USAO District of the Virgin Islands
District of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, VI and/or St. Croix, VI
Ron De Lugo Federal Bldg. & Courthouse, 5500 Veterans Drive Suite 260
Charlotte Amalie, VI 00802-6424
About the Office:
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of the Virgin Islands (USAO) includes a main office located in St. Thomas and a branch office located in St. Croix. The District is situated in the territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands which consists of three primary islands, St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John, and numerous smaller cays. The United States Attorney's Office prosecutes federal crimes and represents the interests of the United States government in civil cases. The USAO also is responsible for the collection of debts owed to the federal government.
Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: The USAO is currently seeking experienced attorneys for one or more positions as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in the Criminal Division. These positions may be located in either St. Thomas or St. Croix. The Criminal Division of the USAO handles a wide variety of matters including public corruption, drug, immigration and human trafficking cases, violent gun crimes, firearms trafficking, tax prosecutions and financial fraud.
The selected candidate will be responsible for handling all types of criminal cases. Experience in public corruption, financial fraud, violent gun/gang investigations and prosecutions is highly desirable. The applicant selected will work closely with federal and local law enforcement agencies and must have a demonstrated track record of working collaboratively with federal and local law enforcement.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least one year post-J.D. experience. Preferred applicants will possess superior oral and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills and the capacity to function in a highly demanding environment with minimal guidance. Additionally, it is desired that the successful candidate have strong academic credentials and at least three years of post J.D. experience.
Applicants will also be expected to conduct 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.
AUSA pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number years of professional attorney experience and availability of funds. The current recruiting range is $45,932 through $135,519 plus locality rate and COLA rate (subject to change).
Regular travel between the main office in St. Thomas and branch office in St. Croix may be required. Other occasional travel may also be required.
Cover letter, resume and writing sample must be submitted by e-mail to USAVI.AUSAresumes@usdoj.gov
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Reference vacancy # USVI-2015-003
No telephone calls please. Announcement is open until filled. However, applications received on or before February 25, 2016 will receive priority.
Internet Sites: The home page for the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of the Virgin Islands, may be accessed at http://www.justice.gov/usao/vi/
This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at: http://www.justice.gov/careers/legal/attvacancies.html
Relocation expenses are not authorized
Number of Positions:
One or more
Updated February 11, 2016
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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, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other 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.
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 targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
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and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line. Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com [external link]. Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC). 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. 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.
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).