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Office of the General Counsel Position Announcements

Current Openings:


Chief Counsel, Region I (Boston, MA)

The Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is currently seeking applications for Chief Counsel for its Boston Office (Region I).

Grade: GS-0905-15

Salary Range: $128,503-$160,300/ Per Year

Open Period: June 24, 2016 – July 6, 2016

Position Information: Full Time

Promotion Potential: Yes

Duty Locations: Boston, MA

Who May Apply: All US Citizens

Security Clearance: Public Trust – Background Investigation

Supervisory Status: Yes

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 the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), providing quality representation and legal advice in 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, the Headquarters Divisions and the 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.


The incumbent serves as the Chief Counsel in the Boston office of HHS, managing an office of five attorneys, one support staff person, and one or more legal interns. The person in this position is responsible for determining, directing, and coordinating the legal services for virtually all programs and responsibilities of the Department and its constituent agencies, with a focus on matters arising in New England (Region I).

The incumbent provides legal representation with respect to the formulation, coordination, revision, and execution of programs on a Departmental level, and serves as staff adviser to the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsels in Washington, DC. This includes providing legal advice and litigation in a variety of judicial and administrative forums regarding implementation and enforcement of program requirements and policies, and defense of agency actions.

He or she consults with and assists U.S. Attorneys in the investigation, preparation, presentation, and conduct of both civil and criminal litigation growing out of Departmental activities. The incumbent also provides authoritative advice, guidance, interpretations, and recommendations concerning legal matters to representatives of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Department of Justice, the Solicitor General, and others.

The incumbent writes, reviews, and clears legal opinions, briefs, pleadings, memoranda, correspondence, etc., on important and significant matters. He or she also drafts, reviews, and clears important letters, policy statements, and similar communications by regional office officials on program matters that require particular sensitivity to and judgment concerning matters with legal, public relations, or State relations implications.

The incumbent is responsible for legal services on business management activities and administrative operations, including procurement, contracting, information privacy, personnel actions, and claims by and against the Department. He or she is also responsible for the overall planning, organization, and formulation of procedures of the OGC Region I Office and for the supervision of the work of the office/region, as well as for the selection, assignment, utilization, and evaluation of professional and support staff.

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:

  • You must possess a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from an accredited ABA law school
  • You must have been admitted to a bar in one of the highest courts of a State, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. territories or the District of Columbia and be in good standing
  • You must demonstrate five (5) or more years of professional legal experience that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. Such experience can include determining, directing, and coordinating legal services; supervising the overall planning, reporting, and budgeting for an office or comparable experience; overseeing civil litigation; drafting, reviewing, and approving letters, policy statements, and similar communications. The experience must be comparable to the GS-14 grade level in the federal government. 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

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must maintain eligibility to practice law in the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia throughout employment in the Office of the General Counsel
  • The successful candidate may be required to 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 DHS "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
  • OGE Form 278 Public Financial disclosure Report must be completed before a final offer is made and is required annually
  • A one-year trial period may be required
  • Travel, transportation and relocation expenses will not be paid
  • This position is not in a bargaining unit

Instructions to Apply:

Please submit the following documents to to receive full consideration:

  • Cover letter
  • 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)
  • Legal writing samples (no more than 10 pages)
  • Law school transcripts only if graduated from law school within the past five years
  • Proof of 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
  • References (at least three professional)

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