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Assistant United States Attorney (Criminal)

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Assistant United States Attorney (Criminal)   

JOB TITLE:

Assistant United States Attorney (Criminal)

JOB TYPE:

Full-time

JOB LOCATION:

Fort Wayne Indiana United States

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Duties

This position is located in Fort Wayne, Indiana.


Fort Wayne is the second-largest city in the state of Indiana, and the hub of Northeast Indiana.
Northeast Indiana is in the middle of it all, located just three hours or less by car from Midwest cities including Chicago, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis - but with its own unique vibe and easygoing lifestyle.
Fort Wayne consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in the U.
S.
and boasts some of the nation's lowest cost of living.
The Northeast Indiana region fits all kinds of lifestyles for those who want to stay busy in Fort Wayne's vibrant downtown, relax in the laid-back small communities, or seek outdoor adventure in the northern lake counties.

For more information about the area, visit www.
neindiana.
com and www.
visitfortwayne.
com.

For more information about the state of Indiana, visit www.
visitindiana.
com.



Job Description:

The office is soliciting applications for attorneys to fill an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) position within the Criminal Division of our Fort Wayne Branch Office.
AUSAs in the Criminal Division are criminal prosecutors who work with law enforcement agencies in criminal investigations of and represent the United States with respect to criminal prosecutions of those who commit such offenses.


The successful candidate will be responsible for legal research and writing, directing investigations, case development, case presentation in court, case resolution, and a variety of program responsibilities.
The AUSA's case load may include prosecuting cases in the following areas: violent crimes, firearms crimes, drug crimes, sex offenses involving minors, fraud, tax offenses, and other white-collar crimes.


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



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 $62,107.
00 to $145,725.
00
plus locality pay.
To view the current Administratively Determined Pay Scale, please visit: https://www.
justice.
gov/usao/career-center/salary-information/administratively-determined-pay-plan-charts.


Locality Pay: This form of pay is added to basic pay and is determined based on the location of the assigned duty station.
For Fort Wayne, Indiana, this is set at a rate of 16.
82%
.


Incentive Pay: May be considered for superiorly qualified applicants and in accordance with 5 CFR Part 575.


Relocation Expenses: Permanent Change in Station (PCS) Relocation expenses will not be authorized.


Benefits: The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part:

  • Paid vacation
  • Sick Leave
  • 11 paid holidays
  • 12-weeks of Paid Parental Leave
  • Reasonable Accommodations
  • Health Insurance Benefits
  • Dental and Vision benefits
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for Healthcare and Dependent Care
  • Federal Retirement Pension (Federal Employees Retirement System)
  • Thrift Savings Plan (401k) with up to 5% employer matching
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-term care Insurance

Other Benefits:In addition to the above benefits, we also offer:
  • Telework
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Compressed Work Schedules
  • Student Loan Forgiveness
  • Performance Awards & Bonuses
  • Employee Assistance Programs
The Benefits link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal Employees.
For more information visit OPM's site for Federal Employee Compensation Package.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

To be eligible for this position, you must meet the following requirements:

  • U.
    S.
    Citizenship
    : You must be a United States Citizen or National.
  • Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.
    See www.
    sss.
    gov for additional information.
  • Security Requirements: Initial appointment 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.
  • Licensure Requirement: You must possess a J.
    D.
    degree and be an active member of the bar (any U.
    S.
    jurisdiction).
    You will be required to maintain an active bar membership in \"good standing\" in order to retain employment.
  • 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 specific information.
All initial attorney positions to the Department of Justice are made on a 14-month (temporary) basis.


You must apply online and submit a complete application by the closing date of this announcement in order to be considered for this position (See Required Documents Section of this announcement).


All applicants must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement (See Qualifications Section of this announcement).


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

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 ONE (1) year post-J.
D.
legal or other relevant experience.


Preferred Qualifications: Preferred qualifications: ideal qualifications include at least 3+ years of post-J.
D.
experience litigating cases in federal or state courts, with substantial responsibility for all aspects of discovery, trial, and appeals in civil and/or criminal matters.
The ideal candidate will have strong legal research and writing skills and experience, civil or criminal, in state or federal courts in cases involving felony prosecution or complex litigation.


Applicants must demonstrate a quick analytical ability and the facility to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a case.
Applicants must demonstrate superior oral and writing skills as well as strong research and interpersonal skills and good judgment.
Applicants 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.
Applicants must have a demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment.


Applicants will be expected to do their own legal research and writing and will be substantially self-sufficient in preparing day-to-day correspondence and pleadings.
Applicants must also demonstrate excellent computer literacy skills to include experience with automated research on the Internet, electronic court filing, and electronic e-mail and word processing systems.

Education

Applicants must possess a J.
D.
Degree from an accredited law school in the United States or U.
S.
Territories.


