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Open Career Opportunities

The Departmental Appeals Board (DAB) is looking for highly motivated attorneys with strong legal writing skills and diverse backgrounds to join its ranks.  The DAB offers a range of employment opportunities for attorneys at all stages of their legal careers. Current career opportunities are listed below.  To learn more about career opportunities at the DAB, you may also contact our recruitment team at DABcareers@hhs.gov.

Current Openings:

Attorney Advisor (Washington, DC) – Multiple positions

The Departmental Appeals Board at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is currently seeking applications for several Attorney Advisor positions in its Washington D.C. offices.

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

Duty Station:Washington, DC

Grade: Positions at the following grade levels may be filled through this announcement:

  • GS-905-9/11/12/13 Attorney Advisor (several vacancies)
  • GS-905-14 Lead Attorney Advisor (few vacancies)
  • GS-905-15 Supervisory Attorney Advisor (few vacancies)

Salary Range: $59,534.00 to $170,800.00 /year

Open Period: Continuous announcement (open until all positions filled). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Job Summary: DAB attorneys are assigned to one of the DAB's five divisions or to the Immediate Office of the Chair, which provides staff support to the DAB Chair and operational support to the adjudicatory divisions.


Depending on grade level and assignment, duties may include:

  • Provides authoritative legal advice, staff support, and assistance to Board Members, ALJs, AAJs, Division Directors, or others involved in matters for which the assigned Division is responsible, on substantive and procedural issues.
  • Reviews assigned cases to resolve legal disputes.
  • Prepares drafts of decisions, rulings, orders or memoranda containing legal analyses and/or analysis oldie evidence presented in a case.
  • Serves as the DAB representative in dealings with the parties in an assigned case or with others.
  • Provides assistance to lower level attorneys in particular types of cases, as assigned.
  • Provides mediation services and guidance, training, and information on ADR techniques.
  • Completes other assignments and special projects, as assigned.
  • At the GS-14 level, provides direction on to subordinate attorneys and staff.
  • At the GS-15 level, serves as first level supervisor to subordinate attorneys and staff.

Positions may be filled at the GS-9, GS-11, GS-12, GS-13, GS-14, or GS-15 levels, depending on experience and assignment.  Supervisory positions are limited.


Salary will be commensurate with education and experience, and dependent upon assignment.

All applicants must possess the following minimum qualifications at the time of application:

Education: Must possess a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) or Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).

Bar Membership: Must possess a current active bar membership in good standing. Admission to the bar of any State, territory, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, District of Columbia, or Federal Court is acceptable.


  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • Must maintain active bar membership in good standing throughout employment.
  • 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
  • Depending on assignment, position may not be in a bargaining unit
  • Financial disclosure statement may be required.
  • Multiple selections may be made from this announcement.


Please submit a cover letter and resume to DABcareers@hhs.gov using the subject line "Attorney Advisor Application."

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