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
70-18 Assistant/Associate Counsel7/23/2018Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF), Bremerton, WAGS-11/12/13/14
Assistant/Associate Counsel
The PSNS & IMF Office of Counsel consists of nine attorneys and three paralegals. The Office has a varied workload covering the full range of OGC practice, with emphasis on civilian personnel and labor law, federal acquisition law, litigation, environmental law, fiscal law, standards of conduct, ethics, Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act matters. The selected applicant will be expected to provide legal support in the above described OGC practice areas, with an emphasis on civilian personnel and labor law (CPL), including litigation at the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, federal district court, and union grievance arbitrations.
71-18 Counsel7/23/2018Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic (SSC Atlantic), Charleston, SCGS-15
Counsel
This senior supervisory position will provide legal services to SSC Atlantic throughout the range of Office of the General Counsel (OGC) practice including federal acquisition, civilian personnel law, ethics, cyber law, and fiscal law. The SSC Atlantic Office of Counsel also provides advice in the areas of investigations and information disclosure, including Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act. In addition to traditional legal practice, the Counsel is a member of SSC Atlantic’s leadership team and participates in long range planning, managing programs, preparing budgets and proposals for funding specific projects and programs. The Counsel supervises an office of 10 additional attorneys and 4 staff members and reports directly to SPAWAR Deputy Counsel.
74-18 Senior Associate Counsel7/30/2018Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), Washington Navy Yard, DCGS-15
Senior Associate Counsel
The focus of the Office of Counsel, CNIC practice is installation law, which includes business and commercial law including appropriated and non-appropriated fund contracts); community and legislative relations; civilian personnel management and discipline (appropriated and non-appropriated fund); environmental and land use law; real and personal property law; fiscal law; and military community welfare and recreation support. The primary responsibilities of this position include advising on, and supporting, our Outside Continental United States installations, business and commercial law, particularly federal acquisition of supplies and services, and fiscal law. CNIC does not have Head of Contracting Authority. Therefore, the acquisition practice at CNIC is often at the requirements and acquisition strategy phase of a procurement or executed via interagency agreements (e.g., Economy Act, No-Cost Mutual Aid, Intergovernmental Support Agreements with state and local municipalities). In addition to providing legal support to CNIC HQ personnel, the incumbent will serve as the subject matter expert for the Region Counsel who lead the eleven CNIC Region OGC offices.
79-18 Assistant Counsel7/23/2018Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division (NSWCCD), West Bethesda, MDGS-12/13/14
Assistant Counsel
The successful candidate for the Assistant Counsel position will be expected to practice primarily in acquisition but will also provide legal services in the areas of civilian personnel law, ethics, standards of conduct, the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act, and fiscal law.
80-18 Associate Counsel7/30/2018Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia (NAVFAC EURAFSWA), Naples, ItalyGS-14
Associate Counsel
The successful applicant’s duties will be primarily in the areas of acquisition; however, he/she may also be assigned to duties in the other practice areas as noted above, as the need arises. Some travel, both OCONUS and to CONUS may be required.
81-18 Assistant Counsel8/2/2018Mid-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.
84-15 Assistant CounselNew8/9/2018Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, VAGS-11/12/13/14/15
Assistant Counsel
The successful candidate will be expected to concentrate primarily on civilian personnel law, but will also be called upon to provide legal services in federal acquisition law, Freedom of Information and Privacy Act law, ethics and standards of conduct.
85-18 Assistant CounselNew8/9/2018Naval 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.
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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

 
  
  
  
  
Job Type
Primary Job Resposibilities
Paralegal Specialist7/20/2018US Fleet Forces Command, Portsmouth/Norfolk, VAGS-11/12
Paralegal Specialist
•Provide paralegal services to the attorneys in the Office of Counsel in the field of personnel law, litigation, environmental law and acquisition.
•Performs independent research concerning highly complex, potentially controversial andimportant policies, programs and functions.
•Performs highly complex legal research in the areas of Federal sector employment discrimination, labor and personnel law.
•Performs highly complex legal research in the areas of eithics, standards of conduct and conflicts of interest and procurement law.
•Manages case files, documents an exhibits and assists the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Freedom of Information/Privacy Act attorney.
6-18S Administrative Support Specialist 7/23/2018Deputy General Counsel's Office, PentagonGS-12
Administrative Support Specialist
Responsibilities
•You will provide administrative support for the planning and implementation of all conferences sponsored by OGC.
•You will draft and coordinate actions and correspondence packages with the DON OGC front office.
•You will need to be knowledgeable of new policies/ processing procedures and its effect on attorney personnel hiring.
•You will assist the Deputy General Counsel on appointment, transfer, reassignment, or promotion for civilian attorneys in the Department of the Navy Office of General Counsel.
•You will assist the Deputy General Counsel in his exercise of position management authority including the recruitment and retention of over 750 attorneys in over 140 locations around the world.
•You will provide administrative support for the Summer Law Clerk Program involving nationwide recruiting of second year law students, assigning them to OGC offices, coordinating their orientation to OGC and Navy.
•You will be responsible for the Government Travel Charge Card accounts for personnel. You will serve as the OGC Agency Program Coordinator and the liaison between the card holder and the bank.
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For more information on DON OGC Support Staff vacancies, please visit https://www.usajobs.gov/