Attorney Advisor


REGION IV – Atlanta, Georgia

OFFICE OF DISABILITY ADJUDICATION AND REVIEW – ODAR

Recruitment Bulletin Number: ATTY-18-2017

 

Opening Date: 03-15-2017               Closing Date: 03-21-2017

 

Do you have a desire to:

  • Help SSA manage its Social Security programs?
  • Analyze and solve problems?
  • Help to 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 top 10 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government!

 What is the position?

 Position Title, Series and Grade: Attorney-Adviser, GS-0905-9/11/12

Salary: GS-9 $49,765.00*, GS-11 $60,210.00*, GS-12 $72,168.00*

This position is in the Excepted Service.

Number of Vacancies: Few vacancies

RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE PAID

Once selected for this important position in SSA, you will contribute to the Agency’s mission through direct and personal service to the public. The Office of Disability Adjudication and Review handles appeals that have been filed by people who have been denied Social Security, SSI, or Medicare benefits. You will draft legal decisions for various titles of the Social Security Act for one or more Administrative Law Judges (ALJs). This includes providing professional legal advice and assistance to the ALJs in pre-hearing development, and performing legal research on unusual issues related to all aspects of Social Security adjudication.

This position is located in the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, ODAR Hearing Office, 550 Government Street, Suite 200, Mobile, AL 36602.

* The salary indicated above includes locality pay for the Mobile, AL area.

WORK SCHEDULE: Alternative work schedule may be available.

AREA OF CONSIDERATION (WHO MAY APPLY): All U.S. Citizens who meet the qualification requirements below may apply. Although this Recruitment Bulletin is primarily designed to accept applications from non-Federal employees, Federal employees may apply.

SELECTION AND PROMOTION POTENTIAL: If selection is made at the GS-9/11 levels, position has promotion potential to the GS-12 level; if selection is made at the GS-12 level, position has no known promotion potential.

After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background screening.  A final job offer is contingent upon a successful background screening.

DUTIES: Incumbent serves as an attorney-adviser to one or more Administrative Law Judges (ALJs), rendering advice and assistance in pre-hearing development and preparation of cases for hearing, post-hearings development and other post-hearing actions. Analyzes, researches, and develops cases, formulates comprehensive decisions and, otherwise, acts on requests for hearings held under titles II, XI, XVI and XVIII of the Social Security Act, as amended.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

GS-09 Level–Attorney Adviser: First Professional Law Degree (J.D.) PLUS membership in State Bar.

GS-11 Level–Attorney Adviser: First Professional Law Degree AND membership in State Bar PLUS one of the following:

 

  1. One year of professional legal experience; or

 

  1. A second Professional Law Degree (LL.M.), which requires one full year of graduate study; or

 

  1. The first Professional Law Degree provided the applicant’s records shows superior law student work or activities as demonstrated by one of the following:

 

Academic standing in the upper third of the law school graduating class; or

Work or achievement of significance on the law school’s official law review; or Special high level honor for academic excellence in law school, such as election to the Order of the Coif, or winning of a moot court competition or membership on the moot court team, which represents the law school in competition with other law schools; or Full-time or continuous participation in a legal aid program as opposed to one-time, intermittent, or casual participation; or Significant summer law office clerk experience; or Other equivalent evidence of superior achievements.

GS-12 Level–Attorney Adviser: GS-11 requirements PLUS one year of professional legal experience equivalent to the GS-11 Level. One year of professional legal experience involving complex and difficult legal questions requiring extensive research, analysis, and evaluation of information in controversial areas. Such experience involves preparation of legal documents for filing by drafting complaints, orders to show cause, indictments, preliminary motions and supporting affidavits and briefs. Such experience also involves drafting of pleadings and motions for cases in litigation, conducting investigations to obtain facts, study of legal precedents and preparation or recommendations;

 

One year of advanced legal educational attainment (beyond the first professional law degree) which provided evidence of the total ability to step into complex work characteristic of GS-12 level and to operate with the degree of independence and responsibility typical of that level.

CITIZENSHIP REQUIREMENT: Applicants must be U.S. Citizens. Applicants will be required to complete Form I-9 and present proof of identity and employment eligibility if selected.

SELECTIVE SERVICE REQUIREMENT: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 will be required to certify their selective service registration.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES (HOW TO APPLY): Applicants who wish to be considered for these positions should submit:

 

  1. A Detailed Resume.
  2. Proof of Law School class rank on school letterhead (if upper third of law school graduating class).
  3. Proof of Active State Bar membership status (bar membership card or letter of good standing).
  4. A legal writing sample.
  5. Veteran Preference. (Applicants claiming Veteran’s Preference should submit a Form DD-214 or other acceptable certification of Veteran’s Preference eligibility).
  6. Applicants claiming 10 point Veteran Preference should submit SF-15, “Claim for 10 point Veteran Preference”.
  7. Applicants must clearly indicate on their application/resume the lowest acceptable grade – GS- 9, GS-11 or GS-12.

APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE SENT TO: Social Security Administration, Center for Human Resources, Human Resources Operations Staff, ATTN: Laurel A. Floyd, 61 Forsyth Street S.W., Suite 22T64, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Telephone inquiries may be directed to Laurel A. Floyd, Human Resources Specialist, at (404) 562-1202.

The following form is available at all U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Federal Job Information Centers, and all Federal Civilian Personnel Offices: SF-15, “Claims for 10-point Veteran Preference” You may request forms online, Office of Personnel Management main web page located under www.opm.gov on the following links: Quick Index tab; then click on Forms; on the Electronic Forms page click on the type of form(s) needed.

NOTES:

  • When applying, applicants should refer to: Recruiting Bulletin No. ATTY-18-2017.
  • To receive consideration, applications must be received in the Center for Human Resources by: THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS BULLETIN.
  • Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this Recruiting Bulletin.
  • No written test is required.
  • The application and other accompanying documentation submitted in response to this Recruiting Bulletin will be the sole basis for determining eligibility and qualifications for this/these vacancies.   Applications submitted must be up-to-date. Applicants are reminded that a falsification of an application may be grounds for not employing you, or for dismissing you after you begin work, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment.
  • Legal, regulatory and Social Security Administration requirements and instructions are applicable in filling positions under this announcement.
  • Failure to follow the application procedures outlined in this Recruiting Bulletin may preclude applicants from receiving employment consideration.
  • FAXED AND EMAIL APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Social Security offers a comprehensive benefits program that you can customize for your individual medical and financial needs. In addition to traditional “dollars and cents” benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help you balance life with Social Security to life outside of work.  Please review the Social Security Administration Careers site www.ssa.gov/careers for additional information about the many benefits of a career with Social Security.

SSA PROVIDES EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL PERSONS WITHOUT REGARD TO RACE, COLOR, AGE, NATIONAL ORIGIN, RELIGION, GENDER, DISABILITY, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, MARITAL STATUS, PARENTAL STATUS, POLITICAL AFFILIATION AND CONDUCT NOT ADVERSELY AFFECTING EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE.

THIS POSITION IS LOCATED IN A SMOKE-FREE WORK ENVIRONMENT.

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