Associate Counsel

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Reston, Virginia
Feb 23, 2021
Mar 03, 2021
Full Time


Position Information
This is an opportunity for:
  • An internal or external candidate to fill a GS-15 cadre position.
  • 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 Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence community (IC IG) was established within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) by the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010. The IC IG's organizational divisions include Audit, Investigations, Inspections and Evaluations, Mission Support, the Center for Protected Disclosures, and Counsel to the Inspector General.
The Office of the Counsel to the IC IG ensures that the IC IG team receives independent, confidential legal advice and policy counsel. The Counsel team supports each IC IG Division by providing counsel, reviewing reports, highlighting and offering guidance on potential legal issues, identifying and interpreting key policy, contract and statutory or regulatory provisions, assisting in the evaluation of whistleblower disclosures and requests for External Review Panels and reviewing matters related to IC IG personnel, administration, training, ethics, independence, and budgetary functions. The Counsel team also participates in the Intelligence Community Inspectors General Forum, the Forum's Counsels Committee, and multiple associated working groups. Finally, the Counsel team serves as the IC IG's congressional liaison.

Major Duties and Responsibilities (MDRs)
- Master a formidable body of legal authorities, including statutes, regulations, executive orders, and policy directives.
- Provide expert oral and written legal advice and guidance on complex areas of the law within the authority of the DNI, with appropriate input from supervisors and colleagues.
- Assist with congressionally directed actions; track, interpret, and analyze enacted and pending legislation relating to oversight of the Intelligence Community.
- Respond to requests from Intelligence Community elements and other federal agencies.
- Foster and maintain cordial, professional, and productive relations with counterparts within the ODNI, the public, other Offices of Inspectors General, congressional intelligence committees, Intelligence Community elements, the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, and other entities.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment



Mandatory Technical Competencies
- Strong academic credentials and a demonstrated commitment to public service.
- Superior analytical and legal research skills.
- Superior oral and written communications skills and the ability to work as part of a team, with an emphasis on working harmoniously with internal colleagues and external partners and stakeholders.
- Strong character and interpersonal skills, and the capacity to function with minimal guidance in a highly demanding environment.
- Excellent computer literacy skills.
- Familiarity with or experience working in, or with, the Intelligence Community.
Minimum Qualification Requirements
    • Juris doctor (J.D.) degree or equivalent.
    • Licensure and authorization to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and active bar membership in good standing.
    • GS-15: At least five (5) years of relevant or readily transferrable post J.D. legal experience.
    • GS-14: At least three (3) years of relevant or readily transferrable post J.D. legal experience



Additional information

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 and, by unclassified email at, by telephone at 703-275-3799 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. PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION VIA THE EMAIL ADDRESS PROVIDED IN THE 'HOW TO APPLY' SECTION ABOVE .

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, the ODNI hiring office will pay for travel by commercial carrier (economy class) or reimburse for privately owned vehicle (POV) mileage. If applicable, the candidate also will be reimbursed at a flat rate for commercial lodging and per diem.

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 position description and required KSAs and then construct their resumes to highlight their most relevant and significant experience and education for this job opportunity. The description should include examples that detail the level and complexity of the work performed. Applicants will also be evaluated on their narrative responses to the KSAs. The best qualified applicants will be further evaluated through an interview process.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required

Required Documents

All Applicants:


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 or email at Phone: 301-243-1318; Email:

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