ATTORNEY ADVISOR (Open Continuous)

Washington, D.C
Jan 19, 2023
Jan 27, 2023
Full Time

  • Serve as an attorney with limited supervision while gathering factual information, conducting legal and policy analysis, and providing legal expertise to the Board in complex investigations and/or reviews for privacy and civil liberties-related issues and national security and counterterrorism programs
  • Work in teams to develop investigative plans including developing timelines and identifying the types of documents and information to seek as part of the Board's reviews.
  • Assist the Board in reviewing and analyzing federal counterterrorism programs pursuant to its mission to ensure that both existing and proposed programs adequately safeguard privacy and civil liberties. This includes conducting legal research and legal analyses regarding applicable constitutional, statutory and other legal authorities.
  • Analyze privacy and civil liberties-related issues and national security and counterterrorism programs, and assist the Board in understanding how programs operate.
  • Assist in drafting Board reports evaluating privacy and civil liberties safeguards in efforts to protect the nation from terrorism and other Board reports to the President, Congress and the public, as well as drafting congressional testimony, letters, and other documents to carry out the Board's responsibilities.


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by background investigation.
  • Direct Deposit of pay is required.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
  • Must have or be able to obtain a TOP SECRET - Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS-SCI) Security clearance. If you already have a TS/SCI clearance, please highlight your last investigation date in your application.


At the AD-00 level (GS-12 Grade Equivalency), you must meet the following qualification: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level. Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience for this position includes but is not limited to: researching, reviewing and analyzing programs; and interpreting laws, statutes and regulations.

Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

Must possess a J.D. or LL.B. and be a member in good standing of a state bar or the District of Columbia bar. Documentation must be submitted with application package.

SERIES/GRADE: The agency uses the Administratively Determined system in which rank is attached to the individual. The salary range for this position is statutorily capped at $165,300.

A written test may be required.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


If qualifying based on EDUCATION you MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

Only education from institutions which are accredited or preaccredited/candidate for accreditation may be used to meet education requirements.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

Additional information

Candidates selected for an interview may be asked to provide references and undergo a writing assessment.
Applicants who want to be considered for the GS-13, GS-14 and GS-15 grade equivalencies must also apply under the following vacancies:
To be considered for the GS-13 equivalency vacancy, apply to vacancy number: PCLOB-22-EXE-11607321SC
To be considered for the GS-14 equivalency vacancy, apply to vacancy number: PCLOB-22-EXE-11607322SC
To be considered for the GS-15 equivalency vacancy, apply to vacancy number: PCLOB-22-EXE-11607323SC
Telework Suitability:
The duties of this position are suitable for occasional telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval and if they meet the eligibility criterion in the 2010 Telework Act.
Stipulations of Employment:
Selection for this term position may require serving a 2-year trial period.
Work Schedule:
This position allows for a flexible work schedule.


PCLOB uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit .

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days.

If selection is made below the full performance level, promotion up to the full performance level may be made without further competition. However, promotion(s) will depend on the performance of the incumbent and are not guaranteed.

Applications for these positions will be accepted on a continuous basis up to the closing date of the announcement. Referrals will be made no more than every 10 days.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application: