Overview

<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />These positions are located in the Department of Labor (DOL), Benefits Review Board (BRB).<br /><br />These positions are inside the bargaining unit.<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br /><strong>The Board, consisting of Members appointed by the Secretary of Labor, is an independent adjudicatory agency with exclusive nationwide jurisdiction to consider and decide appeals raising substantial questions of law or fact taken by any party-in-interest from decisions with respect to claims of employees under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, as amended, and its extensions, and the Black Lung Benefits Act, as amended (The Acts). The Board's decisions are final and are appealable directly to the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the thirteen judicial circuits. The Board Members are Administrative Appeals Judges who are the final decision-makers for the Department of Labor. The Board's attorney staff consists of three divisions.</strong><br /><br />This is a developmental position, wherein the supervisor provides more specific instructions and detailed guidance; therefore, the position works with less independence and receives more complete guidance and review on Type II cases and on occasion Type III cases.<br /><br />The incumbent will collaborate with Senior Staff Attorneys to perform legal work under the general supervision of an Associate General Counsel and will be responsible for applying statutory and regulatory provisions, and Board and Federal case law, to provide recommendations and resolve cases on appeal to the Board from the Office of Administrative Law Judges.<br /><br />Reviews and analyzes the arguments by the parties regarding the law and the facts of each case. Drafts recommended decisions for assigned appeals. <br /><br />Prepares a written draft decision and order, summarizing the jurisdiction, relevant facts, legal issues, analysis and recommended disposition for the Board. May be required to make an oral presentation to a panel of the Board on factual or legal issues.<br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Not required<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 13 – This position has promotion potential to the GS-13. Future promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and supervisory approval. <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Requires a trial period if the requirement has not been met.</li> <li>You must submit an (official or unofficial) copy of your transcripts.</li> <li>Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.</li> <li>Position requires a Public Trust-Low Risk background investigation.</li> <li>Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.</li> </ul> <br /><br />Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.<br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br /><strong>Basic Requirements: </strong>This position has a positive education requirement. Applicants must meet the basic requirements of this position in order to qualify for appointment to an Attorney position.<br /><br />To qualify for an attorney position, applicants must possess a professional law degree JD, LL.B or LL.M.; be a member in good standing (active or inactive) of the bar of a court of general jurisdiction of a state, territory or possession of the U. S.<br /><br />GS-11, completion of first professional law degree JD, LL.B or LL.M and active or inactive membership in good standing of the bar.<br /><br /><strong>Please Note the Following: <br /><br /></strong> <strong>**This position has a positive education requirement. You must submit a copy of your law school transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to entering on duty.** </strong> <br /><br /><strong>**Copy or other evidence of bar membership must be submitted.**</strong><br /><br />For the purpose of this schedule, service in the Armed Forces shall be counted as a continuation of any legal position held immediately prior to such service. In any case, the experience of the applicant must be recently sufficient to indicate that he/she is capable of performing the duties of the position.<br /><br /><strong>OPTIONAL</strong>- Applicants may submit a writing sample consisting of a maximum of 10 pages.<br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br />If you do not submit sufficient documentation necessary to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.<br /><br />If verification of your academic degree(s) is necessary to determine your qualifications for this position, you may be required to submit official transcripts prior to a final appointment to this position. <br /><br /><strong>Note: </strong>The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from unauthorized secondary schools or post-secondary institutions that are not accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education. Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service.<br /><br />Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. <br /><br />If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.<br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. <br /><br />The Department of Labor does not make unfavorable hiring decisions on the basis of an applicant's previous or current unemployment, or the fact that an applicant has experienced financial difficulty through no fault of his/her own and has undertaken good faith efforts to meet his/her financial obligations. Consideration is given to financial status in relation to appointments only where required by law, regulation, or Executive Order.<br /><br />Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION , REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION , ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION <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 />Applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements for this position will be further evaluated against the following evaluation factors. Current and/or past supervisors may be contacted unless specified otherwise. A panel and/or the selecting official or his/her designee may interview applicants.<br /><br />Evaluation Factors: <br /> <li>Demonstrated skill in legal research and preparation of well-written, organized and persuasive legal documents.</li> <li>Ability to work independently and exercise judgement to decide cases involving a variety of legal issues.</li> <li>Ability to write succinct decisions based upon an accurate summary of the relevant facts of a case.</li> <li>Ability to manage a case load within an established quota and within defined time limitations.</li> <li>Ability to establish and maintain effective liaison with supervisors and agency staff.</li> <li>Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced inter-disciplinary legal environment, entailing timely collections of facts, identification and resolution of issues, enumeration of options, and formulation of recommendations.</li> <br />It is the responsibility of the applicant to supply sufficient information to provide a basis for rating each of the evaluation factors listed above.<br /><br />The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview).<br /><br /><b>To preview questions please click here .</b> <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 />The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Follow the instructions: click How To Submit Supplemental Documentation Document . <strong>Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. </strong>You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you.<br /><br />- <strong>Bar Certification:</strong> You must submit documentation verifying that you are an active or inactive member of the bar in good standing of any State, territory, or possession of the United States. Copies or unofficial statements from State Bar websites are acceptable.<br /><br />- <strong>Unofficial Transcript(s) (in English) </strong>- You must submit your transcripts verifying your law degree to qualify for this position. You are required to submit all applicable academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements (ex. BA/BS, MA, JD, PHD, etc). If specific course work is required to qualify, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit.<br /><br />- <strong>Veterans Documents (if applicable):</strong> Attorney appointments within the Department of Labor are positions in the excepted service, not the competitive service. There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference in attorney appointments; however, the Department of Labor considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. In order to receive positive consideration, you must indicate your eligibility, in response to the appropriate item on the vacancy questionnaire. Additionally, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD214 showing the type of discharge and dates of active duty and, if applicable, a VA letter certifying the present existence of the service-connected disability which indicates the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting to be honorably discharged or released within 120 days, click Active Duty ) Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's consideration. Additional information is available in the Vet's Guide .<br /><br />You may also find more information on positive consideration for attorney hiring .<br /><br />- <strong> Displaced Employee Placement Documents </strong> – Only required if requesting priority consideration under ICTAP / CTAP Eligibility.<br /><br />- <strong>Cover Letters</strong> are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but are encouraged. <br /><br /><strong>- OPTIONAL</strong> – Applicants may submit a writing sample consisting of a maximum of 10 pages.<br /><br />Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship , and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.<br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />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 . <br /><br />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.


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