General Attorney

Website Department of Health and Human Services

JOB SUMMARY:

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the federal government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services.

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.

The Region III office provides comprehensive legal services to any agency within HHS, with most work involving the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Administration for Children and Families, and the Office for Civil Rights.

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.

DUTIES:

This is a General Attorney positon in the Region III OGC office located in Philadelphia, PA, which has eight attorneys and two support staff.  The attorneys provide a variety of litigation and legal advisory services to and on behalf of HHS agencies, primarily those functioning within the five states (and the District of Columbia) that comprise Region III. The new hire will have responsibilities across various programs, focusing on Medicare and Medicaid financial, quality of care and program integrity issues (including nursing home enforcement, supplier enrollment appeals, healthcare bankruptcies, overpayment recoveries, provider reimbursement and disallowance of Federal funding).  The new hire will also provide advice and litigation services in general Federal law issues (such as employment law and labor relations; privacy and discovery of information; tort claims and malpractice litigation).  The new hire also may provide advice regarding enforcement of Federal civil rights statutes and HIPAA, and aid client enforcement in HHS-funded social services programs for children and families.

More generally, the new hire will work on matters involving the interpretation, application, and enforce-ment of statutes, regulations, and Department policies.  The new hire will represent the Department in Federal court and administrative proceedings, often handling 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.  As a member of OGC, the new hire is expected to work both independently and to collaborate with other attorneys in HHS OGC, the Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney’s Offices, as well as with staff of HHS agencies.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Your resume, cover letter 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:

*A Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from an accredited ABA law school.
*Proof that bar status is active, in good standing and eligible to practice in the highest court of a State, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia.
*At least three (3) years of post J.D. professional legal experience.
*Strong academics; outstanding organizational, time management, and interpersonal skills; superior legal writing and research ability and a demonstrated commitment to professionalism, ethics, civility and public service.

The following qualifications are preferred:

*Demonstrated experience or familiarity with federal court, administrative litigation and/or health law.
*Demonstrated interest or experience in public interest, pro bono, or government work.
*Experience working with clients.
*Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

*Must maintain active bar membership 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.  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 may be required.
*Two-year trial period may be required.
*Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid.

INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLY:

Please submit the following documents to Frankie Green at frankie.green@hhs.gov using the subject line “General Attorney Advisor – R3” in the email.  To receive full consideration, submit all materials by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date of the announcement:

*Cover letter, of no more than 950 words, which discusses each of the following competencies:
1.   General Legal – Experience preparing legal briefs and/or memoranda;

2.   Litigation – Litigation experience before Federal trial and appellate courts and/or administrative bodies;

3.   Laws and Regulations – Experience in applying statutes, regulations, and policies; and

4.   Client Advice and Relationships– Experience providing oral and written advice and ability to communicate effectively with clients.

*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 whether it was full-time or part-time.)
*Legal writing sample.
*Law school transcripts (official or unofficial) if graduated in the last seven years.

To apply for this job email your details to frankie.green@hhs.gov