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Assistant Attorney General - High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA)

Date Posted
January 7, 2022
Full Time
Scott County
Salary Range
55,348 - 106,683

Job Details

About the Office: The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa employs 28 Assistant United States Attorneys.  The District’s headquarters office is located in Des Moines.  The District has staffed branch offices in Davenport and Council Bluffs, which serve the District’s eastern and western divisions.

Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: The selected candidate will be assigned as a criminal prosecutor specializing in drug cases pursuant to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program.  This program funds the employment of state or local prosecutors assigned to United States Attorney’s Offices who prosecute cases in federal court.  Accordingly, although the successful candidate will NOT be employed by the Department of Justice and instead will be employed as an Assistant Attorney General by the State of Iowa, the successful candidate will work full time in the United States Attorney’s Office.  HIDTA attorneys working in the Southern District of Iowa will be authorized as a Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA) and traditionally have prosecuted a full range of drug cases, including complex prosecutions involving significant drug trafficking organizations.

Location: Applicant will be employed by the Iowa Attorney General's Office. This position will be physically located at the United States Attorney's branch office in Davenport, Iowa. The branch office is in the recently remodeled, state-of-the-art Davenport federal courthouse. Davenport is located on the banks of the Mississippi River and is part of the Quad Cities metropolitan area. Located approximately three hours from Chicago, the Quad Cities are a regional hub for eastern Iowa and western Illinois.


Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from an accredited law school, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, territory, or the District of Columbia.  Prosecution or criminal trial experience in federal court preferred.

The position is a 3 year term appointment. 

Contact Information

Send resume and cover letter by January 24, 2022 to:

Human Resources
Office of the Attorney General of Iowa
1305 E. Walnut St.
Des Moines, IA 50319

Or send via email to 
EOE - Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities encouraged to apply.  (Hearing and Speech Impaired - Relay Iowa 1-800-735-2942 TDD).

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