Deputy General Counsel for Procurement, Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer

Washington, D.C
May 03, 2021
May 06, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Office of the General Counsel, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), U.S. Department of Energy.

The NNSA Office of General Counsel is responsible for the provision of legal services, counsel and support to the NNSA Administrator and all NNSA elements worldwide.

The Deputy General Counsel for Procurement, Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer reports directly to NNSA's General Counsel.

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The Deputy General Counsel for Procurement, Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer provides legal services, counsel, and support to the NNSA and its subordinate elements, and represents the NNSA as Counsel before Federal, State, and other government agencies.

Provides legal advice and counsel to the NNSA Secretarial Officers and the General Counsel regarding contracts, financial assistance agreements, loan activities and other transactions.

Provides supervisory oversight of the NNSA intellectual Property/Technology Transfer Team (IP/T3), which has been organized to provide comprehensive legal support for all aspects of NNSA's intellectual property matters and technology transfer activities.

Serves a principal legal advisor to the NNSA General Counsel with respect to legal matters within his/her designated areas of expertise and manages a staff of attorneys performing legal work in these areas, assisting the General Counsel in fulfilling the GC's statutory mandate set forth in the NNSA Act.

Assists NNSA Program officials in interpreting and satisfying mandates set forth in legislation, US statues, the Code of Federal Regulations, the Federal Acquisition Regulation, the Department of Energy Acquisition Regulation, and enforcement of intellectual property rights.

Reviews and comments on legislation, Office of Management and Budget circulars, Congressional queries, and applicable orders and regulation which may affect procurement and all types of financial activities of NNSA. The activities upon which the incumbent advises are subject to extreme public scrutiny and industry interest, particularly in the area of new contract awards where laboratory operating contracts are often valued in the 10s of billions of dollars. The action can lead to protests to the GAO, Court of Federal Claims, or other contentious public litigation.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Domestic and overseas travel may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be U.S. Citizen.
  • New SES appointees must successfully complete a 1-year probationary period.
  • A DOE "Q" level clearance is required.
  • Requires a financial disclosure statement (OGE-278).
  • This position is subject to drug testing and random screening.
  • Occasional travel will be required.

SES INFORMATION: For further information pertaining to the SES, applicants are encouraged to visit: SES


To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, candidates must possess specialized experience at a senior level which demonstrates ability to perform the duties described above; including progressively responsible supervisory or managerial experience demonstrating ability to manage people and resources.

Candidates must fully address all Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) in order to receive consideration. Your responses must demonstrate possession of these qualifications; typically acquired through education, experience or training, and reflect progressive development and achievement in managing a comprehensive program and/or organization. Please provide examples that are clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibility, the scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives undertaken, and level of contacts. Do not enter "Refer to Resume" to explain your answer. Applications directing the reviewer to search within the application or to see resume are considered incomplete and will not receive further consideration. All qualified candidates will be evaluated on the relevance of their experience, education, training, self-development, honors, awards, and outside activities. Applicants currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment; eligible for reinstatement into the SES; or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM are not required to address the ECQs; but MUST address all MTQs. Failure by non-Senior Executive Service member to submit a narrative statement addressing each of the ECQs and MTQs will result in loss of consideration.

Executive Core Qualifications: NOTE: Please limit your written statements to a two page limit per ECQ. Each response to the ECQs must be written in the Challenge-Context-Action-Results model. For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to first review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications

Leading Change - Involves the ability to bring about strategic change, within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

Leading People - Involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and support constructive resolution of conflicts.

Results Driven - 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.

Business Acumen - Involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

Business Coalitions - 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.

The duties of this position require admission to the bar of the highest court in any State or the District of Columbia and general familiarity with the national security structure and responsibilities within the executive branch. In addition to sound legal training and experience that has indicated exceptional ability in the legal profession, the incumbent must possess the personal attributes and professional stature necessary to provide sound definitive advise to senior NNSA officials, as well as the ability to confidently and authoritatively direct and motivate highly trained professional staff assigned to perform the mission and functions of the office. The incumbent must have the ability to work without supervision and to quickly master unfamiliar, unique areas of law, producing reasonable, logical solutions in solving complex legal issues and to deliver concise and effective oral and written presentations.

Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs): Please limit your written statements to one page per MTQ.

1. knowledge of and experience with all aspects of federal acquisition and contract administration and contractor oversight as applicable to the nuclear weapons enterprise or any large and complex Federal entity.

2. Experience in at least two of the following subject matter areas: a) federal acquisition law, b) or legislative law, c) managing litigation as it relates to federal government issues, or d) leading small groups.

3. Experience providing advice and counsel to Senior Leadership within a semi-autonomous organization, involving all of these areas: a) national security issues, & b) major site operations contract administration, and c) federal oversite of multibillion-dollar operating contracts.


There is no positive education requirement for this position.

Additional information

EEO/Diversity Policy and Privacy Act Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, fitness, and qualifications without regard to race, sex, color, religion, age, marital status, national origin, non-disqualifying handicap conditions, sexual orientation, parental status, or any other non-merit factors. This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (PL 93-579, 5 USC 552a), and is used to determine qualifications for employment as authorized under 5 USC Sections 3302 and 3361. Veteran's preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Candidates will be rated and ranked by a Merit Staffing Panel using only the information submitted within their application package. Applicants who do not demonstrate sufficient possession of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) AND demonstrated specialized experience, training, and/or education in support of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) by answering ALL the questions for this vacancy announcement, will be determined ineligible for further consideration. Based on the Panel's evaluation, applicants who were determined best qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. Once a candidate has been identified for selection, the Executive Resources Board will make final approval, and in competitive cases, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Qualifications Review Board (QRB), will certify qualifications. This process can take up to 90 working days.
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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Q Access Authorization

Drug test required

Required Documents

Please fax, mail, or email any of the required documents below, if applicable: 1. If you are a current, retired or former Federal employee, please submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, to verify your status. 2. If the position has an education requirement, please submit a copy of your transcripts to verify your eligibility. 3. If you are a graduate of a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP), please submit your OPM Qualifications Review Board certification for non-competitive eligibility. You must meet ALL mandatory technical qualifications.

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