17042 - Senior Associate CLPT Officer - GS-15

Montgomery County, Maryland
Sep 17, 2019
Sep 24, 2019
Full Time


This is an opportunity for:
  • An internal ODNI candidate to fill a GS-15 cadre position.
  • An external candidate to fill a GS-15 staff reserve position in the ODNI. Staff reserve appointments are time-limited appointments made for a period of up to 3 years, with a possible extension up to 2 additional years.
  • A Federal Government employee to serve on a two-year reimbursable detail assignment in the ODNI. The detail assignment may be extended an additional year if all parties agree.

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Component Mission

The Civil Liberties and Privacy Office (CLPO) implements the responsibilities of the Civil Liberties Protection Officer under applicable laws, executive orders, directives, and policies, including Section 103D of the National Security Act, Section 1062 of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act, and EO 12333. Specifically, the CLPO's mission includes to oversee compliance by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) with the constitution, all laws, Executive Orders, and implementing guidelines relating to civil liberties or privacy; ensure the protection of civil liberties and privacy is appropriately incorporated in policies and procedures developed and implemented by the ODNI and elements of the Intelligence Community (IC); ensure that the use of technologies sustain, and do not erode, privacy protections regarding the use, collection, and disclosure of personal information; ensure adequate procedures to receive, respond to, investigate, and redress privacy and civil liberties complaints; assess - and as appropriate, investigate - complaints and other information indicating possible abuses of civil liberties and privacy in the activities of the ODNI; conduct privacy impact assessments and ensure that personal information contained in a system of records subject to the Privacy Act is handled in compliance with fair information practices set out in the Privacy Act; review ODNI actions, policies, guidelines, and their implementation; and perform other duties as assigned by the DNI.

Major Duties and Responsibilities (MDRs)
  • Direct the execution of Civil Liberties and Privacy Office's (CLPT) duties as they relate to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and across the Intelligence Community (IC).
  • Oversee and assess the implementation of privacy and civil liberties protections in the application of information sharing policies, procedures, and standards.
  • Lead the research, review, and recommendation of modifications, as necessary, to information sharing policies, procedures, and standards, to protect privacy and civil liberties.
  • Establish plan, analyze, and evaluate findings, conclusions and policy recommendations.
  • Direct reviews, analyses, advice, and recommendations on ODNI and IC technology activities, programs, policies, procedures, and standards of operations.
  • Serve as subject matter expert on Executive Order (EO) 12333 as it relates to the protection of United States (U.S.) persons, and identify and recommend measures to address issues relating to U.S. person information in the intelligence cycle.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of civil liberties and privacy compliance measures for the ODNI and the IC; work in coordination with the Office of General Counsel staff and other stakeholders (i.e. subject matter experts, Operators, and analysts) to identify, assess, and manage compliance risk areas related to civil liberties and privacy.
  • Lead the identification and recommendation of measures to address IC-related civil liberties and privacy issues.
  • Oversee a team in the development and implementation of Community-wide civil liberties and privacy compliance practices.
  • Establish controls, provide oversight, and monitor initiatives to ensure the use of technologies at the ODNI sustains privacy protections in the use, collection, retention, administration, and disclosure of personal information.
  • Advise the CLPT on civil liberties and privacy incidents, violations and vulnerabilities and the associated implications on counterintelligence.
  • Lead the development and implementation of enterprise-wide civil liberties and privacy-related initiatives aligned with the CLPT strategic plan.
  • Establish internal, external, and interagency networks; represent CLPT in meetings and conferences regarding civil liberties and privacy issues at ODNI and throughout the IC; participate in reviews and interactions with other organizations regarding civil liberties and privacy issues.
  • Liaise with the appropriate officials and stakeholders to develop, implement, and promulgate civil liberties and privacy related policies.
  • Lead a professional staff and assess performance, collaborate and oversee goal setting, and provide feedback on personal development.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

