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Assistant United States Attorney

Posted 4 years ago

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota is accepting applications for Assistant United States Attorney (“AUSA”) openings in our Criminal Division. The Office’s team of federal prosecutors represents the United States’ interests in criminal and civil litigation in the Federal District of Minnesota. The U.S. Attorney’s Office places a high priority on assembling a diverse team of AUSAs with varied backgrounds, experiences, and skills. On a daily basis, Criminal Division AUSAs are required to make impactful strategic decisions in cases involving national security, violent crime, complex frauds, human trafficking, and many other matters in collaboration with their colleagues and their law enforcement partners. The U.S. Attorney’s office believes that its team of federal prosecutors make better, fairer, and more just decisions when their judgments are the product of a vigorous dialogue among a collaborative and diverse group of their peers.

Please apply to:

  • Open & closing dates – 08/05/2019 to 08/17/2019
  • Service – Excepted
  • Pay scale & grade – AD 21
  • Salary- $66,718 to $166,400 per year
  • Appointment type- Permanent
  • Work schedule- Full-Time
Location – Minneapolis, MN

Relocation expenses reimbursed – No

Telework eligible – Yes as determined by agency policy



The U.S. Attorney’s Office seeks to hire 1 or more AUSAs for the Office’s Criminal Division. These positions may be assigned to one of the following three sections within the Criminal Division: Economic Crimes, Fraud, and Public Corruption Section, Major Crimes, OCDETF and Violent Crimes.

This position is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.Learn more about this agency


AUSAs in the Office’s Criminal Division serve the goal of doing justice by fairly enforcing the criminal laws of the United States. Criminal AUSAs must exercise reasoned judgment in making criminal charging decisions, coordinating federal criminal investigations together with the Office’s law-enforcement partners, and litigating and trying complex cases in federal court.

Candidates must be capable of handling significant and complex criminal prosecutions, which regularly entail working with voluminous discovery and mastering challenging legal concepts. Candidates should demonstrate strong analytical ability, high quality legal writing and research, effective communication and advocacy skills, and a commitment to public service. 

This position may be assigned to one of the following three sections within the Criminal Division. Candidates may, but are not required to, identify one of these sections as a preference in the cover letter. However, individuals hired as AUSAs will be assigned to a section within the Criminal Division at the discretion of the U.S. Attorney.

Economic Crimes, Fraud, and Public Corruption Section. The Office’s Economic Crimes Section investigates and prosecutes complex economic crimes such as mail, wire, and bank frauds, tax crimes, embezzlement, securities fraud, healthcare fraud, environmental crimes, and financial cybercrimes. 

Major Crimes. The Office’s Major Crimes Section investigates and prosecutes human trafficking, child exploitation, and child pornography offenses, as well as crimes where United States’ government agencies are the victim. The Major Crimes Section also houses the Office’s robust Indian Country division, which prosecutes crimes on both the Red Lake and White Earth Native American Reservations.

OCDETF and Violent Crimes. The Office’s OCDETF and Violent Crimes Section investigates and prosecutes firearms offenses, violent offenses, drug-trafficking, racketeering, and money laundering.

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

Travel Required

Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position. AUSAs are occasionally required to travel within and outside the States of Minnesota. AUSAs must often make court appearances in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, Fergus Falls, and Bemidji, Minnesota, regardless of their office location. Travel outside of the District of Minnesota and outside the United States is also occasionally required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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