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General Attorney Advisor – Region IX Office (San Francisco, CA)

The Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is currently seeking applications for one or more General Attorney Advisors in its Region IX office.

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

DUTY STATION: San Francisco, CA

SALARY RANGE: $73,905 - $161,817

OPEN PERIOD: January 14, 2019 – February 20, 2019

JOB SUMMARY:

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) at the Department of Health and Human Services is seeking an attorney to join its Region IX, San Francisco, CA office. Region IX provides comprehensive legal services to almost all components within HHS.

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

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

DUTIES:

This is a General Attorney Advisor position in the San Francisco Regional Office. The attorney will be expected to provide a variety of legal services to one or more Department components in the region, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), and the Indian Health Service (IHS), on matters which often require coordination with other components of the Department, other OGC offices, or the U.S. Department of Justice. Attorneys may represent the agency in litigation against hospitals, nursing homes, health plans, clinical laboratories, and other health care providers to enforce compliance with federal requirements; aid in the recovery of misspent Medicare, Medicaid, and federal grant funds; counsel health care providers and administrators at over 20 IHS-operated hospitals and health care facilities throughout the region on a range of issues related to patient care and hospital operations; advise OCR in the investigation and resolution of unauthorized uses and/or disclosures of personal health information by health care entities; and represent the agency in hearings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Merit Systems Protection Board, and the National Labor Relations Board.

We are seeking to fill several positions at the GS-11 to GS-14 level ($73,905 - $161,817) depending on experience and qualifications. The positions will be located in San Francisco, CA.

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 Doctor (J.D.) from an accredited ABA law school.

Have at least (3) three years of experience after law school as a practicing attorney.

  • Possess proof that bar status is active, in good standing and eligible to practice before the highest court of a State, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia.
  • Possess substantial familiarity in one or more of the following areas: civil litigation, employment law, or health care law.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • Must maintain active bar membership in good standing and be eligible to practice law before the highest court of a State, U.S. Territory, U.S. Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia throughout employment.
  • 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.
  • Multiple selections may be made from this announcement.

INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLY:

Please submit the following documents to OGCR9Hiring@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
  • Proof of bar status and standing. You must provide proof that you are a current, active member of a bar, eligible to practice before the highest court in a state, territory of the US, the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
  • Names and contact information for at least three professional references.

Attorney Advisor - Legislation Division (Washington, DC)

The Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is currently seeking applications for an Attorney Advisor position in its Legislation Division.

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:  $68,036 - $148,967

OPEN PERIOD: January 4, 2019 – March 1, 2019

JOB SUMMARY:

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) at the Department of Health and Human Services is seeking an attorney to join its Legislation Division. The attorneys in the Legislation Division, as counsel to the Secretary and the Department, provide a range of legal services, notably the drafting of legislative language. The OGC Legislation Division represents the Department, advocating its positions before The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and other agencies, and (to the extent authorized by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Legislation or the Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources) before congressional staff. Its lawyers also provide advice on the legislative  process (e.g., congressional rules), and on principles  of statutory interpretation.

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

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

DUTIES:

The attorney will provide legal advice and services to a variety of HHS components, and would draft any bill language in those areas that the Department needed, would respond to OMB clearance requests for other agencies' testimony in those area, would respond to HHS requests for OGC clearance of HHS testimony in those area.

We are seeking to fill the position at the GS-11 to GS-14 level ($68,036 - $148,967) depending on experience and qualifications. The position will be located in Washington, D.C., and reimbursement for relocation expenses is not available. The candidate must have at least one year of legal experience post bar admission.

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.
  • Have at least one year of experience after law school as a practicing attorney
  • 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, analysis and oral advocacy abilities, possess excellent interpersonal skills, and display a capacity to work with diverse individuals and groups.
  • It will be a plus for the candidate to have familiarity and experience with legislative drafting, the legislative process and the role of the Executive Branch in the legislative process.
  • It will also be a plus for the candidate to have familiarity and experience with statutes that the Department of HHS administers and statutes of general government-wide application.

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.
  • Upon final job offer from HHS OHR, 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.
  • Multiple  selections may be made from this announcement.

INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLY:

Please submit the following documents to edith.blackwell@hhs.gov using the subject line “Legislation Division Attorney” in the forwarding email. To receive full consideration, submit all materials by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date of the announcement:

  • Cover letter addressed to the Office of the General Counsel Hiring Official.
  • Resume (must include education, including names 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 (full time or part time)and supervisors' names and telephone numbers.
  • Two legal writing samples.
  • Proof that bar status is active, in good standing and eligible  to practice in a state, territory of the US, the District of Columbia  or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
  • Names and contact information for at least three professional references.

Attorney Advisor - Public Health Division’s Public Health and Science Branch (Rockville, MD)

The Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is currently seeking applications for one or more Attorney Advisor positions in the Public Health Division’s Public Health and Science Branch.

