Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys and the Office of the U.S. Attorneys Assistant United States Attorney (Civil) in Anchorage, Alaska

Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys and the Office of the U.S. Attorneys
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Anchorage, AK
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Monday 9/26/2016 (26 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 10/25/2016 (3 day(s) away)

Job Overview

If you are looking for an exciting and challenging career, this is the position for you! With a diverse and talented workforce of over 100,000 men and women, the Department of Justice leads the Nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. You can be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce Federal criminal and civil laws that protect life, liberty, and the property of citizens.

This position is located in Anchorage, Alaska.

At the U.S. Attorney's Office, our mission is to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States, provide Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime, seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior, and to administer and enforce the Nation's laws to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans. We strive to build a stronger office through recruitment efforts and maintain the high standards of the office by promoting professional development. We seek to build a legacy of excellence.

In all matters, it is our mission to represent the people of the United States in a manner that will instill confidence in the fairness and integrity of our office and the judicial system, and to conduct our work with the highest integrity. We strive to perform our mission in the most efficient and effective manner.

The Anchorage office serves as the main office and headquarters of the District of Alaska and is located at 222 W. 7th Ave. The Municipality of Anchorage has a population approaching 300,000 people and is the largest city in Alaska. The oil and gas industry dominates the economy, but military operations are also a significant component. Tourism and commercial fishing are the next largest industries. The cost of living is above-average, however there is no State income tax. The area offers comprehensive education, healthcare, transportation, religious, and support services. Although known for its cold weather, the year-round climate provides an ideal place to enjoy unlimited recreation. Popular summer activities include hiking, biking, sports, outdoor music festivals, berry-picking, recreational fishing, and shopping at local farmers' markets. In addition, boundless winter activities include skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, sledding, snowshoeing, sporting events, and snowmobiling. Two of our most popular events each winter are the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and Fur Rendezvous festival. Anchorage is within a couple hours' drive to Denali, the largest mountain in North America, as well as numerous other world-class recreation sites.

The District of Alaska website can be found at: https://www.justice.gov/usao-ak.

For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney's Offices, visit http://www.justice.gov/careers/careers.html.

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

All initial attorney positions to the Department of Justice are made on a 14-month (temporary) basis.

Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory pre-employment 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.

To view the entire announcement, including instructions on how to apply, click on tabs above.


The successful candidate will be primarily responsible for representing the United States, Federal agencies, and Federal employees in a wide variety of civil cases. These can include tort claims, employment discrimination claims, bankruptcies, false claims, defending miscellaneous agency actions, and otherwise representing the United States in State and Federal courts. Some travel throughout the state or other states may be required. He/She must have a strong ability to analyze complex legal and factual issues, write clearly and persuasively, possess a strong work ethic, exhibit good organizational skills, exercise fair and sound judgment, pay careful attention to facts and details, work well both independently and in small groups, be ready and willing to volunteer to help other attorneys, be able to negotiate effectively with opposing counsel, and be devoted to justice.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional Travel
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Background investigation, credit and tax checks, and drug test required.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable.
  • J.D. degree and active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) required.
  • * * * ### 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 3 years post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.

Applicants must have excellent academic credentials, superior analytical abilities and oral communications skills, excellent research and writing skills, good judgment and strong character. Mentoring will be provided.

United States citizenship is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

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

Prior trial experience and experience working civil cases is preferred, but not required.

*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.

*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.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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.


*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 $64,846 to $160,200 plus 5.31% COLA.

Other Benefits: *The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/PayandBenefits. *

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

Other Information

This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at: http://www.justice.gov/careers/legal/attvacancies.html

Department Policies: The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination based on 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 of Immigration Review and the United States AttorneysÂ’ 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.

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.

Salary Range: $64,846.00 to $160,200.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: AD-0905-21/21

Promotion Potential: 29

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 451506200

Job Announcement Number: 16-AK-1782822-11