[blindlaw] ASSISTANT UNITED STATES ATTORNEY, U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Montana, VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT # 14-MT-03

Nightingale, Noel Noel.Nightingale at ed.gov
Thu Feb 20 17:09:34 UTC 2014



About the Office: The U.S. Attorney(s Office for the District of Montana has offices in Billings, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, and Missoula. Only one position will be filled with this announcement. The position will be located in either Billings, Great Falls, Helena or Missoula. You must identify in your cover letter what location(s) you are interested in.

The Billings, Great Falls, Helena and Missoula Offices handle various criminal cases, which include violent crime (assaults, burglaries, homicides, sexual assaults), economic crime, public corruption, immigration, and drugs. The civil cases include employment litigation, defensive torts, social security, bankruptcy and foreclosures.

Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered:

This Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) will serve as the Districts Affirmative Civil Enforcement (ACE) Attorney. An ACE litigates federal civil cases under the False Claims Act or other statutes that authorize damages and penalties for the United States. The ACE Attorney in Montana handles cases which are litigated almost exclusively in federal court in all divisions within the District of Montana, and include civil mortgage fraud and civil drug diversion enforcement, procurement fraud and health care fraud cases, and tort actions to recover for destruction of federal forest land by fire. The ACE Attorney also deals with the civil aspects of violations of the various environmental statutes. The ACE Attorney will conduct all aspects of civil litigation to include coordinating investigations, coordinating task forces, filing complaints, discovery and motions and preparing and presenting cases at trial.

Qualifications: Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree and licensed and be authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, territory, or District of Columbia, demonstrate excellent computer literacy skills to include experience with automated research on the Internet, electronic e-mail and word processing systems. Applicants must have at least one year of post J.D. professional experience. Applicants must be active members in good standing of the bar (any jurisdiction). United States citizenship is required.

Preferred qualifications: Applicants must demonstrate a quick analytical ability and the facility to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a case. Applicants must 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 environment. Applicants must have experience with automated electronic court filing.

Travel: Some travel will be required as cases are assigned around the District of Montana.

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.

Salary Information: Assistant United States Attorneys' pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number years of professional attorney experience. The range of basic pay is $51,402 to $136,409 which includes 14.16% locality pay. The District does not anticipate having the financial resources to offer a salary near the top of the range.

Location: Billings, Montana: Billings is located in the south central part of our state. You will find a rich history filled with names such as Lewis and Clark, Custer, Sitting Bull, Calamity Jane and others. As the largest city in Montana, with a population of approximately 100,000, Billings is a hub for business including manufacturing and retail, medical and transportation. You'll find a modern city that's a center for culture and commerce, yet still surrounded by six mountain ranges. In short, you'll find more than a few surprises in Montana's "Magic City". The city earned the nickname of "magic" because its growth was immediate and remarkable. The elevation is 3,125 feet and the average daytime temperature in January (winter) is 28 degrees, while July (summer) is 85.8 degrees. The average precipitation is 15 inches and snowfall is 57.2 inches. Billings is served by several major airlines. Two modern and fully-equipped hospitals, over forty clinics, and hundreds of physicians offer every major medical specialty and a complete range of medical services, surgical services, and emergency care. Three colleges, Montana State University - Billings, Rocky Mountain College and Montana State University College of Technology offer innovative and timely programs that draw students from a wide radius. Elementary and secondary schools are a real source of civic pride. Billings' high schools consistently rank in the top percentile nationwide in score achievement for the American College Test (ACT). Billings' students participate in the Montana Comprehensive Assessment/Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS). These tests are nationally recognized educational barometers. The recreational benefits of this area are abundant with the Yellowstone River adjacent to the city providing fishing, rafting and camping, hiking and backpacking trails, walking and biking trails. Yellowstone National Park, in the city's backyard, is one of the most scenic and recreational wonders of Montana.

