General Attorney Advisor Job

Vacancy No. HHS-OGC-ATTY-18-10384453 Department Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services
Salary $64,660.00 to $170,800.00 Grade 11 to 14
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 2/3/2020 Close Date 1/26/2022
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Public

Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)
  • Open & closing dates

    Opening and closing dates 02/03/2020 to 01/28/2021

  • Service


  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 11 - 14

  • Salary

    $64,660 to $170,800 per year

  • Appointment type


  • Work schedule


  • San Francisco, CA Few vacancies
  • Denver, CO Few vacancies
  • District of Columbia, DC Few vacancies
  • Atlanta, GA Few vacancies
  • Chicago, IL Few vacancies
  • Kansas City, KS Few vacancies
  • Boston, MA Few vacancies
  • New York, NY Few vacancies
  • Philadelphia, PA Few vacancies
  • Dallas, TX Few vacancies
  • Seattle, WA Few vacancies
Relocation expenses reimbursed


Telework eligible

Yes as determined by agency policy

This job is open to
  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Announcement number


Control number


  • Duties
    Duties Summary

    This position is located in the Department of Health And Human Services, Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Office of the General Counsel, headquartered in Washington, District of Columbia.

    Additional selections may be made across the Department of Health and Human Services in multiple locations through this vacancy announcement.

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    The Attorney Advisor duties may include:

    • Examine and prepare appropriate response to complaints and hearing requests;
    • Prepares the answers, motions, affidavits, briefs, or other pleadings appropriate to the defense of the cases for filing in the courts or administrative tribunals in conformity with applicable rules and regulations;
    • Conducts depositions and all other discovery of adverse witnesses and performs cross examination during formal proceedings;
    • Attends pretrial and pre-hearing conferences and presents all required motions, statements, summaries, and witness lists;
    • Negotiates directly with opposing counsel regarding offers of settlements;
    • Prepares in writing and orally presents legal and factual arguments and required motions.

    For more information on the Attorney Advisor positions, please refer to the link below:

    For specific details regarding the salary range for each locations, please see the "How to Apply" section below.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0905 Attorney

  • Requirements
    Requirements Conditions Of Employment
    • U.S. Citizenship required
    • Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service -
    • Suitable for federal employment
    • Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. All information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.
    • 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.
    • All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.
    • All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date.
    • Financial disclosure statement may be required.
    • Two year trial period may be required.

    At the GS-11: You must possess a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) or LL.B from an accredited ABA law school and possess active bar status in good standing.

    At the GS-12: You must possess a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) or LL.B from an accredited ABA law school, active bar status in good standing, and one year of professional legal experience post bar admission equivalent to the GS-11 level..

    At the GS-13: You must possess a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) or LL.B from an accredited ABA law school, active bar status in good standing, and two years of professional legal experience post bar admission equivalent to the GS-12 level.

    At the GS-14: You must possess a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) or LL.B from an accredited ABA law school, active bar status in good standing, and three years of professional legal experience post bar admission equivalent to the GS-13 level.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through national Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to gain employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. If such experience is on a part-time basis, you must provide the average number of hours worked per week as well as the beginning and ending dates of the experience so it can be fully credited.


    Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

    Additional information

    Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses may be paid: No

    Bargaining Unit Position: No

    Drug Screening Required: No

    Recruitment incentives may be authorized: No

    Student loan repayment incentive may be authorized: No

    Annual leave for non-federal service may be authorized: No

    Veterans' Preference -

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

    Beginning January 1, 2010, agencies must seek prior approval from OPM before they can appoint a current or recent political appointee to a competitive or non-political excepted service position at any level under the provisions of title 5, United States Code. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you MUST disclose that to the Human Resources Office.

    If you are unable to apply online, please go to for more information on our alternate application method.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Background checks and security clearance
    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required


  • Required Documents
    Required Documents

    Submission of a resume alone IS NOT a complete application. You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    • Cover Letter including a statement of interest
    • 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(s) name(s) and telephone number(s). You may add a notation asking to be notified prior to OGC contacting the listed supervisor.
    • One legal writing sample (no more than 10 pages).
    • Law school transcripts, if graduated from law school within the past five years.
    • Statement of interest addressing experience in providing legal advice on human services-related matters. If applicant possesses immigration-related experience in such field.
    • Proof of active bar status in good standing and eligibility to practice law in state, U.S territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (not required if applying as a Law Clerk).
    • Names and contact information for at least three professional references.
    • Veteran's Preference - If you are claiming veteran's preference you must submit a copy of your DD 214

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply
    How to Apply

    How To Apply

    For more information and to apply for the Attorney Advisor positions, please refer to the link below:

    The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 01/28/2021.

    Hiring Organization
    Office of General Counsel - Procurement Law, General Law, Employment Law, Ethics Law, Health Law, Litigation, Legislation,Civil Rights, Children and Family, Medicaid, Medicare

    Denver: $70,181 - $153,659
    Kansas: $64,660 - $141,573
    Philadelphia: $69,579 - $152,342
    Seattle: $70,120 - $153,527
    Washington, DC: $72,030 - $157,709
    Atlanta: $67,437 - $147,652
    Boston: $71,274 - $156,053
    Chicago: $70,987 - $!55,424
    Dallas: $68,994 - $151,061
    New York: $73,962 - $161,939
    San Francisco: $78,081 - $170,800

    Agency contact information SROC Help Desk SROC Help Desk

    Office of the General Counsel
    200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
    Washington, DC 20201
    Learn more about this agency

    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.

    The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is seeking an attorney to join its General Law Division (GLD). GLD provides general legal support to the entire department in the primary practice areas of employment law, tort claims, procurement, fiscal, and information.

    Additional selections may be made across the Department of Health and Human Services through this vacancy announcement, Office of The General Counsel through this vacancy announcement.

    Next steps

    You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).

    You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).

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