This position is located in the Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor. The NY Regional Solicitor’s Office litigates cases pursuant to the various laws administered by the DOL in NY, NJ, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, including the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Employment Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, Executive Order 11246, and whistleblower protection laws.
Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement.
Trial attorneys at the New York Office of the Solicitor are responsible for the analysis, preparation, and litigation of factually, technically, and legally complex cases brought in the region by the Secretary of Labor under statutes and executive orders administered by the Department’s various enforcement agencies. The complexity of the work and the degree of independence expected of a trial attorney increases from the GS-12 to the GS-14 level.
The trial attorney is responsible for cases assigned at all stages of litigation, including writing analyses to determine whether a matter should be pursued. Based on knowledge of all assigned program areas as well as an understanding of relevant DOL programs, the trial attorney analyzes cases and, with increasing independence, identifies, evaluates and resolves all factual, legal, and policy issues; considers and discusses options; draws sound conclusions; and makes appropriate recommendations. The trial attorney researches more complex and significant matters, using specialized research tools. The trial attorney writes original legal documents, conveying in writing relevant facts, law, and policy in complex and significant matters.
The trial attorney proactively plans and handles all phases of trial preparation, including as appropriate, participating in or coordinating client agencies’ investigations; preparing pleadings; preparing discovery requests and responses; representing the Department at depositions; preparing legal memoranda and briefs; and representing the Department at pre-trial hearings. The trial attorney may direct all phases of the Department’s case during trial before federal district courts and administrative tribunals, developing a pre-trial plan, entering into appropriate stipulations; examining and cross-examining fact and expert witnesses; and responding to judicial concerns.
The trial attorney independently identifies appropriate matters for settlement and negotiates settlement terms consistent with the facts and the law in the case and with DOL policies and guidelines.
Occasional travel - This position is subject to 15% travel to various destinations and court sites.
14 - There is no obligation to provide future promotions if you are selected. Promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, meet all the performance requirements and supervisor's recommendations to the next grade.
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Conditions Of Employment
- Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
- Requires a trial period if the requirement has not been met.
- Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.
- Relocation expenses will not be covered.
This is an Excepted Service position and is open as well to Non-Citizens as allowed by law. This position will be filled through an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.
To qualify for an attorney position, applicants must possess a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.); be a member in good standing of the bar of a court of general jurisdiction of a state, territory or possession of the U.S.; and have acquired the amount of experience indicated below for each grade level.
GS-12, one (1) year of progressively responsible legal experience of a professional nature which demonstrates the ability to perform the work at this level.
GS-13, two (2) years of progressively responsible legal experience of a professional nature which demonstrates the ability to perform the work at this level.
GS-14, three (3) years of progressively responsible legal experience of a professional nature which demonstrates the ability to perform the work at this level. At least one year of qualifying experience, at this level, must be specialized experience as defined below.
Specialized experience is defined as experience conducting federal, state, or administrative litigation (involving federal laws), which includes developing case strategy; drafting initial pleadings and motions; conducting written discovery and deposition practice; preparing for trial; and trial.
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.
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.
DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.
For additional information, please visit the Office of the Solicitor’s website at https://www.dol.gov/sol/.
How You Will Be Evaluated
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.
- Demonstrated skill in researching and preparing well-written, organized and persuasive legal documents.
- Demonstrated experience and ability in making effective oral presentations in a clear and concise manner.
- Proficient in working independently and as part of a team.
- Ability to establish and maintain professional and effective relationships with staff, attorney supervisors, client agencies, high level department officials, and the general public.
- Ideal candidates will have litigation experience that includes analyzing and conducting legal research, preparation of legal pleadings, memoranda and briefs, and participation in depositions, hearings/trials and oral arguments before adjudicative bodies. At least one year of relevant experience is preferred.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to supply sufficient information to provide a basis for rating each of the evaluation factors listed above.
Individuals who meet eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility/Core Questions #24 and 27 to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP/CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.
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).
To preview questions please click here.
The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you.
- Resume: is required.
- Cover Letter: Please submit a cover letter no longer than one page explaining why you are interested in working for the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor. Please note any special language skills, if applicable. Note: although a cover letter is required, it will not be used to verify experience.
- Writing Sample: Please submit a recent legal writing sample of no longer than 20 pages. It is acceptable to submit an excerpt from a longer writing sample.
- Bar Certification: Should you be selected for this position, you will be required to submit documentation verifying that you are an active member of the Bar in Good Standing of any State, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or any Territorial Court under the U.S. Constitution. This letter and/or certificate should be dated within the last six months of the closing date of this job announcement.
- Transcript(s): Should you be selected for this position, you will be required to submit documentation verifying that you have completed your first professional law degree. Applicants who claim substitution of education for experience with an LL.M must submit a copy of their transcripts for verification.
- Veterans Documents (if applicable): 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.
You may also find more information on positive consideration for attorney hiring.
- Displaced Employee Placement Documents: These documents are only required if you are requesting priority consideration under ICTAP/CTAP Eligibility. Applicants with disabilities (SCHEDULE A) applying under the area of consideration must submit proof of certification by counselors, State vocational rehabilitation agencies, or the Veterans Administration.
Applicants selected for employment that are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, or non-citizenship as allowable in Excepted Service hiring through P.L. 112-10, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must complete the initial online application, including submission of the required documentation specified in the "Required Documents" section.
Follow the steps below to apply. Your application and ALL required supplemental documents MUST be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to receive consideration. Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered. Click here for information on Reasonable Accommodations.
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STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account on www.usajobs.gov, including Resume and Saved Documents Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the self-assessment vacancy questions. If not, HR may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content. FOR EACH EMPLOYMENT PERIOD, include: start/end month & year and note full-time or part-time (if part-time, include # of hours worked per week); otherwise, your application may be considered incomplete.
STEP 2 - Complete the 1st part of the application process (USAJOBS) Once you have identified a job on USAJOBS that you wish to apply for, click on the title and click the "Apply" button. For questions about the vacancy, contact the Agency Contact at the bottom of the announcement. Click “Start Application” and proceed through the 5 steps noted at the top of the USAJOBS page. You will be able to select a resume and documents from your USAJOBS Account that you can submit as a package as part of your DOL application. At Step 5, click “Continue to Agency Site”.
STEP 3 – Complete the 2nd part of the application process (DOL) On the Department of Labor (DOL) page, create a DOL Account if you have not already and click “APPLY TO THIS VACANCY”. Continue through the 7 progress steps indicated by circles at the top of the DOL page. The 3rd progress step is where you answer the vacancy specific questions. The 4th progress step "Documents" is where you submit required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy. If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.
STEP 4 – On the “Review and Submit” step, click “Submit Application” The last “Confirmation” step will turn green noting that your application was submitted successfully.
STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Closing Date by returning to USAJOBS, clicking the vacancy, then “Update Application”.
Agency contact information
AddressLabor, Office of the Solicitor
1835 Market Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/612168000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.