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"Pay Plan, Series & Grade: LX-905-02

Salary Range: $102,996 - $155,653

Agency: District of Columbia Health Benefit Exchange Authority

Area of Consideration: Open to the Public

Opening date: February 1, 2013
Closing date: Position Open Until Filled
First Screenting 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.


Brief Description of Duties: Serve as an authoritative advisor to the Agency General Council and the Executive Director in planning and policy decision-making. Is responsible for overseeing the review, research, and preparation of responses for the Agency General Counsel, Executive Director, and other members of the agency¿s 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 of surrounding jurisdictions, members of the private sector, and the general public.

Develops and institutes program guidelines, new and improved policies, procedures and processes to effect efficient program operations. Independently, plans, develops and institutes short/long term Division plans and activities, incorporating strategic provisions as required.

Prepares testimony for the Agency General Counsel and/or Executive Director for presentation at hearings before the Council of the District of Columbia, congressional committees, and other public appearances.

Represents and speaks for the Agency General Counsel and the Executive Director on various complex and sensitive issues, and speak with authoritative voice for the General Counsel. Prepares legal documents on complex and substantive matters of an urgent nature, providing summary analyses of issues and recommendations for consideration of the Agency General Counsel, Executive Director, and/or Board of Directors.

Conducts extensive and detailed research of legal documents dealing with proposed laws and amendments to existing laws to assure conformance with legal requirements. Prepares analysis of policy options and recommendations. Administers policy decisions.

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.

Supervises, mentors and reviews the performance of junior attorneys and agency staff. Plans, schedules, and assigns work of subordinate staff. Evaluates work and counsels staff on ways to improve performance. Recruits, selects, and trains staff. Initiates disciplinary action; and approves/disapprove leave requests.

Supervises the coordination, review, and development of legislation and
regulations relating to agency programs, and facilitates timely responses to the
General Counsel. Supervises the development, review, and analysis of rulemaking and policy issuances relating to the Health Benefit Exchange Authority.

Devises and implements feedback systems, performance measures and benchmarks, to assure adequate performance and successful goal achievement. Identifies barriers to quality legal services; designs effective strategies to resolve issues; and, implements corrective actions.

Performs other related duties as assigned.


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.

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

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: Must have a law degree and be a member of the District of Columbia Bar or eligible for waiver into the bar.

At least five (5) years of health insurance experience is preferred. Federal, State or City level insurance regulatory experience is desirable. Health Insurance Industry experience is highly preferred.

Ranking Factors

Ranking Factor #1: 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 #2: Mastery of the concepts, laws, theories, principles, practices and techniques of legal proceedings sufficient to supervise and direct representation of the Health Benefit Exchange Authority. Superior skill in interpreting and applying legal knowledge in various situations.

Ranking Factor #3: Mastery of and experience negotiating and building coalitions of diverse stakeholders. Mastery of qualitative and quantitative analytic methods and techniques to analyze data and to identify and isolate controlling legal issues from complex factual situations. Mastery of legal advocacy tactics and strategies.

Ranking Factor #4: 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 HBX. Strong relationships with external health policy leaders and with federal regulatory and oversight agencies and bodies.

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.

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.

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

A person applying for a position in the Career Service, Educational Service, Management Supervisory Service, an attorney position in the Legal Service (series 905) other than in the Senior Executive Attorney Service (SEAS), who is a bona fide District resident AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION for the position, may be awarded a 10-point residency preference over non-District applicants, unless the person declines the preference points. If selected, the person shall be required
to present no less than 8 proofs of bona fide District residency and maintain such residency for 7 consecutive years from the effective date of the appointment. Failure to maintain bona fide
District residency for the 7-year period will 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.

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.

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.

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