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
48-18 Assistant Counsel - BRAC Attorney5/25/2018Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest (NAVFACSW), San Diego, CAGS-14
Assistant Counsel - BRAC Attorney
The primary purpose of this position is to support the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Project Management Office responsible for the disposal of Navy-owned properties in the United States that have been or will be closed pursuant to the BRAC process. Duties of the selected attorney will be flexible and may include real estate, environmental, contract and utilities law as well as other OGC practice areas. However, it is anticipated that that the principal practice areas will be in environmental law and federal real estate law. Periodic travel may be required.
49-18 Supervisory Associate Counsel6/5/2018Military Sealift Command (MSC) Headquarters, Norfolk, VAGS-15
Supervisory Associate Counsel
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.
50-18 Assistant/Associate Counsel5/25/2018Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY), Portsmouth, VAGS-11/12/13/14
Assistant/Associate Counsel
The NNSY Office of Counsel employs seven attorneys and one paralegal and has a varied workload covering most of the DON Office of the General Counsel’s (OGC’s) practice areas, with emphasis on civilian personnel and labor law, federal acquisition law, litigation, fiscal law, standards of conduct and ethics, and Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act matters.

The successful candidate for the Assistant Counsel position will be expected to practice primarily in civilian personnel and labor law (CPL) but is also expected to provide some legal services in the other areas identified above.
51-18 Assistant/Associate Counsel5/25/2018Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY), Portsmouth, VAGS-13/14
Assistant/Associate Counsel
The NNSY Office of Counsel employs seven attorneys and one paralegal and has a varied workload covering most of the DON Office of the General Counsel’s (OGC’s) practice areas, with emphasis on civilian personnel and labor law, federal acquisition law, litigation, fiscal law, standards of conduct and ethics, and Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act matters.

The successful candidate for the Assistant Counsel position will be  expected to practice primarily in federal acquisition law, but is also expected to provide some legal services in the other areas identified above.
52-18 Deputy Counsel6/8/2018Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC, Crane), Crane, INGS-15
Deputy Counsel
The NSWC, Crane Office of Counsel is currently comprised of eight attorneys, two paralegals and an administrative assistant, and has a varied workload covering the full range of DON OGC practice, with emphasis on civilian personnel law, labor law, federal acquisition law, intellectual property law, fiscal law, ethics, the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts, and related litigation.

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.
54-18 Attorney-Advisor (Personnel)5/30/2018Special Projects Division (SPD), Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB), DCGS-14/15
Attorney-Advisor (Personnel)
The primary responsibilities of this position will be to provide advice and representation in the area of Civilian Personnel Law. The incumbent will provide pre-litigation advice on matters involving employee performance, and discipline The incumbent will provide advice on human resources policy matters, provide advice to SPD’s EEO office, and advise on requests for Reasonable Accommodation. The incumbent will also litigate SPD cases before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Merit Systems Protection Board, and provide SPD Office of Counsel’s support to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and/or the Department of Justice on Civilian Personnel Law cases in United States Federal District Court. The incumbent will also provide advice on other General Law matters including Standards of Conduct, FOIA and Privacy Act; and support for administrative investigations including support to the Command Inspector General. Efforts in these 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.
55-18 Attorney-Advisor6/8/2018Special Projects Division (SPD), Joint Base, Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB), Washington, DCGS-15
Attorney-Advisor
The SPD Office of Counsel is comprised of approximately 10 attorneys located in multiple locations throughout the Continental United States (CONUS) and has a robust and varied workload covering the full range of the Office of General Counsel (OGC) practice areas, including acquisition/contract law, fiscal law, civilian personnel law, ethics and standards of conduct, bid protest and national security related litigation, environmental law, intellectual property law, Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act and other information disclosure issues, and other federal non-acquisition related areas of practice.
56-18 Counsel6/11/2018Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion, and Repair, Newport News, VA (SUPSHIPNN).GS-15
Counsel
The Office of Counsel for SSNN is a field office within the Office of Counsel, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). NAVSEA is responsible for the development, acquisition, and maintenance of ships, shipboard systems, and ordnance for the DON, with an annual budget of approximately $30 billion and workforce of roughly 70,000 military and civilian personnel. The NAVSEA Office of Counsel employs over 150 lawyers at the Washington, D.C. Headquarters and in 21 field offices throughout the country. The SSNN Office of Counsel employs one Counsel, one Assistant Counsel, and one paralegal. This office has a varied workload covering many of the DON Office of the General Counsel’s (OGC’s) practice areas, including federal acquisition law, fiscal law, labor law and civilian personnel law, environmental law, litigation, Freedom of Information Act law, Privacy Act law, and ethics/standards of conduct. The preponderance of work is related to acquisition law.

