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Assistant U.S. Attorney

Pocatello, Idaho
801 E. Sherman, Suite 192
Pocatello, ID 83201
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 Criminal Division has 19 attorneys.  The Civil Division has six attorneys and is only based in Boise.

This vacancy for an Assistant United States Attorney is located in the Pocatello, Idaho office.  Pocatello is located in southeastern Idaho about 250 miles east of the main office in Boise, 165 north of Salt Lake City, and 100 miles west of the Wyoming border.  It is the largest city and county seat of Bannock County (population nearly 83,000).

Job Description: 

The District has an opening for an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in the Criminal Division.  The position is a general criminal litigation position with responsibility for coordinating with federal law enforcement agencies on federal criminal investigations and handling a heavy caseload involving a wide variety of federal criminal offenses involving mostly violent crime, firearms, narcotics, and violent crime in Indian Country.

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 Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least two years post‑J.D. legal or other relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications:  Ideally, an applicant will have: at least five years legal experience, a record of academic excellence, demonstrated commitment to public service, experience as a federal or state law clerk, experience as a criminal prosecutor in state and/or federal court, and a strong desire to practice in Idaho.  Also, an applicant should have broad experience planning and executing case strategy in a variety of cases including violent crime, firearms, narcotics, etc.  In addition, the ideal applicant will demonstrate superior written and oral communications skills, superior research skills, and a demonstrated ability to work well with others, including support staff, peers, and supervisors.

Security:  All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14 month (temporary) basis pending 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 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
                                                 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: 
Monday, May 21, 2018
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
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 May 7, 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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