Desired Requirements
  • Directly relevant experience with privacy, civil liberties, and transparency issues related to core IC authorities and sources of protections, such as EO 12333, FISA, First and Fourth Amendment jurisprudence, and classification and intelligence transparency policies and requirements.
  • Ability to interpret laws, regulations and policies, analyze issues and draft findings, conduct assessments, and make structured recommendations.
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of potential impact of information and database technologies on privacy and civil liberties.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with ODNI and IC personnel and leadership, mission partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Ability to exercise discernment will providing advice regarding complicated policy and technical issues related to counterterrorism, counterintelligence, counter-proliferation and cybersecurity.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of team in a high-pressure, fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to effectively enhance public understanding of the ODNI and IC's mission, rules, and oversight framework, through authorized transparency channels.
  • Ability to train, mentor and supervise staff in subject matter areas.


Mandatory and Educational Requirements
  • Expert knowledge of laws, regulations, policies, procedures, EOs, implementation guidelines, rules, and agreements relating to federal privacy and civil liberties.
  • Expert knowledge of the IC, Executive Order 12333, the United States Constitution.
  • Expert knowledge of international, state, and local privacy and civil liberties issues, including the ability to analyze information and database technologies that may implicate privacy protections.
  • Superior ability to develop and implement civil liberties and privacy compliance activities, programs, and fact-finding or investigative methods.
  • Expert knowledge of research methodologies and legal practices to conduct research, form objective conclusions, analyze issues, evaluate then draft findings and assessments, and make recommendations based on facts and evidence.
  • Expert interpersonal and organizational skills with proven ability to effectively manage the implementation of multiple projects and competing priorities.
  • Superior oral and written communication skills, including the ability to produce clear, logical, and concise products that are targeted to and meets the needs of diverse audiences with different perspectives and objectives.
  • Superior ability to exert influence with senior leadership and communicate effectively with people at all staff levels, both internal and external to the organization.
  • Superior interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively, both independently and in a team or collaborative effort.
  • Superior analytic and critical thinking skills, including the ability to conduct assessments, to identify issues and to develop process improvement recommendations.
  • Superior skill in negotiating and consulting and superior judgment in applying principles to identify and solve problems.



Additional information

*** OPEN UNTIL FILLED: This announcement will be open until the position is filled. Cut off points are scheduled in two-week increments. After each cut-off point, all compliant applications received during the previous two weeks will be reviewed for consideration.***

Who May Apply
Current GS employees at the same grade or one grade lower than the advertised position grade may apply.
Former members of the Peace Corps may be considered for ODNI employment only if five full years have elapsed since separation from the Peace Corps.
  • For a cadre or staff reserve assignment:
    • Current ODNI permanent cadre.
    • Current ODNI Staff Reserve Employees. (A staff reserve employee who currently occupies this position may not apply.)
    • Current Federal Government employees. (Current GS employees at the same grade or one grade lower than the advertised position grade may apply.)
    • Candidates outside the Federal Government.
  • For a detailee assignment:
    • Current Federal Government employees. (Current GS employees at the same grade or one grade lower than the advertised position grade may apply.)
Salary Determination
  • 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.
  • A current Federal Government employee, selected for a detail, will be assigned to the position at his or her current grade and salary.
The ODNI is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations.
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES: The ODNI provides reasonable accommodations to otherwise qualified applicants with disabilities. IF YOU NEED A REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Intelligence Community Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Office Representative by classified email at DNI_COO_TM_EEOD_RA_WMA@cia.ic.gov, by unclassified email at DNI-EEOD_WMA@cia.ic.gov, by telephone at 301-243-0704 or by FAX at 301-243-1200. 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. PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION VIA THE EMAIL ADDRESS PROVIDED IN THE 'HOW TO APPLY' SECTION ABOVE .

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the vacancy announcement, particularly the MDRs, and construct their resume to highlight their most significant experience and qualifications relevant to this job opportunity.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required

Required Documents


Your application MUST be received by midnight on the closing date of this announcement. Applications received after the closing date will NOT be eligible for consideration.

To verify receipt of your application package ONLY, you may call 301-243-1318.

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