Civilian Careers at the Department of Navy, Office of the General Counsel
 
The Department of the Navy Office of the General Counsel (DON OGC) is a world-class legal organization, composed of talented, trained, and dedicated professionals, working together to aid our clients in achieving the DON's mission.  We are see​king attorneys and support staff with diverse experiences and backgrounds, with strong legal skills, that share in our dedication to public service to support the Department of the Navy's mission.
DON OGC is committed to equal employment opportunity in our hiring process. We actively seek qualified applications among women and minority law students and attorneys, and make offers to comparably qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, political affiliation, or marital status.
 

 

 

Attorneys


 

 
2010 OGC Conference 

 
DON OGC hires attorneys at all levels of experience from recent law school graduates to individuals with many years of experience.  Our attorneys can be licensed in any state, territory, or the District of Columbia.  We have attorneys from 175 law schools currently represented in our ranks.  DON OGC has an extremely diverse practice including: Government ContractsEmployment/LaborComplex LitigationIntellectual PropertyGovernment EthicsReal EstateFiscal, as well as other more specialized areas. 

Minimum Qualifications:  DON OGC seeks attorneys with diverse backgrounds, who like a challenge, and welcome immediate responsibility. Our job announcements provide information regarding specific qualifications, but we generally seek the following: 

 
  • A strong academic record or proven employment record
  • Good research and writing skills
  • Talent for building client relationships
  • An interest in serving our nation as a civilian attorney

 

Salary Information:  Attorneys are hired at the GS-11 pay grade (or equivalency) through GS-15 grade (or equivalency). The pay offered will be based upon the successful applicant's qualifications and funding availability.  To be eligible for selection at the GS-11 level, the applicant must have one year of relevant experience in the OGC practice area cited in the announcement. To be eligible for selection at the GS-12 level, the applicant must have two years of experience in an OGC practice or one year of experience plus an LLM. To be eligible for selection at the GS-13 level, the applicant must have in excess of two years of experience in an OGC practice area.  To be eligible for selection at the GS-14 level, the applicant must have a minimum of three and one-half years of experience in an OGC practice area.  To be eligible for selection at the GS-15 level, the applicant must have a minimum of five and a half years of experience in an OGC practice area.​

 

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 DON OGC Attorney Vacancies

 
  
  
  
  
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10-17 Counsel, NAVFAC MarianasNew4/27/2017Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Marianas ("NAVFAC MAR"), Naval Base GuamGS-15
Counsel
Please Note the Following:
The President has ordered a government-wide hiring freeze subject to certain limited exceptions. This position is subject to the hiring freeze. Although we are moving forward with the consideration of candidates, we will not make a selection for this vacancy announcement unless and until the position is no longer subject to the hiring freeze.

The primary duties of this position include handling or overseeing issues involving acquisition law and, to a somewhat lesser extent, environmental law and real estate. As the needs of the office require, duties may also involve third-party financed energy projects, utilities law including actions before the Guam Public Utilities Commission, safety law including explosives safety, civilian personnel and labor law, litigation, ethics/standards of conduct, personal property, fiscal law, international law, and interagency support. The selected attorney will coordinate matters within OGC as well as with other military services and federal government attorneys, the local U.S. Attorney and Naval Criminal Investigative Service offices, various agencies within the Executive Branch for the Government of Guam, and various offices of Governors and Attorney Generals throughout the Marianas region. The Office of Counsel’s paralegal manages the NAVFAC MAR Freedom of Information Act and ethics programs, as well as the office budget, and supports the attorneys.
11-17 Counsel, Pearl Harbor Naval ShipyardNew4/17/2017Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, Pearl Harbor, HIGS-15
Counsel
The Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility Office of Counsel has a varied workload, covering the full range of practice within the DON Office of the General Counsel (OGC), including procurement law, fiscal law, civilian personnel law, including Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), labor management relations, and environmental law. The Counsel is responsible for the supervision of two attorneys and support staff.

The successful candidate for the Counsel position will be expected to support the full range of OGC practices as described above. The position will be filled at the GS-15 level. To be eligible for selection, the applicant must have at least five-and-one-half years of relevant legal experience in civilian personnel and labor law, fiscal law, and/or federal acquisition law.
12-17 Attorney AdvisorNew4/18/2017Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas (NAVFAC Marianas), GuamGS-11/12/13/14
Attorney Advisor
Please Note the Following:
The President has ordered a government-wide hiring freeze subject to certain limited exceptions. This position is subject to the hiring freeze. Although we are moving forward with the consideration of candidates, we will not make a selection for this vacancy announcement unless and until the position is no longer subject to the hiring freeze.

The primary duties of this position will involve acquisition law, environmental law, and to a lesser extent, real estate law and civilian personnel. Duties also likely will involve cybersecurity, third-party financed energy projects, utilities law where some actions may be before the Guam Public Utilities Commission, safety law including explosives safety, labor law, litigation, ethics/standards of conduct, personal property accountability, data rights, international law and interagency support agreements.
7-17 Assistant Counsel4/6/2017Military Sealift Command (MSC), Norfolk, VAGS-11/12
Assistant Counsel
Please Note the Following:
The President has ordered a government-wide hiring freeze subject to certain limited exceptions. This position is subject to the hiring freeze. Although we are moving forward with the consideration of candidates, we will not make a selection for this vacancy announcement unless and until the position is no longer subject to the hiring freeze.

The incumbent is expected to be responsible for matters that fall within the traditional OGC areas of practice, with an emphasis on acquisition and acquisition-related litigation. The successful candidate is expected to render legal advice and assistance, perform legal research, and represent MSC in a broad range of legal issues related to acquisition matters. The attorney selected for this position will be expected to work with senior MSC leaders, including program managers and senior contracting officers, and may be asked to provide support in other OGC practice areas, including but not limited to: ethics, command investigations, admiralty, and maritime law.
8-17 Assistant General Counsel (Ethics)4/6/2017Principal Deputy General Counsel's (PDGC's) Office, Pentagon, VAGS-15
Assistant General Counsel (Ethics)
The incumbent reports to the Principal Deputy General Counsel. The AGC (Ethics) is responsible for the implementation and administration of the Department of Navy (DON) ethics program. The incumbent provides advice and counsel on matters involving ethics and standards of conduct to the General Counsel of the Navy, the Principal Deputy General Counsel, the Deputy General Counsel, and to senior attorneys within the Office of the General Counsel (OGC). AGC (Ethics) chairs the OGC Ethics Community of Practice (COP) steering group and
oversees activities of the Ethics COP. The AGC (Ethics) also serves as an ethics counselor for the Office of the Secretary of the Navy, the Office of the Under Secretary of the Navy, and offices reporting to those officials. The incumbent provides advice and counsel on ethics matters to Presidential Appointees and other senior DON officials. This position provides an excellent and unique opportunity to routinely work with senior DON and OGC leadership. It also involves close working relations with Navy and Marine Corps judge advocates as well as with ethics officials in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

The incumbent’s duties also include providing assistance to headquarters and field attorneys in OGC; coordinating annual ethics training; and, conducting ethics training for ethics counselors. The AGC (Ethics) maintains liaison with the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the United States Office of Government Ethics. The incumbent certifies Public Financial Disclosure Reports (SF 278) filed by civilian filers in the DON and Confidential Financial Disclosure Reports (OGE 450) filed by certain employees within the DON Secretariat.
9-17 Counsel, MSC (Far East)4/6/2017Military Sealift Command, Far East (MSC FE), SingaporeGS-15
Counsel
Please Note the Following:
The President has ordered a government-wide hiring freeze subject to certain limited exceptions. This position is subject to the hiring freeze. Although we are moving forward with the consideration of candidates, we will not make a selection for this vacancy announcement unless and until the position is no longer subject to the hiring freeze.

The primary focus of the position is maritime, Navy operational, and international law, as they relate to MSC ships, their access to foreign ports, and mission completion. But, duties cover the full range of OGC practice, including environmental law, procurement, JAGMAN and other investigations, force protection, civilian personnel, ethics/standards of conduct, and fiscal law. Counsel will serve as the Command Ethics Counselor, will be responsible for the Command's Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act programs, and will be a part of the MSC senior management team. Counsel also provides advice and assistance to the Commodore on JAG manual investigations, particularly those relating to MSC owned and chartered vessels. Incumbent works closely with Navy Judge Advocates, Coast Guard attorneys and embassy officials on operational, international and military law issues.
The position involves travel to support investigations of operational incidents and coordination with foreign governments and port authorities when issues of port access arise. Such travel is often with little or no advance notice.
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Law Students


2006 Summer Law Students​​
The DON OGC Summer Law Clerk Program is an exciting way to spend your summer.  Our program benefits include: a paid summer clerkship; an assigned mentor and co-mentor; assignments in multiple legal practice areas; experience drafting legal writing samples; annual and sick leave; transportation subsidy benefits; scheduled events at the U.S. Capitol, U.S. Supreme Court, Naval Academy, and Naval Ships and Aircraft; potential for an Advance Commitment to work for OGC after law school; and exposure to DON OGC senior leadership, including members of the Senior Executive Service.  The DON OGC Summer Law Clerk Program is a civilian program seeking highly qualified law school candidates with diverse experiences and backgrounds. Students interested in participating in the DON OGC Summer Law Clerk Program should apply through their Career Development Office, or various job fairs throughout the United States.  Application materials include a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and transcript.
 

Minimum Requirements

  • Completed Two Years of Legal Studies
  • Currently Ranked in Top Third of Class or Membership in Law
  • Review/Law Journal or Moot Court
  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Strong Interview Skills
  • Strong Interest in Supporting our Nation's Sailors and Marines
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Support Staff


 
 
2015 Support Staff Workshop USS Truman  

​​​​DON OGC also has over 200 Support Staff, including paralegals, law clerks, management analysts, and administrative support personnel.  Support Staff are located in virtually all DON OGC offices around the world.

Our Support Staff regularly meet to share best practices, lessons learned, and to gain substantive knowledge (e.g. Freedom of Information Act, Ethics, Financial Disclosure Management, Budget Process, Executive Correspondence, etc.).  The 2015 DON OGC Support Staff Workshop was held in Norfolk, Virginia, where they toured the USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75).

 

 Support Staff Vacancies

 
  
  
  
  
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