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

DUTY STATION: Rockville, MD

SALARY RANGE: $68,036 - $148,967

OPEN PERIOD: December 13, 2018 – January 22, 2019

JOB SUMMARY:

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) at the Department of Health and Human Services is seeking one or more attorneys to join the Public Health Division’s Public Health and Science Branch. Public Health & Science Branch attorneys provide a full array of legal services to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), the Office of Minority Health (OMH), and the Program Support Center’s (PSC) Federal Property Assistance Program. Much of this work involves appropriations, grants, rulemaking, regulatory oversight, and litigation support, for which a background or interest in litigation would be useful.

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

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

DUTIES:

The Public Health Division’s Public Health & Science Branch will be hiring one or more permanent attorneys to provide a full array of legal services to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), the Office of Minority Health (OMH), and/or the Program Support Center’s (PSC) Federal Property Assistance Program. Much of this work involves appropriations, grants, rulemaking, regulatory oversight, and litigation support, for which a background or interest in litigation would be useful.

These positions offer a broad range of experience, significant responsibility and intellectually engaging work, and require creative legal thinking and strong communication skills. Attorneys will have direct client contact, interact with colleagues throughout OGC and officials at other government agencies, and negotiate and work cooperatively with outside counsel. Interested applicants should provide evidence of excellent communication and analytic skills.

We are seeking to fill the position at the GS-11 to GS-14 level ($68,036 - $148,967) depending on experience and qualifications. The position will be located in Rockville, MD, and reimbursement for relocation expenses is not available.

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, or that the applicant has taken the bar exam and is awaiting results.
  • 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 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.
  • Upon final job offer from HHS OHR, 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 may be in a bargaining unit.
  • Multiple selections may be made from this announcement.

INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLY:

Please submit the following documents to  Public_Health_and_Science_Attorney@hhs.gov. To receive full consideration, please submit all materials 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(full time or part time).
  • Two legal writing samples.
  • Law school transcript (if less than 5 years of legal experience).
  • Names and contact information for at least three professional references.

National Complex Litigation Attorney – National Litigation Division (Washington, DC)

The Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is currently seeking applications for a National Complex Litigation Attorney position in its National Litigation Division.

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

DUTY STATION: Washington, DC, or Nationwide - An applicant may have a primary office at, and work from, one of OGC’s 10 regional offices, which are: Boston (Region 1), New York City (Region 2), Philadelphia (Region 3), Atlanta (Region 4), Chicago (Region V), Dallas (Region 6), Kansas City (Region 7), Denver (Region 8), San Francisco (Region IX), and Seattle (Region 10).

GRADE: GS-13/15

OPEN PERIOD: This is an open continuous announcement. The first deadline for application packages will be Friday, December 14, 2018.

JOB SUMMARY:

The Office of the General Counsel will be recruiting for multiple positions under this announcement ranging from GS-13 to GS-15. OGC’s newly-formed National Complex Litigation Division (NCLD) serves as the in-house counsel for the Department on large, complex cases from across the HHS litigation portfolio, which runs the gamut from nationwide class action litigation against HHS programs operated by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), to administrative litigation challenging health care privacy or other enforcement actions by HHS components such as the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), to disputes involving tens of millions of dollars in grant funding administered by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and ACF. In addition, the NCLD serves as the in-house counsel for HHS on matters that involve consent decrees or court-ordered external monitors.

NCLD litigators will report directly to the Immediate Office of the General Counsel (IO), and will work closely with the Associate General Counsels (AGCs) and program attorneys from the other OGC Divisions: CMS; Children, Family and Aging; Civil Rights; Food and Drug; and Public Health. They will also work closely with attorneys from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

The workload for NCLD litigators may include direct representation of the Secretary of Health and Human Services in administrative forums, or in federal court as Special Assistant United States Attorneys (SAUSA) (including in cases delegated by the U.S. Department of Justice).

NOTE:  This is an open and continuous announcement to fill current and future vacancies through the closing date listed. This announcement may close on the listed closing date or when all positions are filled, whichever comes first. Applications received by Friday, December 14, 2018 will receive first round consideration.

The National Complex Litigation Attorney position is for attorneys with at least four years of complex litigation experience.  Neither law students nor attorneys with less than four years of complex litigation experience will be considered for the position.

We are seeking to fill the position at the GS-13 to GS-15 level, salary will be determined based on locality, which will be adjusted based on the appointed location.

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

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

DUTIES:

  • Brief the IO and AGCs on new court filings and orders.
  • Develop litigation strategy together with DOJ and HHS stakeholders.
  • Draft or review and comment on draft pleadings, motions, and memoranda of law.
  • Work with DOJ to prepare HHS witnesses declarations, or prepare HHS witnesses to provide deposition, hearing, or trial testimony.
  • Prepare responses to discovery requests and manage document collections, reviews, and productions.
  • Perform the litigation functions described above in direct representations of the Secretary in administrative forums or federal district court.
  • Conduct internal investigations regarding program compliance and advise the IO, AGCs, and HHS program clients regarding the same.
  • Work with DOJ and HHS program clients to present documents and information to court-ordered external monitors for program compliance.

