Job Opportunity with Social Security Administration
Office of Hearings Operations
National Case Assistance Center
St. Louis, MO
The National Case Assistance Center is currently recruiting for Attorney-Advisor (Decision Writer position). This position is full-time, temporary not-to-exceed 4 years; may-be-extended beyond 4 years, or may become permanent.
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(Attorney-Adviser (Decision Writer) SK10186641LC-PN - GS-0905-11/12, Salary Range: GS-11 $61,801-80,345; Salary Range: GS-12, $74,075 - $96,297. The full performance level is GS-12 level.
Opening Period: Monday, April 23, 2018 – Friday, May 11, 2018
Duty Location: 4300 Goodfellow Blvd, Bldg 110, St. Louis, Missouri 63120
Number of Vacancies: Many vacancies available - (Additional selections may be made from this announcement)
- US Citizenship is required
- Background and/or Security Investigation required
- Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt
- Current, active Bar membership - All Attorney positions in the Federal Government require Bar membership. Proof of membership in the bar must indicate a current active membership. (No exceptions permitted to this requirement.)
- Writing sample is required to receive further consideration.
- Relocation expenses will not be paid
- Applicants may be required to submit to a timed writing test during the application process.
Major Duties: The GS-11 position is a developmental position leading to the GS-12 full performance level. Serves as an Attorney-Adviser to one or more Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) analyzing, researching and developing cases, drafting comprehensive decisions and, otherwise, acting on requests for hearings held under Titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act, as amended. Cases assigned to the incumbent involve difficult legal and factual issues. The incumbent conducts independent legal research on the less complex cases. Legal problems related to the cases assigned pertain to the identification of matters arising under highly complex provisions of Titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act, as amended; implementing regulations and Agency policy issuances; related Federal and State laws; and applicable Social Security Rulings, etc.
Qualifications for GS-11: Your qualifications are determined on the extent and quality of your education and/or experience according to information provided in your resume and other required documents. To be rated eligible, you must have current, active Bar Membership and meet one of the following requirements:
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. 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). Legal 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 (LL.B. or JD) with a record that shows 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 Coif;(d) Winning of a Moot Court competition or membership on the Moot Court team, which represents 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); and/or (g) Other equivalent evidence of superior achievement while in law school.
Qualifications for GS-12: In addition to the requirements for the GS-11 level, applicants must have one additional year (52 weeks, full time) of professional legal experience involving ALL of the following: complex and difficult legal questions requiring extensive research, analysis and evaluation; and extensive legal/medical writing; and detailed knowledge of Social Security Programs OR experience as a hearing examiner, magistrate, judge protem, administrative law judge, bankruptcy trustee, military judge or member of a Board of Military Review, or similar decision making positions.
How to Apply
Please read all of the following instructions before you access any links on this page. You must complete all steps of the on-line application process no later than 10:59 pm CST on Friday, May 18, 2018, (no exceptions) to receive consideration.
STEP 1 – Collect ALL the required documents listed below in preparation to upload them after completing the assessment questionnaire described in Step 2 below.
1. Resume: Your resume should include all of the following information:
Personal Information: Full name, mailing address, contact information including email address, and Social Security Number.
Education: Colleges/Universities attended, degree(s) earned and year earned,
Work Experience: Job title, hours per week, employer’s name and address, supervisor’s name and phone number, starting and ending dates of employment (mm/yy), salary, duties and accomplishments. Indicate whether we may contact your current supervisor. Resumes must contain all of the information listed above in sufficient detail to enable our Human Resources office to make a determination that you have the required qualifications for the position.
2. Proof of Bar Membership: All Attorney positions in the Federal Government require active, current membership in the Bar. You must submit proof of this at the time you apply under this recruitment notice. Examples of acceptable proof of bar membership include State/court listing or letter; certificate of admission; membership card showing date of admission; or other documentation that verifies your status as a current member of the bar. Providing only a link to a State’s Bar membership web site is not acceptable proof.
3. A writing sample: Submit a recent, sanitized or redacted, substantive legal writing sample that reflects your own legal work. We will assess your ability to analyze a legal problem and clearly and concisely articulate legal rational from our critique of the writing sample you submit. Properly sanitize or redact the sample writing to prevent possible Privacy Act violations.
4. Proof of Education: You must submit proof of your law degree from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, if you do not have qualifying legal experience, your transcripts will verify your class standing in determining qualifications based upon education alone.
5. Proof of veteran preference (if applicable): VETERANS PREFERENCE: If you claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your military discharge (DD-214 member-4 Copy) or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty. To be acceptable, the document must show Character of Service. If you are claiming 10-point preference veterans’ preference based on a service-connected disability, you must also submit the required documentation specified on the reverse side of the SF-15 Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference (SF-15. Applicants claiming derived preference must submit the SF-15 and the required documentation specified on the reverse side of the SF-15. Preference will be granted based on the documents received. For more information visit the Vet Guide.
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO VETERANS: The Office of Personnel Management has published the end date for Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) as August 31, 2010. To receive veterans' preference for service during the Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom era, you must have served for more than 180 days between September 11, 2001 and August 31, 2010 OR be in receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal. The updated CFR language is available here. Other qualifying eligibility for preference (e.g., disability) remains unchanged.
STEP 2 - Complete the Occupational Questionnaire (electronically) at the following link. You must have an USAJOBS account to complete the occupational questionnaire and the above list of required documents. NOTE: Click on the link below to access the vacancy announcement. This link is only accessible during Monday, April 23, 2018 through Friday, May 11, 2018.
SK10186641LC-PN Attorney Adviser (General)
- To ensure receiving proper consideration, read and carefully follow all instructions in this recruitment notice and in USAJOBS .
- To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis.
Thank you for your interest in employment with SSA. If you have questions regarding this recruitment notice, please call Lecia Clark, Human Resources Specialist at 816-936-5824.