Chief Administrative Law Judge
Government of the District of Columbia - Washington, DC

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Opening Date: January 9, 2013

Closing Date: January 21, 2013

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

Duration of Appointment: Management Supervisory Service - 'At Will'

Agency: Department of Employment Services

Number of Vacancies: One (1)

Promotion Potential: No Known Promotion Potential

Area of Consideration: Open to the General Public

Tour of Duty: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Salary Range: $98,285 - $137,599

Pay Plan, Series & Grade: MS-935-15

Duties

Brief Description of Duties: Serves as Chief Administrative Law Judge of the Administrative Hearings Division. Incumbent is responsible for initiating, formulating, planning, executing, directing and controlling the overall functioning of the Office. Assures that all laws, guidelines, and established policies are adhered to in the adjudication of compensation claims and the rendering of decisions under the private and public sector workers' compensation acts. Ensures the accurate, efficient and timely processing of compensation claims through a staff consisting of Administrative Law Judges, Paralegal Specialists and support staff. Keeps abreast of current legal developments in the area of workers' compensation law.

Initiates, formulates, plans, executes, directs, and controls the overall functioning of the Office of Hearings and Adjudication. Recommends, administers and implements all procedures and polocies for the Office. Ensures the accurate and efficient adjudication of claims under the jurisdiction of the OFfice and the polite and prompt communications with members of the public and other government and agency personnel. Ensures the appropriate distribution of work to personnel in the Office. Specifically, the incumbent administers and implements procedures which 1. govern the requests for, and cancellations of, formal hearings, the scheduling of hearings, issuance of Compensation Orders, Motions of other correspondence, transmission of Recommended Compensation Orders to the Assistant Director, Labor Standards Bureau, and inquiries from the public or District of Columbia employees; 2. govern all aspects of formal hearings including pre- and post- hearing procedures, and the drafting of Compensation Orders; and 3. govern the general dissemination of information to the public concerning procedures or policies followed by the Office of Hearings and Adjudication. The incumbent assigns cases to the administrative Law Judges and ensures that all dispositions concerning claims before the Office are issued in a timely manner.

Ensures that all hearings are conducted in accordance with the provisions of the pertinent laws under the jurisdiction of the Office.

The incumbent analyzes complex issues, applies the appropriate Acts and implements regulations such as the DC Administrative Procedures Act, Administrative Orders of the Mayor, Directives of the Department of Employment Services, and the DC Court of Appeals decisions as required. The incumbent reviews, edits, and generally supervises the preparation of Recommended Compensation Orders and Compensation Orders. Depending on the matters raised, the incumbent must consider such matters as whether there is jurisdiction over the claim, whether the disease or injury arose out of, and in the course of an employee's employment, the existence of an employer/employee relationship, timely notice of injury and filing of a claim, the nature and extent of disability, if any, including the determination of an employee's wage loss, a determination of average weekly wage rates, liability for, and the reasonableness of medical and other expenses, whether the employer's liability is limited pursuant to the provisions of the second injury fund, the propriety of requested attorney's fees awarded, and similar questions of varying degrees of complexity. The incumbent provides technical and administrative supervision over a staff of Administrative Law Judges with a career ladder of DS-12-14, paralegal staff with a career ladder of DS-7-11, and clerical support staff.

The incumbent fulfills the following supervisory responsibilities: plans work to be accomplished by subordinates, sets priorities, and prepares schedules for the completion of work, assigns work to subordinates based on priorities, difficulty, requirements of the assignment, and the capabilities of the employee; and, evaluates the performance of subordinates. The incumbent gives advice, counsel, or instructions to individual employees on both work duties and responsibilities and administrative matters. The incumbent interviews applications for positions in the Office, and makes recommendations for appointment, promotion, or reassignment involving such positions. Hears and resolves complaints from employees and refers group grievances and the more serious complaints not resolved to higher level supervisors. The incumbent effects minor disciplinary measures such as warnings and reprimands, recommends action in more serious cases, and identifies, and makes provision for, the development and training needs of employees.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Specialized Experience: To be creditable, one (1) year of specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression.

Basic Requirements: Five (5) years of specialized 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.

Education Requirement: Must possess a Juris Doctor (JD) Degree from an accredited School of Law, and shall have been duly licensed and authorized to practice law under the laws of any state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or any territory established under the Constitution of the United States for a minimum of five (5) years prior to application.

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 MAY ELIMINATE YOU FROM CONSIDERATION.

Ranking Factor #1: Mastery of advanced legal principles, practices and methods for developing and gathering facts and evidence of case studies without extensive applicable guidelines and procedures to make final decisions.

Ranking Factor #2: Knowledge of D.C. Workers' Compensation Act of 1979, as amended; D.C. Government Comprehensive Merit Personnel Act of 1978; and their rules and regulations.

Ranking Factor #3: Knowledge and skill in applying analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to issues of fact in writing legal decisions.

Ranking Factor #4: Thorough knowledge of legal reference sources in agency manuals, reference systems, directives, precedential administrative and court decisions to facilitate extensive research in legislative histories and case law.

Ranking Factor #5: Demonstrated skill and experience in providing leadership in a managerial capacity.

Conditions of Employment

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.

Other Information: Until notice to the contrary, effective October 1, 2012, no freeze on within grade increases is in effect.

Other Information: This position requires a criminal background check. Therefore you may be required to provide information about your criminal history in order to be considered for the position.

How to Apply

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.

How to Apply:
All candidates must submit the following:
1. A resume

2. A cover letter, specifying the position(s) for which you wish to considered, the Vacancy Announcement number, and your qualifications and skill for the position(s).

3. A list of three or more professional references (include current phone numbers, email addresses)

4. A certificate of good standing and/or proof of eligibility to waive into the DC Bar (original copy with seal)

5. A legal writing sample, not to exceed 15 pages in length. An excerpt from a longer piece is acceptable. The sample should provide evidence of the candidate's skills in legal analysis and writing. It should represent the candidate's own work, without extensive editing by anyone else.

Completed application packages can be mailed to Human Resources, Suite 5900, 4058 Minnesota Avenue, NE, Washington DC 20019.

Applicants are also encouraged to apply online at www.dchr.dc.gov. Please ensure you upload your additional documents.

Applicants may also your application materials to the 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.

Closing Statement

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, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, 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.

Job Offers: Official Job Offers are made by the Department of Employment Services, Office of Human Resources, only.

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