This position is located in the San Francisco Regional Office. This is a standard position description and may be used in any of the three San Francisco Region Offices (i.e. San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle).

***Note: Practicing lawyers in California must be licensed by the State Bar. If selected for Los Angeles or San Francisco must be or become member of California Bar***

Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement.

This position is outside the bargaining unit


Incumbent is responsible for working on cases, under the direction of and often with assistance from more senior attorneys and supervisors, to address legal concerns and issues relating to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Mine Safety and Health Act, the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts, the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act, the Walsh- Healey Public Contracts Act, the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act, Executive Order 11246 and other statutes administered or enforced by the Department. Incumbent also works with more senior attorneys and supervisors in handling internal labor and employment-related litigation involving Department of Labor employees within the Region, including appeals of personnel actions to the Merit Systems Protection Board, claims of discrimination filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and cases arising under Executive Order 11491 dealing with Federal union management activities.

At the direction of the Regional Solicitor, Associate Regional Solicitor, Deputy Regional Solicitor, or program counsel, Incumbent advises, counsels, and works with the various Regional Department of Labor agencies in representing the Secretary of Labor. Incumbent is assigned legal cases arising within the Region, sometimes involving complex and difficult factual, procedural, substantive, and administrative issues that potentially have an effect on positions taken by the agency heads on programmatic enforcement both regionally and nationally, and can have an impact on one or more particular industries. The cases sometimes involve extensive research, analysis, and can require the use of expert testimony. The cases also can involve large sums of money, multi- establishment employers with large numbers of employees, important enforcement policies, and novel issues. May present oral argument in court or at administrative hearings.

Incumbent reviews assigned cases to determine whether to recommend litigation. Prepares legal analyses and litigation recommendations for the Regional Solicitor or other supervising attorney, evaluating cases in terms of the factual evidence, the legal and procedural issues involved, and other considerations that bear on the propriety of litigation. If the Regional Solicitor authorizes litigation, Incumbent is expected to handle the case with some supervision and instruction. May also be assigned to work on cases involving delicate matters in which the government has assumed a heavy burden of proof and/or cases where there has been media attention or interest from members of Congress. Many of the cases are vigorously opposed by senior legal counsel employed by labor law sections of national law firms or otherwise highly qualified and very experienced litigation counsel. May be assigned to work on a team and may be given responsibility for overseeing certain tasks for the team.


Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Requires a trial period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.

This is an Excepted Service position and is open as well to Non-Citizens as allowed by law. This position will be filled through an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.


To qualify for an attorney position, applicants must possess a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.); be a member in good standing of the bar of a court of general jurisdiction of a state, territory or possession of the U.S.; and have acquired the amount of experience indicated below for each grade level.

GS-12, one (1) year of progressively responsible legal experience of a professional nature which demonstrates the ability to perform the work at this level.

GS-13, two (2) years of progressively responsible legal experience of a professional nature which demonstrates the ability to perform the work at this level.

GS-14, three (3) years of progressively responsible legal experience of a professional nature which demonstrates the ability to perform the work at this level. At least one year of qualifying experience, at this level, must be specialized experience as defined below.

Specialized experience, for this grade level, is experience that conducting federal court or administrative litigation (involving federal laws), which incudes developing case strategy, drafting initial pleadings discovery and deposition practice; preparing for trial and trial.

Note: An LL.M may be substituted for a maximum of one year experience.


Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

To be eligible for a DOL Pathways internship, you must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis at a qualifying educational institution, for the purpose of obtaining a diploma, degree, or certificate. Current students must have a grade-point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Interns must maintain a 2.0 or higher grade point average on a 4.0 scale throughout the duration of the internship. You must submit with your application a current academic transcript and/or other official documentation from your academic institution demonstrating your eligibility for appointment. See the “Required Documents” section of this announcement.

In addition, if you wish to use your education as a basis for meeting the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must submit academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements. If specific course work is required to fulfill the minimum qualification requirements, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit for that course work. See the “Qualifications and Evaluations” section of this announcement for more details.

If you do not submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.

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