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

 
  
  
  
  
Job Type
Primary Job Resposibilities
81-18 Assistant Counsel8/16/2018Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC), Norfolk/Portsmouth, VAGS-11/12/13/14
Assistant Counsel
The successful candidate for the Assistant Counsel position will be expected to practice primarily in federal acquisition law and civilian personnel and labor law (CPL), but is also expected to provide some legal services in the other areas identified above.
82-18 Region Counsel, Commander, Navy Region Japan8/16/2018Commander, Navy Region Japan /Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan, Yokosuka, JapanGS-15
Region Counsel, Commander, Navy Region Japan
The practice includes providing advice on the full range of issues encountered by the clients, with a concentration on matters that arise in support of the operation of Navy installations, including matters involving civilian personnel law, federal acquisition law, federal real estate, non-appropriated
fund activities and contracting, commercial sponsorship agreements, fiscal law, and environmental law. Workload also includes the full range of OGC practice areas, including Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act matters and ethics. Additionally, legal issues often arise within the context of U.S. rights and obligations under the U.S./Japan Status of Forces Agreement, U.S./Korea Status of Forces Agreement, agreements with Singapore and other international agreements.
83-18 Assistant Counsel, Commander, Navy Region Japan8/16/2018Commander, Navy Region Japan/U.S. Naval Forces Japan, Yokosuka, JapanGS-14
Assistant Counsel, Commander, Navy Region Japan
The legal practice of this office is multi-disciplinary and includes providing advice on the full range of issues encountered by the client, with a concentration on matters that arise in support of the operation of Navy installations, including matters involving civilian personnel law, federal acquisition law, federal real estate, non-appropriated fund activities and contracting, commercial sponsorship agreements, fiscal law, and environmental law. Workload also includes the full range of OGC practice areas, including Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act matters and ethics. Additionally, legal issues often arise within the context of U.S. rights and obligations under the U.S./Japan Status of Forces Agreement, U.S./Korea Status of Forces Agreement, agreements with Singapore and other international agreements.
85-18 Assistant Counsel8/24/2018Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport, RI (NUWCDIVNPT)GS-11/12/13
Assistant Counsel
The successful candidate will be called upon to provide support in all General Law areas but the position will have special emphasis on federal government ethics, fiscal and/or acquisition law.
88-18 Supervisory Associate Counsel, Maritime Law8/10/2018Military Sealift Command (MSC), Norfolk, VAGS-15
Supervisory Associate Counsel, Maritime Law
The primary focus of this position is admiralty, maritime and international law. The selectee will be the local subject matter expert on admiralty, maritime, international and operational law issues. This senior attorney also supervises Area Command Counsel located in Norfolk, VA; San Diego, CA; Naples, Italy; Manama, Bahrain; and Singapore. The selectee will provide advice on JAG Manual and other investigations relating to MSC-owned or operated vessels and will work closely with representatives of the U.S. Transportation Command, Navy Judge Advocate Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, United States Maritime Administration (MARAD), and other senior government officials.
89-18 Deputy Counsel (SPAWAR)8/20/2018Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), San Diego, CAGS-15
Deputy Counsel (SPAWAR)
The Deputy Counsel acts as the alter ego of the SPAWAR Counsel and exercises general oversight of nearly 60 attorneys and staff throughout the SPAWAR Office of Counsel. The Deputy Counsel also provides liaison functions for the field offices. In addition, the Deputy Counsel has first level supervisory responsibilities for three Headquarters supervisors, including one located in Arlington, VA, and the two field counsels.
90-18 Supervisory Associate Counsel, Environmental and Real Estate Law8/20/2018Strategic Systems Programs (SSP), Washington Navy Yard, DCGS-15
Supervisory Associate Counsel, Environmental and Real Estate Law
The incumbent will focus his/her practice in the areas of Environmental and Real Estate Law and to supervise the SSP Office of Counsel’s practice of Environmental and Real Estate Law. The incumbent will provide advice on environmental planning and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The attorney will also advise on real estate acquisitions, real estate disposals, encroachment protection, the Commercial Launch Space Act, host-tenant agreements, appraisals, and legislative jurisdiction. In addition, the attorney will advise on Occupational Safety and Health matters and Fiscal Law. The attorney may also advise on classification/documentation matters, and Environmental and Real Estate-related legislative proposals and other legislative matters. Efforts in these practice areas will include the provision of legal advice, both written and oral, and communication with other federal government attorneys and members of the private bar.
