Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys and the Office of the U.S. Attorneys Assistant United States Attorney in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys and the Office of the U.S. Attorneys
1 vacancy in the following locations:
  • Harrisburg, PA
  • Scranton, PA
  • Williamsport, PA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Monday 7/25/2016 (93 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 1/16/2017 (82 day(s) away)

Job Overview

If you are looking for an exciting and challenging career, this is the position for you! With a diverse and talented workforce of over 100,000 men and women, the Department of Justice leads the Nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. You will be a part of a dedicated team helping to enforce Federal criminal and civil laws that protect life, liberty and the property of citizens.

Our mission is to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States, provide Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime, seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior, and to administer and enforce the Nation's laws to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans. We strive to build a stronger office through recruitment efforts and maintain the high standards of the office by promoting professional development. We seek to build a legacy of excellence.

First consideration will be given to those applications received by close of business, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on August 15, 2016.

The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania embraces 33 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties, making it geographically the largest district in the state. The district, which runs from the New York border on the north, to the Maryland border on the south, encompasses approximately 21,907 square miles, or roughly 47% of the land mass of Pennsylvania, and houses over 3,000,000 people. While much of the district is rural in character, it contains the following major metropolitan centers: Harrisburg, the State Capital, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport, York, Lebanon, and State College. The U.S. Attorney's Office has staff in three offices: Scranton, Harrisburg and Williamsport. Within this large and diverse, judicial district, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania represents the Department of Justice and other federal agencies in all litigation, civil and criminal, conducted within the District in which the United States, or a federal agency, is a party.

One immediate vacancy. The selectee of this position will be assigned to one of the three duty locations listed in this announcement.

As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.

For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney's Offices, visit http://www.justice.gov/careers/careers.html.

All initial attorney positions to the Department of Justice are made on a 14-month (temporary) basis.

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.

To view the entire announcement, including instructions on how to apply, click on tabs above.


The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania is seeking applications from experienced attorneys to fill an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) position. This position will be in the Civil Division. The AUSA will handle cases in a broad range of defensive matters, including prisoner litigation, immigration, medical malpractice, and employment matters involving health care and fraud litigation. AUSAs perform all aspects of civil discovery, motions practice, trials and appeals. AUSAs perform their own legal research and preparation of all legal documents.

AUSAs have the opportunity to represent the interests of the United States in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and occasionally state courts. In performing this important public service, Assistant U.S. Attorneys exercise responsibilities and handle cases that are unparalleled in any other job that a litigator might undertake.

Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel for training, meetings and conferences.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Background investigation, credit and tax checks, and drug test required.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable.
  • J.D. degree and active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) required.

Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 3 years post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications:The successful candidate will have at least three (3) years of post-J.D. legal experience as a civil litigator with substantial experience in affirmative and/or defensive litigation. Candidates will possess experience that demonstrates responsibility for all aspects of civil discovery, trials and appeals. Successful candidates will possess superior writing skills and good judgment; extensive knowledge of civil practice and procedure, excellent communication and courtroom skills, strong interpersonal skills, and demonstrate the capacity to function with minimum guidance in a highly demanding environment. In addition, applicants must exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, paralegals, support staff and client agencies.

United States citizenship is required.

You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from an accredited law school.

Travel: Occasional travel will be necessary for training, meetings and conferences.

*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.

*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.

*Residency Requirements: *Assistant United States Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which he or she is appointed or within 25 miles thereof. See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district-specific information.

*Selective Service: *If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See www.sss.gov.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation, to include a credit and tax checks, and a drug test by urinalysis. We expect to make a final job offer within 120 days after the closing date of the announcement.


*Salary Information: *Assistant United States Attorney's pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The range of basic pay is $45,932.00 to $135,519.00 plus locality pay where authorized.

Other Benefits: *The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/PayandBenefits. *

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

Other Information

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

Department Policies: The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination based on 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 of Immigration Review and the United States AttorneysÂ’ 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.

The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement. Such posting and/or dissemination is not an endorsement by the Department of the organization or group disseminating and/or posting the information.

Salary Range: $45,932.00 to $135,519.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: AD-0905-21/21

Promotion Potential: 29

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 445531500

Job Announcement Number: 16-PAM-AUSA-1733208