Associate Counsel

Reston, Virginia
May 24, 2022
May 25, 2022
Full Time

Major Duties and Responsibilities (MDRs)

Expertly interpret and explain laws, regulations, policies, and other legal authorities related to the IC IG and authority of the Director of National Intelligence.

Provide expert oral and written legal advice and guidance addressing novel or complex legal issues, with appropriate input from supervisors and colleagues.

Develop innovative and legally sound advice and guidance outlining possible courses of action and assessing risk.

Expertly prepare complex, high profile, and persuasive legal documents on complex legal issues for a variety of internal and external recipients.

Expertly review IC IG documents for legal sufficiency.

Adroitly coordinate on legal matters with internal and external organizations, including the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the IC, and the Executive Branch. In doing so, expertly mediate, negotiate, and resolve intra- and inter-agency disputes covering a wide range of topics across legal practice areas. Consistently demonstrate "strategic lawyering" practices that anticipate or prevent legal problems.

Expertly conduct, or direct the conduct of, legal research and analysis on extremely complex or sensitive legal issues that have a significant impact on IC IG equities.

Respond to requests from IC elements and other federal agencies.

Expertly analyze laws, bills, reports, and Congressional records, as well as proposed Executive Branch orders, directives, regulations, and policy statements, to determine their effect on IC IG equities. Provide authoritative advice and counsel to IC IG senior management on relevant legislative proposals and congressionally directed actions.

Prepare IC IG senior officials for written or oral testimony, briefings, or other engagements before the congressional intelligence committees, and perform other congressional engagement coordination functions as needed.

Foster and maintain cordial, professional, and productive relationships with counterparts within the ODNI, the public, other Offices of Inspectors General, congressional intelligence committees, Intelligence Community elements, the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, and other entities.

Counsel clients, including executive-level government officials, on the most complex legal issues and provide innovative and highly effective guidance on possible courses of action; expertly prepare complex, high profile, and persuasive legal documents on the most complex legal issues for a variety of internal and external recipients.


Conditions of Employment

Position Information

This is an opportunity for:
  • An internal or external candidate to fill a GS - 15 cadre position.
  • A Federal Government employee to serve on a two-year reimbursable detail assignment in the ODNI. The detail assignment may be extended an additional year if all parties agree.

Who May Apply

Current GS employees at the same grade as the advertised position grade may apply.
Former members of the Peace Corps may be considered for ODNI employment only if five full years have elapsed since separation from the Peace Corps.
  • For a cadre assignment:
    • Current ODNI permanent cadre.
    • Current Federal Government employees. (Current GS employees at the same grade as the advertised position grade may apply.)
    • Candidates outside the Federal Government.
    • Current ODNI Staff Reserve employees. (A staff reserve employee who currently occupies this position may not apply.)
  • For a detailee assignment:
    • Current Federal Government employees. (Current GS employees at the same grade as the advertised position grade may apply.)
Salary Determination
  • The ODNI uses a rank-in-person system in which rank is attached to the individual. A selected ODNI candidate or other Federal Government candidate will be assigned to the position at the employee's current GS grade and salary.
  • A current Federal Government employee, selected for a detail, will be assigned to the position at his or her current grade and salary.
  • For a selected non-Federal Government candidate, salary will be established within the salary range listed above, based on education and experience.


Component Mission

The Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 established the Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community (IC IG) within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). The IC IG has the authority to initiate and conduct independent audits, inspections, investigations, and reviews of programs and activities within the responsibility and authority of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI). The IC IG's organizational divisions include Audit, Investigations, Inspections and Evaluations, Mission Support, the Center for Protected Disclosures, and Counsel to the Inspector General.

The Counsel Team ensures that the Inspector General and other members of the IC IG receive independent, confidential legal advice and policy counsel. The Counsel Team's legal support and guidance is designed to meet the unique needs of each IC IG division. For example: To support Investigations Division, the Counsel Team highlights and provides advice on potential legal issues that may require additional or redirected investigative efforts throughout the investigative process. To support the Audit Division and the Inspections and Evaluations Division, the Counsel Team identifies and interprets key policy, contract, and legal provisions relevant to reported observations, findings, and recommendations. In support of the IC IG's whistleblower program, the Counsel Team assists the Center for Protected Disclosures in developing policies and procedures, evaluating whistleblower disclosures, and providing legal advice for External Review Panels. The Counsel Team also provides enterprise-wide legal and policy guidance and reviews matters related to IC IG personnel, administration, training, ethics, independence, and budgetary functions. Attorneys from the Counsel Team also participate in the Intelligence Community Inspector General Forum (the Forum), the Forum's Counsels Committee, and working groups of the Five Eyes Intelligence Oversight and Review Council. In addition to its legal support role, the Counsel Team serves as the IC IG's congressional liaison.

Mandatory Requirements

Expert level knowledge of one or more of the general or specialized areas of IC IG's law practice, including: the Inspector General Act, National Security Act of 1947, as amended, administrative and criminal investigations, administrative law, federal employee ethics, intelligence oversight, acquisition law, appropriations law, and privacy and civil liberties.

Broad knowledge of the mission, organization, and functions of the IC IG, ODNI, and IC.

Expert ability to interpret laws, regulations, judicial decisions, Executive orders, and statutes involving complex concepts and issues, as well as expert-level research, analytical, and organizational skills.

Superior ability to quickly integrate and synthesize the facts and law to make legally sound decisions and recommendations pertaining to the most complex situations, or in the context of ambiguous or ill-defined situations.

Expert ability to prepare and edit logical, concise, and accurate written materials on the most complex topics, in ways that are easy to understand, persuasive, and grammatically correct.

Expert ability to communicate the most complex concepts and issues in a manner well-matched to the audience.

Demonstrated ability to consistently make sound, timely decisions in complex situations.

Ability to foster trust within the IC IG and with colleagues, partners, and stakeholders.

Demonstrated ability to exemplify IC IG core values of Integrity, Independence, Accountability, Diversity, and Transparency.

Demonstrated commitment to public service.

Strong interpersonal skills in establishing and maintaining effective and collaborative working relationships with others.

Superior ability to quickly integrate and synthesize the facts and law to make legally sound decisions pertaining to the most complex situations, or in the context of ambiguous or ill-defined situations.


At least five years of relevant or readily transferrable post Juris Doctor (J.D.) legal experience.


U.S. citizenship.

Ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI (with CI polygraph) security clearance.



Bachelor's degree from an accredited university.

J.D. or equivalent from an American Bar Association accredited university.

Active membership in good standing of the Bar of the highest court of a U.S. State, Territory, Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia.

Additional information

The ODNI is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: To ensure compliance with an applicable nationwide preliminary injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the federal government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for federal employees. Therefore, to the extent a federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043, that requirement does not currently apply.

Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES: The ODNI provides reasonable accommodations to otherwise qualified applicants with disabilities. IF YOU NEED A REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Intelligence Community Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Office Representative by classified email at and, by unclassified email at, by telephone at 703-275-3900 or by FAX at 703-275-1217 . Your request for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION TO THE EEOD EMAIL ADDRESS. THIS EMAIL IS FOR REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION REQUESTS ONLY. PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION VIA THE EMAIL ADDRESS PROVIDED IN THE 'HOW TO APPLY' SECTION .

JOB INTERVIEW TRAVEL: Candidates from outside the Washington, D.C., area may be selected for a telephone, teleconference, or in-person interview. If selected for an in-person interview, the ODNI hiring office will pay for travel by commercial carrier (economy class) or reimburse for privately owned vehicle (POV) mileage. If applicable, the candidate also will be reimbursed at a flat rate for commercial lodging and per diem.

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