91-18 Assistant Counsel9/10/2018Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, INGS-11/12/13/14/15
Assistant Counsel
The successful candidate for the Assistant Counsel position will be expected to practice primarily in civilian personnel law and labor law or federal acquisition law, and also in one or more of the following practice areas:  ethics and standards of conduct, the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act, fiscal law and environmental law.
92-18 Assistant Counsel, Environmental/Land Use8/30/2018Navy Region Northwest, (CNRNW), Silverdale, WAGS-14
Assistant Counsel, Environmental/Land Use
The CNIC OGC practice involves installation management law and this position will have particular emphasis in the areas of environmental and real estate law. The duties include providing legal advice and review of documents related to the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Rivers and Harbor Act and other issues involving the marine environment. Legal services will also include providing advice on legislative jurisdiction, compliance orders, real estate permits, licenses and leases. The incumbent may also be expected to perform responsibilities across the full range of OGC installation law issues and practice areas, which includes business and commercial law (including appropriated and non-appropriated fund contracts); civilian personnel law (appropriated and non-appropriated fund personnel); fiscal law; community and legislative relations; military welfare and recreation; and associated litigation involving attorneys from the Naval Litigation Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Department of Justice, including responding to litigation holds.
93-18 Region Counsel, Commander Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia9/10/2018Commander Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia (CNREURAFSWA), Naples, ItalyGS-15
Region Counsel, Commander Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia
This position is located in a fast-paced and dynamic overseas environment that will require an attorney who has the ability to concurrently handle multiple issues that touch upon a diverse range of legal and business disciplines. The focus of the CNREURAFSWA OGC practice is installation law, which includes business and commercial law (including appropriated (APF) and non-appropriated fund (NAF) contracts); civilian personnel law (AFP/NAF); environmental and land use law; real and personal property law; fiscal law; community and legislative relations; military community welfare and recreation support; ethics/standards of conduct; and litigation.  Additionally, legal issues often arise within the context of U.S. rights and obligations under the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Status of Forces Agreement and other multilateral and bilateral international agreements.  The position reports to the Deputy Counsel, CNIC and is responsible for providing or ensuring the provision of the full range of the practice areas mentioned above. The incumbent is the first- or second-level supervisor of eight attorneys (both U.S. and foreign national) and one professional support staff employee located in Naples, Italy; Rota, Spain; Djibouti, Africa; and Manana, Bahrain. The incumbent also is responsible for managing personnel and budget matters within the office. Travel in support of projects and the mission of various CNREURAFSWA sites is required, which may include travel to Africa.
94-18 Associate Counsel8/21/2018Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED), Bailey’s Crossroads, VAGS-14/15
Associate Counsel
The incumbent will provide advice and training to BUMED and Human Resources (HR) personnel on adverse and corrective personnel actions, application of personnel laws and the full range of discrimination laws. The incumbent will serve as the agency representative in hearings before administrative forums, typically the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Merit System Protection Board (MSPB), state forums, and assist the Department of Justice in representing the Department of the Navy in Federal courts. While the position concentrates on civilian personnel law issues, it may also encompass the full range of Department of the Navy (DON) Office of the General Counsel (OGC) practice areas including fiscal law, ethics, federal procurement law, Freedom of Information Act and privacy law, and general administrative law. The successful candidate will have significant experience in civilian personnel law as well as excellent communication, analytical and interpersonal skills, as she/he will be called upon to gather and organize pertinent factual information quickly and be prepared to address complex civilian personnel law issues on short notice to a diverse audience including senior leaders within BUMED.
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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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