Overview

<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />The Department of Veterans Affairs is interested in attracting the best talent for our diverse cadre of Veterans Law Judges from all sources.<br /><br />The Board of Veterans' Appeals (Board) is composed of the men and women who possess well-honed veterans law skills and a strong commitment to government and public service. Veterans Law Judges are attorneys experienced in veterans law and in reviewing veterans benefits and services and adjudicating appeals.<br /><br />This position is in the Excepted Service.<br /> Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />The incumbent serves as a Veterans Law Judge in the Office of Appellate Operations (OAO) within the Board of Veterans' Appeals. Duties include but are not limited to the following:<br /><br />-Managing, mentoring, training, developing and leading staff counsel;<br /><br />-Reviewing requests for and determining whether statutory and regulatory provisions pertaining to hearings are satisfied;<br /><br />-Identifying the issues raised by and on behalf of the appellant and determining which of these issues has been procedurally developed for appellate review;<br /><br />-Analyzing all previously developed evidence and appraising previous adjudicative processes by the originating agency;<br /><br />-Determining whether there are other parties with adverse interests who may be joined in a contested appeal;<br /><br />-Correlating and resolving conflicting evidence;<br /><br />-Fully considering all the evidence of record and issuing decisions which are completely independent and final, signed by the Veterans Law Judge and published to the parties in interest;<br /><br />-Ruling on motions, as provided by the applicable law and regulations; and<br /><br />-Conducting in person or video conferencing hearings.<br /><br />-Being a supportive member of the Board, as a Veterans Law Judge, and contributing to the organization. <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> None <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>US citizenship is required.</li> <li>Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.</li> <li>Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.</li> <li>Incumbents of this position will be subject to a background investigation commensurate with the risk and sensitivity level of the position.</li> <li>May be subject to reassignment geographically or organizationally.</li> <li>Applicants must possess a JD or LLB degree and be licensed to practice law</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />Applicants must possess a JD or LLB degree from an accredited school of law; a license to practice law; as well as the necessary years of general experience plus the following amount of specialized experience:<br /><br />General Experience: Applicants must have a full seven (7) years of experience in veterans law as a licensed attorney preparing for, participating in, and/or reviewing formal hearings and evidence involving litigation and/or administrative law at the Federal, State or local level.<br /><br />Qualifying administrative law experience involves cases in which a formal procedure was initiated by a governmental administrative body and includes:<br /><br />-preparing for hearing.<br /><br />-reviewing drafted decisions for signature;<br /><br />-participating in or conducting arbitration, mediation, or other alternative dispute resolution approved by the administrative body; or participating in appeals related to the types of cases above.<br /><br />Specialized experience is defined as experience dealing with laws and regulations pertaining to veterans' law, as set forth primarily in Title 38 of the United States Code and the Code of Federal Regulations, and areas of laws as related to the Board's jurisdiction.<br /><br />This experience has been gained at the next lower grade level or its equivalent.<br /><br />You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job. <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br />Applicants must possess a JD or LLB degree and be licensed to practice law.<br /> Education may not be substituted for specialized experience. <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />Veteran Preference does not apply to Veteran Law Judge. <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />Step 1: Minimum qualification screening<br /><br />Step 2: Technical-Specialized screening<br /><br />Step 3: VA Executive Resources Board (ERB) rating and ranking<br /><br />Step 4: Structured interviews by the Board of Veterans' Appeals to determine final nominees<br /><br />Step 5: Nominations by the Chairman of the Board.<br /><br />Step 6: Appointment by the Secretary (May include additional interview)<br /><br />Step 7: Approval by the President Of the United States of America. <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Other <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />A complete application for this position includes the following items:<br /><br />1. Resume which demonstrates your experience, accomplishment, training, education and awards reflecting your ability to meet the qualification requirement(s) for this position. Elaborate on your experience and accomplishments, highlighting your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, work objectives met (results of your efforts), policy initiatives and level of contact. Ensure your resume does not exceed five (5) pages. DO NOT submit the application form OF-612, Optional Application for Federal Employment in lieu of a resume.<br /><br />2. Rating Factors: In addition to your resume, you must include a separate typed written narrative response to the mandatory Rating Factors identified below. Written responses to the Rating Factors should not exceed 10 pages and are double spaced using the Arial 12 point font with at least one-inch margins.<br /><br />Factor 1. Knowledge of the laws and regulations pertaining to veterans' benefits, and services, as set forth primarily in title 38 of the United States Code and the Code of Federal Regulations, the precedent decisions of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and other federal courts, and the precedent decisions of the VA General Counsel.<br /><br />Factor 2. Knowledge of specialized law as they relate to the Board's jurisdiction.<br /><br />Factor 3. Ability to accurately and efficiently analyze, evaluate, resolve and decide independently appeals for veterans' benefits and services.<br /><br />Factor 4. Ability to analyze critically a draft appellate decision, submitted by a staff attorney, to ensure a full and complete review of record, an equitable resolution of the questions at issue, and proper application of statutory and regulatory criteria.<br /><br />Factor 5. Ability to participate effectively in and conduct personal hearings.<br /><br />Factor 6. Ability to successfully lead and manage a staff of attorneys who are responsible for submitting tentative decisions/work products and meeting with attorneys to review their work and offer suggestions for improvement.<br /><br />Factor 7. Ability to work effectively within the organizational structure in order to meet the assigned output goals and objectives.<br /><br />Factor 8. Ability to function as a team, helping advance the overall mission and objectives of the Board and the efficiency of its operations, including consistently professional and cooperative relationships with appellants, their representatives, and other members of the public, as well as with co-workers, supervisors, and others within the VA, conscientiously adhering to established office administrative policies and procedures, and effectively participating in appropriate training or learning activities.<br /><br />Factor 9. Exhibits VA's core values of Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (ICARE). Provides excellent customer service and employee engagement. Functions as a leader, supervisor, and a team member. Consistently communicates with, and provides appropriate assistance to, internal and external customers in a professional and courteous manner and sets the standard for the staff. Contributes to the effective operation of the Board and the Department and to the integrity of the VA adjudication process.


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