Assistant U.S. Attorney vacancy, Northern District of Iowa


About the Office: The United States Attorney‘s Office prosecutes federal criminal offenses and defends the interests of the United States in civil cases. The United States Attorney‘s Office for the Northern District of Iowa covers 52 of the state‘s 99 counties. The headquarters office is located in the eastern Iowa community of Cedar Rapids, with a branch office located in Sioux City on the western border of Iowa.

Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: The United States Attorney‘s Office for the Northern District of Iowa has one criminal attorney vacancy to be filled in either the Sioux City or Cedar Rapids office. This position will be assigned a variety of criminal cases with special emphasis on prosecution of offenses related to the sexual exploitation of children.

Qualifications: Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any United States jurisdiction), and have at least 3 years post-J.D. professional experience.

Preferred qualifications: Top candidates will be those who possess significant experience, skills, and/or interest in performing prosecution of child exploitation crimes, including child pornography offenses. Preferred applicants will possess significant experience, skills, and/or interest in prosecuting federal crimes related to child exploitation, including child pornography. Each applicant should be proficient in the use of a computer and should have excellent oral and written advocacy skills. The applicant will be expected to do their own legal research and writing and shall be substantially self-sufficient in preparing day to day correspondence and pleadings. Preferred applicants shall have excellent communication skills and shall have experience working with multi-agency task forces and other law enforcement officials. Preferred applicants shall have substantial experience and familiarity with federal grand jury practice. Preferred applicants shall have experience in preparation of appellate briefs and presentation of appellate arguments.

Travel: Frequent travel may be required.

Salary Information: Assistant United States Attorneys’ pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The range of basic pay is $42,684 to $74,081 plus a locality pay of 13.18% where authorized.

Location: The duty station of this position has not been determined, but a decision will be made based on the needs of the mission of the District. This position will be located in either the branch office in Sioux City, Iowa, or the headquarters office in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Sioux City is located on the Missouri River and is approximately half-way between Minneapolis and Kansas City. Twice named an All-American City by the National Civic League, Sioux City serves as a regional hub for business, employment, industry, retail trade, medical care, educational opportunities and tourism in Northwest Iowa, Southeast South Dakota and Northeast Nebraska. More than 140,000 people live in this tri-state metropolitan area. For more information about Sioux City visit:

Cedar Rapids is Iowa‘s second largest city with a metro population of around 120,000. The city is located in the east central part of the state and is centrally located with direct access to major Midwest cities like Minneapolis, Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis, and Kansas City. Cedar Rapids has placed among the top-20 Forbes Magazine “Best Places” and was named a number 2 kid-friendly city in the country based on such factors as education, crime, arts and culture. The city boasts an ideal blend of commerce, culture, leisure and education opportunities. Great jobs, safe neighborhoods, theaters, museums, schools, symphonies, shopping, sports and recreation abound in the Cedar Rapids area. For more information on Cedar Rapids visit:

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

Application Process and Deadline Date: Interested persons should direct cover letters and resumes to:

Scott McNamar
Human Resources Specialist
United States Attorney‘s Office
401 1st Street SE Suite 400
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

No phone calls please. Applicants should indicate in their cover letter at which location(s) (i.e., Cedar Rapids and/or Sioux City) they are willing to work. This position will remain open until the position is filled, but initial consideration will be given to application packages received by – June 27, 2008

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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 district-specific information.

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 sex, sexual orientation, color, race, religion, national origin, politics, marital status, disability, age, status as a parent, membership or nonmembership in an employee organization, or personal favoritism. 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 are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214 or other substantiating documents) to their submissions.