General Counsel
Government of the District of Columbia - Washington, DC

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Salary Range: $115,099 - $172,315

"Pay Plan, Series & Grade: LX-905-03

Agency: District of Columbia Health Benefit Exchange Authority

Area of Consideration: Open to the Public

Opening Date: February 1, 2013
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
First Screening Date February 15, 2013 and every ten (10) days thereafter

Number of Vacancies: One (1)

Promotion Potential: None

Tour of Duty: 8:15 AM - 4:45 PM

Collective Bargaining Unit (Non-Union): This position is not in a collective bargaining unit.

Duties

Brief Description of Duties: Serves as agency General Counsel and oversees the daily operations of assigned Attorneys. Serves as authoritative advisor to the Executive Director, other members of the senior management team and the HBX Board of Directors, in planning and policy decision-making; and in implementing, coordinating and directing the work in the Division designed to facilitate and improve legal service delivery to its clientele.

Develops and institutes program guidelines, new and improved policies, procedures and processes to effect efficient program operations. Independent plans, develops and institutes short/long term Division plans and activities, incorporating strategic provisions, as required. Renders legal advice and services with respect to questions, regulations, practices, or other matters falling within the purview of Health Benefit Exchange Authority.
Is responsible for overseeing the review, research, and preparation of responses for the Executive Director, Board of Directors and other members of the HBX senior management team to selected and sensitive, and often confidential inquiries and correspondence from the Mayor, members of the Council of the District of Columbia, officials of the District and Federal governments, the media, and those surrounding jurisdictions, members of the private sector, and the general public.

Prepares and/or reviews testimony for the Executive Director, and Board of Directors, for presentation at hearings before the Council of the District of Columbia, congressional committees, and other public appearances. Also, represents and speaks for the Executive Director and/or members of the Board of Directors on various complex and sensitive issues.

Prepares legal documents on complex and substantive matters of an urgent nature, providing summary analyses of issues and recommendations for consideration of the Executive Director, Board of Directors and other members of the HBX senior management team.

Conducts extensive and detailed research of legal documents dealing with proposed laws and amendments to existing laws to assure conformance with legal requirements.

Works in conjunction with the Executive Director, and other members of the agency┬┐s senior management team to implement the most cost-effective and beneficial strategies to accomplish the mission of the HBX; and to assure that a system for reporting and accountability are established and implemented.

Plans, coordinates and administers operations of the legal Division of the HBX. Engaged in the performance of functional responsibilities. Devises and implements feedback systems, performance measures and benchmarks, to assure adequate

performance and successful goal achievement. Identifies barriers to services; designs effective strategies to resolve issues; and implements corrective actions.

Makes assignments to other Attorneys serving HBX, and reviews their work for quality and consistency; gives direction based on the office mission, goals and priorities and programs to be evaluated, the development of research designs, the conduct of research projects and the preparation of written reports. Evaluates work and counsels staff on ways to improve performance. Recruits, selects, and trains staff. Initiates disciplinary action; and approves/disapprove leave requests.
Manages the coordination, review, and development of legislation and regulations relating to agency programs, and facilitates timely responses to the Executive Director. Supervises the development, review, and analysis of rulemaking and policy issuances relating to the Health Benefit Exchange Authority.

Drafts contracts on behalf of HBX for use with QHP issuers; drafts and reviews MOUs with other City agencies and drafts and reviews other written agreements for services.

Devises a system of controls and keeps carefully documented records. Plans, develops and directs the design and implementation of the data automation systems for the management and administration of the office. Formulates and guides feasibility studies to consider data automation applications.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Substitution of Education: A substitution of education for required experience will be allowed as defined in OPM's Qualification Standards. However, in order to receive credit, applicants must submit official proof of educational attainment at the time of application.

Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, at least one (5) year of specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

Specialized Experience: This position requires a Juris Doctor (J.D.).

At least five (5) to seven (7) years of demonstrated experience in a supervisory or managerial capacity is preferred.

At least ten (10) to fifteen (15) years of health insurance experience. Federal, State or City level insurance regulatory experience is desirable. Health insurance industry experience is highly preferred.