All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.
S.
Department of Education.
For a list of schools that meet this criterion, see www.
ed.
gov.



Department of Justice Policies

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities: The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.
Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.
F.
R.
213.
3102(u)) hiring authority.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department's Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position.
See list of DPOCs.


Diversity Statement: As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment.
To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.


Equal Employment Opportunity: 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 race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit-based 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.
For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.


Suitability and Citizenship: 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.
Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions.
Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.
S.
citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.
S.
Trustee's Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.
S.
citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations.
However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.
S.
citizens is 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.
All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement.
Candidates who have lived outside the United States for two or more of the past five years will likely have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department Security Staff.
The two-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive.
Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement.

Additional information

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.


Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications.
In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.


  • 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.
    Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    Review our benefits

    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.

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, 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 retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

  • 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.
    Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    Review our benefits

    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.

  • Required Documents

    As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits.
    Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee.
    You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.

    You must provide a complete Application Package by the closing date of this announcement, which includes the following documents:

    • Occupational Questionnaire (Required) - This is completed automatically during the \"Apply Online\" process.
      Your responses from the online questionnaire while be used to help determine your eligibility to apply, identify any preferences or special considerations for employment, and if you meet the minimum qualification requirements for the position.
    • Resume (Required) (should not exceed 5 pages) - Must show relevant experience with names/locations of employers, position titles, dates of employment, and duties performed; education history that lists the names/locations of the academic institutions attended, degrees acquired with graduation dates, G.
      P.
      A.
      ; and any bar association memberships with dates of admittance and expiration.
      All dates listed should include at least the month and year (MM/YYYY).
    • Cover Letter (Required) (should not exceed 2 pages) - Should be tailored to the position that you are applying for and clearly summarize any specific qualifications and/or achievements that make you a preferred candidate for the position.
    • Legal Writing Sample (Required) (should not exceed 25 pages) - Must clearly convey your ability to develop and compose a legal document.
      Examples may include legal briefs, pleadings, original motions, or other legal writings for scholarly publications.
    • Proof of Active Bar Membership (Required) - Any documentation that demonstrates that you are an active member of the bar (any U.
      S.
      jurisdiction) and in good standing at the time of your application.
    • Veterans Preference Documentation (Optional, if applicable) - To receive 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.
    Incomplete or late applications will NOT be considered.
    All application materials must be submitted via the USAJOBS website by the closing date of the announcement.
    No hard copy or emailed documents will be accepted.

    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.

  • How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section of this announcement.


    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on [CLOSING DATE] to receive consideration.


    1.
    To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account.
    Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.


    2.
    Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
    (It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date.
    )


    3.
    To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.
    usajobs.
    gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position.
    The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.
    Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.


    To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.
    You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


    Reasonable Accommodations: 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.

    Agency contact information

    USAINN HR

    Phone

    219-937-5500

    Fax

    219-852-2770

    Email

    USAINN.
    HR@usdoj.
    gov

    Address

    Northern District of Indiana
    5400 Federal Plaza
    Hammond, IN 20002
    US

    Next steps

    Application Status Updates:Please visit www.
    usajobs.
    gov
    to view the status of your application.
    You will receive email updates as your application progresses through each step of the process.
    Please do NOT contact our office for the status of your application.


    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 and tax checks, and a drug test by urinalysis.
    We expect to make a final job offer within 120 days after the closing date of the announcement.

  • Fair and Transparent

    The Federal hiring process is set up to be fair and transparent.
    Please read the following guidance.

    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
    • Reasonable accommodation policy
    • Financial suitability
    • Selective Service
    • New employee probationary period
    • Signature and false statements
    • Privacy Act
    • Social security number request

Required Documents

You must provide a complete Application Package by the closing date of this announcement, which includes the following documents:

  • Occupational Questionnaire (Required) - This is completed automatically during the \"Apply Online\" process.
    Your responses from the online questionnaire while be used to help determine your eligibility to apply, identify any preferences or special considerations for employment, and if you meet the minimum qualification requirements for the position.
  • Resume (Required) (should not exceed 5 pages) - Must show relevant experience with names/locations of employers, position titles, dates of employment, and duties performed; education history that lists the names/locations of the academic institutions attended, degrees acquired with graduation dates, G.
    P.
    A.
    ; and any bar association memberships with dates of admittance and expiration.
    All dates listed should include at least the month and year (MM/YYYY).
  • Cover Letter (Required) (should not exceed 2 pages) - Should be tailored to the position that you are applying for and clearly summarize any specific qualifications and/or achievements that make you a preferred candidate for the position.
  • Legal Writing Sample (Required) (should not exceed 25 pages) - Must clearly convey your ability to develop and compose a legal document.
    Examples may include legal briefs, pleadings, original motions, or other legal writings for scholarly publications.
  • Proof of Active Bar Membership (Required) - Any documentation that demonstrates that you are an active member of the bar (any U.
    S.
    jurisdiction) and in good standing at the time of your application.
  • Veterans Preference Documentation (Optional, if applicable) - To receive 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.
Incomplete or late applications will NOT be considered.
All application materials must be submitted via the USAJOBS website by the closing date of the announcement.
No hard copy or emailed documents will be accepted.

