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    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.

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    Responsibilities

    This position is located in the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, which is one of the largest of the National Office divisions in the Office of the Solicitor of Labor (SOL). The Division is responsible for the legal work arising out of the Department's administration and enforcement of, and the performance of related legal activities under, the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) as amended, and the antidiscrimination provisions contained within the International Safe Container Act of 1977; the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982; the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act of 1986; and the Seaman’s Protection Act, as amended by the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010. This includes providing legal advice to Departmental officials; assisting in the conduct of litigation by the SOL field offices; conducting litigation before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and federal district and appellate courts; providing legal services in connection with rulemakings regarding safety and health standards; representing the Department vis-à-vis other Federal agencies, the legislative Branch, states, private sector groups, and members of the public; reviewing state plans; and providing legal services in connection with OSHA's voluntary programs and compliance assistance efforts.

    The incumbent is responsible for providing a variety of legal and administrative tasks, to the OSH Services Division and exercises responsibility for a variety of confidential and administrative duties as described below. The Incumbent:

    • Serves as the first line supervisor for the OSH Division's legal assistant support staff, consisting of a small number of Legal Assistants. Subordinates are assigned to provide direct support to one or more Counsel areas in the Division including the Counsel for Appellate Litigation, the Counsel for Regional Litigation and General Legal Advice, the Counsel for Standards, and the Counsel for Special Litigation. Assignments to specific areas are made on consideration of priorities, the difficulty and requirements of the work, and the relative capabilities and level of training of the subordinates.
    • Discusses assignment needs with Division Counsels as necessary in order to ensure maximum productivity and effective use of support staff.

    • Participates in the development of  administrative procedures and controls for the establishment and management of the Division's historical files. Develops and maintains related systems, including automated tracking systems, to improve management and control of the filing and review of briefs and legal opinions and related documents.

    • Participates with the Division's Deputy, the Counsels for Regional Litigation, Appellate Litigation, and Counsel for General Legal Advice in the administrative management aspects of establishing and maintaining these systems.

    • Coordinates preparation of confidential and important memoranda and correspondence to officials of executive departments and independent agencies, members of Congress, DOL personnel, officials of labor organizations and management groups, academic institutions, private research groups, and civic groups. Advises attorneys and clerical personnel on the proper format for such documents.

    • Serves as the Division’s primary source of management support with respect to office equipment and facilities. Updates and maintains subscriptions for periodicals, arranges for servicing and repair, as necessary, of office equipment and furniture, and serves in a liaison capacity with building management staff on building management issues.
    • Serves as the Division’s primary source of management support with respect to travel by Division employees. Assists staff with the preparation of travel orders and submission of travel vouchers at the conclusion of TDY travel.
    • Provides additional administrative support, as necessary, to the Associate Solicitor, Deputy Associate Solicitor, Counsels, and attorneys within the Division.
    • Assures that staff attorneys and others in the Division are provided access to suitable training course and materials and that sufficient funds are available to satisfy all financial obligations incurred by such training. This may involve preparing the necessary paperwork to obtain reimbursement to such course from OSHA, in appropriate cases.

    • Coordinates preparation of confidential and important memoranda and correspondence to officials of executive departments and independent agencies, members of Congress, DOL personnel, officials of labor organizations and management groups, academic institutions, private research groups, and civic groups. Advises attorneys and clerical personnel on the proper format for such documents.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    11 - There is no obligation to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the need for an employee promoted to the higher level, and supervisory approval.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/527172600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.