The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa has a criminal attorney vacancy to be filled in our Cedar Rapids office. The attorney filling this position will be assigned a variety of narcotics and narcotics-related criminal investigations and prosecutions under the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) initiative.
This is a non-federal position and the employer is the Linn County (Iowa) Attorney’s Office. The terms, conditions and salary of this position will be administered by the county. The selectee will be cross-designated as a Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA). The position does not confer status as a federal employee. The expected duration of this position is two years, but it may be extended without further competition. More than one position may be filled from this announcement.
Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least one year post-JD professional legal experience. Applicants will be expected to do their own legal research and writing, and must be substantially self-sufficient in preparing day-to-day correspondence and pleadings. Applicants must be proficient in the use of computers.
Preferred Qualifications: Preferred applicants will possess significant experience, skills, and/or interest in prosecuting federal narcotics and narcotics-related crimes. Preferred applicants will demonstrate excellent oral and written advocacy skills. Preferred applicants will have excellent interpersonal skills, including experience working with multi-agency task forces and other law enforcement officials. Preferred applicants will have experience and familiarity with federal grand jury practice. Preferred applicants will have experience in preparation of appellate briefs and presentation of appellate arguments.
United States citizenship is required.
Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory pre-employment security adjudication. This includes fingerprint, credit and tax checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a full-field background investigation.
Note: Employees of the Department of Justice, including Special Assistant United States Attorneys, may not engage in the compensated practice of law outside the office. Attorneys are not eligible to serve as Special Assistant United States Attorneys if they have had an employment offer deferred by a law firm and received a payment for the period of their deferral with the expectation of future employment with the law firm, or if they will receive any payment from a law firm during their employment with the Department of Justice. In addition, contractors, including employees of contractors who do business with the Department of Justice, and who are attorneys, are not eligible to serve as Special Assistant United States Attorneys.
Interested persons should direct cover letters and resumes to:
Scott McNamar Human Resources Specialist United States Attorney’s Office 111 7th Ave SE, Box 1 Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
No phone calls please. Hand-carried applications must be received by 5:00 pm Central Time on Friday, May 24, 2019; mailed applications must be postmarked by Friday, May 24, 2019.
Applications may also be emailed to USAIAN.HR@usdoj.gov
Persons applying by email are responsible for ensuring that email and any attachments are received no later than 11:59 pm Central Time on Friday, May 24, 2019. (Note: The Northern District of Iowa cannot be responsible for lost/misrouted/delayed email transmissions.)
NOTE: Applicants who previously applied under Vacancy Announcement 2019-NDIA-SAUSA-01, which closed on February 5, 2019, need not reapply. Your application materials will be considered along with new applications received under this announcement. If you wish to supplement information previously submitted, you must submit a completely new application containing all requested information. If you no do not wish to be considered for this vacancy, please send an email to USAIAN.HR@usdoj.gov.
Additional Salary Information: Salary dependent on experience and funding availability.
Internal Number: 2019-NDIA-SAUSA-02
About United States Attorney's Office - Northern District of Iowa
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa is one of two federal districts in Iowa. The Northern District of Iowa's primary office is in Cedar Rapids, with a branch office located in Sioux City. The geographic area of the state covered is roughly from Highway 30 north, encompassing 52 of Iowa’s 99 counties and 25,120 square miles. The District includes the Meskwaki Indian Settlement in eastern Iowa and small portions of the Winnebago and Omaha Indian reservations in western Iowa.
The office contains a Civil and a Criminal Division, along with the Administrative Division. The Criminal Division prosecutes violations of federal criminal law – types of cases include, but are not limited to: mail, wire, tax and securities fraud; environmental crimes; firearm crimes; bank robbery; drug crimes; internet predators; immigration; etc. The Civil Division attorneys act as defense counsel for government agencies and employees. Types of civil cases handled include, but are not limited to: discrimination (race, sex, age, disability, religion); bankruptcy; Federal Tort Claims Act; etc. Civil Division attorneys also act as plaintiff’s counsel in areas, which include, but are... not limited to: Medicaid/Medicare fraud; the False Claims Act; and any other cases in which the U.S. has been injured financially or where injunctive relief is needed. The Administrative Division ensures the litigative divisions have the material support needed to perform their mission. Such function include: budget/financial activities; procurement/purchasing; human resources; supplies/inventory/facilities; and information technology (IT).
The Northern District of Iowa is a group of 60 dedicated employees who work in the various Divisions. There are 18 Assistant United States Attorneys in Cedar Rapids and 8 in Sioux City. Additionally there are three High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) attorneys, two in Cedar Rapids and one in Sioux City. The attorneys are supported by paralegals, legal assistants, an auditor, a Victim Assistance Specialist, a Law Enforcement Coordinator (LEC), IT and administrative staff, and several students.
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