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Office of the General Counsel Position Announcements

Current Openings:


General Attorney, Children, Families, and Aging Division (Washington, DC)

Open Period: July 11, 2016 – July 22, 2016

Series & Grade: GS-0905- 11/14

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

Position Information: Full Time

Promotion Potential: Yes

Duty Locations: Washington, DC

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.

Duties:

This is a General Attorney position in the Children, Families, and Aging Division (CFAD). The incumbent provides legal counsel and litigation support to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the Administration for Community Living (ACL) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This is a national practice that involves over $50 billion in mandatory and discretionary grant programs.

For additional information about OGC’s mission, please visit our website at: http://www.hhs.gov/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.

CFAD seeks attorneys with superior academic credentials; exceptional research, writing, and interpersonal skills; and demonstrated interest and experience in human services programs affecting the lives of children, families, older adults, and individuals with disabilities.

We have an interest in qualified applicants who are knowledgeable about or have experience with Federal grants law, as well as legal issues presented by the Administration for Children and Families or the Administration for Community Living. We also have an interest in qualified applicants who have substantial experience with immigration law, refugee law, the laws affecting unaccompanied children, and the laws regarding trafficking of persons. Such laws include, but are not limited to: The Refugee Act of 1980, the Homeland Security Act of 2002, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, and, generally, the Immigration and Nationality Act.

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
  • Candidates should have outstanding organizational, time management, and interpersonal skills, and a demonstrated commitment to professionalism, ethics, civility, and public service

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 elizabeth.jeffries@hhs.gov 11:59 p.m. on the closing date of the announcement:

  • Short cover letter addressed to Judith Haron, Deputy Associate General Counsel-Children Families and Aging 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



General Attorney, Public Health Division (Rockville, 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, Indian Health Service Branch.

 

Open Period: July 8, 2016 – August 5, 2016

Series & Grade: GS-0905- 11/14

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

Position Information: Full Time

Promotion Potential: Yes

Duty Locations: Rockville, MD

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.

Duties:

The Indian Health Service (IHS) Branch of OGC’s Public Health Division provides legal advice to the Indian Health Service of HHS as it delivers health care to American Indians/Alaska Natives through more than 500 health care facilities. For more information, please see the IHS website at http://www.ihs.gov. IHS legal matters can be grouped into four major areas. First, attorneys provide legal advice on the implementation of various health care programs. Second, attorneys work closely with agency staff that negotiates contracts with tribes for health program administration. Third, attorneys defend challenges to agency actions before administrative law judges and assist the Department of Justice with cases brought in Federal court. Fourth, attorneys review the implications of proposed legislation on the IHS health delivery program.

OGC is seeking to hire a permanent attorney to fill a vacancy in the IHS Branch of the Public Health Division. The attorney must have excellent written communication skills; a demonstrated interest in administrative, health, Indian, or government contract law; and the ability to work in a cross-cultural environment. The applicant must be licensed to practice law in at least one state. Specific experience with any of the following is considered helpful: the Indian Self Determination and Education Assistance Act, Titles XVIII or Title XIX of the Social Security Act, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), the Contract Disputes Act (CDA), or a contracting/accounting/finance background. An interest in negotiation and/or litigation would be beneficial.

For additional information about OGC’s mission, visit the following: http://www.hhs.gov/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 following are required qualifications:

  • A Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from an accredited ABA law school
  • At least one year experience after bar admission as a practicing attorney
  • 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
  • Excellent written communication skills; a demonstrated interest in administrative, health, Indian, or government contract law; and the ability to work in a cross-cultural environment
  • Experience with any of the following Acts is considered helpful: The Indian Self Determination and Education Assistance Act, Titles XVIII or Title XIX of the Social Security Act, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIP AA), or the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), Contract Disputes Act (CDA), or a contracting/accounting/finance background. An interest in negotiation and/or litigation would be beneficial
  • Substantial familiarity with healthcare law, regulations, and policy
  • Preference will be given to candidates with significant litigation experience; strong academics; outstanding organizational, time management, and interpersonal skills; superior legal writing and research ability; and a demonstrated commitment to professionalism, ethics, civility and public service
  • Candidates should have outstanding organizational, time management, and interpersonal skills and a demonstrated commitment to professionalism, ethics, civility, and public service

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 is in a bargaining unit

Instructions to Apply:

To receive full consideration, the following documents must be received at gail.williams2@ihs.gov by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date of the announcement:

  • Cover letter addressed to the OGC Public Health Division Hiring Team
  • 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)
  • Two legal writing samples
  • Law school transcripts
  • 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
  • Names and contact information for at least three professional references

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Content last reviewed on July 12, 2016