Vacancy Announcement for Assistant US Attorney Position (Civil Rights) - Application deadline is 6/29/16

17 Jun 2016 8:59 AM | Melinda Cox (Administrator)

USAO District of New Jersey

US Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey
970 Broad Street, Suite 700
Newark, NJ 07102

United States
16-NJ-Civil Rights AUSA - 01


About the Office: 

The United States Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey employ more than 250 employees. Positions include Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSA) in our Criminal Division, Special Prosecutions Division, Civil Division and Appeals Division. In addition there are a variety of support staff positions, college students, and law students. Selection for positions in the District are made without regard to race, sex, creed, color, national origin, handicap condition, age, or political affiliation. Employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background investigation conducted by the Department of Justice. The investigation process includes a drug test, a fingerprint check, and a thorough review of the applicant's background to determine whether there have been any significant problems with unresolved financial indebtedness, failure to file and/or pay income taxes, criminal record, illegal drug use, etc.

Job Description: 

The U.S. Attorney's Office for District of New Jersey is seeking to hire an Assistant United States Attorney to work in the Civil Rights Unit within the Office's Civil Division. The Civil Rights Unit investigates and, where appropriate, initiates federal civil actions to end discrimination and ensure compliance with federal civil rights laws. Civil rights enforcement is central to the mission of the Office and embraces a broad variety of cases arising under the Fair Housing Act, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Civil Rights Act, and an array of several other federal anti-discrimination statutes. Enforcement actions under these statutes seek to end discrimination in housing, lending, education, employment, and public accommodations, as well as ensure constitutional policing and the rights of servicemembers. AUSAs in the Civil Rights Unit will handle a full docket of affirmative civil rights matters and will participate in significant community outreach events around the district. For some matters, AUSAs will also have the opportunity to work closely with the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division.


Applicants for an AUSA position must possess a J.D. degree and be an active member of at least one bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least one year post - J.D. legal experience.


Salaries are Administrative Determined based on the number of years of post - J.D. legal experience and range from $51,811 to $121,569 plus locality pay of 29.2%.



Application Process: 

Applications must be received for this vacancy through June 29, 2016.  Applicants are evaluated by the Hiring Committee on the basis of such factors as academic performance, trial experience, research and writing ability, oral communication skills and other legal and community service and experience. 

If interested, your application package which consist of your resume and cover letter must be emailed to the address below on or before June 29, 2016.

Your application must indicate that you are applying for the Civil Rights AUSA vacancy.


Application Deadline: 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Relocation Expenses: 

Relocation will not be authorized

Number of Positions: 


Updated June 15, 2016

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Department Policies

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 and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at [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, 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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