About the Office: The United States Attorney's Office, Western District of Virginia, covers 52 of the state's counties and employs approximately 25 Assistant United States Attorneys over four staffed offices. The main office is located in Roanoke, Virginia, with branch offices in Abingdon, Charlottesville and Harrisonburg. The United States Attorney's Office prosecutes federal criminal offenses and represents the U.S. government's interest in civil cases both affirmatively and defensively.
The Criminal Division investigates and prosecutes federal cases arising from a wide array of criminal activity. The typical criminal caseload for a attorney may involve major drug cases, gang-related violent crimes, other crimes of violence, computer crimes including child pornography, and sophisticated white collar offenses.
More information on the Office can be found at: http://www.justice.gov/usao/vaw/.
Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: The United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Virginia is currently seeking highly qualified applicants for as many as Two (2) Assistant U.S. Attorney vacancies in our Criminal Division. Applications will be considered for all four office locations (Roanoke, Abingdon, Charlottesville, and Harrisonburg, VA), and applicants should specify their desired duty location in their application package.
Qualifications: Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least 1 year post-J.D. experience.
Preferred Qualifications: Applicants must demonstrate a quick analytical ability and the facility to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a case; must demonstrate superior oral and writing skills as well as strong research and interpersonal skills, and good judgment; must possess excellent communication and courtroom skills and exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff, and client agencies; and, applicants must have a demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment. While not required, experience in taking or defending depositions and conducting witness interviews, and / or post-JD experience in the federal system is desirable.
3 -5 years post-J.D. experience is preferred.
Travel: Travel, both within and outside the District, may be required depending on the needs of a particular case.
Salary Information: Assistant United States Attorneys' pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number years of professional attorney experience. The range of basic pay is $44,581 to $117,994 plus locality pay where authorized.
Location: Applications will be considered for Roanoke, Abingdon, Charlottesville and Harrisonburg, VA office locations. Applicants should specify their desired duty location in their application package.
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will NOT be authorized.
Application Process and Deadline Date: Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to email@example.com.
Applications may also be mailed to:
Supervisory Administrative Services Specialist
United States Attorney's Office
Western District of Virginia
P.O. Box 1709
Roanoke, VA 24008
No telephone calls please.
Emailed applications must be received by 11:59 Eastern Time on Friday, April 27, 2012.
Mailed applications must be postmarked by April 27, 2012.
Internet Sites: For more information on the United States Attorney's Office, Western District of Virginia, please visit: http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/vaw/
This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at: http://www.justice.gov/careers/legal/attvacancies.html
Department Policies: Assistant United States Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which he or she is 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 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 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 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, 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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