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.


Help

This job is open to

  • The public

    U.
    S.
    Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.
    S.

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All United States Citizens and Nationals

Position Details

POSTED:

EMPLOYMENT:

Full-time

SALARY:

189771 per year

SNAPRECRUIT ID:

S-1707361355-e0801b53402b4b55e356cf3c832dd107

LOCATION:

Indiana United States

CITY:

Fort Wayne

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Duties

This position is located in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Fort Wayne is the second-largest city in the state of Indiana, and the hub of Northeast Indiana. Northeast Indiana is in the middle of it all, located just three hours or less by car from Midwest cities including Chicago, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis - but with its own unique vibe and easygoing lifestyle. Fort Wayne consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in the U.S. and boasts some of the nation's lowest cost of living. The Northeast Indiana region fits all kinds of lifestyles for those who want to stay busy in Fort Wayne's vibrant downtown, relax in the laid-back small communities, or seek outdoor adventure in the northern lake counties.
For more information about the area, visit www.neindiana.com and www.visitfortwayne.com.
For more information about the state of Indiana, visit www.visitindiana.com.


Job Description:

The office is soliciting applications for attorneys to fill an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) position within the Criminal Division of our Fort Wayne Branch Office. AUSAs in the Criminal Division are criminal prosecutors who work with law enforcement agencies in criminal investigations of and represent the United States with respect to criminal prosecutions of those who commit such offenses.

The successful candidate will be responsible for legal research and writing, directing investigations, case development, case presentation in court, case resolution, and a variety of program responsibilities. The AUSA's case load may include prosecuting cases in the following areas: violent crimes, firearms crimes, drug crimes, sex offenses involving minors, fraud, tax offenses, and other white-collar crimes.

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


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 $62,107.00 to $145,725.00 plus locality pay. To view the current Administratively Determined Pay Scale, please visit: https://www.justice.gov/usao/career-center/salary-information/administratively-determined-pay-plan-charts.

Locality Pay: This form of pay is added to basic pay and is determined based on the location of the assigned duty station. For Fort Wayne, Indiana, this is set at a rate of 16.82%.

Incentive Pay: May be considered for superiorly qualified applicants and in accordance with 5 CFR Part 575.

Relocation Expenses: Permanent Change in Station (PCS) Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

Benefits: The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part:

  • Paid vacation
  • Sick Leave
  • 11 paid holidays
  • 12-weeks of Paid Parental Leave
  • Reasonable Accommodations
  • Health Insurance Benefits
  • Dental and Vision benefits
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for Healthcare and Dependent Care
  • Federal Retirement Pension (Federal Employees Retirement System)
  • Thrift Savings Plan (401k) with up to 5% employer matching
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-term care Insurance

Other Benefits:In addition to the above benefits, we also offer:
  • Telework
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Compressed Work Schedules
  • Student Loan Forgiveness
  • Performance Awards & Bonuses
  • Employee Assistance Programs
The Benefits link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal Employees. For more information visit OPM's site for Federal Employee Compensation Package.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

To be eligible for this position, you must meet the following requirements:

  • U.S. Citizenship: You must be a United States Citizen or National.
  • Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See www.sss.gov for additional information.
  • Security Requirements: Initial appointment 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.
  • Licensure Requirement: You must possess a J.D. degree and be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction). You will be required to maintain an active bar membership in \"good standing\" in order to retain employment.
  • 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 specific information.
All initial attorney positions to the Department of Justice are made on a 14-month (temporary) basis.

You must apply online and submit a complete application by the closing date of this announcement in order to be considered for this position (See Required Documents Section of this announcement).

All applicants must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement (See Qualifications Section of this announcement).

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

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 ONE (1) year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications: Preferred qualifications: ideal qualifications include at least 3+ years of post-J.D. experience litigating cases in federal or state courts, with substantial responsibility for all aspects of discovery, trial, and appeals in civil and/or criminal matters. The ideal candidate will have strong legal research and writing skills and experience, civil or criminal, in state or federal courts in cases involving felony prosecution or complex litigation.

Applicants must demonstrate a quick analytical ability and the facility to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a case. Applicants must demonstrate superior oral and writing skills as well as strong research and interpersonal skills and good judgment. Applicants 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. Applicants must have a demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment.

