ASSISTANT UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
DISTRICT OF NEW MEXICO
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: 13-AUSA-NM-1
As needed, additional
positions may be filled using this announcement
About the Office: The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New
Mexico has approximately 165 employees and contractors. The main office is
located in Albuquerque. The branch office in Las Cruces is located
approximately 225 miles south of Albuquerque, is 50 miles from the Mexican
border, and includes approximately 45 of the District employees and
contractors. The District also has an unstaffed office in Santa Fe.
Opportunity Offered: The attorney
selected will handle prosecutions of a wide variety of federal offenses.
Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active
member, in good standing, of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least one
(1) year of post-J.D. experience.
Applicants must demonstrate a
quick analytical ability and the facility to accurately and precisely
articulate the critical issues in a case and demonstrate superior oral and
writing skills as well as strong research and interpersonal skills, and good
judgment. Applicants must possess excellent communication and courtroom skills
and exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other
attorneys, support staff and client agencies. Applicants must have a
demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding
office and courtroom environment.
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 also must possess computer literacy skills to include experience
with automated research, electronic court filing, electronic e-mail and word processing
Travel: Moderate travel may be required.
Salary Information: Assistant United States Attorneys’ pay is
administratively determined based, in part, on the number years of professional
attorney experience. The range of pay for this position is $50,894 – $150,159,
including locality pay, depending on experience. Pay may be set based on
highest previous rate received in civilian government service.
Location: Possible locations for this position are Albuquerque
or Las Cruces, New Mexico. PLEASE INDICATE THE DUTY LOCATION(S) FOR WHICH
YOU ARE INTERESTED.
The State of New Mexico, also
known as the “Land of Enchantment,” is a unique mix of Native
cultures, blended with Hispanic and European traditions. Ranked the 5th largest
state, it totals 121,593 square miles. New Mexico shares 180 miles of
international border with the Country of Mexico.
Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico, located
approximately 60 miles from the state capital of Santa Fe. As the Hot Air
Balloon capital of the world, Albuquerque hosts the annual International
Balloon Fiesta, one of the most photographed events in the world! Albuquerque
and the surrounding areas offer an array of activities from hiking and skiing
to cultural activities such as the opera, arts, celebrated museums, legendary
historic sites, and majestic monuments. The metro area with approximately
860,000 residents sprawls over 100 square miles at elevations ranging from
4,500 feet above sea level in the Rio Grande Valley to 6,500 feet at the foot
of the Sandia Mountains. Albuquerque enjoys blue skies and sunshine 310 days of
the year, with low humidity and mild winters.
Las Cruces, the second largest city in New Mexico, is nestled in
the fertile Mesilla Valley between the majestic Organ Mountains and the meandering
Rio Grande, near the border of Mexico. Las Cruces blends a unique variety of
attractions, culture, historical sites, and superb year-round weather with 350
days of sunshine per year.
Relocation Expenses: Payment of relocation expenses will not be
Application Process and
Deadline Date: Please send your
cover letter and resume to (Please refer to vacancy announcement number 13-AUSA-NM-1
on your application/resume.)
Kenneth J. Gonzales
United States Attorney
ATTN: Human Resources
201 Third Street NW, Suite 900
Albuquerque, NM 87102
No telephone calls please.
Applications must be postmarked by February 20, 2013.
Internet Sites: District of New Mexico Website: http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/nm/
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Department Policies: Assistant United States Attorneys generally must
reside in the district to which he or she is appointed. See 28 U.S.C. § 545 for
All initial attorney
appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a time-limited
(temporary) basis. Temporary appointments may, or may not, be extended or made
permanent without further competition.
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 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 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.
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, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf
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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