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 Public Health Division, National Institutes of Health Branch.
Who May Apply: This vacancy announcement is open to all US Citizens and may be used to fill multiple positions.
DUTY STATION: Bethesda, MD
SALARY RANGE: $72,030-$157,709 (GS 11-14)
OPEN PERIOD: July 23, 2020 – August 6, 2020
The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) at the Department of Health and Human Services is seeking an attorney to join its Public Health Division, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Branch.
OGC is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage applications from a diverse pool of high-quality candidates.
This is a general attorney position in the Public Health Division, National Institutes of Health Branch. The incumbent will provide comprehensive legal and services to NIH on a wide array of highly visible, complex, and often precedential public health matters. The NIH Branch comprises fourteen attorneys who provide comprehensive legal advice and services to NIH on a wide array of highly visible, complex, and often precedential public health matters.
The NIH conducts and supports research to help prevent, diagnose, and treat disease, from the rarest genetic disorder to the common cold. Located on a 300-acre campus in Bethesda, MD, NIH has a budget of more than $40 billion and is comprised of 27 distinct Institutes and Centers with over 18,000 employees. These include the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute on Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the National Human Genome Research Institute, and the Clinical Center, NIH’s medical research hospital.
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.
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.
Preference is given to candidates with strong academic; outstanding organizational, time management, and interpersonal skills; superior legal writing and research ability and demonstrated commitment to professionalism, ethics, civility, and public service.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Must maintain active bar membership in good standing and the eligibility to practice law in the highest court of a state, territory, Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia throughout employment in the Office of the General Counsel.
Upon final job offer from HHS OHR, 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 may be required.
Two-year trial period may be required.
Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid.
This position may be in a bargaining unit.
INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLY:
To receive full consideration, the following documents must be received at OGCVacancy@mail.nih.gov by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date of the announcement:
Short cover letter explaining interest or experience in providing legal advice on health-related matters addressed to David Lankford, Deputy Associate General Counsel for Public Health, NIH
Resume (must include education, including name of undergraduate and law schools, 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)
One to two legal writing samples (no more than 10 pages each)
Law school transcripts, if graduated from law school within the past five years
Proof of active bar status in good standing and eligibility to practice law in a 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
About National Institutes of Health
The NIH Branch of the Public Health Division, HHS Office of the General Counsel (OGC), is located on the main campus of NIH in Bethesda, MD. The NIH Branch provides legal services to the Director of NIH and its institutes and centers, and to other OPDIVS and STAFFDIVS throughout the Department. We further the HHS and NIH missions by providing legal services in nearly all areas of the law. Our primary client is NIH, but our unique expertise in several areas is often relied upon by many other OPDIVS and STAFFDIVS throughout the Department. We have a talented group of legal professionals who are available to provide counsel and assistance on a variety of legal topics.
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