Deputy General Counsel (Intelligence, International and Military Affairs)

Pentagon, Virginia
Nov 05, 2019
Nov 12, 2019
Analyst, Intelligence
Full Time


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The Deputy General Counsel for Intelligence, International and Military Affairs (SAF/GCI) is responsible for a wide variety of matters in the areas of intelligence and national security, international affairs, outer space and aviation, cyberspace and space operations, and military personnel law.

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The incumbent provides legal and legal policy advice on intelligence, counter-intelligence, and intelligence oversight matters; personnel and information security, special access programs, and provides assistance in the litigation of cases involving sensitive classified information; and provides advice on matters related to the Air Force nuclear enterprise. The Deputy General Counsel provides legal and legal policy advice on international law and international affairs to include military and civil aviation, security assistance and cooperation, outer space, cooperative research, development, test, and evaluation (R, D, T, and E), treaties, international agreements and other arrangements, statutes, directives, and court decisions affecting Air Force operations and activities worldwide. The incumbent develops and coordinates legal positions on international law issues and represents the Air Force in interagency discussions and in international negotiations with foreign governments/international organizations; and provides legal opinions and assistance regarding intergovernmental disputes and claims involving the Air Force. The Deputy General Counsel provides legal and legal policy advice on a wide range of military personnel law including Air National Guard and Reserve matters.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizenship is required
  • Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be offered
  • PCS expenses if authorized will be paid IAW JTR and Air Force Regulations
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see
  • Disclosure of Political Appointments
  • Mobility is a condition of employment and appointment for SES members will be required to sign a Reassignment Rights and Obligations Agreement
  • Selected candidate must file a Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278) in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978
  • Position has been designated Special-Sensitive and the selectee must have or be able to obtain a Top Secret clearance
  • Drug testing designated position. The incumbent is subject to random testing for drug use IAW Exec. Order 12564, dated 14 Sep 86. Position requires that the incumbent sign a Drug Testing letter and pass urinalysis testing prior to appointment.
  • Position requires travel under conditions specified in the DoD Joint Travel Regulations. Incumbent is expected to travel on short notice to attend high-level meetings.
  • Position may require incumbent to be available for other than normal duty hours to include weekends to support exercises and crisis planning.
  • An initial SES career appointment becomes final only after the individual successfully completes a 2-year probationary period.
  • Attendance to the Air Force's Senior Leader Orientation Course (SLOC) is generally required within 12 months of appointment, subject to course availability.
  • Position may be subject to the post-government employment restrictions of Sections 207(a) and (f) of Title 18, United States Code.
  • Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants.


Eligibility will be based upon a clear showing the applicant has training, education and experience of the scope and quality sufficient to effectively carry-out the duties of the position. Candidates must exemplify the corporate perspective, leadership vision, broad experience and character needed in the SES corps not only to satisfy the immediate vacancy, but future vacancies which will occur in a variety of organizations, functions and locations.


1. Education Requirement: The applicant must be a graduate from a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association (JD). This information should be embedded within the resume.

2. Certification Requirements: The applicant must provide a certificate that proves they are an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

B. MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQs) : A supplemental statement must be submitted separately addressing each TQ. TQ's must provide specific examples that address relevant experience and accomplishments. Applicants should focus on recent experience, education, and training, as some Recruitment Panel and Executive Resources Board members may consider experience that's over 10 years old to be outdated. Applicants must reflect superior technical qualifications demonstrated through leadership and management in the following:

1. Demonstrated knowledge of and leadership in providing strategic-level legal and legal policy advice identifying options for action and reducing legal exposure in one or more of the following elements:

a. Intelligence, counter-intelligence, and intelligence oversight matters to include foreign materiel acquisition; personal and information security; and/or cyber law matters,

b. International law and international affairs to include security assistance and cooperation, civil and military aviation, outer space, export control, cooperative R, D, T, and E, and other traditional international law issues involving interpretation and application of treaties, international agreements and other arrangements, statutes, directives, court decisions, and international law.

c. Military personnel law matters covering the life cycle of military personnel from accession through retirement, including Air National Guard and Reserve matters.

2. Knowledge of strategic-level environment and decision-making including leadership in the following:

a. Responding to relevant customer requirements (operational, stakeholder and policymaker).

b. Integrating legal services with the Department of Defense, other federal agencies and/or international partners/coalitions.

C. MANDATORY EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs ): The ECQs describe the leadership skills needed to succeed in the Senior Executive Service (SES); they also reinforce the concept of an "SES corporate culture." Submit a supplemental statement of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs listed below) in the challenge/context/action/result (C-C-A-R) model format as provided by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Guide to SES Qualifications . Applicants should focus on recent experience, education, and training, as some Recruitment Panel, Executive Resources Board, and or OPM Quality Review Board reviewers may consider experience that's over 10 years old to be outdated. [OPM's guidance in the Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications (Appendix B)]. Refer to the OPM Guide to SES Qualifications for specific information and guidance on the ECQ requirements, the C-C-A-Rnd examples of good qualifications statements located here.

ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE. This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE . This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN . This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN . This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS : This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

In addition, DoD requires an Enterprise Perspective. The individual must possess a broad point of view and an awareness and understanding of individual or organizational responsibilities in relation to DoD or government-wide strategic priorities. Executives should demonstrate ability to work with internal and external partners to support national security objectives. This perspective is typically gained through a variety of diverse work experiences. A separate narrative statement is not required--this information should be embedded within the application package (resume, TQs and ECQs)

.D. DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: The following will be used to help rate and rank candidates:

1. Regardless of governmental agency or department, a career broadening assignment complementary of this position is highly desirable (Examples: plans & programs, policy development, intelligence, international affairs, nuclear operations, cyber operations, or military personnel).

2. Breadth of experience in multiple organizations and at multiple levels. Appropriate mix of experience at more than one base/operating location/installation or agency; and MAJCOM/COCOM HQs and OSD, Joint, SAF or HAF, experience at the GS-15 or equivalent military/academic/industry experience.

3. Completion of Senior Developmental Education and/or equivalent executive development such as Leadership in a Democratic Society, Senior Executive Fellows, National Security Management, Leadership Assessment and Feedback Seminar, Executive Business Management, and/or two equivalent-level courses from other colleges, universities, or agencies.

4. An additional advanced degree in international affairs, public administration, or other related field is highly desirable.


Additional information

Veterans' Preference: Veterans' preference is not applicable to the SES.

Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.

Tax Law Impact for PCS: On 22-Dec-2017, Public Law 115-97 - the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 suspended qualified moving expense deductions along with the exclusion for employer reimbursements and payments of moving expenses effective 01-Jan-2018 for tax years 2018 through 2025. The law made taxable certain reimbursements and other payments, including driving mileage, airfare and lodging expenses, en-route travel to the new duty station, and temporary storage of those items. The Federal Travel Regulation Bulletin (FTR) 18-05 issued by General Services Administration (GSA) has authorized agencies to use the Withholding Tax Allowance (WTA) and Relocation Income Tax Allowance (RITA) to pay for "substantially all" of the increased tax liability resulting from the "2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" for certain eligible individuals. For additional information on WTA/RITA allowances and eligibilities, please visit:

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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applications will be evaluated against the qualifications requirements. Failure to meet any one of the Mandatory, Technical or Executive Core Qualifications standards will eliminate a candidate from further consideration.

Candidates will be evaluated for this position by a screening panel composed of a diverse mix of senior executives and/or general officers selected for organizational and/or functional backgrounds relevant to this position. The panel discusses each application and reaches consensus as to the Best Qualified, Qualified or Not Qualified candidates. Only the Best Qualified candidates will be interviewed. The panel will then make a recommendation of those Best Qualified candidates who should be referred to the selecting official, in priority order. Final selection is contingent upon the Air Force Executive Resources Board, Under Secretary of the Air Force, and Office of Personnel Management approval.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

To receive full consideration, each applicant must submit the documents in the format as designated. Packages that do not include all of the required documents or meet format requirements will not be forwarded for consideration.

The Qualifications Documents must be formatted using Times New Roman, size 12 font, with 1-inch margins. Do not use borders, provide photos, or list a Social Security Number on any of the Qualifications Documents.
A. Resume in the preferred format (Limit 4 pages).
B. Mandatory Technical Qualifications Statement addressing each of the TQs (Limit 6 pages).
C. Executive Core Qualifications Statement addressing each of the ECQs (Limit 10 pages); Or, OPM QRB Certification (1 page). (Note: ECQs are not required for current or former Career SES Members who have been certified by the Qualifications Review Board (QRB); please provide a copy of an SF-50 showing career SES status. Candidates who are not current or former Career SES Members but have OPM QRB certification of their ECQs must provide their OPM certificate).
D. Desirable Qualifications Statement briefly addressing each of the DQs (Limit 1 page).
E. Most recent completed Performance Appraisal or Performance Report.
F. Most recent Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50, noting your current position, grade level and salary level (applies only to current or former civilian government employee).
G. (Optional) College transcript(s) (copy is acceptable) which demonstrates the acceptable combinations of education and experience as noted by OPM.
H. (Optional): Race and National Origin Identification, SF-181 -- Form available at
I. (Optional): Self-Identification of Handicap, SF-256 -- Form available at

DO NOT SUBMIT ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Extraneous materials such as copies of position descriptions, award certificates and transmittal letters will not be forwarded for review.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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