Department: Department Of The Navy
Agency: Naval Medical Command
Job Announcement Number: SW1-0905-14-PD942223-IN

Salary Range:     $105,185.00 - $136,738.00 /year
Series & GradeDefinition:     GS-0905-14
Open Period:     Tuesday, January 25, 2011 to Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Position Information:     Full-Time Permanent
Duty Locations:     1 vacancy - San Diego County, CA
Who May Be Considered:    

Applications will be accepted from United States citizens.
Job Summary:

Navy Medicine is looking for a Senior Attorney Advisor with experience in Health Care Law to be the principal Health Law Advisor (HLA) and Special Assistant to the Commanding Officer, Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton, California.  The position is located in the Command Judge Advocate's Office.

The HLA renders counsel and support in the development and policy formulation of health care operations and programs designed to reduce liability and risk in health care delivery in the Military Healthcare System (MHS).  The HLA formulates medico-legal strategies and solutions for hospital leadership on medical law topics and bioethical matters that impact the provision of health care and enable military readiness and quality patient and family-centered health care.   Counsel furnished by the HLA is considered authoritative and forms the basis for medico-legal policy and precedent.

Key Requirements:

    * U.S. Citizenship
    * Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
    * Must pass pre-employment examination.
    * Background and/or Security Investigation required.

Major Duties:

Senior Health Law Specialist – GS 14

The ideal candidate will have had prior military experience and have familiarity with the policies of the Department of Defense, U.S. Navy or any of the U.S. military services, and military health care readiness of active duty personnel.

Knowledge and experience in any or all of the following areas: (1) statutes governing health law, medical research, privacy law, freedom of information, and protected health information (HIPAA) and (2) health law topics including:  hospital licensure and accreditation; health care provider licensure, credentialing, and privileging; adverse actions on privileges and appeals; advising medical staff on peer review matters and physician conduct and professional well-being or impairment; health care Judge Advocate General investigations;  medical malpractice; tort claims; medical ethics/bioethics; protection of human subjects in research; Institutional Review Boards; protection of intellectual property; memoranda of understanding or other formal external training affiliation agreements with civilian institutions for resource sharing, partnerships, or service contracts; medico-legal research involving complex legal matters; interpreting and drafting directives and policy guidance requiring a high degree of legal acumen; lecturing on health law topics or standards of conduct; knowledge and experience in Government Ethics (gift acceptance, conflicts of interest, post-government employment, and ethical conduct of government employees.


-For assignment within the Department of Defense, a law degree (LL.B. or Juris Doctorate (J.D.)) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.

-Active Bar membership, in good standing.

-Admitted to practice law in the highest court of the state, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia.

- The successful candidate will typically have 3 or more years of professional experience in Health Law commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position and a second professional law degree (LL.M), or evidence of superior student work, or post-doctoral Health Law training, or have demonstrated equivalent competencies through knowledge and experience that would enhance legal services.  A Health Law Advisor should possess sufficient experience to be recognized as an expert in their field and have proven stature as an able attorney in several or all areas of duties and responsibilities.

Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, excellent legal writing skills, excellent oral communication and presentation skills, ability to manage shifting priorities and multiple projects, proficiency in the use of electronic systems.

You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.

You must have a certification, licensure, or registration credentials in BAR MEMBERSHIP for this position. In some cases, these may be substituted for experience and education.

In order to qualify for this position, you must possess a Secret security clearance.

Applicants for this position must pass a pre-employment medical examination.

How You Will Be Evaluated:

Eligible applicants will be evaluated based on a comparison of the position requirements against the quality and extent of the experience or related education that is reflected in their resume.  Candidates are encouraged to ensure work experiences clearly show possession of knowledge of the subject matter pertinent to the position, the technical skills to perform successfully the duties of the position.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. Additionally, telework options or flexible work schedules may be available. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees:

Other Information:

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This position will be filled under Excepted Service hiring authorities.  DoD civilian attorney positions are exempted from competitive appointment procedures.  Excepted Service hiring authorities provide alternatives for hiring situations that do not lend themselves to traditional competitive procedures and allow agencies to fill special or critical needs with streamlined hiring.   5 CFR § 302-101(c)(9).

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 (e.g., DD Form 214, “Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”) to their submissions.

Although the point-preference system is not used, applicants eligible to claim a 10-pointDefinition preference must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, “Application for 10-PointDefinition Veteran PreferenceDefinition,” and supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed. (SF 15Definition, which lists the types of 10-pointDefinition preference and the required supporting documents, is available from the Office of Personnel Management Website at

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Email:     Agency Information:
Department of the Navy
525 B Street, Suite 600
San Diego, CA 92101-4559