Deputy General Counsel (International Affairs) (IA)

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Pentagon, Virginia
Oct 16, 2020
Oct 24, 2020
Full Time


This position is located in the Office of General Counsel of the Department of Defense (DoD). The General Counsel, who is appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate, is the chief legal officer of the DoD and performs such functions as the Secretary of Defense may prescribe (10 U.S.C. §140). He/She is the principal legal authority within DoD and has responsibility for legal policy and determinations and the delivery of legal services within DoD and its components.
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The incumbent serves as the Deputy General Counsel (International Affairs (IA)). As such, the incumbent serves as the principal assistant to the General Counsel and the Principal Deputy General Counsel with functional responsibility for legal advice and services in the broad area of international and national security affairs. In that capacity, the Deputy General Counsel (IA) has primary responsibility to provide legal advice and services to, inter alia, principals and principal assistants within the offices of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (USD(P)) and all constituent elements. The Deputy General Counsel (IA) is responsible for supervising and ensuring the adequacy of legal advice and services provided to DoD components, and for providing all necessary support to the Office of General Counsel, in matters within the functional field of international affairs. Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • The incumbent serves as the focal point for legal advice to DoD and U.S. delegations to bilateral and multinational negotiations relating to matters affecting DoD. The incumbent provides legal analysis of suggested negotiating positions, inter alia, to ensure that the proposed agreements and arrangements will be legally sufficient under U.S. and international law. The incumbent also drafts language for agreements and other documents that support agreed positions of the Administration. The incumbent travels abroad as legal adviser to key DoD officials and as DoD representative and negotiator, and represents DoD interests on legal aspects of international matters in dealing with U.S. Embassy officials, State Department negotiators, congressional members and staffs, and officials of foreign governments.
  • Personally and through members of his/her professional staff, the incumbent provides the legal advice and assistance required in the development of policy, the implementation of programs, and the negotiation of agreements concerning or affecting DoD international activities and operations, including those pertaining to U.S. national security including homeland defense and defense support of civil authorities.
  • The incumbent provides advice on all aspects of information operations, including the development of command and control relationships for such operations, compliance of such operations with applicable U.S. and international law, and interagency coordination of such operations.
  • The incumbent has legal responsibilities in connection with the administration of status of forces and similar agreements and arrangements applicable to DoD personnel and operations in foreign countries. These agreements cover such matters as the apportionment of civil and criminal jurisdiction between foreign and U.S. military courts, taxation, military procurement abroad, customs exemptions, passports, and foreign claims.
  • The incumbent may be called upon to testify before Congress or to brief members of Congress or their staffs on any of the areas within the office's responsibilities.
  • The incumbent serves as focal point for resolution of differences among the Military Departments, Defense Agencies, and Field Activities in the area of legal support for DoD operations and activities worldwide, and advises DoD components on relevant international programs, international agreements, and the requirements of national security and international law.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see
  • You must be able to obtain/maintain a Top Secret/SCI clearance.
  • All newly appointed Career SES leaders must sign the Reassignment Rights Obligations Agreement as a condition of appointment into the SES.
  • The individual selected will be required to file an 'Executive Branch Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-278) in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
  • You will serve a two-year probationary period unless you have previously completed the probationary period in the SES.
  • You must submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test before you can be appointed into this position. Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • You must have a current license to practice law from at least one state, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. commonwealth or U.S. territory.


To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), the Mandatory Technical Qualifications, and other qualifications, if applicable, listed below.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS: All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) describing accomplishments that would satisfy the ECQs. You must address each ECQ separately, not to exceed 10 pages. You are required to respond to all ECQs. If you fail to do so will result in a rating of 'ineligible.' When responding to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of this position by submitting narrative responses in which you detail your experience in each of the ECQs. Your examples 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. You should limit your narrative to two pages per ECQ, and address each ECQ separately. OPM's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications can assist you in writing an effective SES application. In particular, please note the Challenge-Context-Action-Result Model that is recommended and very helpful when drafting ECQ narrative responses. The Guide is available on OPM's Website at:

Applicants must utilize the Challenge-Context-Action-Result (CCAR) Model when writing Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ). Use two examples of relevant experience for each ECQ being sure your experience matches the ECQ criteria.

