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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 10 (AUSA-APLS-HOU)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$57,380.00 to $155,400.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, February 15, 2013 to Friday, March 01, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

AD-0905-21

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

29

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Houston Metro Area, TX United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

All U.S. Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

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 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 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. 

For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorneys Offices, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/.

 

Internet Sites:  Visit the Southern District of Texas website at: http://www.justice.gov/usao/txs/      

This and other attorney vacancy announcements may be viewed at: http://www.justice.gov/careers/legal/attvacancies.html 

As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.

 

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.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable.

DUTIES:

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Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered:  The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas seeks one (1) experienced appellate prosecutor to serve as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) to serve in its Houston Appellate Division.  The incumbent’s responsibilities will include the following:  (1) Writing briefs and presenting oral arguments in criminal appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; (2) Consulting with trial prosecutors about legal issues arising in the district court, often on short notice; (3) Consulting with the Department of Justice regarding adverse district court or appellate decisions; and (4) When required, litigating post-conviction matters in the district court, such as responses to pro se motions filed under 28 U.S.C. §§ 2241 and 2255.  The Appellate Division routinely has one of the highest appellate caseloads in the country.  Due to the heavy caseload of our appellate attorneys, the successful candidate can expect to file multiple briefs per month and present several oral arguments per year.

Travel: 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, and must be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any state or territory of the United States or of the District of Columbia.  Active bar membership (any jurisdiction) is required.  Additionally, applicants must have at least three (3) years of full-time experience as a licensed attorney.

 

Preferred Qualifications:  Experience in federal criminal appellate practice is strongly preferred.  This position is not for dabblers or novices as the office seeks an experienced practitioner with a proven track record in high-volume federal criminal appellate work.  Hiring preferences will also include candidates who possess 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 demonstrated 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:  All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14 month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.  A selectee who is currently employed with the U.S. Attorney’s Office will be considered and the employment status will be reviewed based on his/her current appointment.

Salary Information:  Pay for Assistant United States Attorneys is administratively determined, based in part on the number of years of professional attorney experience.  The 2013 range of basic pay is $44,581 to $131,534 per annum, plus locality pay.

Security Requirements:  Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory preemployment adjudication.  This includes fingerprint and credit checks, and drug testing.  In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.

Department Policies:  Once appointed, Assistant United States Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which he or she is appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  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 made permanent without further competition.

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 nonmembership in an employee organization, or 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. 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 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 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 supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/sf15.pdf 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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The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement.  Such posting and/or dissemination are 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 Friday, March 01, 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, 844037 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. (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 10 (AUSA-APLS-HOU)

Control Number:

337948800