Deputy Chief Counsel (San Francisco, CA)

  • 11 Mar 2019 3:58 PM
    Message # 7213674
    Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The Office of the General Counsel is seeking a Deputy Chief Counsel for its San Francisco Regional Office. The Deputy Chief Counsel will be expected to perform supervisory duties of staff within the regional office and to manage the legal services provided to one or more Department components in the region.  The San Francisco Regional Office provides legal services to almost all the regional components of HHS, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), and the Indian Health Service (IHS).  Work matters often require coordination with other components of the Department, other OGC offices, or the U.S. Department of Justice.  Attorneys may represent the agency in litigation against hospitals, nursing homes, health plans, clinical laboratories, and other health care providers to enforce compliance with federal requirements; aid in the recovery of misspent Medicare, Medicaid, and federal grant funds; counsel health care providers and administrators at over 20 IHS-operated hospitals and health care facilities throughout the region on a range of issues related to patient care and hospital operations; advise OCR in the investigation and resolution of unauthorized uses and/or disclosures of personal health information by health care entities; and represent the agency in proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Merit Systems Protection Board, and the National Labor Relations Board.

    We are seeking to fill this position at the GS-15 level ($146,415 - $164,200) depending on experience and qualifications. The position will be located in San Francisco, CA.

    OGC is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage applications from a diverse pool of high-quality candidates.


    The Deputy Chief Counsel reports to the Chief Counsel and is one of two principal advisors to the Chief Counsel, along with being a member of the Region’s Senior Leadership Team.  The Deputy Chief Counsel works closely with the Chief Counsel in directing and coordinating the office’s legal services provided to the Department’s programs and constituent agencies.  The legal matters often involve significant financial and operational considerations, are extremely complex, and are often precedent setting. 


    The Deputy Chief Counsel will:

    • Participate with the Chief Counsel in the overall planning, organization, and formulation of policies and procedures for the Regional Office;
    • Perform supervisory oversight of attorneys, paralegals, and administrative support staff, including performance appraisals, and assess and address staff training needs;
    • Supervise the assignment and review of work in designated subject matter areas, and ensure that the legal analysis, legal positions, and litigation strategies are of high quality and are consistent with HHS and OGC policies and directives;
    • Ensure that HHS' interests are vigorously represented in all litigation before the federal courts, administrative tribunals, and state courts; and
    • Manage communications with agency officials on legal matters to ensure that client needs are identified and met.


    Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the position qualifications listed on this announcement. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

     The following are required qualifications:

    • You must possess a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from an accredited ABA law school.
    • You must have been admitted to a bar in one of the highest courts of a State, U. S. Commonwealth, U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia and be in good standing.
    • You must have federal litigation experience.
    • All candidates should have strong academic achievement; outstanding organizational, time management, and interpersonal skills; superior legal writing and research abilities, and a demonstrated commitment to professionalism, ethics, civility, and public service.
    • Have five years of experience in the practice of law or its equivalent.
    • Have one year of legal experience which is directly related to the position being filled and equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in Federal service.


    Please submit the following documents to to receive full consideration by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date of the announcement.

    • Cover letter.
    • A Qualifications Statement not to exceed 4 pages that provides a description of your experience and qualifications with respect to each of the following:
      1. Administration and managerial skills: Ability to participate in the overall planning, reporting and budgeting for an office, as well as in the assignment of work, setting priorities and the hiring, utilization and evaluation of professional and admninistrative staff to assure that the region is doing its best to perform its mission and meet the client's need for service;
      2. Litigation experience:  Previous litigation experience and the ability to effectively develop litigation strategy for the defense and prosecution of matters having broad impact;
      3. Supervision and training skills:  Ability to manage and supervise the work of attorneys, paralegals, and support staff of various grades and levels of experience, as well as to facilitate the effective training of less experienced attorneys and non-attorneys; and
      4. Client relationship skills:  The ability to effectively relate to officials of the client units, to maintain your role as an attorney among non-attorneys, and to represent the agency in dealing with individuals outside the Department.
    • If you are a current Federal employee, please provide a copy of your last performance appraisal and a copy of your latest SF-50.
    • Resume (must include educational background, including name osf undergraduate and law school, degree received and date graduated; date admitted to bar and jurisdiction; and a general description of all past employment relevant to the practice of law, including dates of employment, supervisor name(s), and their telephone number(s).
    • A legal writing sample not to exceed 10 pages.
    • Law school transcripts showing date conferred.
    • Proof of bar status and standing.  You must provide proof that you are a current, active member of a bar, eligible to practice in the highest court of a State, U. S. Commonwealth, U. S. Territory, or the District of Columbia.
    • A minimum of three professional references.

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