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General Attorney Advisor

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is currently seeking applications for General Attorney positions in its Region 10 -Seattle office.

OGC is also seeking to hire attorneys in other locations, including San Francisco, DC, Baltimore, Rockville, and Bethesda. For the most current job announcements at HHS OGC, please visit

The Office of the General Counsel is the legal team for HHS, providing quality representation and legal advice on a wide range of highly visible national issues. OGC supports the development and implementation of the Department’s programs by providing the highest quality legal services to the Secretary of HHS and the organization’s various agencies and divisions.


This is a General Attorney position in the OGC-Region X office, located in Seattle, Washington.

*The incumbent may be asked to serve any of the client agencies within HHS. Attorneys in OGC-Region X provide legal advice and litigation support to the Department in complex matters requiring extensive research and sophisticated analysis of administrative law, judicial decisions, and statutes and regulations. Attorneys must be competent in a wide range of legal skills, including analytical and problem-solving skills; experience preparing legal briefs and/or memoranda; experience in applying statutes, regulations, and policies; experience providing oral and written advice; and the ability to relate effectively with clients (in-person and remote). Attorneys are expected to do their own legal research and writing and be substantially self-sufficient in preparing day-to-day correspondence and pleadings.


Your resume, cover letter, and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the position qualifications listed in this announcement. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. Preference may be given to individuals who qualify at GS-12 or higher.

The following are required qualifications:

*A Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from an accredited ABA law school.

*Proof that bar status is active, in good standing and eligible to practice in the highest court of a State, U. S. commonwealth, U. S. territory, or the District of Columbia.

*Applicants must have strong written and oral communication skills; the ability to analyze complex issues; skill and experience working collaboratively and productively with individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences; organizational skills; professional judgment; initiative; and the ability to handle multiple projects, activities, and issues simultaneously.

*Applicants must possess digital literacy skills (the skills required to use technology safely, effectively and responsibly.) The duties of the position require using a government-furnished computer, using email and word processing systems, electronic court filing, reviewing and editing documents, and participating in meetings and conference calls which may be digital (i.e. Zoom, WebEx, MS Teams, etc.) or in person.

*Applicants must have a demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment both independently and as members of coordinated intra- and inter-agency teams, while maintaining a demonstrated commitment to professionalism, ethics, civility, and public service.


Please submit the following documents to using the subject line “General Attorney Advisor” in the forwarding email. To receive full consideration, submit all materials as soon as possible; applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis until filled:

*Provide a cover letter of no more than 2-pages addressing the required competencies to:

Pamela Parker (she/her) Office of the General Counsel, Suite 1620 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Region 10 701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1600, MS/10 Seattle, WA 98104

*Legal writing sample(s) that highlights your analytical and writing skills (max of 10 pages, excerpts permitted)


*If you are a current Federal employee, please provide a copy of your last performance appraisal.

*Names and contact information for at least three professional references (we will discuss before contacting)

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