Challenge - Describe a specific problem or goal.
Context - Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to address a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale).
Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge.
Result - Give specific examples of measures/outcomes that had some impact on the organization. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

Each accomplishment should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities; the scope and complexity of the programs, activities, or services you managed; program accomplishments; policy initiatives undertaken; level of contacts; the sensitivity and criticality of the issues you addressed; and the results of your actions. You should use action oriented leadership words to describe your experience and accomplishments (e.g., Led the development and implementation of....) and quantify your experience wherever possible to demonstrate your accomplishments (e.g., number of employees supervised; size of budget managed; amount of money saved, etc.).

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.

Applicants that are either Career SES members, or graduates of the Office of Personnel Management Certified Development Program are not required to address the ECQs.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS: All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) of accomplishments that would satisfy the technical qualifications. You must address each technical qualification separately. You are required to respond to all of the technical qualifications. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as ineligible. Please limit your written statements to no more than two pages per technical qualification.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of and demonstrated experience in the following legal practice and program areas: international law,including treaties and customary international law, the laws and customs of war, the law of the sea, the law of outer space, and arms control; and those legal disciplines associated with national security law, including the Constitution and U.S. statutes as they pertain to national security matters, such as the National Security Act, the War Powers Resolution, appropriations law, and foreign relations law.
  • The ability to work effectively with a diverse, senior client base and to serve as a member of the Agency's executive leadership team in ensuring continued mission success.
  • Demonstrated ability to summarize and communicate (orally and in writing) complex issues, relevant analysis, and legal options to senior Department leadership and staff at all levels.

  • Education

    Candidates must meet the following education requirement for career series 0905:

    Must be a graduate of law school. You must have a current license to practice law from at least one state, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. commonwealth or U.S. territory, and be able to demonstrate that in a least one state or jurisdiction in which you are licensed you are permitted to engage in the active practice of law. Active status must be maintained in at least one state or jurisdiction during the course of employment in the Office of the General Counsel and DLSA.

    Applicants are not required to provide an official certificate demonstrating this active status, but must provide such a certificate to the selecting official if selected.

    A certified copy of a law school transcript is required as proof that you meet the educational requirement for this position (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) and must be provided to the selecting official if selected.

    In addition to the education requirement, the Deputy General Counsel (IA) also must possess professional experience in international law. An advanced degree in international law, or comparable experience, is highly desirable, as are significant experience and demonstrated skill in the negotiation, interpretation, and application of international agreements.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: .

    Additional information

    Veterans preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service.

    Applications MUST be submitted through USAJobs.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education. Your application will be evaluated by a rating and ranking panel. Highly qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check. The Office of the Secretary of Defense Executive Resources Board will review results and make recommendations on final selections to the appointing authority. Unless you have already been certified by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Review Board (QRB), your ECQs must be certified by the OPM QRB before your appointment can occur.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Sensitive Compartmented Information

    Drug test required

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

    Trust determination process
    National security

    Required Documents

    1. Resume - In addition to your written statements addressing the Executive Core Qualifications, the Mandatory Technical Qualification(s), and other qualifications as applicable, submit a resume or any other written format you choose to describe your qualifications, not to exceed five pages. Applicants typically provide the following information:
    • Vacancy Announcement number SES-10936591-20-SR
    • Full name, email and mailing address, and day and evening telephone numbers
    • Educational information including the name, city, and state of colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type of any degree received. Report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For more information, you may refer to the following U.S. Department of Education website: http://
    • Information about your paid and nonpaid work experience related to this position including: job title, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, duration of employment, and salary
    • Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments
    • Submit resume and all other required documents online by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on 10/22/2020~
    2. Transcripts - Completion of Professional Law degree (must provide a copy prior to appointment if selected)

    3. Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs): A narrative statement specifically addressing each mandatory technical qualification. Statement should not exceed two pages per MTQ.

    4. Mandatory ECQ Statement: A narrative statement specifically addressing each individual ECQ. In lieu of the narrative statement, current career SES members, reinstatement eligibles, and SES Candidate Development Program graduates must provide the documentation in item #4.

    5. Copy of the Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50): Current and former career SES members must provide an SF-50 showing their status. Candidates who have successfully completed an Office of Personnel Management approved SES Candidate Development Program must submit a copy of their ECQ certification.
    Are you an active duty service member? Active Duty Service Members are required to submit a statement of service printed on command letterhead and signed by the command. The statement of service must provide the branch of service, rate/rank, all dates of service, the expected date of discharge and anticipated character of service (Honorable, General, etc.).

    DO NOT SUBMIT ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Extraneous materials such as award certificates will not be considered.

    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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