General Attorney Advisor DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
This role is situated within the Department of Health and Human Services, specifically in the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The office is the Office of the General Counsel, and it’s based in Washington, District of Columbia.
Through this vacancy announcement, there’s a possibility of making additional selections for positions across various locations within the Department of Health and Human Services.
At the heart of OGC’s values is a commitment to cultivating diversity, equity, and inclusion. The office takes pride in being an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to creating a diverse atmosphere. OGC continually expands its network of people, programs, and resources to empower its staff to excel. All individuals are embraced and welcomed.
Applicants of all backgrounds who meet the qualifications will be considered for employment without any discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. OGC is also unwavering in its commitment to following fair employment practices concerning citizenship and immigration status.
The responsibilities of the Attorney Advisor encompass:
- Reviewing and formulating appropriate responses to complaints and hearing requests.
- Drafting answers, motions, affidavits, briefs, and other relevant pleadings for submission in courts or administrative tribunals in line with pertinent rules and regulations.
- Conducting depositions and all aspects of evidence gathering from opposing witnesses, including cross-examination during formal proceedings.
- Participating in pretrial and pre-hearing conferences and delivering all necessary motions, statements, summaries, and lists of witnesses.
- Engaging in direct negotiations with opposing counsel regarding settlement offers.
- Crafting written arguments and presenting both legal and factual points effectively, both in writing and orally.
Conditions of Employment:
- U.S. Citizenship is mandatory.
- Males born after December 31, 1959, must either be registered for the Selective Service or be eligible for an exemption. More details can be found at http://www.sss.gov.
- The position is suitable for federal employment.
- Appointment to this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a background security investigation and a favorable adjudication. All qualifications provided will undergo thorough investigation.
- Any documentation submitted for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified using the DHS “E-Verify” System.
- All Federal employees are required to receive their salary payments through direct deposit into a financial institution of their choice.
- All qualification requirements need to be met by the closing date of the application period.
- A financial disclosure statement might be necessary.
- A two-year trial period could be mandated.
- For GS-11: You must hold a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) or LL.B from an accredited ABA law school and have an active bar status in good standing.
- For GS-12: You must have a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) or LL.B from an accredited ABA law school, active bar status in good standing, and one year of professional legal experience after being admitted to the bar, equivalent to the GS-11 level.
- For GS-13: You must possess a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) or LL.B from an accredited ABA law school, active bar status in good standing, and two years of professional legal experience after being admitted to the bar, equivalent to the GS-12 level.
- For GS-14: You are required to have a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) or LL.B from an accredited ABA law school, active bar status in good standing, and three years of professional legal experience after being admitted to the bar, equivalent to the GS-13 level.
Experience is inclusive of both paid and unpaid work, including volunteer roles through national service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps), and involvement with other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, community, student, social). Volunteer work contributes to the development of essential competencies, knowledge, and skills and offers valuable training and experience that can directly translate into employment. All qualifying experience, including volunteer work, will be recognized. In the case of part-time experience, the average number of hours worked per week, as well as the start and end dates, must be provided for full credit.
- Foreign Education: If you are using education completed at foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must demonstrate that the education credentials have been evaluated by a specialized private organization for the interpretation of foreign education programs. This evaluation should confirm that the education is equivalent to that acquired in an accredited U.S. education program. Alternatively, full credit must have been granted for courses completed at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further details, please visit: http://www.ed.gov.