U.S. Department of Labor: Associate Solicitor, Management and Administrative Legal Services (Washington, DC)

Job Title:Associate Solicitor, Management and Administrative Legal Services

Department:Department Of Labor

Agency:Office of the Solicitor

Job Announcement Number:DOL-SES-SOL-12-22


$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, May 01, 2012 to Thursday, May 31, 2012




Full-Time – Permanent


1 vacancy(s) in the following locations:
Washington, DC, USView Map


Open to all groups of qualified candidates. SES Candidate Development Program graduates with noncompetitive eligibility may apply for noncompetitive consideration for this position.


Opportunities are Open! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and you will help shape the workforce of tomorrow. DOL offers rewarding opportunities to contribute to a noble mission; to serve and protect American workers, prepare them for new and better jobs, and to ensure the safety and fairness of American workplaces.

U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor, Washington, DC

An applicant must currently be a member in good standing with the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Applicants must submit documentation of a professional law degree and documentation of bar membership. (Mandatory)


  • Subject to a security background investigation.
  • Subject to financial disclosure requirements.
  • Must complete 1 year SES probationary period, if not previously completed.


The Associate Solicitor for Management and Administrative Legal Services (MALS) is responsible for providing a complex array of legal, management and administrative services on behalf of the Office of the Solicitor (SOL).

The incumbent facilitates SOL operations through the provision of advice and guidance relating to governmental and departmental administrative, budget and human resources mandates.

The Associate Solicitor for MALS is responsible for overseeing the division’s responsibility for representing DOL personnel in contract and grant appeals, disclosure and EEO and labor relations matters, as well as providing legal services relating to numerous procurement related statutes and appropriation matters.

The incumbent performs a variety of administrative functions which include (1) directing SOL policy in the areas of financial management, budgeting, evaluation, human resources, and training; (2) providing guidance and support to SOL managers in strategic planning, personnel management, fiscal planning and other administrative responsibilities; (3) implementing SOL-wide litigation support efforts; (4) developing guidance in the areas of telecommunications and space utilization, records management, file maintenance, disclosure, telework, and travel; (5) designing and implementing a comprehensive IT program, including assessing vulnerabilities and installing internal controls; (6) planning and administering, as the SOL contract administrator, all SOL procurement activities; and (7) serving as the SOL liaison to OASAM, OCFO, DBC and other departmental agencies on matters relating to strategic planning, administration, management, competitive sourcing and litigation support.

The incumbent also provides legal advice and services department-wide relating to important issues arising under, among other laws, the Freedom of Information Act, Paperwork Reduction Act, Federal Advisory Committee Act, Administrative Procedure Act, and procurement and appropriations laws.

The Associate Solicitor directs a staff of approximately 24 attorneys and 2 paralegals, and 30 administrative personnel, including budget, program and management analysts, as well as personnel, information technology, litigation support and labor relations specialists, and support staff, and oversees 9 contract staff.


Candidates will be evaluated based on the mandatory technical qualifications (MTQ’s) and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ’s). Applicants MUST separately address each MTQ and ECQ when applying on line.

Responses to ECQ’s must not exceed 10 pages. For additional guidance, applicants may visit the Office Of Personnel Management’s Guide to Senior Executive Qualifications located at:www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals_2010.pdf. Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action, and Result model outlined in the guide.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): 1. Leading Change: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. 2. Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization’s vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. 3. Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. 4. Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. 5. Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. For additional guidance, applicants may visit the Office Of Personnel Management’s Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications located at www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals_2010.pdf. Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action, and Result model outlined in the guide.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS (MTQs): In addition to the ECQs above, qualified applicants must possess the following three (3) technical qualifications which represent the experience required to perform the duties of this position. Proficiency in these technical qualifications MUST be clearly evident in your resume. MTQs include: 1. Knowledge of relevant or comparable areas of law as demonstrated by significant federal court or administrative trial litigation, or significant advice functions, or comparable experience.  2. Demonstrated ability to identify, analyze, and resolve novel and/or complex legal issues having significant policy and programmatic implications. This includes the ability to effectively present such issues, orally and in writing.  3. Successful experience in managing and leading a legal office, component or significant team; demonstrating competencies such as effective recruitment and development of staff, efficient use of human, fiscal, informational and material resources, effective internal and external communication, problem solving and decision making.

Applicants must have and submit documentation of a professional law degree (L.L.B.,J.D.,LL.M) from an accredited U.S. law school and active membership in good standing in the bar of the highest court of a state or the District of Columbia.

Candidates 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).

The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the Department of Education. 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.


Candidates will be evaluated based upon their qualifications. In addition, applicants will be evaluated based upon their responses to the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).
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The Department of Labor (DOL) offers a great benefit package to eligible employees. The benefit package includes but is not limited to health benefits, supplemental dental and vision plans, and flexible spending accounts. We offer a variety of employee benefit options, a family-friendly work environment, transit subsidy program, career assistance program, health services and fitness programs, access to LifeCare, a resource and referral service and more. Members of the Senior Executive Service accrue eight (8) hours of annual leave and four (4) hours of sick leave per pay period. For a comprehensive site about all federal benefits, please refer to OPM. For specific DOL benefits information, please refer to DOL BENEFITS.


Follow the 5 steps below to apply online to a Department of Labor (DOL) vacancy. Your application and ALL required supplemental documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to be considered. Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered.For more details, reference How To Apply Detailed Instructions. For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact on the announcement in the “Questions about this job” section. Save your information before the 60 MINUTE TIMEOUT or risk losing your information! STEP 1 – Create USAJOBS Account, including Resume and Saved Documents It is essential that your resume provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the MTQs and ECQs listed in the vacancy announcement. STEP 2 – Answer Vacancy Questions (DOORS) Click the Apply Online button, which is available when you search for a job on www.usajobs.gov, click on the title and proceed. STEP 3 – Submit Supplemental Documents Submit the required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the “Required Documents” section of this vacancy. For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation. If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. To avoid this, submit documents (ex. undergraduate and graduate degree transcripts) as one document. STEP 4 – Review Application and click Finish STEP 5 – Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Close Date


1. SF-50 documentation of career SES appointment or other Federal appointment (if applicable) 2. Certificate of completion of OPM certified SES candidate program (if applicable) 3. Copy of most recent performance appraisal (optional)


Michelle Hudson
Phone: 202-693-7800
Fax: 202-693-7705
TDD: 202-693-7758
Email: hudson.michelle.j@dol.gov
Agency Information:
Labor, Office of the Solicitor
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Room N2453
Washington, DC
Fax: 202-693-7705


The Office of Executive Resources will review all applications to determine if applicants meet the mandatory technical qualifications of this position and the SES ECQs. Those who meet the qualifications will be referred to a panel of SES members for rating and ranking to determine the “best qualified” candidates. The panel will make a recommendation to the selecting official about the top candidates that he/she should interview. Once a selection is made, the selectee’s application will be forwarded to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for approval by an OPM independent Qualifications Review Board, unless the selectee is a current SES executive or has successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program. To check the status of your application: Click here. To sign up for Application Status Updates via email: Click Here.