Washington, D.C
Jan 14, 2022
Jan 18, 2022
Full Time

The National Security Division's Office of the Assistant Attorney General (OAAG) is seeking an experienced attorney for the position of Attorney Advisor. The Attorney Advisor will provide advice to the Assistant Attorney General on legal and policy matters relating to the national security issues handled by the office. Among other responsibilities, the Attorney Advisor will support the Assistant Attorney General's engagement with the U.S. Intelligence Community, foreign governments, and international institutions.

The Attorney Advisor will work closely with other components of the Department of Justice and with other
departments and agencies. OAAG handles a wide range of complex and highly sensitive national security
law and policy issues involving counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and cyber matters, among others.

Successful candidates will have substantial experience working with the U.S. Intelligence Community,
foreign governments and intelligence partners, and international institutions; an understanding of the
operational and international dimensions of the Department's national security work; experience working
with foreign governments and international institutions; experience working with the U.S. intelligence
community and foreign intelligence partners; familiarity with the National Security Council process; and the
demonstrated ability to manage strong relationships with the private sector.

Additional responsibilities may include coordinating and accompanying the Assistant Attorney General on
foreign travel and international engagements; shaping Department policy and reviewing policy documents
submitted in connection with Department or interagency policy initiatives; providing legal analysis of certain
programs or initiatives; preparing testimony for congressional committees or responses to congressional
questions; and coordinating legislative policy with relevant Department components, executive departments and agencies, the National Security Council, and Congressional staffs.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • Must complete a Background Investigation to include drug testing
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable
  • Applicants may require a trial period for this position.
  • You will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.) subject to such exceptions as required by law.


Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, Territory, or the District of Columbia, and have 2.5 or more years at the GS-14; and 4 or more years at the GS-15 level. Applicants must also have superior academic credentials, writing and analytic skills, and the ability to communicate effectively. Applicants with experience in FOIA, national security, or law enforcement and prosecution matters are preferred. Applicants must also be able to qualify for the highest and most sensitive security clearances.

Suitability and Citizenship: It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment. Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, ). Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee's Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.


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 .

Additional information

Department Policies:

Equal Employment Opportunity: The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, pregnancy, status as a parent, or any other non-merit-based factor. The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement .

Reasonable Accommodations: This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities: The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements. Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department's Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. See list of DPOCs .

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are
required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work
arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected,
you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination
by November 22, 2021, or before appointment or onboarding with the agency, if after November 22. The
agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and
how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement.