General Attorney Advisors
Department of Health & Human Services, Office of the General Counsel
The Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services is currently seeking applications for
one or more General Attorney Advisors in its Region IX –San
Francisco office, with a focus on employment or health law. This
vacancy announcement is open to all US Citizens and may be used
to fill multiple positions.
SALARY RANGE: $75,515 – $165,346
OPEN PERIOD: OPEN UNTIL FILLED
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 organization’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 Region IX- San Francisco office provides litigation services, programmatic advice, and training on a wide range of legal issues involving Medicare, Medicaid, employment and personnel, the Indian Self-Determination Education and Assistance Act, the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, civil rights, HIPAA, Head Start, and requests for information. Attorneys in OGC-Region IX may provide legal services to any agency within HHS; most work involves the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Indian Health Service, and the Office for Civil Rights. OGC-Region IX covers Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, the six U.S.-affiliated Pacific jurisdictions of Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia. OGC-Region IX also serves as the primary legal advisor to the Indian Health Service California Area, Navajo Area (including the Gallup Indian Medical Center), Phoenix Area (including the Phoenix Indian Medical Center), and the Tucson Area.
OGC is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage applications from a diverse pool of high-quality candidates.
For additional information about OGC’s mission, please visit our website at: http://www.hhs.gov/ogc/index.html
This is a General Attorney Advisor position in the HHS OGC-Region IX San Francisco Office. The attorney will be expected to provide a variety of legal services to one or more Department components in the region, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Office for Civil Rights, and the Indian Health Service, on matters which often require coordination with other components of the Department, other OGC offices, or the U.S. Department of Justice.
Attorneys may represent the agency in litigation against hospitals, nursing homes, health plans, clinical laboratories, and other health care providers to enforce compliance with federal requirements; aid in the recovery of misspent Medicare, Medicaid, and federal grant funds; counsel health care providers and administrators at over 20 Indian Health Service operated hospitals and health care facilities throughout the region on a range of issues related to patient care and hospital operations; advise the Office for Civil Rights in the investigation and resolution of unauthorized uses and/or disclosures of personal health information by health care entities; and represent the agency in hearings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), and the National Labor Relations Board. Attorneys must be able to work independently and as a team with the 400+ OGC colleagues across the nation.
Demonstrated experience or familiarity in health law, employment law, federal court or administrative litigation or negotiations and/or a government law background would be helpful. Attorneys may litigate before the HHS Departmental Appeals Board, EEOC, MSPB, Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, or Interior Board of Indian Appeals.
This position will be filled at the GS-11, GS-12, GS-13, or GS-14 level ($75,515 – $165,346) depending on experience and qualifications. The positions will be located in San Francisco, CA or Sacramento, CA. Reimbursement for relocation expenses is not available.
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.
- You must possess a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from an accredited ABA law school.
- Have at least (3) three years of experience after law school as a practicing attorney.
- Possess proof that bar status is active, in good standing and eligible to practice before the highest court of a State, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia.
- Demonstrated experience in federal employment law
- Demonstrated experience as a litigator (federal or administrative)
- Demonstrated experience in health law
- Demonstrated experience working with tribal organizations or government organizations
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Conditions of Employment:
- Must maintain active bar membership in good standing and be eligible to practice law before the highest court of a State, U. S. Territory, U. S. Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia.
- 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: Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
- A confidential OGE Financial disclosure statement will be required. https://www2.oge.gov/web/oge.nsf/Resources/Financial+Disclosure
- Two-year trial period may be required.
- Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid.
- This position is not in a bargaining unit.
- Multiple selections may be made from this announcement.
Instructions to Apply:
Please submit the following documents to OGCR9Hiring@hhs.gov to receive full consideration:
- Cover letter detailing your interest in the position and highlighting any relevant experience
- 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)
- Legal writing sample (3-5 pages preferred)