Provide expert legal advice and counsel to Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) senior leadership on complex areas of law affecting ODNI's duties and responsibilities under the National Security Act, Presidential Directives, Executive Orders, and other related laws and policies.
Provide expert oral and written legal advice and guidance on the most complex areas of law, with appropriate input from supervisors and colleagues; expertly interpret and explain laws, regulations, policies, and other legal authorities, related to Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and Intelligence Community (IC) business.
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.
Adroitly coordinate legal guidance within the Office of General Counsel (OGC), ODNI, the IC, and the Executive Branch; expertly mediate, negotiate, and resolve inter-agency and intra-agency disputes covering a wide range of topics across multiple legal practice areas; consistently demonstrate "strategic lawyering" practices that anticipate or prevent legal problems.
Provide expert legal advice and counsel on matters relating to the running of a federal agency.
Provide expert legal counsel to support the development, review, and preparation of United States (U.S.) Government-wide and IC wide policies, procedures, guidelines, rules, and standards.
Counsel clients, including senior ODNI leaders, on 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 complex legal issues for a variety of internal and external recipients.
Expertly conduct or direct legal research and analysis on extremely complex or sensitive legal issues as well as on laws, regulations, and policies that have a significant impact on ODNI and IC interests and brief ODNI leadership on issues and findings.
Provide timely reviews of planned ODNI and IC activities for compliance with the Constitution and laws of the U.S., Executive Orders, and other applicable regulations and policies affecting ODNI and the IC and brief ODNI leaders on potential legal and policy issues and develop solutions to address difficult legal problems having potential high-level or large-scale impact on the ODNI's or the IC's missions or activities.
Expertly analyze statutes, bills, reports, and Congressional materials, as well as proposed Executive Branch orders, directives, regulations, and policies, to determine their effect on the ODNI and the IC; provide expert advice and counsel to senior management on legislative proposals, Congressional testimony, and related documents.
Provide expert briefings for ODNI and IC views on particular matters to Executive Branch entities, Congress, and private sector entities; cogently brief senior ODNI leaders on legal issues that relate to or effect ODNI and IC activities.
Maintain productive working relationships with ODNI elements, IC colleagues, executive agencies, congressional personnel and members, congressional committees, and use these relationships to advocate ODNI and IC positions, support a continuing dialog, and provide insight into ongoing and planned ODNI and IC activities. RequirementsConditions of Employment
- Must be a U.S. Citizen residing in the United States
- Appointment is be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance based on an SBI with eligibility for sensitive compartmented information (SCI)
- Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
- A two-year trial period is required for all new permanent appointments to the ODNI.
Superior multi-disciplinary legal skills and experience dealing with complex legal issues, as well as an expert ability to interpret laws, regulations, judicial decisions, Executive Orders, and statutes involving complex concepts and issues.
Expert-level knowledge of one or more of the general or specialized areas of OGC's law practice, such as: national security law, including legal issues relating to counterterrorism, counter proliferation, cybersecurity, and counterintelligence; intelligence oversight; privacy and civil liberties; standards of conduct & criminal conflicts of interest; Equal Employment Opportunity law; acquisition and appropriations; administrative law; and litigation.
Superior research abilities, including the 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.
Superior ability to routinely communicate, orally and in writing, the most complex concepts and issues in a manner well matched to the audience being addressed, and to consistently make sound, timely decisions in complex, ambiguous or ill-defined situations.
Superior interpersonal, organizational, and problem-solving skills, including the ability to work effectively both independently and in a collaborative environment and superior creative problem-solving skills.
Expert legal knowledge obtained through the completion of a Juris Doctorate from an American Bar Association-accredited law school, and active membership in the Bar of the highest court of a US State, Territory, Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia.
To qualify for a position at the GS-15 level: You must possess a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from an accredited ABA law school, active bar status in good standing, and at least five years professional legal experience post bar admission. For current federal government employees, you must have at least one year of specialized legal experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the federal service.
Attorneys in ODNI OGC rotate portfolios on a regular basis to provide legal support and guidance on unique and complex issues. Accordingly, attorneys are expected to provide expert legal counsel, advice and support across a wide range of legal issues as detailed in this announcement. To that end, ODNI OGC is looking for attorneys who are well-rounded, have broad legal experience, and with an interest in a wide array of practice areas relevant to the intelligence community. Resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis and one or more candidates will be selected from this advertisement. If you apply for this position and have not heard from us within 90 days of the date of your application, then we do not currently have an available position commensurate with your skills. We regret that we cannot personally respond to and hire all the fine candidates who wish to work for the ODNI Office of General Counsel. Education
Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from an accredited ABA law school. Additional information
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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, any travel or lodging will be at the applicant's personal expense.
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.
For a selected non-Federal Government candidate, salary will be established within the salary range listed above, based on education and experience.
Relocation Expenses: For new ODNI employees, reimbursement for relocation is discretionary based on availability of funds.
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