Office of the General Counsel Position Announcements
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking candidates for one or more attorney positions in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) Public Health Division, Public Health and Science Branch in Rockville, MD. This position, which offers a broad range of experience, significant responsibility and intellectually engaging work, requires creative legal thinking and strong communication skills. This attorney will have direct client contact, interact with colleagues throughout the Office of the General Counsel and officials at other government agencies, and negotiate and work cooperatively with outside counsel.
The Public Health and Science Branch provides a full array of legal services to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the Program Support Center's (PSC) Federal Property Assistance Program. For more information about HRSA, see www.hrsa.gov. For more information about OASH, see http://www.hhs.gov/ash/. For more information about SAMHSA, see www.samhsa.gov. For more information about AHRQ, see http://www.ahrq.gov. For more information about the PSC's Federal Property Assistance Program, see http://www.psc.gov/administrative/federalprop/index.html.
If selected for this position you will provide a broad range of legal services to a number of the programs served by the Public Health Division's Public Health and Science Branch. The work requires the development and application of knowledge of: agency statutes, rules, regulations, and similar materials; civil procedures; and the general principles, rules, and guidance in other related areas of law.
Some areas of responsibilities may include providing legal advice, guidance and assistance to program officials, agency personnel and others in such areas as: specific regulatory problems, issues and actions; development of modified and new program regulations and guidelines; and interpretation of new and emerging program authorities and responsibilities; review of documents to insure legal sufficiency and compliance with regulatory requirements; and other related matters.
Responsibilities also may include evaluating program specifications for regulations, drafting of regulations, notices, and forms, and preparation of precedent opinions in areas which may involve little or no precedent.
Responsibilities further may include assisting, in conjunction with the Department of Justice, in the conduct of litigation, including the preparation of motions, briefs, supporting memoranda, and affidavits.
Qualifications and Evaluations
You must have a Law Degree (LL.B. or a J.D.) and must maintain an active license to practice law in a State, territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Strong academic credentials, a strong record of relevant academic or other professional achievement, a government law background, a background in the health care field, and/or litigation experience would be helpful. Successful applicant will be asked to provide evidence of excellent communication and analytic skills. Salary will be based on experience and qualifications of the successful applicant.
GS-11: Applicants with a law degree and membership in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar.
GS-12: One year of legal experience which is directly related to the position being filled and equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service
GS-13: One year of legal experience which is directly related to the position being filled and equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service
GS-14: One year of legal experience which is directly related to the position being filled and equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service
Strong writing, oral presentation and legal analysis skills are required for all grades.
If you are not a Federal employee, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.
You must be a graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar.
You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
You must meet time-in-grade restrictions by the closing date of this announcement.
If you are a current or former federal employee with reinstatement eligibility, you must submit a copy of your last Notification of Personnel Action (SF50) showing your position, title, series, grade and eligibility.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated based upon the application package you provide, which includes:
- Cover Letter
- Two Writing Samples
- Law school transcript (if less than 5 years in practice)
The position will be filled at the GS-11 ($62,467-$81,204) through GS-14 ($105,211-$136,771) level, depending on experience and qualifications. Reimbursement for relocation expenses is not available.
If you have any questions concerning this announcement, please contact Cynthia Shabazz-Spurr at 301-443-2644 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. HHS is an equal opportunity employer , and we encourage applications from a diverse pool of high-quality candidates.
The closing date for applications is October 31, 2013.