Deputy Solicitor, National Operations

Washington, D.C
Nov 28, 2021
Nov 30, 2021
Full Time

The Deputy Solicitor for National Operations is, along with the Deputy Solicitor for Regional Enforcement, one of the Solicitor's two primary career legal advisors, providing critical input to the Solicitor and Deputy Solicitor on developing and accomplishing the goals of the Office of the Solicitor (SOL). The Deputy Solicitor for National Operations provides leadership to SOL's ten National Office divisions. The Deputy Solicitor for National Operations has responsibility for the overall direction, organization, and supervision of the divisions. The divisions are responsible for the appellate litigation and regulatory and other legal advice provided to the Department of Labor's various components under the laws enforced by the Department. The Deputy Solicitor for National Operations, who works in the Immediate Office of the Solicitor of Labor and reports to the Solicitor, often becomes involved as the Solicitor's surrogate in guiding the most important and/or sensitive issues facing SOL's National Office in the realm of litigation, regulations, or advice.

The Deputy Solicitor for National Operations participates, along with the Solicitor, Deputy Solicitor, and Deputy Solicitor for Regional Enforcement, in the overall management of the Office of the Solicitor, including making decisions about SOL's financial, budget, and human resource needs.


Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Subject to financial disclosure requirements.
  • Must meet Mandatory Technical and Executive Core Qualifications.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.

Candidates must possess broad and progressive experience in an attorney position that involves novel and/or complex legal questions and expertise as a legal advisor/litigator. This experience must have been at a major management level (normally equivalent to the GS-15 level in the Federal government) and have at least 4 or more years of post law school experience.

Notification Concerning COVID-19 Vaccinations. As required by Executive Order 14043 , Federal executive branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021, or before appointment or onboarding with the agency (if later than November 22, 2021). The agency will provide additional information regarding which forms of documentation can be accepted and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement.


To qualify for this position, all applicants must write a narrative in the spaces provided detailing accomplishments that would satisfy each of the ECQs and MTQs. You must address each ECQ and MTQ separately. If you fail to do so, your application will be rated ineligible.

In writing your responses to the ECQs, your narrative must address each ECQ separately in the spaces provided. Each ECQ should contain at least two examples describing your experiences and accomplishments/results. Responses to ECQ's must not exceed 10 pages. It is recommended that applicants draft their ECQs in a Word document first, then cut and paste into the spaces provided following each ECQ to ensure length requirements. For additional guidance, applicants may visit the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Senior Executive Qualifications . Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action, and Result model outlined in the guide.

1. Leading Change: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
2. Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
3. Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
4. Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
5. Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs): In writing your narrative responses to the MTQs, please give examples and explain how often you used your skills, the complexity of the knowledge possessed, the level of people you interacted with, the sensitivity of the issues you handled, etc. APPLICANTS SHOULD LIMIT THEIR RESPONSES TO ONE (1) SINGLE SPACED PAGE PER EACH MTQ WITH THE FONT SIZE NO SMALLER THAN POINT 12. It is recommended that applicants draft their MTQs in a Word document first, then cut and paste into the spaces provided following each MTQ to ensure length requirements.

1. Significant appellate litigation and/or rulemaking experience in relevant or comparable areas of law that demonstrates sophisticated legal judgment.

2. Successful experience in leading and managing legal offices, components, or significant teams engaged in a broad range of client services, such as litigations, regulations and advice.

3. Demonstrated ability to develop and implement long range strategies within the organization and/or its components.

4. Demonstrated ability to collaborate with components across the organization, other government agencies as well as externally and represent the Solicitor to key individuals and groups as spokesperson for the organization.


The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U. S. Department of Education. Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from Federal employment to removal from Federal service.

Education for this position is a requirement and applicants must possess a J.D. You will be required to provide an original copy of your transcripts at a later time. Applicants are required to be active members of the Bar in any US State or US Territory Court under the U.S. Constitution. Documentation of Bar License will be required before selection.

Additional information

The Department of Labor (DOL) seeks to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights. This position is an opportunity for a mission-driven senior executive seeking a collaborative, fast-paced, and collegial work setting to achieve far-reaching impacts across the nation. DOL seeks to be a model employer, and offers flexible work schedules, Employee Assistance Programs (which provide counseling and/or referral services for a variety of life events), and a comprehensive and competitive benefits package, including for retirement, dependent care, and transit benefits.

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