09/20/2019 to 10/04/2019
$117,191 to $152,352 per year
The primary purpose of this position is to investigate, adjudicate and settle or defend complex multi-million dollar medical malpractice claims and litigation arising under a multitude of tort theories that give rise to potential United States liability worldwide under the Federal Tort Claims Act and Military Claims Act and to provide expert legal counsel to the Judge Advocate General and Air Force Surgeon General clients regarding medical legal matters of significant complexity.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS: You MUST have successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and have the first professional law degree (LLB or JD). In addition, at the time of application, you must provide proof, dated within four months of application, of "active" status with a bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia. On-line information is allowed as long as it shows that you are in "active" status.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED AT THE GS-14 LEVEL: In addition, of having the general requirements, the attorney shall have professional legal experience in excess of three (3) years that commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. Professional legal experience should include, but is not limited to: (1) Procuring and evaluating expert testimony in disputed areas of medicine; (2) Analyzing complaints, motions and related pleadings and expert medical opinions to determine applicable law, strengths and weaknesses of the case and the settlement value; (3) Investigating and evaluating medical malpractice claims, including proximate cause and the damages for personal injury, wrongful death and survival action and (4) Drafting formal litigation reports discussing case evidence, legal issues, complex medical issues/expert opinions and proposed answers to complaints.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
1. In-depth knowledge of the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), Military Claims Act (MCA), and other federal tort claims statutes as well as related statutes, regulations and case law applying or interpreting the Acts.
2. In-depth knowledge of health-care law topics such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), medical quality assurance, medical privileging issues, to include adverse privileging actions, medical training agreements, reproductive health issues, biomedical ethics, advance directives and end of life care issues as well as related statutes, regulations and case law relevant to health law topics.
3. In-depth knowledge of Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and litigation techniques necessary for the defense of the Air Force in judicial forums.
4. Ability to investigate, effectively evaluate and appropriately settle or defend extremely complex, multi-million dollar medical malpractice claims. Must understand medical terminology and be able to work with medical experts. Understands structured settlement concepts and work with financial experts.
5. Tort litigation skills and ability to analyze complaints, motions, and related pleadings to determine applicable law, strengths and weaknesses of the case, courses of action to pursue, and the best possible defense of Air Force interests.
6. Ability to prepare litigation reports discussing evidence and legal issues and to propose answers to complaints, to draft pleadings, motions and other documents that are filed in Federal District Court on behalf of the United States.
7. Ability to lead other attorneys responsible for handling medical malpractice litigation or for providing advice on medical law topics.
8. Ability to establish work priorities and delegate tasks.
9. Skill in effective written and oral communications
PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.
VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Must be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, and be currently licensed as an attorney, in active (or equivalent) status and in good standing, with the bar of a U.S. state, territory, or commonwealth. The attorney must maintain such bar membership in at least one jurisdiction during the entire course of employment with the Air Force.
Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information.
90-Day Register: This announcement may result in a 90-day register that may be used to fill like vacancies for 90 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur.
Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.
Tax Law Impact for PCS: On 22-Dec-2017, Public Law 115-97 - the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 suspended qualified moving expense deductions along with the exclusion for employer reimbursements and payments of moving expenses effective 01-Jan-2018 for tax years 2018 through 2025. The law made taxable certain reimbursements and other payments, including driving mileage, airfare and lodging expenses, en-route travel to the new duty station, and temporary storage of those items. The Federal Travel Regulation Bulletin (FTR) 18-05 issued by General Services Administration (GSA) has authorized agencies to use the Withholding Tax Allowance (WTA) and Relocation Income Tax Allowance (RITA) to pay for "substantially all" of the increased tax liability resulting from the "2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" for certain eligible individuals. For additional information on WTA/RITA allowances and eligibilities, please visit: https://www.gsa.gov/cdnstatic/FTR%20Bulletin%2018_05%20Relocation%20Allowances_0.pdf
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
The resume/documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "insufficient information" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.
Applicants who disqualify themselves will not be evaluated further.
The following documents are required and must be provided with your application for this Public Notice:
IMPORTANT: You MUST provide the following supporting documentation at the time of application to verify completed education and current active bar membership: copy of transcript reflecting JD degree; copy of current Bar Membership/Card; letter from the Bar, or printout from the Bar website (dated within four months of application) showing active status and in good standing. Also, if you have been a bar member for less than five years, if available, a statement of relative class standing. Verification of eligibility and supporting documentation must be submitted by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. It is your responsibility to ensure your appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. If you do not submit all of the required materials, we will not be able to process your application, and you will lose consideration for this position. No additional information will be solicited or accepted after the closing date.
ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS: The VOW Act requires agencies to treat active duty service member as veterans, disabled veterans, and preference eligible, when they submit, at the time they apply for a Federal job, a "certification" of active service in lieu of a DD214, assuming the service member is otherwise eligible. A "certification" letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service. The "certification" must reflect the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date of submission. The "certification" must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin (if applicable), your rank, dates of active duty service, the type of discharge and character of service (i.e. honorable). Further, agencies are required to verify a qualifying separation from military service prior to appointment, through the DD214 or other appropriate documentation. Active duty members that fail to provide a valid "certification" of service with their application will be found "not eligible." Military members may be appointed before the effective date of their military retirement/separation if member is on terminal leave.
NOTICE OF VETERANS' PREFERENCE:
There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Defense considers veterans' preference eligibility a positive factor for attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation.
NOTE: Applicants for attorney appointments do not require veterans' preference in order to be eligible for consideration.