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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 Region IV office.

Who May Apply: This vacancy announcement is open to all US Citizens and may be used to fill multiple positions.
DUTY STATION: Atlanta, GA
SALARY: GS-11 to GS-14
OPEN PERIOD: May 20, 2014 through June 6, 2014 or until the first 150 responses are received

JOB SUMMARY: 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 the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), providing quality representation and legal advice in 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 organization’s various agencies and divisions.

OGC is comprised of three principal subcomponents: the Immediate Office, the Headquarters Divisions and the 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).

DUTIES: This is a General Attorney position located within the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) in one of its regional offices. Each regional office provides legal counsel and advice to all Departmental agencies with an emphasis on advising agencies that have a presence in the given region. Among others, the incumbent works on matters concerning the interpretation, application and enforcement of the laws, rules and regulations. The incumbent also provides a variety of legal services, including representing the Department in federal and administrative litigation, handling legal matters involving complex legal and factual issues and/or cases of “first impression,” as well as matters that substantially impact the ability of the Department to carry out its responsibilities.

The selectee will represent the Department in federal employment matters, including practice before the EEOC, MSPB and FLRA.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: 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:

• You must possess a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from an accredited ABA law school.
• 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.
• Possess substantial familiarity with federal personnel law, regulations and policy. Preference is given to candidates with federal labor law experience, including representing management in grievances, arbitrations and the implementation of collective bargaining agreements. Preference is also given candidates with significant litigation experience.
• All candidates should have strong academic achievment; outstanding organizational, time management, and interpersonal skills; superior legal writing and research ability and a demonstrated commitment to professionalism, ethics, civility and public service.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
• Must maintain an active bar membership and be in good standing throughout employment in the Office of the General Counsel.
• The successful candidate must submit official law school transcripts.
• 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.
• 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.
• Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
• All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
• Financial disclosure statement will be required.
• One-year probationary period may be required.
• Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid.
• This position is not in a bargaining unit.

INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLY: Please submit the following documents to Joyce Irving at R4OGCHiring@hhs.gov to receive full consideration by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date of the announcement:
• Cover letter
• 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 and supervisor name(s) and telephone number(s)
• Legal writing sample (no more than 10 pages)
• Law school transcripts if graduated from law school within the past five years
• Proof of bar status and standing. You 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
• References (at least three professional)