Applicants will be expected to do their own legal research and writing and will be substantially self-sufficient in preparing day-to-day correspondence and pleadings. Applicants must also demonstrate excellent computer literacy skills to include experience with automated research on the Internet, electronic court filing, and electronic e-mail and word processing systems.

Education

Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree from an accredited law school in the United States or U.S. Territories.

All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criterion, see www.ed.gov.


Department of Justice Policies

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities: The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements. Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. 213.3102(u)) hiring authority. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department's Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. See list of DPOCs.

Diversity Statement: As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.

Equal Employment Opportunity: 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 race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit-based 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. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

Suitability and Citizenship: 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. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions. Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee's Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is 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. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates who have lived outside the United States for two or more of the past five years will likely have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department Security Staff. The two-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement.

Additional information

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.

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  • 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.

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, 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 retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

  • 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. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    Review our benefits

    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.

  • Required Documents

    As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.

    You must provide a complete Application Package by the closing date of this announcement, which includes the following documents:

    • Occupational Questionnaire (Required) - This is completed automatically during the \"Apply Online\" process. Your responses from the online questionnaire while be used to help determine your eligibility to apply, identify any preferences or special considerations for employment, and if you meet the minimum qualification requirements for the position.
    • Resume (Required) (should not exceed 5 pages) - Must show relevant experience with names/locations of employers, position titles, dates of employment, and duties performed; education history that lists the names/locations of the academic institutions attended, degrees acquired with graduation dates, G.P.A.; and any bar association memberships with dates of admittance and expiration. All dates listed should include at least the month and year (MM/YYYY).
    • Cover Letter (Required) (should not exceed 2 pages) - Should be tailored to the position that you are applying for and clearly summarize any specific qualifications and/or achievements that make you a preferred candidate for the position.
    • Legal Writing Sample (Required) (should not exceed 25 pages) - Must clearly convey your ability to develop and compose a legal document. Examples may include legal briefs, pleadings, original motions, or other legal writings for scholarly publications.
    • Proof of Active Bar Membership (Required) - Any documentation that demonstrates that you are an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) and in good standing at the time of your application.
    • Veterans Preference Documentation (Optional, if applicable) - To receive 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.
    Incomplete or late applications will NOT be considered. All application materials must be submitted via the USAJOBS website by the closing date of the announcement. No hard copy or emailed documents will be accepted.

    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.

  • How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section of this announcement.

    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on [CLOSING DATE] to receive consideration.

    1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

    2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package. (It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date.)

    3. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

    To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    Reasonable Accommodations: 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.

    Agency contact information

    USAINN HR

    Phone

    219-937-5500

    Fax

    219-852-2770

    Email

    USAINN.HR@usdoj.gov

    Address

    Northern District of Indiana
    5400 Federal Plaza
    Hammond, IN 20002
    US

    Next steps

    Application Status Updates:Please visit www.usajobs.gov to view the status of your application. You will receive email updates as your application progresses through each step of the process. Please do NOT contact our office for the status of your application.

    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 and tax checks, and a drug test by urinalysis. We expect to make a final job offer within 120 days after the closing date of the announcement.

  • Fair and Transparent

    The Federal hiring process is set up to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
    • Reasonable accommodation policy
    • Financial suitability
    • Selective Service
    • New employee probationary period
    • Signature and false statements
    • Privacy Act
    • Social security number request

Required Documents

You must provide a complete Application Package by the closing date of this announcement, which includes the following documents:

  • Occupational Questionnaire (Required) - This is completed automatically during the \"Apply Online\" process. Your responses from the online questionnaire while be used to help determine your eligibility to apply, identify any preferences or special considerations for employment, and if you meet the minimum qualification requirements for the position.
  • Resume (Required) (should not exceed 5 pages) - Must show relevant experience with names/locations of employers, position titles, dates of employment, and duties performed; education history that lists the names/locations of the academic institutions attended, degrees acquired with graduation dates, G.P.A.; and any bar association memberships with dates of admittance and expiration. All dates listed should include at least the month and year (MM/YYYY).
  • Cover Letter (Required) (should not exceed 2 pages) - Should be tailored to the position that you are applying for and clearly summarize any specific qualifications and/or achievements that make you a preferred candidate for the position.
  • Legal Writing Sample (Required) (should not exceed 25 pages) - Must clearly convey your ability to develop and compose a legal document. Examples may include legal briefs, pleadings, original motions, or other legal writings for scholarly publications.
  • Proof of Active Bar Membership (Required) - Any documentation that demonstrates that you are an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) and in good standing at the time of your application.
  • Veterans Preference Documentation (Optional, if applicable) - To receive 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.
Incomplete or late applications will NOT be considered. All application materials must be submitted via the USAJOBS website by the closing date of the announcement. No hard copy or emailed documents will be accepted.

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.


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