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Job Title:Assistant United States Attorney

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys and the Office of the U.S. Attorneys

Job Announcement Number:13-SDTX-06 (AUSA_AFF/SAR)

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$50,894.00 to $150,159.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, February 14, 2013 to Monday, February 25, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

AD-0905-21

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Term NTE 2 years

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

29

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Laredo, TX United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All U.S. Citizens.

JOB SUMMARY:

 

The United States Attorneys Office is a great place to work. The Department of Justice ranked #11 out of 33 large Federal cabinet agencies and the Executive United States Attorneys Office/United States Attorneys Offices ranked #17 out of 240 agency subcomponents in a study, "The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, 2011 Rankings" published by the Partnership for Public Service. See www.bestplacestowork.org.

 

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas, with approximately 190 Assistant United States Attorneys, is among the largest in the country. The office prosecutes federal crimes and represents the interests of the United States in civil cases. The Southern District of Texas stretches from the Houston area southwest to the Mexican border.The United States Attorney’s Office operates staffed offices in Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Houston, Laredo, McAllen, and Victoria.

 

The Laredo Division handles an extremely heavy criminal caseload. A total of 16 attorneys work in the office, 10 of whom prosecute the bulk of the division’s criminal cases. The successful applicant will have the immediate opportunity to litigate whether property is criminally derived and should be forfeited, civilly or criminally.

 

For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorneys Offices, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/.  Visit the Southern District of Texas website at:  http://www.justice.gov/usao/txs/

 

To view the entire announcement, including instructions on how to apply, click on tabs above.

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Background investigation, credit check, and drug test required.

DUTIES:

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Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered:  The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas seeks an experienced attorney to serve in its Asset Forfeiture Group in the Criminal Division of its Laredo office. The successful candidate will serve as a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) Review attorney and will manage and coordinate a multi-agency SAR Review Team to make proactive use of SAR data.  This position will serve as the anchor of an existing SAR Review program and will enhance our office’s ability to investigate and prosecute money laundering, illegal money transmitters, illegal structuring of currency deposits, tax offenses, and all other criminal activity that is captured in SAR data.  The SAR Review AUSA would assist in managing all aspects of civil and criminal forfeiture prosecutions developed from the SAR Review Team.

Travel Required:  Occasional travel may be required. 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Required Qualifications:  Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from an accredited law school, be an active member of a state bar or the District of Columbia, and have at least three (3) years post J.D. experience.  Hiring preferences include at least three (3) years of federal court experience and an accounting degree or equivalent accounting experience.  Other desirable experience includes working in or for a financial institution or having a strong working knowledge of the operations within financial institutions. Ideal candidates will have first-chair federal trial experience, strong academics, outstanding organizational skills, superior legal writing and research ability, and a demonstrated commitment to professionalism, ethics, civility, and public service.  Spanish-language skills are useful, but not required.

Preferred Qualifications:   Hiring preferences include three (3) years of federal trial experience with a general working knowledge of the asset forfeiture process, strong academics, outstanding organizational skills, superior legal writing and research ability, exceptional computer literacy skills to include experience with automated research on the Internet, electronic court filing, electronic email and word processing systems, demonstrated analytical ability, good judgment and courtroom skills, and a commitment to professionalism, ethics, civility, and public service. 

United States citizenship is required.

 


 Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from an accredited law school.  You may be required to provide a copy of your transcript.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

 


BENEFITS:

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Payment of relocation expenses will not be authorized.

 

The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:

http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits 

 



OTHER INFORMATION:

Type of Position:  This is a TERM position not to exceed two (2) years.  The TERM appointment may be extended for an additional period of time; however, any extension is not guaranteed and is also dependent upon budgetary restraints.  The incumbent may be considered for placement in a permanent Assistant United States Attorney position without further competition during the term of the appointment; however, placement in a permanent position is not guaranteed.  The incumbent will be required to sign a statement regarding the conditions of the TERM appointment.

Salary Information: Assistant US Attorneys’ pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience.  The recruiting range of pay, including locality pay, is $44,581 - $131,534 per annum plus locality pay.

 

Once appointed, Assistant United States Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which they are appointed.  See 28 U.S.C. § 545 for district-specific information.

All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a time-limited (temporary) basis.  Temporary appointments may, or may not, be extended or made permanent without further competition.

The United States 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, politics, marital status, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism.  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.  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.

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.  Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys’ Offices.  Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. Citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. Citizens are 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.

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, http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/sf0015.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting documents).  Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service-connected disabilities or receipt of non-service-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 ten percent or more).

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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.

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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You may apply online or fax in your documents. Applying online is the quickest and most convenient way to process your application and track your status.

The complete Application Package to include all Required Documents listed below must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on Monday, February 25, 2013.

To begin the online process, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Apply Online button at the upper right hand corner of this screen.  You will either need to create an Application Manager account or log in with your current user id and password.  Once you log in, follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire. You must click the Submit My Answers button at the end of this process.
  2. To fax supporting documents that you are unable to upload, complete this cover page,http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and use the following Vacancy ID, 840678 Fax your documents to 1-(478)-757-3144. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area. Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. Documents submitted with missing information may not be processed.

 

If you cannot apply online, follow these steps:

  1. Print a copy of this vacancy announcement.
  2. Print the Occupational Questionnaire using the link here so that you can read the questions offline.View Occupational Questionnaire.
  3. Print the OPM Form 1203-FX, in order to provide your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. You may obtain the form by using this URL link, http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions.
  4. Be sure to double check your application before submission. Fax the completed 1203-FX, resume, and supporting documents to 1-(478)-757-3144.Your 1203-FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. Documents submitted with missing information may not be processed.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:

  • Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. (Online or 1203-FX)
  • Required: Your resume showing relevant experience and dates of employment (cover letter optional).
  • Required, if applicable: Veterans' Preference documentation (only if claiming Veterans' Preference eligibility - see Benefits and Other Information section for details.)
  • (Optional):  A completed OPM Form OF 306, Declaration for Federal Employment.  To print a blank copy go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/html/of.asp.   

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Dell Mara Lovell
Phone: (713)567-9333
TDD: 713.718.3310
Email: DELL.MARA.LOVELL@USDOJ.GOV
Agency Information:
Executive Office for US Attys
Do Not Mail Applications
You Must Apply Online
Washington, DC
20530

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation, to include a credit check, and a drug test by urinalysis.

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Job Announcement Number:

13-SDTX-06 (AUSA_AFF/SAR)

Control Number:

337827600