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Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) position

Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) position

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

ASSISTANT UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

UNITED STATES ATTORNEY’S OFFICE

DISTRICT OF SOUTH DAKOTA

CIVIL DIVISION

325 S. 1st Avenue, Suite 300

SIOUX FALLS, SD 57104

UNITED STATES

22-SD-CIVIL-001

                                                                                                                                                            


About the Office:

The United States Attorney’s Office, District of South Dakota includes a main office located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and two branch offices located in Pierre and Rapid City.  South Dakota encompasses a large and diverse geographical area of 77,123 square miles and a population of about 884,659 people.

More information about the U.S. Attorney’s Office, South Dakota can be found at:  http://www.justice.gov/usao/sd/

Job Description:

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Dakota is seeking an experienced attorney to fill one Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) position in the Civil Division of its Sioux Falls office.  This attorney primarily will be responsible for the Affirmative Civil Enforcement (ACE) program, which pursues civil actions against corporations and individuals that engage in fraud, violate federal laws, and divert controlled substances. The selected attorney will have responsibility for litigating matters under the False Claims Act, including civil health care fraud, procurement fraud, and other frauds against the government, as well as pursuing civil actions under the Controlled Substances Act and other affirmative civil enforcement statutes.

The ACE program also includes civil rights matters, including enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act. The selected attorney will handle all aspects of investigations and cases, including gathering evidence, taking testimony, writing briefs, and appearing in court at hearings and trials. The attorney may also handle other types of cases as needed.  Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.

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 year of post-JD legal or other relevant experience. Be a U.S. citizen or National.  In addition, applicant must also be a member, or be eligible to become a member, of the federal district court bar.  If the successful candidate is not a member of the South Dakota Bar, he or she must become a member of the South Dakota Bar within twelve months.

Preferred Qualifications:  Applicants must demonstrate superior analytical ability; strong research, writing and courtroom skills; exercise fair and sound judgment; follow all Department of Justice and United States Attorney’s Office policies; exhibit the ability to work collaboratively in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff, and law enforcement agencies; superior analytical and communications skills; handle matters in court persuasively and justly on behalf of the United States of America; and be devoted to excellence.

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

Salary:

Assistant United States Attorneys pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional experience.  The range of basic pay is $56,983 to $149,044,       plus a locality payment of 16.20%.

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.

Travel: 

Employment will require occasional travel to court at designated sites within and outside the district.  Travel is also required for training at the Department of Justice’s National Advocacy Center, Columbia, SC.


Application Process:

Provide cover letter, resume, writing sample (not to exceed 20 pages), and list of three professional references with contact information.  All documents should be submitted electronically in one continuous .pdf attachment and include the announcement number (22-SD-CIVIL-001) in the subject line of your email.  Email address for application package:

USASD.applications@usdoj.gov

Application Deadline:  Applications must be received by Wednesday, June 01, 2022.

Note:  The District of South Dakota cannot be responsible for lost/misrouted or delayed email transmissions.

Relocation Expenses:  Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

Number of Positions:  One

This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at:

https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers

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Department Policies

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 color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, pregnancy, status as a parent, 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.

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.

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.

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 as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). 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 must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-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. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans: 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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