Administrative Law Judge

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jun 10, 2021
Closes
Jun 18, 2021
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility, and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

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Responsibilities

This position is located in the Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ) in the U.S. Department of Labor. Incumbent serves as an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) and reports to a District Chief Administrative Law Judge. The position is located in one of our eight District Offices.

Under the general administrative direction of the District Chief Judge, incumbent performs all the duties of an ALJ and renders recommended, initial, or final decisions in accordance with the procedural requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act and applicable statutes, executive orders, and regulations, including 29 C.F.R. Part 18. The incumbent is required to develop expert knowledge of OALJ's rules of practice and procedure, any special program specific rules of practice and procedure, and applicable rules of evidence.

The principal duties are to preside over adversarial hearings, adjudicate cases under approximately 80 different laws and executive orders, and produce a written decision based on the record made at the hearing. In presiding over hearings, incumbent has qualified decisional independence in the conduct and progress of proceedings and issues a written decision that, depending on the governing regulations, is recommended, final, or is considered final if petition for review of the decision is not timely filed.

Incumbent is required to preside over hearings involved with other regulations and statutes, as well as any public hearings that are held from time to time, preparatory to the issuance of rules and regulations in connection with the Department's many programs and/or statutes. Incumbent also performs additional duties not inconsistent with the duties and responsibilities of an ALJ.

Locality Pay is as follows:
  • Cincinnati, OH - $138,753-$183,300
  • Covington, LA - $133,458-$183,300
  • Newport News, VA - $134,103-$183,300
  • Washington, DC - $150,182-$183,300


Travel Required

50% or less - Travel less than 50% required.

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
03

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship, subject to applicable law.
  • Subject to financial disclosure requirements.
  • Subject to frequent travel throughout the US and its territories.


Cover letter - containing a statement why you are interested in the position and how your skills, education and experience would qualify you to perform the duties of an administrative law judge in the Department of Labor.

Active bar status and/or membership in good standing for at least 15 years total in at least one jurisdiction in which the applicant is admitted.

Ten years of relevant litigation or administrative law experience and knowledge of statutes enforced by the Department of Labor, such as the Black Lung Benefits Act, Service Contract Act, Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, whistleblower protections enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or knowledge of other similar laws.

Qualifications

MANDATORY QUALIFICATIONS: Licensure and authorization to practice law under the laws of a state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or any territorial court established under the laws of the United States.

An "active" bar status and/or membership in "good standing" for at least fifteen (15) years total in at least one jurisdiction in which the applicant is admitted. Judicial status is acceptable in lieu of "active" status in States that prohibit sitting judges from maintaining "active" status to practice law. Being in "good standing" is acceptable in lieu of "active" status in jurisdictions where the licensing authority considers "good standing" as having a current license to practice law.

Applicant must have at least ten (10) years of relevant litigation or administrative law experience. Relevant litigation experience can include: preparing for, participating in, and/or conducting formal hearings, trials, or appeals at the federal, state, or local level; participating in settlement or plea negotiations in advance of such proceedings; hearing cases; preparing opinions; and participating in or conducting arbitration, mediation, or other alternative dispute resolution. Relevant administrative law experience is litigation experience in cases initiated before a governmental administrative body.

Applicant must have knowledge of statutes enforced by the Department of Labor, such as the Black Lung Benefits Act, Service Contract Act, Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, whistleblower protections enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or of other similar laws.

All Mandatory Requirements and Qualifications must be met bv the closing date of this announcement.

Education

Juris Doctor from an ABA accredited law school.

Additional information

Consideration of Veterans' Status: While there is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to administrative law judge positions in the excepted service, the Department considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in ALJ hiring.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applications will be directed to the Office of Executive Resources (OER) to be screened for whether an applicant has submitted all required documentation and meets the minimal qualifications for the position. OER will deliver qualified applications to an interview panel consisting of the DOL's Chief Administrative Law Judge, Chief Human Capital Officer, the Assistant Secretary for Policy, and a Member of the Employees' Compensation Appeals Board (ECAB). The interview panel will review and evaluate the qualified applications, taking into account the needs of the agency. The panel will then interview the top candidates for the open positions and forward its recommended candidates to the Deputy Secretary. The Deputy Secretary, in consultation with a career ethics attorney from the Office of the Solicitor, will recommend to the Secretary candidate(s) for appointment, as well as resumes of the candidates interviewed but not recommended. The Secretary shall make the final decision and appointment, or may instead order another candidate search be completed.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date.
  • Cover letter - containing a statement why you are interested in the position and how your skills, education and experience would qualify you to perform the duties of an administrative law judge in the Department of Labor.
  • Writing Sample -- Demonstrate an ability to perform the duties of an Administrative Law Judge in the Office of Administrative Law Judges, U.S. Department of Labor. Must be one significant decision, or equivalent significant legal product, authored by the applicant.
  • Resume - Please provide sufficient details in your resume to enable us to determine if you meet the requirement for qualifying experience (as stated in the Qualifications section). Providing insufficient details in your resume may result in a lower or ineligible rating.
    Important: a) Providing the month and year of the starting and ending dates of employment will enable us to determine the length of your experience; if you do not provide the month or the year of the starting and ending dates of employment your starting date will be assumed to have been the last month of that year and your ending date will be assumed to be the first month of the year. You may create a resume in USAJOBS or upload one of your own.
  • Completion of Assessment/Occupational Questionnaire, if applicable.
  • The names and contact information of three professional references.
  • Veterans Documents (if applicable): This appointment is to an ALJ position in the excepted service, not the competitive service. There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference in excepted service ALJ appointments; however, the Department of Labor considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in excepted service ALJ hiring. In order to receive positive consideration, you must indicate your eligibility, in response to the appropriate item on the vacancy questionnaire. Additionally, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD214 showing the type of discharge and dates of active duty and, if applicable, a VA letter certifying the present existence of the service-connected disability which indicates the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting to be honorably discharged or released within 120 days, click Active Duty). Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's consideration.
  • Proof of Bar Status.
  • Most recent SF-50 (if applicable).
  • Copy of law school transcript (unofficial), if selected official copy may be required.
  • If applicable, a list of published articles authored by the applicant.


  • 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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