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
100-18 Associate Counsel (Ethics and Civilian Personnel Law)9/25/2018NAVFACGS-15
Associate Counsel (Ethics and Civilian Personnel Law)
The Associate Counsel (Civilian Personnel Law and Ethics/Standards of Conduct) delivers legal services to the Command's senior clients regarding the full range of ethics and standards of conduct matters, and civilian personnel matters, including matters in EEO and MSPB. This incumbent in this position also provides legal services to the Safety Office, Public Affairs Office, the NAVFAC IG Office, and FOIA Coordinator. The Associate Counsel (Ethics and Civilian Personnel) reports to the Deputy Counsel; works closely with the Counsel and Deputy Counsel on matters of great visibility and importance to the Command; consults with and provides guidance to attorneys across the NAVFAC Office of Counsel, at Headquarters and in the field; and frequently coordinates directly with attorneys across the Department of the Navy, Department of Defense, and other federal agencies.
102-18 Assistant Counsel (IP)9/21/2018ONRGS-13/14/15
Assistant Counsel (IP)
The incumbent will provide NRL clients a full range of IP services, including drafting and prosecuting patent applications, reviewing research publications for potentially patentable material, and counseling on contract and technology transfer IP matters such as rights in inventions, patents, technical data rights, and computer software.  On a more limited basis, incumbents may prepare and prosecute trademark applications, provide litigation support for patent infringement claims, and resolve patent and copyright administrative claims. The ability to work with inventors to identify patentable technology and useful trademarks, develop invention disclosures, and to draft high quality patent applications is desired.
103-18 Assistant Counsel (IP)10/2/2018NAVSEAGS-14/15
Assistant Counsel (IP)
The successful candidate is expected to provide the full range of IP legal services in the areas of patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and the IP issues pertaining to government contracts. The successful candidate should also be proficient in drafting and prosecuting patent applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, negotiating copyright agreements and software licenses, negotiating non-disclosure and assignment agreements, providing contract counseling on IP and trade secret matters, reviewing technical data and computer software data rights issues in government contracts and providing counseling/advice thereon, providing IP litigation support, assisting with patent and copyright administrative claims, and serving as an advisor on technology transfer matters, including patent licensing, Work with Private Party and Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) matters. The successful candidate will be called upon to provide support in all of these areas. Additionally, knowledge and experience in environmental and/or contract law is desirable.
104-18 Acquisition Attorney9/25/2018AGC RD&AGS-11
Acquisition Attorney
The selected attorney’s duties will support the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research Development and Acquisition (ASN (RD&A)) and Deputy Assistant Secretaries of the Navy (DASNs) on a broad range of issues related to DON acquisition, including issues related to major systems acquisitions; Congressional responses; legislation and regulations (proposed and enacted); claims and disputes; fiscal issues; Section 843 task and delivery order contract determinations, ethics; and other miscellaneous issues. Legal assistance will also be provided to the General Counsel, Principal Deputy General Counsel, and Deputy General Counsel on all of the foregoing matters. A written work product is typically required to resolve these issues or is required as a principal part of their resolution.
105-18 Deputy Assistant General Counsel (Research, Development and Acquisition)9/21/2018AGC RD&AGS-15
Deputy Assistant General Counsel (Research, Development and Acquisition)
A vacancy is anticipated for a senior attorney to serve as Deputy Assistant General Counsel (Research, Development and Acquisition) in the Office of the Assistant General Counsel (Research, Development and Acquisition) (AGC (RD&A)). The AGC (RD&A) is the senior legal advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (ASN RD&A)), who is responsible for all acquisition matters within the Department of the Navy (DON). The AGC (RD&A) is also the senior acquisition attorney within the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) and is responsible for advising the General Counsel on all significant acquisition issues. The Office of the AGC (RD&A) is located in the Pentagon.
106-18 Associate Counsel9/21/2018NAVSUPGS-15
Associate 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 non-supervisory Associate Counsel position will be expected to support all of these practice areas with an emphasis in the areas of federal acquisition law, ethics, and litigation.
107-18 Assistant Counsel10/2/2018NAVSEAGS-12/13/14
Assistant Counsel
The SUPSHIPNN Office of Counsel employs a Counsel, an Assistant Counsel, and a paralegal. This office has a varied workload covering the full range of the DON OGC's practice, including federal acquisition law, civilian personnel law, labor law, environmental law, litigation, fiscal law, Freedom of Information and Privacy Act, and ethics/standards of conduct.  The successful candidate will be expected to support the full range of OGC practice as described above.
108-18 Supervisory Assistant Counsel9/27/2018NAVFACGS-15
Supervisory Assistant Counsel
The NAVFAC Atlantic Office of Counsel is comprised of eight attorneys (including the subject position) and one support staff. Legal advice is provided on the full range of issues encountered by the client, with a concentration in procurement of construction, facilities maintenance, architecture/engineering and base operations services, and in the areas of real estate, public private venture housing, planning, and environmental law. Other practice areas include fiscal law, civilian personnel law, the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act, and ethics. The position will assist NAVFAC Atlantic's Counsel in managing the legal office and will be responsible for supervising approximately six attorneys.
109-18 Assistant Counsel10/12/2018NAVSEAGS-11/12/13/14/15
Assistant Counsel
The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Office of Counsel employs six attorneys, a paralegal and an administrative officer, 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, fiscal law, federal acquisition law, standards of conduct and ethics, Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act matters, and related litigation. The successful candidate for the Assistant Counsel position will be expected to practice primarily in acquisition law, but will also provide some legal services in the other areas identified above.
110-18 Region Counsel, Commander, Navy Region Japan (CNRJ)/Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan (CNFJ)10/2/2018CNICGS-15
Region Counsel, Commander, Navy Region Japan (CNRJ)/Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan (CNFJ)
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 incumbent is the primary civilian legal advisor to the Region Commander for Japan, Program Directors, and Installation Commanding Officers at Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia, Commander Fleet Activities (CFA) Sasebo, CFA Okinawa, Naval Air Facility (NAF) Misawa, NAF Atsugi, and CFA Yokosuka. Additionally, the incumbent is the primary civilian legal advisor to the CNRK/CNFK Commander, Program Directors, and Installation Commanding Officers in Korea, and will also advise the Singapore Installation Commander after realignment is complete on October 1, 2018. 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.
93-18 Region Counsel, Commander Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia9/25/2018Commander 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.
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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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