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General Counsel, Department of Human Resources

Application Deadline:   Extended to August 24, 2019
Applicants that have already applied do not need to re-apply.

Job Summary

This position is located in the Department of Human Resources (DCHR). The mission of DCHR is to provide human resource management services that strengthen individual and organizational performance and enable the District government to attract, develop, and retain a well-qualified, diverse workforce. The incumbent serves as the chief legal officer to the Director and authoritative legal advisor for the Department of Human Resources.  The General Counsel is responsible for managing the agency’s legal affairs, and managing the staff assigned to perform legal work associated with DCHR.  The overall function is to provide comprehensive legal service, counsel, recommendations, reviews and opinions regarding all functions and activities, both programmatic and administrative. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Serves as senior legal advisor to the Director in planning and policy decision-making; and implementing, coordinating and directing the legal affairs for the agency, designed to facilitate and improve legal service delivery to its clientele. Develops and institutes program guidelines, new and improved policies, procedures and processes to effect efficient program operations.  Independently, plans, develops and institutes short/long term agency plans and activities, incorporating strategic provisions, as required. Is responsible for overseeing the review, research, and preparation of responses for the Director to selected and sensitive, and often confidential inquiries and correspondence from the Mayor, members of the Council of the District of Columbia, officials of the District and Federal governments, the media, and those surrounding jurisdictions, members of the private sector, and the general public. Prepares testimony for the Director for presentation at hearings before the Council of the District of Columbia, congressional committees, and other public appearances.  Also, represents and speaks for the Director on various complex and sensitive issues.

Qualifications and Education

Juris Doctorate (JD) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association at the time of appointment.
Must have at least six (6) years of experience in the legal field.
Must reside in the District of Columbia or be able to establish domicile within 180 days. 


Must be an active member in good standing of the District of Columbia Bar, or eligible for waiver into the bar within 360 days of appointment.

Salary Range: LX-02 ($126,661 - $191,415)

Applicants must submit cover letter and resume directly to:  Pamela Dunbar, Human Capital Specialist, @ [email protected] .

The District of Columbia Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

The District of Columbia is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with DC Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, DC Official Code 2-1401.01.