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Job Title:  Regional Solicitor
Department:  Department Of Labor
Agency:  Office of the Solicitor
Job Announcement Number:  DOL-SES-SOL-14-09

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$120,749.00 to $181,500.00 / Per Year
Friday, February 14, 2014 to Friday, March 21, 2014
Full-time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Philadelphia, PA   View Map
Open to all groups of qualified candidates. SES Candidate Development Program graduates with noncompetitive eligibility may apply for noncompetitive consideration for this position.


About the Agency

Subject to the general direction and control of the Solicitor, the incumbent manages the Solicitor's Philadelphia Regional Office, which provides legal services to the Department of Labor (DOL) Regional Administrators and agency heads in the states of Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. The Region has a principle office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a branch office in Arlington, Virginia. The incumbent is responsible for (1) supervising litigation in the United States District Courts and before Administrative Law Judges for all civil litigation under the Department's many enforcement statutes including the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Mine Safety and Health Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Black Lung Benefits Act, Executive Order 11246, the Davis-Bacon Act (and related Acts) and the Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), (2) directing the provision of legal advice and assistance to the DOL enforcement agencies on investigations and compliance audits, (3) representing the Department with federal agencies in the Regions and (4) coordinating with the Office of the Solicitor National Office Divisions and the other Regional Solicitors.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Maybe required.


  • Yes


  • Must complete 1 year SES probationary period, if not previously completed.
  • Subject to drug test prior to appointment and during appointment
  • Subject to a security background investigation.
  • Subject to financial disclosure requirements.
  • U.S. Citizenship


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The Regional Solicitor is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the conduct of all litigation connected with the various laws administered by the Department and providing legal advisory services to the ranking Departmental officials in the Philadelphia Region. In this regard, the incumbent directs a staff of approximately 70 attorneys and support personnel. The Regional Solicitor exercises overall direction of the Region by approving the institution of the majority of lawsuits, assigning work, evaluating work performance, providing appropriate training and assignments for the development of attorneys and support staff, developing annual budget projections and insuring that budget obligations remain within the amount allocated by the National Office and taking responsibility for all regional personnel and obligations under the Civil Service Reform Act.
The Regional Solicitor is consulted by and serves as legal advisor and consultant to the Regional Administrators for the Wage Hour Division, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA), the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), the Office of Labor-Management Services (OLMS), and other Regional Offices of the Department. The incumbent provides advice and legal opinions based on comprehensive knowledge of Department policy, clear awareness of precedent setting Federal court cases in the region, and elsewhere, enforcement problems particular to various jurisdictions, and national trends in court decisions in the various program areas. The incumbent also directs the preparation of all opinions and interpretations as requested by DOL regional officials, other federal officials, employers, unions and other members of the public.


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Candidates must possess broad and progressive experience in an attorney position that involves novel and/or complex legal questions and expertise as a legal advisor/litigator. This experience must have been at a major management level (normally equivalent to the GS-15 level in the Federal government).
All applicants MUST address each of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) when applying on line. Responses to ECQs MUST not exceed 10 pages. For additional guidance, applicants may visit the Office Of Personnel Management's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications located at Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action, and Result model outlined in the Guide. Current/Former Career SES or SES Candidate Development Program graduates who have been certified by OPM MUST address the MTQ's, but need not address the ECQs. In order to successfully complete the online application process you MUST input the term, "noncompetitive eligible" in the text boxes for each of the ECQs. You MUST submit a Standard Form 50 that documents your SES Career appointment or a copy of your OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program certificate.
1. Leading Change: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
2. Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
3. Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
4. Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
5. Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.MANDATORY TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS (MTQs): In addition to the ECQs above, qualified applicants must possess the following four (4) technical qualifications, which represent the experience required to perform the duties of this position. Proficiency in these technical qualifications MUST be clearly evident in your application package. MTQs include:

1.Knowledge of relevant or comparable areas of law as demonstrated by significant federal court and/or administrative trial litigation.

2. Demonstrated ability to identify, analyze, and resolve novel and/or complex legal issues having significant policy and programmatic implications. This includes the ability to effectively present such issues, orally and in writing.
3. Successful experience in managing and leading a legal office, component or significant team; demonstrating competencies such as effective recruitment and development of staff, efficient use of human, fiscal, informational and material resources, effective internal and external communication, problem solving and decision making.
4. Demonstrated ability to collaborate with components across the organization as well as with other government agencies to produce results.

Applicants must have and submit documentation of a professional law degree (L.L.B., J.D., LL.M) from an accredited U. S. law school and active membership in good standing in the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.  The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U. S. 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.

The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting institution 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.


Candidates will be evaluated based upon their qualifications. In addition, applicants will be evaluated based upon their responses to the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).
To preview questions please click here.


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PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP. Applicants, who are not current Department of Labor (DOL) employees, will be required to provide proof of citizenship in the form of a passport, birth certificate or other approved documentation, prior to entry on duty.


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Follow the 5 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 be considered. Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered.

For more details, click How To Apply Detailed Instructions Document . For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact in the "Questions about this job" section. SAVE your information before the 30 MINUTE TIMEOUT!

STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account, including Resume and Saved Documents
Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions. If not, the HRO 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, part-time or hours.

STEP 2 - Answer Vacancy Questions (DOORS)
Click the Apply Online button, which is available when you search for a job on, click on the title and proceed.

STEP 3 - Submit Supplemental Documents
Submit the required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy by the close date. For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation Document. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

STEP 4 - Review Application and click Finish Click here to submit an updated resume after initial application.

STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Close Date


1. SF-50 documentation of career SES appointment or other Federal appointment (if applicable). 2. Certificate of completion of OPM certified SES candidate program (if applicable). 3. Copy of most recent performance appraisal (optional).


John Sylvia
Phone: 774-365-6851
Fax: 202-693-7705
TDD: 202-693-7758
Agency Information:
Labor, Office of the Solicitor
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Room N2453
Washington, DC
Fax: 202-693-7705


Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and refer candidates for selection consideration.  Candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.  A selection is expected to be made within 30 calendar days from the issuance date of the certificate.

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