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Assistant U.S. Attorney

Boise, Idaho
United States Attorney's Office, District of Idaho
800 Park Blvd., Ste. 600
Boise, ID 83712
United States
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney’s Office represents the United States in criminal and civil actions in federal district court throughout the state of Idaho.  It has offices in Boise, Pocatello, and Coeur d’Alene.  The Civil Division has six attorneys.  It is based in Boise.  The Criminal Division has approximately twenty attorneys.

This vacancy is in the Civil Division in Boise.  The Civil Division defends the United States, its agencies and employees against claims for personal injuries, property damage, medical malpractice, constitutional torts, employment discrimination, violations of a variety of environmental statutes, and appeals of Social Security disability claims.  The Civil Division also represents the interests of the United States in tax, foreclosure, and bankruptcy cases.  Finally, it brings affirmative actions to enforce and recover money judgments owed to the United States Government, to protect individual civil rights, and to enforce civil anti-fraud provisions; and intervenes in and prosecutes select qui tam cases.

Job Description: 

The District has an opening for an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in the Civil Division.  This position is a general civil litigation position.  The attorney will represent the United States, its agencies and employees, in a variety of civil cases, both affirmative and defensive.     

Type of Position:
Full-time.  All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14-month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.


Required qualifications:  Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 2 years post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience. 

Preferred qualifications:  Ideally, an applicant will have:  a record of academic excellence, experience as a federal law clerk, at least 3 years of experience as a civil litigator, a strong desire to practice in Idaho, experience prosecuting or defending civil cases as a first or second chair, experience conducting depositions, and experience planning and executing case strategy.  In addition, the ideal applicant will demonstrate superior written and oral communication skills, superior research skills, and a demonstrated ability to work both independently and with others, including support staff, peers, and supervisors. 

Security Requirements:
Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory pre-employment 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.

The range of basic pay is $53,062 to $138,790 plus locality pay where authorized (locality pay in Boise, Idaho is currently 15.37 %). AUSA pay is based, in part, on the number years of professional attorney experience.
Travel is required, both within and outside the District of Idaho.
Application Process: 

Interested persons should send an original, signed cover letter; detailed resume; writing sample (ideally, edited solely by the applicant and 7-12 pages in length, with substantive legal analysis), and two references who may be called at any time during the hiring process.  The signed cover letter should state why the applicant wants to work in the district of Idaho.        

Please send your resume to:
                                                Bart M. Davis, United States Attorney
                                                Attn:  Becky Early, HR Specialist
                                                United States Attorney's Office
                                                District of Idaho
                                                800 Park Blvd., Ste. 600
                                                Boise, Idaho  83712

No telephone calls please.                                                                                                                            

Application Deadline: 
Friday, May 4, 2018
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be paid.
Number of Positions: 
1 - This announcement is to fill one position; however, depending on the needs of the office, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.
Updated April 18, 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 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, 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, 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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