Overview

The USAO for the District of the Virgin Islands is seeking applications from experienced attorneys who have superb litigation skills, research and writing skills, as well as a criminal law background to fill one Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) vacancy in the Criminal Division.

For more information on the Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Offices, visit https: www.justice.gov/usao-vi

This position is located in , St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands.

Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from an accredited law school and be an active member in good standing of the bar of a State, Territory, or the District of Columbia. The successful candidate must have at least seven (7) years of post-J.D. legal experience (preferably federal prosecutorial experience); possess superior writing ability, sound judgment, excellent communication skills, courtroom and advocacy skills, strong interpersonal skills, and the capacity to function with minimal guidance in a highly demanding environment. In addition, applicants must exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, paralegals, support staff and investigative agencies. Applicants will be expected to conduct their own legal research and writing and must be substantially self-sufficient in preparing day-to-day correspondence and pleadings. Applicants must be computer literate and adept at learning new computer concepts.

The successful candidate will be responsible for handling the investigation and prosecution of federal crimes. These include prosecuting cases such as firearms offenses, drug crimes, immigration, child exploitation and other violent crimes, fraud, embezzlement, public corruption, and white collar crimes in addition to Virgin Islands Territorial crimes such as murder, rape, firearms offenses, and other local offenses. The candidate will also assist in the prosecution of a wide variety of other criminal cases as needed to address the district’s priorities. Assistant United States Attorneys develop their cases from inception through appeal, and thus, in addition to district court work, the successful candidate will be responsible for drafting appellate briefs and presenting appellate arguments.

The successful candidate must have the legal acumen and experience to successfully prosecute a complex white collar, organized crime, or drug trafficking organization case, or is capable of prosecuting such a case if given the appropriate training and experience. The candidate must also have a prosecutor’s professional temperament and judgment. They must have the desire to seek justice, meaning to vigorously use the authority of the U.S. Attorney’s Office to protect the public, but also to protect the rights of defendants. Finally, the successful candidate must be an inspiring colleague and leader, or capable of being such a colleague and leader as they develop. Such leadership can be overt, but can also be exercised by example in day to day work. The successful candidate must be a dedicated team player, someone who believes in effective teamwork.

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

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.

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 district-specific information.

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.

Required Qualifications:

Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 1* year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.

United States citizenship is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Applicants should have excellent academic credentials and some litigation experience, preferably at least 7 years. Applicants also should be computer literate, possess superior oral and written communication skills, have strong character and excellent interpersonal skills, have the capacity to function with minimal guidance in a highly demanding environment, and have a strong commitment to public service.

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

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