General Counsel - National Security Agency

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Fort Meade, Maryland
Posted
Jul 27, 2021
Closes
Aug 05, 2021
Function
IT, Security Engineer
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Office of General Counsel (OGC) of the National Security Agency ('NSA' or 'Agency'). NSA is a component of the Department of Defense and NSA/OGC is part of the Defense Legal Service Agency (DLSA). The General Counsel (GC) of the Department of Defense (DOD) serves as the chief legal officer of DOD.

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Responsibilities

The NSA GC is the Agency's chief legal officer (overseeing an office of approximately 100 attorneys and support staff) and the final legal authority within NSA on all matters arising within or referred to NSA. The NSA GC consults regularly with the DOD Office of General Counsel and is responsible for legal oversight of all NSA activities to ensure that NSA operations are lawfully conducted. The GC routinely interacts with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Justice, other federal agencies, and GCs of other elements of the Intelligence Community regarding legal issues that involve Intelligence Community equities and cybersecurity matters. In addition, given Congress' oversight role, the GC is often called upon to interact with Congressional committee counsel.

The NSA GC is an integral part of the Director of the National Security Agency's senior leadership team and a key advisor to NSA leadership at all levels. The NSA GC also serves as the public legal face for the Agency and, as such, the GC is often invited to speak at public events and to participate in public legal panels.

Specific Duties:
a. Interpret all statutes, Presidential Directives, and Executive and Legislative Branch regulations, and provide legal advice and counsel to the Director and Senior Leadership Team with respect to the authorities for NSA activities and conditions and restrictions thereon.
b. Provide legal advice so all of the Agency's assigned responsibilities can be conducted in accordance with the Constitution and applicable statutes, Executive Orders, and implementing regulations.
c. Advise on all matters relating to the collection, retention, processing, and dissemination of signals intelligence information carried out by NSA or as part of the unified organization for signals intelligence activities that the Director of NSA has established.
d. Advise on all matters related to NSA's cybersecurity mission to include responsibilities that arise under National Security Directive 42 and applicable laws and policy directives.
e. Oversee all other legal services performed within the NSA to include acquisition, human resources, and other enabling functions as well as determining the adherence by attorneys to appropriate professional standards, subject to DOD Instruction 1442.02.
f. Keep the DOD GC currently apprised of all significant legal issues arising from NSA activities.
g. Represent the Agency on legal and public policy matters and serve as a liaison to other departments/agencies and, as appropriate, the Congress.
h. Provide legal reviews of NSA's support to U.S. Cyber Command, with particular emphasis on whether all such NSA support is properly authorized.
i. Conduct NSA's legislative initiative program, which may include drafting proposed legislation, developing the Agency's position on pending legislation and Executive Orders, preparing reports to Congress on legislative proposals, and advising on implementation of new statutes. Communicate directly with DOD OGC, other government agencies, and congressional committee staffs and members of Congress on legislative proposals, as appropriate.
j. Ensure that NSA leadership is informed of significant developments in the law, important judicial, administrative, or other decisions affecting the NSA enterprise, its people, or its resources.
k. Build partnerships with the public and private sectors and within the national security community to advance mission objectives.
l. Provide legal support to the Director, NSA.
m. Perform such other duties as the DOD GC, PDGC, SDGC, or DGC/I may prescribe.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
03

Requirements

Conditions of Employment



The applicant must be a graduate of an accredited law school. In addition, the applicant must be able to demonstrate prior to appointment that he/she is permitted to engage in the active practice of law in the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia. Active status must be maintained in at least one state or other jurisdiction during the course of employment.

Qualifications

Technical Qualifications:

Applicants should provide a narrative to support the technical qualifications. Applicants must have broad professional legal experience and an authoritative knowledge of statutes, judicial decisions, and Executive Branch regulations. In addition, applicants must have demonstrated ability to perform complex legal analysis, the ability to give effective oral and written presentations, the ability to forge working relationships with senior level officials and clients, and to handle representational matters in controversy. Private sector experience and substantive knowledge or experience in telecommunications/cyber legal and regulatory matters, internet privacy issues, the law of military operations, or national security law are a plus. Originality, analytical ability, and resourcefulness are required, as there are few guidelines or precedents applicable to manage many of NSA's legal problems.

In addition, the successful applicant must possess significant prior experience effectively overseeing and managing a large and fast-paced legal practice, to include directly managing other lawyers and associated support personnel. Examples of relevant experience for this Technical Qualification include, but are not limited to, experience as:
  • A managing partner in a large private law firm
  • The GC of a major corporate or government legal office.
  • Other commensurate experience as a senior managing attorney.


Education

The applicant must be a graduate of an accredited law school. In addition, the applicant must be able to demonstrate prior to appointment that he/she is permitted to engage in the active practice of law in the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia. Active status must be maintained in at least one state or other jurisdiction during the course of employment.

Additional information

Reporting Date: As Soon As Possible

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applicants must meet all the Technical Qualifications and the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) listed in the job requisition located at https://apply.intelligencecareers.gov/job-description/1166210. Applicants should provide a brief narrative (no more than one-half page) to support each ECQ. In addition, each applicant must submit a resume. Fully qualified applicants will be reviewed by a Panel.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required
Yes

Required Documents

Proof that applicant is a graduate of an accredited law school. In addition, the applicant must be able to demonstrate prior to appointment that he/she is permitted to engage in the active practice of law in the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia. Active status must be maintained in at least one state or other jurisdiction during the course of employment.

If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility.

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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