Assistant Legal Adviser

Washington, D.C
Jan 25, 2023
Feb 01, 2023
Full Time

The Assistant Legal Adviser for Management (L/M) provides legal advice and services on matters of particular importance to United States foreign policy interests. This includes providing authoritative advice on the legal implications of contemplated actions (frequently in international situations which are unprecedented) indicating, for example, how far any proposal being considered would depart from recognized practice and what consequences might result in relations with other nations.

Responsibilities of the Assistant Legal Adviser (L/M) include but are not limited to the following:
  • Provides legal advice and services on matters relating to, and participates with, the Legal Adviser, Deputy Legal Advisers, and other ranking policy officers of the USG in overall policy formulation and program planning and in the consideration and development of basic policies related to management activities of the Department. This includes, inter alia, overseeing legal work on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation, congressional oversight, diplomatic security, Chief of Mission authorities, evacuations and travel, and appropriations law.

  • Oversees all legal aspects, including matters of international law, foreign law, and domestic law, as well as the evolution of law in unprecedented situations in the conduct of U.S. foreign relations and relations with international organizations and operations of those organizations.

  • Directs and supervises the work of subordinate attorneys and other staff assigned to his/her office. Reviews their work products to ensure that accurate and timely advice and services are provided. Discharges office management and administrative responsibilities. Promotes the Department's human resources and diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility policies, and encourages employee development through varied work assignments, continuing legal education and other means.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • Requires a financial disclosure statement, OGE-278.
  • Verification of employment eligibility in the United States is required.

This position is a drug-testing designated position subject to random testing for illegal drug use.

Appointment will be subject to the applicant's completion and favorable adjudication of a background security investigation.

The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521 requires the applicant selected for this position submit a financial disclosure statement, OGE-278, prior to assuming the SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment.


Unless you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program approved by OPM, you must submit separate narrative statements covering each of the Executive Core Qualifications (last five vacancy assessment questions). Applicants must also submit separate narrative statements covering each of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (listed below) in order to receive consideration for the position. To view additional information on the proper preparation of Executive Core Qualification statements available on the Office of Personnel Management's website please click here .

When responding to the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of this position. Your narrative responses to each of the MTQs and the ECQs should be clear and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts. Include in your responses all efforts/accomplishments related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) initiatives . Your narratives are limited to two (2) pages per each MTQ and ECQ.

Applicants' failure to respond to MTQs and ECQs, and exceeding required page limits will be marked "ineligible."

Applicants who use "see resume" as a response will not receive consideration for the position.

For this position applicants must submit a narrative statement that address the following mandatory technical qualification:

Your experience should explicitly demonstrate the following:
  • MTQ 1 - Demonstrated experience providing sound legal advice and representation involving the application of international, foreign, and domestic law to legal, policy, and management issues involving multiple stakeholders and the activities of large public or private organizations.

  • MTQ 2 - Demonstrated experience providing sound legal advice and representation through effective written and oral counsel and advocacy on legal, management, and policy issues relating to large public or private organizations, including with respect to international organizations and the conduct of U.S. diplomacy.

If you do not possess the mandatory technical qualifications described above, you may be considered ineligible for this position.

Additional information

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER - Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you. Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application materials will result in your application no being processed.

SELECTIVE SERVICE - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify at the time of appointment that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION - This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Office of Employee Relations, Disability/Reasonable Accommodations Division, at (202) 261-8180. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

TELEWORK - If eligible, telework agreements may be permitted with supervisory approval. This position is not eligible for remote work.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - The United States 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.

EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION PROGRAM (E-Verify) - U.S. law requires organizations to employ only individuals who may legally work in the United States - either U.S. citizens, or foreign citizens who have the necessary authorization. This agency utilizes E-Verify to compare information from the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration (SSA) records to confirm employment eligibility. If the employee's information does not match DHS and/or SSA records, the employee is given an opportunity to resolve the problem. If eligibility cannot be verified, employment will be terminated.