Great Falls, Montana: Great Falls is known as the "Electric City" because of its numerous dams and power plants. Great Falls is Montana's third largest city and is located in the north-central part of Montana on the Missouri River at an elevation of 3,674 feet. Great Falls is home to the Charles M. Russell Museum Complex and The Lewis and Clark National Historical Trail Interpretive Center. The population for the greater Great Falls area is estimated at 57,700 people. A variety of recreational activities are available in the Great Falls area, including hiking, camping, fishing, golf, and cultural events/festivals many of which include the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Principal employment areas include medical and retail establishments as well as Malmstrom Air Force Base, public schools and other city, county, and federal governments. The public elementary school system consists of two area high schools, three middle schools, and 15 elementary schools. Great Falls is home to the University of Great Falls, which is a private Catholic school and Montana State University - Great Falls, a vocational technical school. Great Falls weather is usually clear, sunny and dry. Low humidity levels make both summer and winter temperatures fairly mild. Warming periods between snowfalls prevent heavy accumulations, and snow depths rarely exceed five or six inches. Great Falls offers many health care facilities. Benefis healthcare is the largest hospital in Montana and provides a range of services. Housing and rentals are plentiful.

Helena, Montana: Helena is the capital of Montana and is located in the southern portion of Montana's Lewis and Clark County, along the eastern slope of the Continental Divide at an elevation of 4,200 feet. The population of the greater Helena Valley is estimated at approximately 50,000 people. A variety of activities are available in Helena, including street festivals, theater, symphonies, museums, unique shopping in Helena's historic downtown, and cultural organizations. Hiking, climbing and skiing are available as well. Principal employment centers within the area include federal, state and local governments; the school systems; medical facilities; various industrial, manufacturing, and commercial businesses; and agricultural operations in the northeast and southeast portions of the Helena Valley. The public school system consists of 2 area high schools, 2 middle schools and 12 elementary schools. Helena is the home of Carroll College, a liberal arts college. Helena's weather is usually clear, sunny and dry. Low humidity levels make summer and winter temperatures fairly mild. Warming periods between snowfalls prevent heavy accumulations, and snow depths rarely exceed five or six inches. Helena offers many health care facilities. St. Peter's Hospital provides a full range of services. Fort Harrison Veterans Hospital, one of two in the state, is minutes away. Shodair Hospital specializes in psychiatric care and is an internationally known genetics center as well. Helena is also home to 4 nursing home facilities, including the Waterford and Hunters Pointe.

Missoula, Montana: Missoula is a vibrant community with great diversity providing many opportunities for new businesses, families and individuals seeking to experience the Montana quality of life. Nestled in the Rocky Mountains of western Montana, Missoula is one of the west's most sophisticated smaller cities. The population is about 60,000 in the city and 90,000 in the county. Industries that support Missoula include: wood products, government, medical, education, small business and tourism. The University of Montana is in Missoula with 12,000 students. Montana's only Law School resides within the University. Recreational opportunities in Missoula are abundant and compliment the Montana lifestyle. Missoula is rich in cultural attractions ranging from symphony, arts, live theater, historical museums, shops, galleries and numerous sporting events. Within a few miles of Missoula, outdoor enthusiasts can experience several recreational opportunities complimented by four seasons in the millions of acres of wilderness and recreation area. There are many lakes, rivers and ski areas for outside recreation.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Application Process and Deadline Date: Interested applicants should send a detailed resume and cover letter to the address below. The material should include information regarding the education and professional background of the candidate and a listing of all bar memberships.

United States Attorney(s Office
Attn: Theresa Hutchison
901 Front St., Ste 1100
Helena, MT 59626

You may submit using Overnight Service to the above address.

If you prefer, you may e-mail your resume and cover letter to Theresa.hutchison at usdoj.gov<mailto:Theresa.hutchison at usdoj.gov>. Persons applying by e-mail are responsible for ensuring that their materials are received before the deadline.

Deadline: All applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on March 3, 2014. Fulfillment of the position is subject to the availability of funds.

No telephone calls please.

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.

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

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 district-specific information.

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<http://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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