Travel Required

  • 20% or less
  • NCLD attorneys in regional offices will likely have to travel to Washington, D.C. for meetings at least quarterly (travel will be reimbursed).
  • NCLD attorneys in Washington, D.C., or OGC regional offices will likely have to travel to other locations to attend depositions, hearings, or other 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.
  • 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.
  • Complex litigation experience, preferably at a large law firm or in government, is required.
  • At the GS-13: You must possess a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) or LLB from an accredited ABA law school, active bar status in good standing, and two or more years professional legal experience post bar admission.  *Preference will be given to candidates who possess three years of professional legal experience post bar admission. 
  • At the GS-14: You must possess a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) or LLB from an accredited ABA law school, active bar status in good standing, and three or more years professional legal experience post bar admission. *Preference will be given to candidates who possess four years of professional legal experience post bar admission.
  • At the GS-15: You will be a supervising attorney. You must possess a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) or LLB from an accredited ABA law school, active bar status in good standing, and four or more years professional legal experience post bar admission.  *Preference will be given to candidates who possess eight years of professional legal experience post bar admission.

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.
  • Upon final job offer from HHS OHR, 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.
  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service - http://www.sss.gov
  • 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. 
  • This position is in the Excepted Service.
  • Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • Bargaining Unit Position: No
  • Recruitment incentives may be authorized: No
  • Student loan repayment incentive may be authorized: No
  • Annual leave for non-federal service may be authorized: No
  • Telework Eligible: Yes

INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLY:

Please submit the following documents to OGCIOVacancies@hhs.gov using the subject line “National Litigation Attorney” in the forwarding email. To receive full consideration, submit all materials by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date of the announcement:

  • Cover letter addressed to the Office of the General Counsel Hiring Official, including a statement of interest.
  • 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(s) name(s) and telephone number(s). You may add a notation asking to be notified prior to OGC contacting the listed supervisor.
  • One legal writing sample (no more than 10 pages).
  • Law school transcripts if graduated from law school within the past five years.
  • Proof of active bar status in good standing and eligibility to practice law in state, U.S territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (law clerk applications not accepted for these jobs).

General Attorney Advisor - Ethics Division (Washington, DC)

The Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is currently seeking applications for a General Attorney Advisor position in its Ethics Division.

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:  $68,036 - $148,967

OPEN PERIOD:  This is an open continuous announcement. The first deadline for application packages will be April 30, 2018.

JOB SUMMARY:

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) at the Department of Health and Human Services is seeking two attorneys to join its Ethics Division. The Division provides legal advice and services to HHS on matters relating to federal criminal conflict of interest statutes, standards of ethical conduct regulations, financial disclosure requirements, procurement integrity provisions, lobbying rules, and political activity restrictions. The vacancies are in the Ethics Division, Advice and Policy Section.

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

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

DUTIES:

The selectee will serve in an advisory-attorney position (GS 11/12/13/14) in the OGC, Ethics Division. The incumbent will provide legal services involving federal criminal conflict of interest statutes, the Ethics in Government Act, standards of ethical conduct regulations, financial disclosure requirements, procurement integrity provisions, lobbying rules, and Hatch Act political activity restrictions. Ethics Division attorneys work closely with senior HHS officials and other HHS OGC attorneys to provide high-quality written and oral legal advice and counseling to prospective, current, and former employees and to program ethics counsellors on various topics related to federal ethics requirements in a fast-paced environment. The selectee may be asked to draft responses to Congressional and press inquiries related to the ethics program. In consultation with state bar authorities, the incumbent may also provide guidance on legal ethics and professional responsibility issues. Attorney advisors have generalist ethics responsibilities and provide focused services to a portfolio of principal HHS agencies.

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.
  • Have at least one year experience after law school as a practicing attorney
  • 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.
  • Possess knowledge and understanding of the federal laws promoting transparency in government and preventing public corruption.  Preference is given to candidates with strong academic achievement; superior legal writing and research ability.
  • Candidates should have outstanding organizational, time management, and interpersonal skills.
  • Candidates must have strong writing, oral, and analytical skills and be adept at working with and advising clients. 
  • Knowledge of federal or state government ethics law, professional responsibility rules, political activity restrictions, procurement integrity, or related subjects is preferred, but recent law graduates (with a year or more of legal practice experience) and other attorneys with a strong interest in the subject matter and a comittment to public service will be considered. Preference is given to candidates demonstrating substantial familiarity with federal ethics laws, federal financial disclosure procedures and rules, political activity restrictions for federal employees, conflict of interest analysis, or providing legal services to clients or governmental entities on related topics.  Knowledge of the legal framework for health and social services programs will be considered a plus.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • Must maintain active bar membership in good standing throughout employment in the Office of the General Counsel.
  • Upon final job offer from HHS OHR, 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
  • Multiple selections may be made from this announcement.

INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLY:

Please submit the following documents to OGCEthicsVacancy@hhs.gov using the subject line “Ethics Advice Attorney” to receive full consideration by 11:59p.m. on the closing date of the announcement:

  • Cover letter addressed to the OGC Ethics 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, 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 in good standing of a bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia
  • Three professional references with names and contact information
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