Job o' the Day: Gettin' an AJ in the Bay Area

As an Administrative Judge (AJ) of the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, the incumbent hears and decides appeals from Federal employees, applicants for Federal employment, and Federal annuitants concerning any matter over which the Board has appellate jurisdiction.

The Administrative Judge’s (AJ) principal duty is to adjudicate appeals. As part of this process, the AJ must perform the following: Conduct prehearing and status conferences in order to explore the possibility of settlement and to narrow and simplify the issues in the case; advise the parties with regard to their respective burden of proof, duties, and responsibilities; oversee the discovery process; advise the parties with respect to settlement negotiations and provide them with help in facilitating that process; conduct hearings (including convening the hearing as appropriate, regulating the course of the hearing, maintaining decorum and excluding any person from the hearing for good reason); and issue initial decisions. The AJ has significant discretion in managing his/her caseload in accordance with Board Policy concerning quality, production, and timeliness. The AJ’s initial decision may form the bases for subsequent precedential Board or court decisions. Depending upon the result of the case, initial decisions also can have significant and lasting effects on the careers and retirements of the affected individuals. This opportunity will be in San Francisco, California.

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