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About the Office:

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Mexico has approximately 195 employees and contractors. The main office is located in Albuquerque. The branch office in Las Cruces is located approximately 225 miles south of Albuquerque, is 50 miles from the Mexican border, and includes approximately 45 of the district's employees and contractors. The District also has an unstaffed office in Santa Fe.

Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico, located approximately 60 miles from the state capital of Santa Fe. Albuquerque and the surrounding areas offer an array of activities from hiking to skiing to cultural activities such as the opera, arts, celebrated museums, legendary historic sites, and majestic monuments. The metro area, with approximately 860,000 residents, sprawls over 100 square miles at elevations ranging from 4,500 feet above sea level in the Rio Grande Valley to 6,500 feet at the foot of the Sandia Mountains, which tower to 10,678 feet. Albuquerque enjoys blue skies and sunshine 310 days of the year, with low humidity and mild winters.

The State of New Mexico, also known as the "Land of Enchantment," is a unique mix of Native cultures, blended with Hispanic and European traditions. Ranked the 5th largest state, it totals 121,593 square miles. New Mexico shares 180 miles of international border with the Country of Mexico. Las Cruces, the second largest city in New Mexico, is nestled in the fertile Mesilla Valley between the majestic Organ Mountains and the meandering Rio Grande. Las Cruces blends a unique variety of attractions, culture, historical sites, and superb year-round weather.

 

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We are currently open to the receipt of applications for the following positions in Albuquerque and Las Cruces:

 

Assistant United States Attorney

Open & closing dates

06/07/2022 to 07/05/2022

Salary

$66,214 - $174,590 per year

Pay scale & grade

AD 21

Announcement number

22-NM-11519002-AUSA

Duties

The attorney selected will be working in the criminal division in Albuquerque or Las Cruces, New Mexico, and will prosecute a wide variety of federal offenses. Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.

For additional information and to apply for this position, please use the following links to the official announcement on USAJobs:

https://www.usajobs.gov/job/658578700

 

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We are currently open to the receipt of applications for the following positions in Albuquerque:

 

Assistant United States Attorney

Open & closing dates

06/01/2022 to 07/05/2022

Salary

$66,750 - $174,590 per year

Pay scale & grade

AD 21

Announcement number

22-NM-11513087-AUSA

Duties

The role of the Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) will be to work closely with the United States Attorney and First Assistant United States Attorney on policy, strategy, training, recruitment and hiring, public relations, and community involvement. The Selectee is responsible for exercising dynamic leadership and efficiently and effectively managing the employees to accomplish the mission of the Department and the specific goals as set by the United States Attorney.

The AUSA will also achieve management excellence across all functions and mission-specific operations by ensuring ethical conduct, developing the workforce, producing accurate and transparent information, and deploying innovative technology.

For additional information and to apply for this position, please use the following links to the official announcement on USAJobs:

https://www.usajobs.gov/job/657495500

 

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Assistant United States Attorney

Open & closing dates

05/20/2022 to 07/05/2022

Salary

$66,750 - $174,590 per year

Pay scale & grade

AD 21

Announcement number

22-NM-11482143-AUSA

Duties

The Attorney selected will serve in the Civil Division of the United States Attorney's Office in Albuquerque. Assistant United States Attorneys in the Civil Division are responsible for representing the federal government and its agencies and employees in civil litigation in the District of New Mexico. As an Assistant United States Attorney, you will be assigned to litigate civil defensive cases, including torts, employment discrimination, administrative procedures act cases, immigration cases, and miscellaneous actions. Civil Assistant United States Attorneys are active at the trial and appellate levels, taking depositions, preparing and answering discovery, negotiating settlements, engaging in motions practice, trying cases, drafting appellate briefs, and arguing cases before appellate court judges.
 

For additional information and to apply for this position, please use the following links to the official announcement on USAJobs:

https://www.usajobs.gov/job/655616900

 

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Vacancy announcements can be found under Attorney Vacancies and Volunteer Legal Internships. 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.

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.

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.

As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the agency, if after November 22, 2021. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement.

Due to COVID-19, if selected, you may be expected to telework for an undefined period under the Department's evacuation authority, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Employees in this status may be notified of a requirement to report in person to the component workplace with an advance notice of not less than 30 days. Prior to a requirement to report to the workplace, employees may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the component's telework policy.

Department of Justice 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, protected genetic information, status as a parent, or any other non-merit-based 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. For more information, please review our full EEO statement.

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 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, 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.

Updated June 27, 2022

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