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    Summary

    THESE POSITIONS ARE IN THE EXCEPTED SERVICE.

    THESE POSITIONS ARE TIME-LIMITED APPOINTMENTS NOT TO EXCEED 4 YEARS.


    THESE POSITIONS HAVE PROMOTION POTENTIAL TO THE GS-12.

    INCUMBENT MAY BE PROMOTED NONCOMPETITIVELY PROVIDED WORK AT THE HIGHER LEVELS CONTINUES TO EXIST, AND THE INCUMBENT HAS DEMONSTRATED THE ABILITY TO PERFORM IT AND PROVIDED FURTHER THAT TIME-IN-GRADE AND OTHER ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS ARE MET.

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    Responsibilities

    • This position is a developmental position leading to the full performance level of GS-12 Attorney-Adviser, PD #0E1980.
    • The incumbent drafts comprehensive decisions on requests for hearings filed under titles II, VIII, and XVI of the Social Security Act, as amended.
    • Analyzes and researches pertenent issues involving all aspects of adjudication under the Social Security Act.
    • Prepares recommended favorable on-the-record decisions and, when the claimant has knowingly and voluntarily waived the right to a hearing, unfavorable decisions for the review and signature of an ALJ.
    • Thoroughly reviews cases remanded by the Courts and the Appeals Council, and other cases that involve difficult legal and factual issues.
    • Prepares decisions, notices, and other written materials that are grammatically and technically correct, legally sufficient, and otherwise appropriate for issuance to claimants and to a legal audience.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    12

  • Job family (Series)

    0905 Attorney

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship required
    • Selective Service Registration, if applicable (www.sss.gov)
    • Background and/or security investigation required
    • Job offers are contingent on background / security investigation results
    • Selectees are required to serve a 2 year trial period.
    • All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement
    • Applicant must submit proof of Active Bar Membership.
    • Applicant must submit Law School Transcript with degree and date conferred.

    Qualifications

    Positions will be filled in the Excepted through the use of Schedule A 213.3102(d) appointing authority. Competitive examining procedures will not be conducted. Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirements shown above.

    Applicants must possess a law degree and currently be an active member of the bar. You must be duly licensed, authorized and eligible to practice as an attorney under the laws of a state, District of Columbia or US Territory. This is a continuing requirement of the position.

    In addition to the above, applicants must also meet one of the following requirements:

    For GS-11:
    • A LL.B. or J.D. and at least 1 year of professional legal experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level or higher in the Federal service.
    • A second professional law degree (LL.M) which requires one full year of graduate study.
    • A J.D. or LL.B. and superior law student work or activities as demonstrated by one of the following:

    (a) Academic standing in the upper-third of the law school graduating class.
    (b) Work or achievement of significance on your law schools' official law review.
    (c) Special high-level honors for academic excellence in law school, such as election to the Order of the Coif.
    (d) Winning of a moot court competition or membership on the moot court team that represents the law school in competition with other law schools
    (e) Full-time or continuous participation in a legal aid program as opposed to one-time, intermittent, or casual participation.
    (f) Two significant summer law office clerk work experiences of at least 40 hours per week.

    Applicant must be duly licensed, authorized and eligible to practice as an attorney under the laws of a state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a U.S. Territory.

    To be considered, applicants must provide proof that they are authorized to practice law. Such proof can include a current active bar card, a screen print from a bar web site that reflects you are an active member of the bar or a letter/certificate from the bar certifying that you are licensed and authorized to practice law. Being an active member of the state bar association is not the same as being an active member in good standing of the state bar.


    TRANSCRIPTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO SUBSTANTIATE POSSESSION OF THE REQUIRED AND CLAIMED EDUCATION. UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS (INCLUDING SCREEN PRINTS FROM YOUR SCHOOLS WEB PORTAL) ARE ACCEPTABLE FOR INITIAL APPLICATION; HOWEVER, YOUR TRANSCRIPT MUST SHOW A DEGREE AND CONFERRED/AWARDED DATE PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT . SELF-PREPARED TRANSCRIPTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS ARE REQUIRED AT THE TIME OF APPOINTMENT.

    YOU MUST SUBMIT THE DOCUMENTS ACCORDING TO THE PRESCRIBED APPLICATION SUBMISSION DETAILS AT THE END OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE CLOSING OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT. DOCUMENTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED VIA EMAIL OR REGULAR MAIL.

    Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Education


    Additional information

    THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT WILL CLOSE AFTER THE RECEIPT OF THE FIRST 100 APPLICATIONS OR JULY 9, 2018 WHICHEVER OCCURS FIRST.

    Selective Service:
    If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See www.sss.gov.

    Additional selections may be made for this vacancy six months from the closing date of this announcement.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Your application will be compared to the requirements for the position. It is your responsibility to include all information in your application that is needed to evaluate your qualifications and determine if you meet the requirements for the position. If there is insufficient information, your application will be found ineligible.

    Please make sure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your evaluation. The questionnaire takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. To preview the questions, click the following link: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10248593

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Q - Nonsensitive

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    Required Documents

    You must submit supporting documentation by the closing date of the vacancy announcement to claim certain types of preference.

    VETERANS' PREFERENCE: If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your military discharge certificate (DD 214 member 4 copy) or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty. To be acceptable, the document must show Character of Service. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference based on a service-connected disability, you must also submit the required documentation specified on the reverse of the SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference (SF 15). Applicants claiming derived preference must submit the SF-15 and the required documentation specified on the reverse of the SF 15. Preference will be granted based on the documents received. For more information visit the Vet Guide.

    IMPORTANT NOTICE TO VETERANS: The Office of Personnel Management has published the end date for Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) as August 31, 2010. To receive veterans' preference for service during the Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom era, you must have served for more than 180 days between September 11, 2001 and August 31, 2010 OR be in receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal. The updated CFR language is available here. Other qualifying eligibility for preference (e.g., disability) remains unchanged.

    PROOF OF EDUCATION: If you are qualifying on the basis of education or satisfying an educational requirement, submit a copy of your transcripts with the course title, number of credits, grade, and date of completion. To qualify, the degree must be from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Education completed in a foreign institution must be certified as equivalent to coursework completed at a U.S. college or university. Certification of equivalency must be submitted at the time of application. For a list of Credential Evaluation Services, log on to: Credential Evaluation Services
    (http://www.edupass.org/admissions /evaluation.phtml)


    PROOF OF CURRENT BAR MEMBERSHIP: Proof of active Bar Membership (e.g., screen print of your profile from a bar web site which reflects your name and active status, a letter from the bar certifying that you are licensed and authorized to practice law, OR copy of a recent bar card.) Being an active member of the state bar association is not the same as being an active member in good standing of the state bar.

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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    https://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/Guide-Me/New-Prospective-Employees/

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
    1. Resume which includes the exact dates of employment including month, day and year and the number of hours per week in each position.
    2. The Occupational Questionnaire
    3. Your complete Law Degree Transcript which reflects degree and date conferred (official or unofficial are acceptable but cannot be self-prepared and will be verified at a later date).
    4. Proof of active Bar Membership (e.g., screen print of your profile from a bar web site which reflects your name and active status, a letter from the bar certifying that you are licensed and authorized to practice law, OR copy of a recent bar card.)
    5. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

    The complete Application Package must be submitted before midnight (EST) on 07/09/2018.

    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

    If you use assistive software or an adaptive device, or you are experiencing some other type of technical difficulty and/or otherwise require assistance with the application process, please contact Hai-My Le at hai-my.le@ssa.govor (703) 605-8228.

    Individuals with disabilities may also call us via Federal Relay using the (voice) contact telephone provided.

    Due to our security procedures, our office will not accept any applications submitted via email or standard mail. The email address is listed only for inquiries about the position or the How to Apply process.

    To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log in to your USAJOBS account.

    Agency contact information

    Hai-My Le

    Address

    DCHO - OCALJ
    6401 Security Boulevard
    Baltimore, MD 21235
    US
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    Do you have a desire to:

    • help SSA manage its Social Security programs?
    • analyze and solve problems?
    • help and advise millions of retired and disabled individuals?
    • work on a team to make a difference in people's lives and your own?
    Join SSA, one of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government!

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    Learn more about what it's like to work at Social Security Administration, what the agency does, and about the types of careers this agency offers.

    http://www.ssa.gov/careers/

    Next steps

    Once you have successfully submitted your application materials, you can expect to receive at least two or more of the following email notifications concerning your application status: (1) Receipt of application; (2) Result of qualifications review; (3) Referred/Not Referred to the selection official; and (4) Selected/Not Selected for the position. Due to the high volume of applications received, we will be unable to provide status updates to applicants via email or telephone.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

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.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/504119100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.