The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Alaska serves the State of Alaska through its main office in Anchorage and two branch offices located in Fairbanks and Juneau. There are 35 Assistant United States Attorneys who prosecute federal crimes and defend and pursue the interests of the United States in civil cases. All but five of the District’s 67 employees are currently assigned to the Anchorage office. This employment opportunity is in the Anchorage Criminal Division.
This is a temporary appointment NOT-TO-EXCEED (NTE) 36 months. This position may be extended or made permanent with further competition.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Alaska is seeking applications from experienced attorneys who have superb research and writing skills as well as an interest in criminal law to fill one Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) vacancy in the Criminal Division. Additional vacancies may be filled using this announcement.
The successful candidate primarily will be responsible for handling the investigation and prosecution of crimes. The primary focus of this position is rural Alaska. This will include prosecuting cases such as firearms offenses, drug crimes, child exploitation and other violent crimes, fraud, embezzlement and other white collar crimes. In addition, the candidate may also be called upon to assist in the prosecution of a wide variety of other criminal cases as needed to address the district's priorities. The candidate may also be cross-sworn as an Assistant State Attorney to assist with violent crime prosecutions in rural Alaska. Assistant United States Attorneys work their cases from inception through appeal, and thus, in addition to district court work, the successful candidate will be responsible for drafting appellate briefs and presenting oral arguments. Travel to remote villages may also be required.
The successful candidate must have the legal acumen and experience to successfully prosecute a complex white collar, organized crime, or drug trafficking organization case, or is capable of prosecuting such a case if given the appropriate training and experience. The candidate must also have a prosecutor's professional temperament and judgment. They must have the desire to do justice, meaning to vigorously use the power of our office to protect the public, but also to protect the rights of defendants based on strong ethical beliefs. Finally, the successful candidate must be an inspiring colleague and leader, or is capable of being such a colleague and leader as they develop. Such leadership can be overt, but can also be exercised by example in day to day work. An essential part of being this type of colleague is being a dedicated team player; someone who believes in effective teamwork.
Required qualifications: Applicants must have excellent academic credentials, a J.D. degree, an active membership in good standing of the bar of any jurisdiction, one (1) year post-J.D. experience, superior analytical abilities and oral communications skills, excellent research and writing skills, good judgment and strong character. Mentoring and training will be provided.
United States citizenship is required.
This position is open until filled, however, applications received by September 6, 2019, will receive first consideration.
Application packages should contain a resume, cover letter and a list of references. Please email applications to USAAK.Resumes@usdoj.gov. (NOTE: Please include the vacancy announcement number listed at the top of this announcement (19-AK-07312019-A3) on your resume and email subject line.)
Applications must be submitted via email. No phone calls please.
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.