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Assistant United States Attorney

Hiring Organization
USAO District of New Mexico
Hiring Office
Albuquerque Office
Job ID
201 3rd Street NW
Suite 900
Albuquerque, NM 87114 - United States
Application Deadline:
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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Job Description

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.

Temporary Promotion to Executive Assistant United States Attorney: Upon appointment to the Assistant United States Attorney position, Selectee will be immediately promoted to a Temporary NTE Executive Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico. The Executive Assistant United States Attorney range of pay is $133,992 to $176,200.00, which includes a 17.14% locality pay.

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:


Required Qualifications:

Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any United States jurisdiction), and have at least three (3) years as an Assistant United State's Attorney or comparable legal experience.

United States citizenship is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Applicants should be able to demonstrate by experience, knowledge, or training, (1) an understanding of basic leadership and managerial skills, (2) capacity to develop and implement attorney training, (3) familiarity with diversity, equity and inclusion and accessibility approaches, and (4) ability to translate complex legal concepts and systems into language accessible to non-legal professionals and those impacted by criminal justice systems.

You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.


Assistant United States Attorney's pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The range of basic pay is $71,718.00 to $174,590.00, which includes a 17.14% locality pay.

Number of Positions
This position requires 1 to 5 nights of travel per month.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation Expenses not Authorized.
Updated June 1, 2022