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We, the staff of the United States Attorney’s Office, are accountable to the citizens of the Western District of Michigan for pursuing justice, ensuring public safety, enforcing the law, protecting the interests of the United States, and exercising stewardship over the government’s resources. To accomplish our mission, we will discharge our duties with professionalism, diligence, and integrity. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence and to the highest standards of ethical conduct in an environment of mutual respect.

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, Justice leads the Nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. You can be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce Federal criminal and civil laws that protect life, liberty, and the property of citizens.

This position is located in Grand Rapids, MI

The Western District of Michigan includes the western half of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan and all of the Upper Peninsula, a total of more than 35,000 square miles with a population in excess of 3.5 million. The main office is located in Grand Rapids, a mid-sized and growing city that is a short distance from iconic sandy beaches, state parks, and quaint coastal towns. Grand Rapids has recently been rated: the #1 fastest growing economy (; the #2 best place to be a millennial (; #3 among best places to live in the U.S. for quality of life (U.S. News and World Report); #19 among best cites in the U.S. ( Gerald R. Ford International Airport, also in Grand Rapids, serves 23 major market destinations with nonstop flights. The area is noted for its cultural amenities including the world famous ArtPrize, an international art competition.

For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney’s Offices, visit

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

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.

The district is soliciting applications for a Criminal Division Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) position in the Grand Rapids, Michigan office. Assignments in this district may cover the full range of federal offenses, including child exploitation, drug, firearm, immigration and white collar crimes, and will encompass responses to collateral attacks and appeals. Criminal Division AUSAs are responsible for substantial legal research and writing, both at the trial and appellate levels.

Supervisory Status

Promotion Potential

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel within the district will be required. Limited travel outside the district, such as to the court of appeals, is likely.

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Who May Apply
This job is open to…
All United States Citizens and Nationals
Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job Requirements
Job Requirements
Key Requirements

  • You must be a United States 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.

Additional Qualifications: Criminal Law

United States citizenship is required.

Preferred Qualifications: Applicants should be able to demonstrate the following qualities:

–Intelligence and aptitude, measured by professional experience/growth potential, academic record, the writing sample and interview performance.

–Commitment to excellence, strong work ethic and drive, as may be demonstrated through successful team work, leadership, obstacles overcome and personal, academic and professional achievement.

–Sound judgment and good character.

–Balance, both professionally and personally, in terms of interests and abilities.

–Desire to work as a Criminal Division AUSA in the Western District of Michigan.

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

Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree

Travel: 1 to 5 nights of travel required per month

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

Security Clearance
Public Trust – Background Investigation

Additional Information
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.


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Other Information
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
$60,209 to $141,275 which includes 15.06% locality pay.

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. The Benefits link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal Employees.

This is a temporary position which offers limited benefits such as paid vacation, sick leave, telework, and holidays.

Relocation Expenses:
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

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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 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.

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