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Job opening: Special Assistant United States Attorney

Salary: $120 246 - 184 725 per year
Published at: Apr 03 2024
Employment Type: Full-time
The United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General is seeking a qualified applicant to fill our Special Assistant United States Attorney position detailed to the United States Attorney's Office, Central District of California, Los Angeles, California. Bring your skills and voice to our team!

Duties

In-Office Requirement: The U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General values collaboration, teamwork, and effective communication to foster our dynamic working and learning environment. The position adheres to our agency's telework policy to facilitate this and requires an in-office presence of at least two days per pay period. Remote work is not available for this role. Previous criminal law experience and/or experience in litigation is required. Experience with Postal Service matters, healthcare fraud, narcotics investigations and public corruption is desired, but not required. Additionally, applicant must possess strong academic credentials from an ABA accredited law school, demonstrate excellent writing skills, research ability, advocacy and investigative skills, work effectively in a team environment, and possess a proven record of creative thinking. Applicant must be an active member in good standing of the California Bar. The successful candidate will report to the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General (USPS-OIG) Office of General Counsel (OGC) and the U.S. Attorney's Office (USAO), Central District of California (CDCal). He or she will handle criminal prosecutions, primarily of postal employees who have engaged in theft of mail, embezzlement of funds, narcotics violations, healthcare fraud, and public corruption. The selectee may be assigned other prosecutions, for training or otherwise, as directed by the USAO. The successful candidate will oversee investigations conducted by Special Agents of USPS-OIG, conduct grand jury proceedings, and appear on behalf of the United States in the U.S. District Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for hearings, trials, and appeals. NOTE: This is a TERM appointment, with an initial term of two years, with the possibility of three additional one-year extensions. The position may be extended further without competition. NOTE: While this position reports to USPS-OIG Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, the candidate will be detailed full-time to the USAO-CDCal. The candidate must comply with the residence requirements of the USAO-CDCal as of the employment start date. Candidates will be evaluated on the skills that they possess that are directly related to the duties of the position and the experience, education and training that indicate the applicant's ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position. Only those candidates who meet all qualification and eligibility requirements and who submit the required information by 11:59 PM EST on 04/18/2024 will be considered. The USPS OIG uses a Pay Banding system, which is equivalent to the Federal GS scale. Grade and salary determinations will be made based upon a candidate's education and professional experience. This position is being advertised at the Journey/Attorney Band level, equivalent to a GS-13 to GS-14. The salary range for this position is $120,246.00 - $184,725.00. The salary figures include locality pay. Promotion potential is available to a GS-14 at management's discretion. Please note that the duties and responsibilities associated with this position may vary based upon the agency's needs at the time of hire. The following description of major duties and responsibilities is only intended to give applicants a general overview of the expectations. Represent the USPS-OIG and other federal agencies on behalf of the United States Attorney as a SAUSA on assigned cases before judges and hearing officers at all stages of criminal litigation and judicial proceedings. Provide legal advice and guidance to federal agents in the development of cases for prosecution. Be responsible for conducting legal research, during all phases of investigation, case development, case presentation, and case litigation, including grand jury, pre-trial, trial and post-trial proceedings. The position requires superior writing skills, SAUSAs are required to draft investigative documents, prosecution packages, indictments, motions, plea agreements, sentencing memoranda, and appellate briefs. Work closely with other USPS-OIG attorneys, USAOs, the Department of Justice, and other organizations to keep abreast of legal developments and best practices, and to effectively represent the USPS-OIG's interests.

Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be able to pass a drug screening and medical assessment questionnaire.
  • Must be able to pass a background investigation
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain Top-Secret security clearance.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a government-issued credit card
  • May be required to successfully complete a 12-month probationary period

Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS You must meet ALL of the minimum qualifications listed below. At least 4 years of post J.D. litigation and/or criminal law experience. Graduation from an ABA accredited law school. Excellent writing, research ability and advocacy skills. Active member in good standing of the California Bar. DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS Knowledge of the U.S. Postal Service. Healthcare fraud, narcotics or public corruption investigations experience. Top academic credentials. Effective working in a team environment. Proven record of creative thinking. EVALUATION FACTORS You must have the experience, knowledge and skills as listed in EACH of the evaluation factors. Failure to demonstrate that you meet all of the evaluation factor requirements as listed below will result in a score of zero (0); an ineligible status, and you will not be referred for further consideration. Include your major accomplishments relevant to the position requirements in your resume. Experience in litigation, preferably involving postal statutes, healthcare fraud, narcotics investigations, or public corruption. Criminal law or litigation experience. Skill in writing legal advice and documentation, including legal Memoranda, Motions and opinions recommending appropriate action. Ability to communicate effectively and work collaboratively while maintaining excellent client relationships. You will no longer be considered for this position if you fail receive a zero (0) rating on any evaluation factor. Failure to demonstrate that you meet all evaluation factor requirements will result in a score of zero (0). Upon receipt of a zero score, you will be deemed "not minimally qualified," and you will not be referred for further consideration.

Education

Education must be accredited by an institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation here: www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred. Special Instructions for Candidates with Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in U.S. education programs. You must submit all necessary documents to a private U.S. credential evaluation service to interpret equivalency of your education against courses given in U.S. accredited colleges and universities. For further information visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Contacts

  • Address OGC - Office of General Counsel 1735 N. Lynn Street Arlington, VA 22209 US
  • Name: Vacancy Inquiries
  • Email: [email protected]

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