General Attorney
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of the General Counsel, Region IX - San Francisco, CA

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The Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is currently seeking applications for a general attorney position in its San Francisco office.

Who May Apply: This vacancy announcement is open to all U.S. Citizens and may be used to fill one or more positions.

DUTY LOCATION : San Francisco, California

SALARY : $68,643-$150,291 per year

OPEN PERIOD : July 2, 2014 – July 16, 2014

Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), you can give back to your community, state and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer and better for all Americans.

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is the legal team for HHS, providing quality representation and legal advice on a wide range of highly visible national issues. OGC supports the development and implementation of the Department’s programs by providing the highest quality legal services to the Secretary of HHS and the Department’s various agencies and divisions.

OGC is comprised of three principal subcomponents: the Immediate Office, Headquarters Divisions and Regional Offices. Each Headquarters Division is led by an Associate General Counsel and each of the ten Regional Offices is led by a Chief Counsel. The eight (8) Headquarters Divisions consist of the following: the General Law Division (GLD), Children, Families and Aging Division (CFAD), Ethics Division (ETH), Civil Rights Division (CRD), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Division (CMSD), Food and Drug Division (FDD), Legislation (LEG) and Public Health Division (PHD).

This announcement is for a General Attorney position in the OGC Region IX office, located in San Francisco, California. Attorneys in the San Francisco office are expected to work independently and as a team within the office and with OGC colleagues around the nation. The incumbent will provide legal advice and litigation services to the agencies within HHS Region IX, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Indian Health Service, the Administration for Children and Families and the Office for Civil Rights, among other HHS components.

The OGC Region IX office provides legal counsel and advice concerning the interpretation, application and enforcement of the laws, rules and regulations governing the client’s program areas. We provide a variety of legal services, including representation during litigation, to one or more operating divisions of HHS. We defend or prosecute on behalf of the Secretary in administrative proceedings and the Federal Courts and provide formal and informal legal advice to HHS officials and agencies within Region IX. We also deal with administrative law issues concerning employee relations, labor relations, the Privacy Act, Freedom of Information Act and the Administrative Procedure Act, among other issues.

Assignments to the incumbent may include matters that involve complex legal and factual issues, cases of “first impression” that have no direct legal precedents, matters that have substantial impact on the ability of the Department to carry out its responsibilities or that may significantly broaden or restrict the activities of the Department, that substantially impact relations with state and local governments, that affect broad classes of health care or social service providers or recipients and/or that include extremely delicate or sensitive issues that involve extremely large sums of money.

This position will be filled at the GS-11, GS-12, GS-13, or GS-14 level (current salary range is approximately $68,643 - $150,291 annually), depending on experience and qualifications.

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:
ü You must possess a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from an accredited ABA law school.
ü You must have been admitted to a bar in one of the highest courts of a State, U. S. Commonwealth, U.S. territories or the District of Columbia and be in good standing.
ü You must possess professional legal experience after admission to the bar, with an emphasis on the following areas:

  • analyzing and interpreting Federal/state/local statutes, regulations, and cases;
  • serving as trial attorney and representing a client in litigation;
  • preparing motions, briefs, supporting memoranda, affidavits and/or opinions;
  • representing a client organization at pre-trial or pre-hearing conferences;
  • conducting depositions and other discovery and performing direct and cross-examination during formal proceedings;
  • conducting legal research in connection with cases pending before administrative tribunals, trials before courts of original jurisdiction, or appeals in appellate courts;
  • examining and preparing responses to complaints and hearing requests;
  • advising and proposing solutions on legal matters, especially in connection with a client’s programs or operations; and/or
  • consulting and negotiating with officials, representatives, local and tribal governments and other groups.
ü Must maintain an active bar membership and be in good standing throughout employment in OGC.
ü The successful candidate must submit official law school transcripts.
ü 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.
ü 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.
ü Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
ü All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
ü Financial disclosure statement may be required.
ü One-year probationary period may be required.
ü Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid.
ü This position is not in a bargaining unit.


Please submit the following documents to to receive full consideration by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date of this announcement:
ü Cover Letter
ü 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, supervisor name(s) and telephone number(s))
ü Legal writing sample (no more than 10 pages)
ü Law school transcripts, if graduated from law school within the past five years
ü Proof of bar status and standing (must provide proof that you are a current, active member of a bar of the highest court of a State, U. S. commonwealth, U. S. territory, or the District of Columbia)
ü References (at least three professional)
Your application package must demonstrate the following competencies:

1) Legal – Use of strong analytical skills and outstanding writing ability and the capacity to analyze and address legal problems, to prepare legal documents, and to handle other legal matters;
2) Litigation – Litigation experience before Federal trial and appellate courts and/or administrative bodies and the ability to represent clients in administrative and judicial hearings and to conduct formal and informal meetings in the context of adminsitrative and court litigation;
3) Laws and regulations – Experience in applying statutes, regulations, and policies;
4) Client Relationship and Representation – Capacity to relate effectively with officials of the client units and maintain his/her role as an attorney among non-attorneys.