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Office of the General Counsel Position Announcements


General Attorney

Salary Range: $62,476 - $136,793/ per year

Open Period: Friday, May 15, 2015 to Friday, May 29, 2015

Series & Grade: GS-0905, GS-11 thru GS-14

Position Information: Full Time

Promotion Potential: Yes

Duty Locations: 1 vacancy in the following location: Philadelphia, PA

Who May Apply:  All groups of qualified individuals

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 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.

Who May Apply:  This vacancy is open to all groups of qualified individuals. 

Duties:

This is a General Attorney position.  OGC’s, Region III is home to nine attorneys and two support staff.  The incumbent will provide a variety of legal services for most of the program areas in the HHS Regional Office, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).  The work requires the development and application of knowledge of general administrative law, employment law, HHS statutes, regulations and similar materials, case law and civil procedure.  The incumbent will provide legal advice to agency personnel as well as defend or prosecute on behalf of the Secretary in administrative proceedings and federal court, with an emphasis on administrative proceedings 

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.
  • Preference is given to candidates with related experience, strong academic credentials, 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 active bar membership in good standing 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 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.
  • 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 not in a bargaining unit 

Instructions to Apply:

Please submit the following documents Frankie.Green@hhs.gov to receive full consideration by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date of the announcement:

  • 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 sample (no more than 10 pages)
  • Law school transcripts, if graduated from law school within the past five years
  • Proof of bar status and standing. You must provide proof that you are a current, active member of a bar of the highest court of a State, U. S. commonwealth, U. S. territory, or the District of Columbia
  • References (at least three professional)

 


Supervisory Attorney-Advisor

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Legislation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is currently seeking applications for a Supervisory Attorney-Advisor position in its Office of Oversight and Investigations.

Who May Apply:  This vacancy announcement is open to all US Citizens and may be used to fill multiple positions.

Duty Station:  Washington, DC

Salary Range:  $126,245 - $158,700

Open Period:  May 15, 2015 - May 20, 2015

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 Assistant Secretary for Legislation provides advice and assistance to the Secretary with respect to all aspects of the Department’s legislative program and Congressional relations activities.  The primary responsibilities of the Assistant Secretary for Legislation (ASL) are to manage the presentation of the Department’s legislative program to Congress and to service varied and numerous Congressional requests for assistance regarding Health and Human Services programs, and to facilitate communication generally between the Department and the Congress.

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

Duties:

  • Directs, plans, and coordinates the formulation of strategic response to Congressional Oversight and investigations, and GAO audit response.
  • Supervises assigned staff in carrying out the Oversight & Investigations unit's mission and responsibilities.
  • Coordinates and monitors ASL handling of external communications and responses including Congressional investigations and GAO audits.
  • Prepares HHS policy officials for Congressional oversight hearings, briefings and interviews.
  • Negotiates accommodations to Congressional oversight requests and subpoenas with Congressional Committees.
  • Identifies underlying concerns behind information requests to develop the best agency response.
  • Maintains a good working knowledge of policy and program issues that are the focus of Congressional and GAO interest;
  • Develops effective working relationships with Congressional oversight staff;
  • Identifies emerging issues of concern in a timely fashion and provides timely policy counsel to senior Department officials;
  • Coordinates responses after determining the  impact of releasing requested information.
  • Briefs the Secretary and senior staff on significant oversight issues.

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.
  • Possess substantial familiarity with public health issues of current interest to Congress and, in particular, Congressional oversight committees. Preference is given to candidates with experience responding to Congressional oversight inquiries and preparing agency witnesses for oversight hearings and briefings; and to candidates with strong academic backgrounds, organizational, time management, and interpersonal skills; excellent writing ability and a demonstrated commitment to professionalism, ethics, civility and public service.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must maintain active bar membership in good standing throughout employment in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Legislation.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 not in a bargaining unit. 

Instructions to Apply:

Please submit the following documents to ASL@hhs.gov to receive full consideration by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date of the announcement:

  • 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))
  • Law school transcript(s), if graduated from law school within the past five years
  • Proof of bar status and standing. You must provide proof that you are a current, active member of a bar of the highest court of a State, U. S. commonwealth, U. S. territory, or the District of Columbia

 


Associate General Counsel, Civil Rights Division

Job Announcement Number:  HHS-OGC-ES-15-1374876

Salary Range:  $121,956.00 to $183,300.00 / Per Year

Open Period:  Thursday, April 30, 2015 to Monday, June 1, 2015

Series & Grade:  ES-0905-00

Position Information:  Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)

Duty Locations:  1 vacancy in the following location: Washington, DC

Who May Apply:  This vacancy is open to all groups of qualified individuals. 

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 citizens.

This position is in the Senior Executive Service (SES), a small elite group of senior government leaders who possess a diverse portfolio of experience and the strong skills required to lead across organizations. This dedicated corps of executives is charged with providing strategic leadership and upholding a commitment to public service that transcends loyalty to a specific agency mission or individual profession. As an SES member you will influence the direction of innovation and transformation of the federal government and lead the next generation of public servants.

This position is located in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC), Civil Rights Division. The incumbent serves as chief legal adviser to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights. The incumbent is responsible for the provision of legal services related to the enforcement of: Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Sections 799A and 855 of the Public Health Service Act and Parts II and III of Executive Order 11246, (1) prohibiting discrimination on account of race, color, national origin in HHS funded programs or activities; and (2) prohibiting race, color, national origin or sex discrimination by Federal contractors and Federally assisted construction contractors. The Office for Civil Rights also has responsibility for enforcing nondiscrimination provisions protecting drug and alcohol addicts in need of certain health services. The various civil rights provision for which legal services are required apply across the board or, in some instances, to major program areas within the Department. The Associate General Counsel is responsible for overall management and supervision of the Civil Rights Division.

To view the vacancy announcement for this position (HHS-OGC-ES-15-1374876), visit USAJOBS.


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