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


 

 
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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
10-18 NAVSUP Assocate Counsel2/20/2018Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP), Mechanicsburg, PAGS-15
NAVSUP Assocate Counsel
The NAVSUP Office of Counsel has a varied and complex workload covering the full spectrum of OGC practice areas including federal acquisition law, civilian personnel law, equal employment opportunity, labor management relations, arbitration, litigation, and client counseling as well as ethics, privacy, Freedom of Information and fiscal law. The successful candidate for this Associate Counsel supervisory position will be expected to support all of these areas with an emphasis in the areas of federal acquisition law, ethics, litigation, FOIA and privacy law. Significant weight will be given to a candidate’s breadth of experience.
11-18 Assistant Counsel2/20/2018Military Sealift Command (MSC), Norfolk, VAGS-11/12
Assistant Counsel
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.
12-18 Associate Counsel, Office of Civilian Human Resources2/20/2018OCHR Operations Center, Silverdale, WAGS-14/15
Associate Counsel, Office of Civilian Human Resources (OCHR)
The incumbent is expected to perform the full range of OGC practice with a primary emphasis on civilian personnel law (CPL) to include: administrative employment litigation before the EEOC and MSPB; federal court litigation involving CPL matters; conducting training for CPL practitioners (OGC, HR and JAG); and, providing guidance to practitioners on unique/complex CPL litigation issues. Thus, a minimum of three-and-a-half years of experience in civilian personnel law (preferably including experience within the Department of the Navy) and extensive litigation experience is required. Experience in ethics, standards of conduct, procurement (particularly service contracts), fiscal law, and FOIA/Privacy Act is desirable. The successful candidate must possess strong communication and interpersonal skills.
13-18 Assistant Counsel3/1/2018Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Crane Division, Crane, INGS-12/13/14/15
Assistant Counsel
The successful candidates for the Assistant Counsel position will be expected to practice primarily in CPL and labor law, but will also provide some legal services in the areas of federal acquisition law, ethics and standards of conduct, the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act, fiscal law and environmental law.
14-18 Assistant Counsel2/20/2018Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, INGS-12/13/14/15
Assistant Counsel
The successful candidates for the Assistant Counsel position will be expected to practice primarily in acquisition law, but will also provide some legal services in the areas of ethics and standards of conduct, the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act, CPL, fiscal law and environmental law.
15-18 Deputy Counsel3/1/2018Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC, Crane), Crane, INGS-15
Deputy Counsel
It is anticipated that the successful candidate for the Deputy Counsel position will directly supervise six attorneys, two paralegals, and one administrative support staff member. The successful candidate will be expected to practice primarily in either acquisition law or CPL and labor law and related litigation, and will also be expected to provide legal services in the areas of law identified above, excluding intellectual property law.
16-18 Assistant Counsel2/20/2018Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC HI), Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, HIGS-11
Assistant Counsel
The NAVFAC HI Office of Counsel is comprised of seven attorneys, including the subject position(s), and one Paralegal Specialist, and has an extremely busy and varied workload covering the full range of OGC practice including acquisition, environmental law, civilian personnel and labor law, real estate, fiscal law, utilities, litigation, the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act, and ethics/standards of conduct. The successful candidates will have the opportunity to support the office’s practice in all these areas.
17-18 Assistant Counsel (Procurement & Fiscal Law)3/2/2018Pacific Area Counsel Office (PACO), located on Camp Foster, Okinawa, JapanGS-14
Assistant Counsel (Procurement & Fiscal Law)
The principal focus of responsibility will be fiscal law and government contracting. However, the successful applicant will be expected to provide legal advice across the full range of legal services handled by OGC, including environmental law, fiscal law, civilian personnel law, FOIA/Privacy Act, and ethics. A background in fiscal law and contract law is preferred.
18-18 Deputy Counsel3/9/2018Quantico Area Counsel Office (QACO), Quantico, VAGS-14
Deputy Counsel
This position will assist the Counsel, QACO, in the role as designated Department of the Navy (DON) ethics counselor to maintain an overall ethics program for QACO client commands that comply with all Federal laws and regulations applicable to Executive Agencies, the Department of Defense (DoD), the DON, and U.S. Marine Corps. The position also serves as the lead office administrator to assist the Counsel, Associate Counsel’s and Staff, QACO in the administration and execution of legal support and training to QACO client commands.
19-18 Associate Counsel3/9/2018Quantico Area Counsel Office (QACO), Quantico, VAGS-14
Associate Counsel
The successful candidate for this Associate Counsel position will be expected to concentrate primarily on Federal acquisition law and fiscal law, but may also be called upon to provide legal services in other OGC practice areas, including but not limited to, ethics/standards of conduct, and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act related to acquisition matters. The responsibilities of this non-supervisory position includes advising clients and rendering legal opinions on a variety of Federal acquisition law-related matters to include: contractual interpretation; drafting and reviewing contractual modifications; contract disputes and claims; responding to bid protests; drafting and reviewing solicitations, acquisition strategy and planning documents, as well as other acquisition-related documents; competitive and sole source selections; statutory interpretation; and preparing or reviewing responses to Congressional, Government Accountability Office (GAO), Inspectors General, and Naval Audit Service requests, as may be required. On cases delegated for trial by the Office of Counsel for the Commandant, OGC, the successful candidate will represent the Marine Corps before administrative forums such as the GAO and Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA), and will participate in complex negotiations with contractors, subcontractors, and their attorneys, on legal matters arising in connection with acquisitions.
9-18 Assistant Counsel2/23/2018Military Sealift Command (MSC), Norfolk, VAGS-12/13/14
Assistant Counsel
The incumbent is expected to be responsible for matters that fall within the traditional OGC areas of practice, with an emphasis on civilian personnel law matters and related litigation. The successful candidate is expected to render legal advice and assistance, perform legal research, draft all manner of litigation correspondence and pleadings, and represent MSC in a broad range of legal issues involving civilian personnel law, equal employment opportunity law, discharge and discipline matters and labor-management relations matters as well as standards of conduct, ethics and administrative law matters. The successful applicant will be expected to represent MSC in litigation before the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and Federal Labor Relations Authority, and may be asked to provide support in other OGC practice areas, including but not limited to: ethics and command investigations.
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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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