Salary Range: $57408 - $68809
Open Period: 4/5/13 – 4/12/13
Series & Grade: GS-0905-11/12
Position Information: Full Time Excepted Service - Permanent
Full Performance Level: GS-12
Duty Location: Fargo, ND 655 First Avenue North Suite 150 Fargo, ND 58102
Who May Be Considered: U.S. Citizens
Millions of Americans depend on the Social Security Administration for their well-being. Social Security programs offer protection against the risk of reduced income due to retirement, disability or death, and assist aged, blind, and disabled people in financial need. SSA offers challenging careers and professional advancement. Make a difference in people’s lives and your own. Join our dynamic team! The individual selected will serve as an attorney-adviser to one or more Administrative Law Judges in a Social Security Administration/Office of Disability Adjudication and Review Hearing Office.
Serves as an attorney-adviser to one or more Administrative Law Judges in a Social Security Administration/Office of Disability Adjudication and Review Hearing Office. Renders professional legal advice and assistance to the ALJs in pre-hearing development, preparation of cases for hearing, post-hearing development, and other post-hearing actions. Analyzes, researches and develops cases, formulates comprehensive decisions, and otherwise acts on requests for hearings under titles II, XVI and XVIII of the Social Security Act, as amended. Legal issues related to the cases assigned pertain to the interpretation and research of the highly complex provisions of titles II, XVI and XVIII of the Social Security Act, as amended; implementing regulations; related Federal and State laws; the Administrative Procedures Act and precedent Social Security Rulings, court decisions, etc. Participates fully and assists the ALJ in the formulation of the case decision.
Applicants will be rated on the extent and quality of education and/or experience according to information provided in the application forms.
All Attorney positions require that individuals possess a current attorney license and be in good standing. Proof of an active license must be submitted with an application. (No exceptions permitted to this requirement.)
Requirements for selection at the GS-11 grade level:
Active attorney license, the writing sample indicated below, and evidence of one of the following:
1. Fifty-two weeks of professional legal experience as a practicing attorney in which assignments involved complex and difficult legal questions requiring extensive research, analysis, and evaluation of information in controversial areas. Such experience must include: a) preparation of legal documents for filing by drafting complaints, orders to show cause, indictments, preliminary motions and supporting affidavits and briefs; b) drafting of pleading and motions for cases in litigation, conducting investigations to obtain facts, study of legal precedents and preparation of recommendations; and c) assisting attorneys in charge of court cases by cross-examining witnesses and drafting findings of facts, conclusions of law and orders based on the record (you must provide the dates of employment and the hours worked per week);
2. A second professional law degree (LL.M.) which requires one full year of graduate study:
3. The first professional law degree (JD) with evidence of superior law student work or activities as demonstrated by one of the following (documentation is required at the time of application):
A. Academic standing in the upper third of the law school graduating class;
B. Work or achievement of significant contribution on the law school’s official law review (explain duties and hours devoted per week);
C. Special high-level honors for academic excellence in law school, such as election to the Order of the Colf, etc.;
D. Winning of a Moot Court competition or membership on the Moot Court team which represented the law school in competition with other law schools;
E. Full time or continuous participation in a legal aid program equivalent to 6 months of full time work (dates of employment and hours worked per week are required);
F. Significant law office clerk experience while attending law school equivalent to 6 months of full time work (dates of employment and hours worked per week are required);
G. Other equivalent evidence of superior achievement while in law school.
For selection at the GS-12 grade level:
Two years of professional legal experience as a practicing attorney (including the examples of experience described in the GS-11 grade level requirement).
NOTE: Part-time work is prorated in crediting experience (e.g., if you work 20 hours per week for a 12 month period you will be credited with 26 weeks of experience).
WRITING SAMPLE REQUIREMENT:
Submit one writing sample (i.e. a legal brief or other document containing a comparable level of legal analysis.) Writing samples will be evaluated on the basis of the ability to analyze a legal problem and clearly and concisely articulate legal rationale.
NO RELOCATION OR OTHER EXPENSES WILL BE PAID
HOW TO APPLY:
Submit your resume, writing sample, proof of an active law license, transcript, and DD214 (if claiming veterans preference) via e-mail to: ODAR.R8.Denver.RO@ssa.gov by April 12, 2013.
April 5, 2013