Time-in-Grade Restrictions: Time in grade restrictions must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Ranking Factors

Submission of Ranking Factors: The following ranking factors will be used in the evaluation process. All applicants MUST respond to the ranking factors. Please respond specifically to the ranking factor(s) by either typing directly into the free form area provided or by pasting from a text document. Please describe specific incidents of sustained achievements from your experience that show evidence of the level at which you are applying. You may refer to any experience, education, training, awards, outside activities, etc. that include the degree to which you possess the job related knowledge, skills and abilities described in the ranking factors. The information given in response to the ranking factors should be complete and accurate to the best of your knowledge. FAILURE TO RESPOND TO ALL RANKING FACTORS WILL ELIMINATE YOU FROM CONSIDERATION.

Ranking Factor #1: Mastery of the concepts, laws, theories, principles, practices and techniques of legal proceedings sufficient to supervise and direct representation of the HBX and the District. Mastery of legal advocacy tactics and strategies.

Ranking Factor #2: Mastery of the mission, functions, organization, policies, and system requirements of the District and the Federal governments┬┐ health and human service agencies, as well as mission and work processes of the Health Benefit Exchange Authority.

Ranking Factor #3: : Superior skills in oral and written communication to assure effective and efficient communications on legal matters. Superior skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with individuals and groups interested in or affected by the function of the Division.

Ranking Factor #4: Ability to quickly complete complex legal research, including research by means of state- of-the-art information technology. Knowledge of the current automated systems to identify required data.

Conditions of Employment

Physical Effort: Work is primarily sedentary and normal physical dexterity is sufficient to perform the various functions of the position.

Working Conditions: Work is performed in an office setting. Fieldwork is also required. The incumbent must be able to work with clients all over the city.

Other Significant Factors (At-Will): At-will employment applies to the Management Supervisory Service (MSS). All positions and appointments in the MSS serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority and may be terminated at any time with or without cause.

Other Significant Factors: This position is subject to a criminal background check.

Priority Consideration

Displaced Employee Priority Placement: Eligibles for the District of Columbia's Displaced Employee Program (DEP) and Agency Reemployment Priority Placement Program (ARPP) will be given priority consideration for this position if found qualified.

Employment Benefits

Employee Benefits: Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation) and sick leave and will be covered under the District of Columbia government's retirement plan. However, if selectee was previously employed in the District of Columbia government under an appointment for which he/she was eligible for Civil Service Retirement (CSR), contributions to CSR will resume upon re-employment.

Residency Requirement

Domicile Requirement: This position is subject to the Domicile Requirement. Any person appointed to this position shall be domiciled in the District of Columbia at the time of appointment, or become a domiciliary in the District of Columbia within a 180 days from the effective date of the appointment, and shall maintain domicile for the duration of the appointment. Failure to establish or maintain District of Columbia domicile shall result in forfeiture of employment.

Residency Requirement: This position is subject to the Residency Requirement. Any person appointed to this position shall be a bona fide resident at the time of appointment, or become a bona fide District resident within a 180 days from the effective date of the appointment, and shall maintain District residency for the duration of the appointment. Failure to establish or maintain District residency shall result in forfeiture of employment.

Information to Applicants

Drug-Free Workplace: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of or a plea of guilty to a violation of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.

Veterans Preference: Applicants claiming veterans preference must submit official proof at the time of application.

How to Apply

Where to Apply (Judiciary Square): D.C. Department of Human Resources (DCHR) Job Center located in the South Lobby at 441 - 4th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. All inquiries should be directed to HR Answers at (202) 442-9700.

Contact Information: All inquiries related to employment and job applications should be directed to HR Answers at (202) 442-9700

Disposition of Resume: Resumes received outside the area of consideration and/or after the closing date will not be given consideration. You must resubmit your resume to receive consideration for any subsequent advertised position vacancies. For the purpose of employment, resumes are not considered job applications. Therefore a DC 2000 job application or online job application is required to be submitted.

Posting Cancellation: A non-competitive selection of an eligible candidate from the Agency Reemployment Priority Placement Program (ARPP) or the District's Displaced Employee Program (DEP) will result in the cancellation of this announcement.

Closing Statement

Job Offers: Official Job Offers are made by the Office of Human Resources Only.

Equal Opportunity Employer: All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.

EEO Statement: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Notice of Non-Discrimination: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

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