The successful candidate will be expected to lead the SSNN Office of Counsel and to support the full range of OGC practice as described above.
57-18 Associate Counsel5/31/2018Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED), Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, CAGS-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.
58-18 Assistant Counsel5/31/2018Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), Pensacola, FLGS-14
Assistant Counsel
The NETC Office of Counsel provides the full range of OGC services. The successful candidate will be expected to provide legal support in each of the traditional OGC practice areas with a major focus on civilian personnel, ethics, fiscal law, contract and intellectual property issues arising from NETC headquarters and subordinate training activities. Other major practice areas include litigation before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) and support to Assistant United States Attorneys representing the Navy in federal court. Additional areas of practice include miscellaneous administrative law issues that arise concerning the authority to conduct training both within and outside CONUS.  The successful candidate, moreover, will be expected to be or become a certified ethics counselor and play a role in coordinating NETC’s ethics and standards of conduct compliance program with the NETC Force Judge Advocate, NETC OGC field offices, and subordinate training and education organizations.
59-18 Assistant Counsel (Acquisition Law)6/4/2018Quantico Area Counsel Office, Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC), Quantico, VAGS-12/13
Assistant Counsel (Acquisition Law)
The MCSC Office of Counsel supports the MCSC acquisition and sustainment missions. The successful candidate(s) for the position will be expected to concentrate primarily on Federal acquisition law and fiscal law, but will also be called upon to provide legal services in Freedom of Information and Privacy Act law, ethics and standards of conduct, and other Navy Office of General Counsel (OGC) areas of practice. Under the supervision of the Counsel (MCSC), Quantico Area Counsel’s Office, the responsibilities of this non-supervisory position will include advising clients and rendering legal opinions on a variety of Federal acquisition law-related matters to include: providing contractual interpretation; drafting and reviewing contractual modifications; reviewing, analyzing, and responding to contract disputes and claims; responding to bid protests; reviewing, analyzing, and providing advice related to solicitations, acquisition strategy and planning documents, as well as other acquisition-related documents; reviewing, analyzing, and providing advice related to competitive and sole source selections; engaging in 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.
60-18 Deputy Assistant General Counsel (Energy, Installations and Environment)New6/12/2018Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations & Environment) (ASN (EI&E)), Washington, DCGS-15
Deputy Assistant General Counsel (Energy, Installations and Environment)
This position will provide advice and counsel to senior clients within ASN (EI&E), and assist the AGC (EI&E) in both general and specialized areas of law with considerable complexity requiring a broad knowledge of the law and of the organizational structure of the Navy. The Deputy must be prepared to act in the AGC’s stead in his/her absence. The incumbent will report to the AGC (EI&E) and will assist, as assigned, in drafting, reviewing, and interpreting complex legal and factual materials for the Navy Secretariat and the Navy General Counsel, in particular on legal issues relating to environmental planning and compliance, real estate (including BRAC), sustainability, ethics, safety and energy. The Deputy will directly supervise 8 senior attorneys.

Duties for this position include conducting legal research and extensively investigating the facts and the law; preparing or drafting necessary legal or policy documents for the Secretariat; participating in interagency negotiations on behalf of the Navy; and acting as legal advisor to one or more project managers or members of the Secretariat’s staff. This attorney will also develop training materials, identify best practices, and otherwise assist Department of the Navy (DON) attorneys in the above identified subject matter areas of practice. It is desirable that the successful candidate demonstrate a breadth of experience in working with other components of the Department of Defense, civilian agencies, state agencies, and the Congress.
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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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