Assistant United States Attorney

Department of Justice - Portland, OR4.0

30+ days agoFull-time
    • Summary This position is located in Portland, Oregon.

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

      All initial attorney positions to the Department of Justice are made on a 14-month (temporary) basis.

      Responsibilities The United States Attorneys Office for the District of Oregon is currently seeking attorneys to fill an Assistant United States Attorney vacancy in the Asset Recovery and Money Laundering Division, Affirmative Civil Enforcement (ACE) unit. An ACE attorney handles a diverse docket, including (1) federal investigations and civil cases filed under the False Claims Act, including qui tam suits, health care fraud, and defense and other procurement fraud matters; (2) civil penalty actions, including suits to address drug diversion and other violations of the Controlled Substances Act; and (3) federal program enforcement litigation. The selected candidates will oversee investigations and litigation from their inception through trial or settlement. Job duties may include legal research, drafting legal memoranda, drafting and responding to discovery requests, document review, database creation and maintenance, taking or defending depositions, overseeing and coordinating investigations, representing the United States as primary and/or secondary counsel in judicial proceedings, such as hearings and trials, in various United States District Courts, and public outreach and educational activities.

      Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.

      Travel Required Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

      Supervisory status No

      Promotion Potential 29

    • Job family (Series) 0905 Attorney

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    • Requirements Requirements Conditions of Employment
      • You must be a United States Citizen or National.
      • Background Investigation, credit and tax checks, and drug test required.
      • You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable.
      • J.D. degree and active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) required.
      • Initial appt 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.
      • Residency Requirements: 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.
      • Travel: 1 to 5 nights of travel required per month.
      • All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14 month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
      Qualifications Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 3 years post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.

      United States citizenship is required.

      Preferred Qualifications: Must possess superior research and writing abilities, be able to prepare high-quality, persuasive pleadings, and have experience in taking and defending depositions and conducting witness interviews.

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

      Education Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree

      Additional information Salary Information: 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 $65,017 to $164,200 including 22.53% locality pay.

      Other Benefits: 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. The Benefits link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal Employees.

      Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

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      This and other 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.

      Department Policies: The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination based on 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 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 of 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.

      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 You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

      Evaluation Method: Once your complete application package is received, it will be reviewed to ensure you meet all job requirements. An attorney interview panel will then review all qualified applicants and make recommendations for invitation to interview. You will be notified if selected for an interview.

      The Occupational Questionnaire will take you approximately 20 minutes to complete.

      Veterans' Preference: 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 indicate their preference in response to the appropriate question in their assessment questionnaire (it is also recommended that information is included in their cover letter or resume) and they must submit supporting documentation (e.g., DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) which verifies their eligibility for preference. 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).

      Background checks and security clearance Security clearance Public Trust - Background Investigation

      Drug test required No

    • Required Documents Required Documents You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
      • Required - Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire (online).
      • Required - Resume (showing relevant experience and dates of employment (include day/month/year), J.D. (school and month/year conferred), and Bar Membership (state, date, and number). (cover letter optional).
      • Required, if applicable - A recent copy of an SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action), showing title, series, grade, and current salary; and a copy of your most recent performance appraisal.
      • Required, if applicable - To get Veterans' Preference, you must indicate your preference in response to the appropriate question in your assessment questionnaire and you must submit the appropriate supporting documentation. See the "How you will be Evaluated" section for details regarding what is appropriate Veterans' Preference documentation. It is also recommended that you include veterans' preference information in your cover letter or resume.

      If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

      Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

    • Benefits Benefits A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .

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      Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.