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USAO Seeking Assistant United States Attorney - Criminal

Posted on April 10th, 2019 at 11:47 AM
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania (USAO) is an energetic and collegial office which represents the United States in all criminal prosecution and civil and appellate litigation in the Western District of Pennsylvania.  The Western District of Pennsylvania consists of 25 counties in the western part of the state; its main office is in Pittsburgh, with staffed branch offices in Erie and Johnstown.  The USAO strives to provide an inclusive, rewarding work environment for employees of all backgrounds.

Our office places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from all qualified men and women from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBT individuals, and persons with disabilities.

Job Description: 

The United States Attorney's Office in Erie, Pennsylvania, is seeking an attorney for its Criminal Division.  This AUSA will have responsibility to prosecute priority federal crimes, including firearms offenses, armed robberies, drug trafficking and other crimes of violence.  The AUSA will also be tasked with strategic outreach and non-case responsibilities throughout the District as part of the effort to improve crime prevention, offender reentry and to reduce opioid abuse and heroin/prescription pill overdoses.


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

Preferred qualifications:  Ideal qualifications include at least four to eight years of experience handling a variety of complex criminal matters, first‑chair federal trial experience, strong academics, outstanding organizational skills, superior legal writing and research ability, and a demonstrated commitment to professionalism, ethics, civility and public service.

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 have a demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment while balancing a high case load.  Excellent computer literacy skills are also necessary.

United States citizenship is required.

Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory pre-employment 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.


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 $62,236 – $162,786 which includes 15.67% locality pay.


Occasional travel within and outside the district will be required.

Application Process: 

Interested applicants must include a cover letter, resume and bar membership information to  Application materials must be submitted in PDF format and received via e-mail.

Address cover letters to:

Stephen R. Kaufman, First Assistant U.S. Attorney

No telephone calls please. 

Application Deadline: Monday, April 15, 2019
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be paid.
Number of Positions: 1 or more