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Friday, June 1, 2012

ASSISTANT UNITED STATES ATTORNEY UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI




About the Office: The Western District of Missouri is considered a large district, with 58 Assistant United States Attorneys and numerous Special Assistant United States Attorneys. The district comprises 66 of Missouri's 114 counties, contains 40,251 square miles and has a population of approximately 3.1 million people based upon the 2010 Census information. Included in the district are the metropolitan areas of Kansas City, St. Joseph, Columbia, Jefferson City, Springfield and Joplin. The office has three staffed offices: Kansas City, Springfield and Jefferson City. 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 Springfield Criminal Attorneys work several types of cases including Fraud and Corruption; Computer Crimes & Child Exploitation; Violent Crime; Narcotics; Terrorism and National Security; and Monetary Penalties. The Civil Division affirmatively litigates cases involving the False Claims Act and other statutes, defends the United States and its agencies and employees in a wide range of civil actions. More information about the office is available at http://www.justice.gov/usao/mow/.
Who May Apply: Only applications from attorneys who are already employed by U.S. Attorney's Offices and the Executive Office for United States Attorneys will be accepted.
Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: The Western District of Missouri is currently accepting applications for one permanent Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Springfield, Missouri Office.
Number of Positions: One
QualificationsRequired Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least 3 years of post-J.D. experience.
Preferred Qualifications: Applicants must have excellent academic credentials, significant criminal or civil litigation experience, strong oral advocacy and legal writing skills, sound judgment, and a demonstrated commitment to public service.
Travel: Occasional travel may be required.
Salary Information: Assistant United States Attorneys' pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number years of professional attorney experience.
Location: Springfield, Missouri
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses may or may not be authorized.
Application Process and Deadline Date: Interested applicants should send a cover letter which includes reference to type of litigation experience, i.e., civil or criminal, resume, transcript, and writing sample to the following email address at USAMOW.HR@usdoj.gov.
Applications must be received no later than June 15, 2012.
No telephone calls please.
Internet Sites: 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, pending completion of the background investigation.
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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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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