General Attorney

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Mar 08, 2021
Closes
Mar 15, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Department of Health And Human Services, Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Office of the General Counsel, headquartered in Washington, District of Columbia.

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Responsibilities

At the full performance level duties include but are not limited to:

Researches, selects and summarizes pertinent facts from case reports, interpretative legal decisions, and analogous agency precedents. Studies and assimilates legal principles and guidance contained in legislative history, precedents, rules, regulations and similar materials.

Participates in administrative hearings, court actions, and other legal proceedings in defense of the Department.

Provides legal advice, guidance and assistance to program officials, HHS personnel, advisory committees, and in other such areas as specific statutory or constitutional issues or actions; interpretations of new and emerging programs/agency responsibilities; review of documents and other materials to insure legal sufficiency and compliance with legal requirements; and other related matters.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service - http://www.sss.gov
  • Suitable for federal employment
  • Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. All information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.
  • Documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.
  • All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.
  • All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date.
  • Financial disclosure statement may be required.
  • Two-year trial period may be required.


Qualifications

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

Desirable Candidates:
Excellent experience with a top-rated law firm, clerking, with a nonprofit advocacy group, or legal aid. Superior academic credentials from a highly ranked law school and outstanding marks. Outstanding writing ability and litigation or advisory experience, with organizational, time management and interpersonal skills. A demonstrated commitment to professionalism, ethics, civility, and public service.

Basic Qualification Requirements:

Possess a current active bar membership from any State, territory, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, District of Columbia, or Federal Court. (Must maintain active bar membership while employed as an attorney with HHS. Active Bar membership is verified prior to appointment.)

AND

Have successfully completed a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) or Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from an accredited law school.

Additional Qualification Requirements: In addition to meeting the Basic Qualification Requirements candidates must

For GS-13:

Have at least two (2) years of full-time experience pre- or post -bar admission experience that includes any of the following: (1) full-time judicial clerkship; (2) Federal or state court litigation experience involving any of the following: discovery disputes, trial experience, deposition preparation, defense and examination of witnesses, expert witnesses, motions practice, class actions, or brief writing; (3) advisory work as an attorney (not an intern or paralegal) on Federal agency law, including the Administrative Procedure Act or Federal grants law; (4) advisory work as an attorney (not an intern or paralegal) on immigration and foster care laws affecting unaccompanied immigrant children or victims of trafficking. In addition, demonstrated commitment to public service through employment, pro bono , or similar experience. One year of experience must be equivalent to the GS-12 level.

For GS-14:

Have at least three (3) years of experience post bar admission in litigation experience that includes discovery disputes, trial experience, deposition preparation, defense and examination of witnesses, motions, practice and brief writing; advising on immigration and foster care laws affecting unaccompanied immigrant children and victims of trafficking on grant law, and/or on Administrative Law. One year of experience must be equivalent to the GS-13 level.

Documenting experience: In accordance with Office of Personnel Management policy, federal employees are assumed to have gained experience by performing duties and responsibilities appropriate for their official series and grade level as described in their position description. Experience that would not normally be part of the employee's position is creditable, however, when documented by satisfactory evidence, such as a signed memorandum from the employee's supervisor or an SF-50 or SF-52 documenting an official detail or other official assignment. The documentation must indicate whether the duties were performed full time or, if part time, the "percentage of times" the other duties were performed. It is expected that this documentation is included in the employee's official personnel record. In order to receive credit for experience in your resume that is not within the official series and grade level of your official position, you must provide a copy of the appropriate documentation of such experience as indicated above.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through national Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to gain employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. If such experience is on a part-time basis, you must provide the average number of hours worked per week as well as the beginning and ending dates of the experience so it can be fully credited.

Education

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov.

Additional information

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Incentives may be authorized; however, this is contingent upon multiple factors, including funds availability. If authorized, certain incentives may require you to sign a service agreement to remain in the Federal government for a period of up to 3 years. Note: This statement does not imply nor guarantee an incentive will be offered and paid. Incentives may include the following: student loan repayment, superior qualifications appointment, creditable service for annual leave for prior non-federal work experience or prior uniformed military service, etc.

Bargaining Unit Position: No

Research position: No

Drug Screening Required: No

Telework: Yes - Potentially after a probation period and post COVID-19 public health emergency)

Veterans' Preference - https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/veterans/

Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP/ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an CTAP/ICTAP eligible see http://opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap . To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

Beginning January 1, 2010, agencies must seek prior approval from OPM before they can appoint a current or recent political appointee to a competitive or non-political excepted service position at any level under the provisions of title 5, United States Code. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you MUST disclose that to the Human Resources Office.

NOTE: During the COVID-19 pandemic you may be authorized to telework remotely. The Federal government will begin a phased transition to normal operations in line with the national guidelines to Open Up America Again. HHS will make operating decisions based on State or locality of duty stations and other factors.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Additional selections may be made for similar positions across the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) within the local commuting area(s) of the location identified in this announcement. By applying, you agree to have your application shared with any interested selecting official(s) at HHS. Clearance of CTAP/ICTAP will be applied for similar positions across HHS.

In accordance with Executive Order 12564 of September 14, 1986, The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is A Drug-Free Federal Workplace. The use of illegal drugs, on or off duty, by Federal employees is inconsistent not only with the law-abiding behavior expected of all citizens, but also with the special trust placed in such employees as servants of the public.

Once the application process is complete, a review of the resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

To preview the assessment questionnaire, click the following link: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11018129

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

Submission of a resume alone IS NOT a complete application. You must provide a complete online Application Package which includes:
  • Your Resume: You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume. Your resumemust clearly articulate how your skills and experiences align to the criteria defined in the qualifications section of this announcement and it must support your responses to the assessment questionnaire. For each position you must describe your duties, accomplishments, related skills, and responsibilities. Your resume must also include the day, month, and year that you began and ended for each position held. Full-time employment will be assumed unless otherwise stated on your resume. Part-time employment will be prorated in crediting experience. Not providing this information may result in the lowering of your assessment score or an ineligible rating. For resume writing guidance, please visit the USAJobs Resource Center or view their video tutorial .For Most Effective Resumes Tips visit: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Most_Effective_Resumes .
  • A complete Assessment Questionnaire ( https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11018129 )
  • Other required supporting documents.
Other Supporting Documents: (Only Submit if applicable to you.)
  • College transcript
  • Two legal writing samples (no more than 10 pages each)
  • Names and contact information for a least three professional references
  • Veterans' Preference documentation:
    • Discharged Veterans: If you are claiming 5 point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from the armed forces that supports dates of service and discharge status; if claiming 10 point preference, an application for 10-Point Veterans Preference (SF-15) and an official document dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, and/or any other associated documentation based on your preference.
    • Active Duty Members: Under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, if claiming 5 point preference, submit written documentation from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted with your application package.
  • CTAP/ICTAP Documentation
    • A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate, notice of disability annuity termination, or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement;
    • A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action'', documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;
    • A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
    • Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
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You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient. Official documentation will be requested upon selection.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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