Ethics Attorney

Washington, D.C
Aug 15, 2022
Aug 22, 2022
Full Time

Our office places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives, and encourages applications from qualified individuals from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBTQ individuals, and persons with disabilities.

Responsibilities include:
  • Providing legal advice and policy counsel to CIA leadership on complex areas of law affecting the CIA's duties and responsibilities under authorities including the National Security Act, the CIA Act, and Executive Orders.
  • Conducting legal research and analysis on sensitive matters.
  • Providing training on a variety of laws and policies affecting CIA personnel, including but not limited to collection of intelligence, employment and anti-discrimination laws, and government ethics.
  • Maintaining productive working relationships with other Intelligence Community elements, federal agencies, and congressional committees.
As an Ethics Attorney you will provide ethics advice to Agency personnel, review financial disclosure forms, conduct ethics training, and consult with the Office of Government Ethics on relevant issues.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must apply online, while in the United States.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen and at least 18 years of age (dual-national U.S. citizens are eligible).
  • You must be willing to move to the Washington, DC, area.
  • You must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview, and a comprehensive background investigation.
  • CIA is a drug-free workforce. The issue of illegal drug use is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.
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Minimum Qualifications
  • Juris Doctor (JD) degree from an ABA-accredited law school.
  • Active bar membership from any of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of attorney experience in Executive Branch ethics issues doing the following:
    • Providing ethics advice to current and former Executive Branch employees
    • Reviewing confidential and public financial disclosure forms (OGE 450 and OGE 278, respectively)
    • Conducting ethics training
    • Consulting with the Office of Government Ethics on ethics issues
  • Ability to meet the minimum requirements for joining CIA, including U.S. citizenship and a background investigation.
Desired Qualifications

All applicants are reviewed for the following competencies:
  • Legal analysis, reasoning and writing, including the ability to quickly integrate and synthesize facts and law to make legally sound decisions in compressed timeframes.
  • Interpersonal and communication skills.
  • The ability to work both independently and as a team member in a demanding environment.
  • The ability to exercise sound judgment in challenging situations.
  • Willingness to consider diverse perspectives and ability to navigate changing circumstances.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple work assignments and competing priorities concurrently.
  • Ability to develop and maintain close and collaborative working relationships inside and outside the CIA.


  • Juris Doctor (JD) from an ABA-accredited law school.

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