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General Attorney, Public Health Division (Bethesda, MD)

The Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is currently seeking applications for a General Attorney position in its Public Health Division, National Institutes of Health Branch.

Open Period: August 12, 2016 – October 12, 2016

Series & Grade: GS-0905- 11/14

Salary Range: $64,650 - $141,555/ Per Year

Position Information: Full Time

Promotion Potential: Yes

Duty Location: Bethesda

Who May Apply: All US Citizens

Security Clearance: Public Trust – Background Investigation

Supervisory Status: No

Job Summary:

Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.
The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is the legal team for HHS, providing quality representation and legal advice on a wide range of highly visible national issues. OGC supports the development and implementation of the Department’s programs by providing the highest quality legal services to the Secretary of HHS and the organization’s various agencies and divisions.
OGC is comprised of three principal subcomponents: the Immediate Office, Headquarters Divisions, and Regional Offices. Each Headquarters Division is led by an Associate General Counsel, and each of the ten Regional Offices is led by a Chief Counsel. The eight (8) Headquarters Divisions consist of the following: the General Law Division (GLD), Children, Families and Aging Division (CFAD), Ethics Division (ETH), Civil Rights Division (CRD), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Division (CMSD), Food and Drug Division (FDD), Legislation (LEG), and Public Health Division (PHD). The ten (10) Regional offices are located in the following cities; Region I-Boston, Region II- New York, Region III-Philadelphia, Region IV-Atlanta, Region V-Chicago, Region VI-Dallas, Region VII-Kansas City, Region VIII-Denver, Region IX-San Francisco, and Region X-Seattle.

OGC is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage applications from a diverse pool of high-quality candidates.


This is a General Attorney position in the Public Health Division, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Branch. The incumbent provides legal advice and services to NIH on a wide array of highly visible, complex, and other precedential public health matters.
For additional information about OGC’s mission, please visit our website at: http://www.hhs.gov/about/agencies/ogc/index.html

Qualifications Required:

Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the position qualifications listed on this announcement. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the General Counsel, is seeking a highly qualified attorney to join the Public Health Division, National Institutes of Health Branch. This position offers a range of experience, significant responsibility and intellectually engaging work. We are looking for strong legal, communication, and interpersonal skills.
The following are required qualifications:

  • A Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from an accredited ABA law school
  • Active bar status in good standing and eligibility to practice law in the highest court of a State, U. S. commonwealth, U. S. territory, or the District of Columbia
  • For at least one of the attorney positions, applicants with a law degree who have not passed the bar may be hired as a Law Clerk and converted to the General Attorney position upon passing the bar. If hired as a Law Clerk, admission to the bar must be completed within 14 months of the date of appointment to the position

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must maintain active bar membership in good standing and the eligibility to practice law in the highest court of a state, territory, Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia throughout employment in the Office of the General Counsel
  • The successful candidate must submit official law school transcripts
  • Security and Background Requirements:  If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.  Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non- selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.
  • E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the "E-Verify" System.  Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.
  • Direct Deposit:  All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing
  • All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement
  • Financial disclosure statement may be required
  • Two-year trial period may be required
  • Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid
  • This position may be in a bargaining unit

Instructions to Apply:

To receive full consideration, the following documents must be received at OGCVacancy@mail.nih.gov by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date of the announcement:

  • Short cover letter addressed to Barbara McGarey, Deputy Associate General Counsel, Public Health Division
  • Resume (must include education, including name of undergraduate and law school, degree received and date graduated; date admitted to bar and jurisdiction; a general description of all past employment relevant to the practice of law, including dates of employment and supervisor name(s) and telephone number(s))
  • One to two legal writing samples (no more than 10 pages each)
  • Law school transcripts, if graduated from law school within the past five years
  • A written statement addressing interest or experience in providing legal advice on human services-related matters. If applicant possesses immigration-related experience, the written statement should address the substantial experience in such field
  • Proof of active bar status in good standing and eligibility to practice law in a state, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (not required if applying as a Law Clerk)
  • Names and contact information for at least three professional references
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Content last reviewed on September 21, 2016