Attorney Adviser (Labor)

District of Columbia, D.C
Jan 27, 2022
Feb 01, 2022
Full Time

Begin a challenging career with the Department of Labor! The Office of Solicitor is looking for a talented and motivated attorney to join the Immigration Programs Counsel Area in the Division of Employment and Training Legal Services.

The Division provides legal assistance to:

(1) the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) in its administration of the foreign labor certification programs, the Federal-State unemployment compensation program, the national workforce investment and employment service programs, Job Corps, and apprenticeship programs.

(2) the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) in its administration of employment and training programs for veterans and separating service members the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 994, and the provisions of the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 relating to enforcement of Federal executive branch veterans' preference laws; and

(3) the Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) with regard to all international labor activities of the Department, including with regard to its efforts to eradicate child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking and to negotiate and enforce strong labor rights provisions in trade agreements.

The individuals selected will primarily provide legal advice, rulemaking, and litigation services to ETA's Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) on matters related to the Department's administration of foreign labor certification programs under the INA, including, but not limited to, the H-1B, H-2A, H-2B, CW-1, and PERM programs, which are designed to assure that the admission of foreign workers into the United States on a permanent or temporary basis will not adversely affect the job opportunities, wages, and working conditions of U.S. workers. Specifically, the individuals selected will engage in the following duties: 1) representing OFLC in administrative litigation before the Department's Office of Administrative Law Judges in connection with appeals of denials and other actions taken by OFLC with regard to employer applications for temporary and permanent labor certifications that are necessary to obtain visas to employ foreign workers in the United States; 2) assisting the Department of Justice in federal court litigation involving the programs administered by OFLC; 3) working collaboratively with OFLC to develop and implement regulations governing the programs administered by OFLC; and 4) providing formal and informal legal advice to OFLC on all matters concerning its administration of the foreign labor certification programs. As needed, the individuals selected may be required to assist and provide legal advice, rulemaking, and litigation services on matters related to the other ETA programs, VETS, or ILAB.

Our division values and is committed to developing a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and supportive team dedicated to the mission of the Department, and is seeking a diverse pool of applicants with immigration-related experience.

This position requires the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and a strong dedication to public service. Knowledge of the programs administered by OFLC, knowledge of and experience with Federal administrative law, experience in the Federal rulemaking process, and experience with administrative litigation is preferred.

The selected attorney(s) will be expected to exercise independent judgment and discretion in the discharge of duties, including providing advice directly to DOL officials and staff, subject to the overall supervision of Division management. The selected attorney will from time-to-time meet with Federal officials in other Federal agencies such as the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of State.


Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Relocation expenses are not paid.
  • This position is inside the bargaining unit

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

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 to submit documentation of proof of vaccination or to be in the process of requesting an exception to the vaccination requirement before appointment or onboarding with the agency. The agency will provide additional information regarding which forms of documentation can be accepted and how you can request to be considered for a legally required exception from this requirement.

Currently, implementation and enforcement of Executive Order 14043 has been suspended pursuant to an injunction pending further litigation.


To qualify for an attorney position, applicants must possess a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.); be a member in good standing of the bar of a court of general jurisdiction of a state, territory or possession of the U.S.; and have acquired the amount of experience indicated below for each grade level.

GS-13, two (2) years of progressively responsible legal experience of a professional nature which demonstrates the ability to perform the work at this level.

GS-14, three (3) years of progressively responsible legal experience of a professional nature which demonstrates the ability to perform the work at this level. At least one year of qualifying experience, at this level, must be specialized experience as defined below.

Specialized experience, for this grade level, is defined as experience engaging in federal rulemaking, conducting federal and/or administrative litigation, or experience researching and analyzing legal issues involving federal immigration programs.

Note: An LL.M may be substituted for a maximum of one year experience.


For this position education is a requirement. You must have obtained a J.D. from a qualifying educational institution. You must submit academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements. If you do not submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete, and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.

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.

If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

Additional information

Position Telework eligibility is determined by management based on position duties during the recruitment process. Employee participation in telework on a routine or situational basis is determined by management primarily based on business needs. Employees participating in telework are subject to the terms and conditions of the Department of Labor's Telework Program.

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.