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Bethesda, Maryland
Closing date
Oct 4, 2023

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.

Expertly conduct, or direct the conduct of, legal research and analysis on extremely complex or sensitive legal issues that have a significant impact on ODNI or IC interests, to include conducting interviews and investigations and briefing ODNI leadership on issues and findings.

Provide timely reviews of planned ODNI and IC activities for compliance with the law and brief ODNI and IC leaders on potential legal and policy issues and develop solutions to address the most difficult legal problems having potential high-level or large-scale impact on the ODNI's and IC's mission or activities.

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 the ODNI and the IC; provide authoritative advice and counsel to senior management on ODNI and IC legislative proposals, including Congressional testimony.

Provide expert briefings and advocate for ODNI and IC views on particular matters to judges, administrative bodies, Executive Branch entities, Congress, and private sector entities; cogently briefs senior ODNI and IC management on legal issues that relate to ODNI and IC activities.

Assist the Department of Justice in the most complex civil and criminal litigation by advocating for the ODNI's position, protecting classified information from disclosure, and defending the official actions of IC employees.

Expertly negotiate complex contracts and other agreements with other agencies, private sector entities, and foreign liaison.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen residing in the United States
  • Appointment is 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.


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.

Expert-level knowledge of one or more of the general or specialized areas of OGC's law practice, such as: federal taxation, federal employee ethics, Equal Employment Opportunity law, contracts, operations law, administrative law, and litigation.

Expert interviewing skills and techniques to skillfully collect relevant information; superior ability to balance client needs with professional objectivity and integrity.

Expert ability to prepare and edit logical, concise, and accurate written materials on the most complex topics that are easy to understand, persuasive, grammatically correct, and conform to OGC, ODNI, and other applicable legal standards for form and content.

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.

Superior ability to routinely communicate 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 ability to work effectively both independently and in a collaborative environment and superior creative problem-solving skills.

Juris Doctorate.

Proof of Bar Status is required.


Juris Doctorate.

Additional information

***This announcement will be open for 3 months or until the position is filled. Cut-off points are scheduled in one-month intervals. After each cut-off point, all compliant applicants received during the previous month will be reviewed for consideration.***

Job Interview Travel: Candidates from outside the Washington, D.C., area may be selected for a telephone, teleconference, or in-person interview.

Salary Determination:

The ODNI uses a rank-in-person system in which rank is attached to GS employees on the basis of individual qualifications, experience, and performance.

Individuals whose current GS grade is equivalent to the grade of the advertised position will retain their current grade and step.

Individuals who transfer to the ODNI from a non-GS pay scale will have base pay converted to the appropriate GS grade and step as determined by the Director/ Human Resource Management.

On occasional instances when a current federal civilian employee applies for an ODNI position that is a lower grade than his or her personal grade, the candidate's personal grade will be downgraded to the grade of the advertised ODNI position and pay will be set at the step that is closest to but not less than the employee's current annual base rate of pay, not to exceed the maximum rate (i.e., step 10) of the GS grade to which assigned.

Relocation Expenses: For new ODNI employees, reimbursement for relocation is discretionary based on availability of funds.

Reasonable Accommodations:

The ODNI provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Reasonable Accommodations Officer by classified email at, 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.

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.

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

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