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Current Openings:

Assistant Regional Counsel (Chicago)       

The Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is currently seeking applications for an Assistant Regional Counsel position in its Region V Chicago Office.

Open Period:  February 14, 2017 – March 13, 2017

Series & Grade: GS-0905-11/14

Salary Range: $66,397 - $145,342/Per Year

Position Information: Full Time

Promotion Potential: Yes

Duty Location: Chicago, IL

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.


The incumbent of this position will provide legal advice and litigation services to the agencies within HHS Region 5, particularly the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Public Health Service, the Indian Health Service, the Administration for Children and Families and the Office for Civil Rights.

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

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.
  • Proof that bar status is active, in good standing and eligible to practice in the highest court of a State, U. S. commonwealth, U. S. territory, or the District of Columbia.
  • Candidates must also have exemplary legal writing, oral advocacy abilities, possess excellent interpersonal skills, and displays a capacity to work with diverse individuals and groups.

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 will be required.
  • Two-year trial period may be required.
  • One-year supervisory probationary 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 RegVHiringCommittee@hhs.gov  or to

Janice Rosiak, Office Administrator
US DHHS Office of the General Counsel
233 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 700, Chicago, IL 60601

Closing date: Applications must be e-mailed or postmarked by March 13, 2017

To receive full consideration, submit all materials by 11:59p.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))
  • A copy of unofficial law school transcripts (official transcripts due before final offer)
  • A cover letter provide a cover letter of no more than 950 words that discusses each of the following competencies (15 pages or less):
    • General Legal – Writing ability, analytical and problem-solving skills, and experience preparing legal briefs and/or memoranda;
    • Litigation – Litigation experience before Federal trial and appellate courts and/or administrative bodies;
    • Laws and Regulations – Experience in applying statutes, regulations, and policies; and
    • Client Advice and Relationships– Experience providing oral and written advice and ability to relate effectively with clients.
  • 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).
  • If you are a current Federal employee, please provide a copy of your last performance appraisal and a copy of your latest SF-50.
  • Names and contact information for at least three professional references.
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Content last reviewed on February 24, 2017