position: This is a temporary position not-to-exceed 09/30/15. This position may be extended and/or made permanent without further competition.

Salary Information: Assistant United States Attorneys' pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number years of professional attorney experience and availability of funds. The range of basic pay is $45,027 to $119,174 plus locality pay where authorized.

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Application Process and Deadline Date: Please submit a resume and cover letter referencing Vacancy No. 14-UT-03 to the United States Attorney's Office, ATTN: Danna Reichert, 185 South State Street, Suite 300, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111. No telephone calls please. Applications must be postmarked no later than April 18, 2014.

Security Requirements: Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory preemployment adjudication. This includes fingerprint, credit and tax checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.

Internet Sites: This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at: EOUSA Employment Opportunities, http://www.justice.gov/careers/legal/attvacancies.html, http://dojnet.doj.gov/oarm/attvacancies.php, and http://www.justice.gov/usao/ut/index.html.

Department Policies: Assistant United States Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which he or she is appointed or within 25 miles thereof. See 28 U.S.C. § 545 for district-specific information.

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 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. 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.

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. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys’ Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. citizens are 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.

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).


The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement. Such posting and/or dissemination is not an endorsement by the Department of the organization or group disseminating and/or posting the information.

Updated May 12, 2014

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