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.
 

 

 

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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

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39-20 Assistant/Associate Counsel4/3/2020Philadelphia, PAGS-13/14/15
Assistant/Associate Counsel
There is a vacancy for the position as Assistant/Associate Counsel within the Office of Counsel at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD), Philadelphia, PA.  NSWCPD is one of ten Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Warfare Center divisions. 

The NSWCPD Office of Counsel is a field office within the headquarters Office of Counsel for NAVSEA and part of the Department of the Navy (DON) Office of the General Counsel (OGC).  NAVSEA is responsible for the development, acquisition, and maintenance of ships, shipboard systems and ordnance for the DON, with an annual budget of $30 billion and a workforce of roughly 83,000 military and civilian personnel.  The NAVSEA Office of Counsel employs approximately 150 lawyers at its Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and in 21 field offices throughout the United States.

The successful candidate will be expected to concentrate primarily in CPL, providing legal advice, assistance, and representation on civilian personnel and labor law, including litigation at the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, federal district court, union grievance arbitrations, the Office of Special Counsel for whistleblower issues, and state unemployment hearings.  The Assistant/Associate Counsel position may be filled at the NT-V (comparable to GS-13/14) pay band within the NAVSEA Warfare Center Personnel Demonstration Project.  If the position is filled at the NT-V level, it is expected that the position will have promotion potential to the NT-VI level (GS-15 equivalent).  Selection may be also made at the NT-VI (GS-15 equivalent) level for an exceptional candidate with expert knowledge of and significant and relevant experience in acquisition law and/or CPL.  As the desired grade level rises, concentrated and relevant experience in acquisition law and/or CPL and familiarity with OGC and DON processes and procedures becomes increasingly important.  The pay band and equivalent grade level offered will be based upon the successful applicant's qualifications and funding availability.

Applicants should submit a resume, two brief legal writing samples (no longer than 20 pages total) that demonstrate analytical and/or advocacy abilities, two recent performance appraisals (if available), and names and telephone numbers of at least three references who may be contacted.  Attorneys who have graduated from law school less than five years prior to the announcement closing date must provide a copy of their law school transcripts including class rank.  Current federal employees must also provide a copy of their most recent SF-50 form.  Please redact social security numbers from any submitted documents.  Performance appraisals should include the rating official's narrative.  The application should indicate the lowest grade level that the applicant will consider.

Interested attorneys are encouraged to contact Mr. Gary M. Saladino at 215-897-1203 or gary.saladino@navy.mil, for more information.

Electronic applications are preferred and should be sent to nssc_navsea_ogc_vaca@navy.mil.  The subject line of the message should state the Personnel Notice Number.  Although less desirable, applicants may send applications by FedEx to:

Ms. Effie Lewis-Robinson
NAVSEA 00L4
Naval Sea systems Command
1333 Isaac Hull Avenue SE Stop 1150
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20376-1150

This personnel notice will close on April 3, 2020 at 11:59:59 (EST) and applications must be received by this date and time to be considered.
43-20 Assistant Counsel (Fleet and Family Readiness)4/3/2020Washington Navy Yard, DCGS-12/13
 Assistant Counsel (Fleet and Family Readiness)
There is a vacancy for an Assistant Counsel (Fleet and Family Readiness (FFR)) at the NF-5 level in the Department of the Navy Office of the General Counsel, Commander Navy Installations Command.  This Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF) attorney position is located at the historical Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.  CNIC’s mission is to provide consistent, effective, and efficient shore installation services and support to sustain and improve current and future Fleet readiness and mission execution.  The Office of Counsel, CNIC is under the general supervision and coordination of the DON OGC and provides legal services to CNIC and its ten Regions.  More information about CNIC can be found at www.cnic.navy.mil.

The incumbent’s duties will focus primarily on legal counsel and business advice in support of the Director and staff members of CNIC Headquarters Fleet & Family Readiness Directorate (CNIC N-9) and to Regional CGC attorneys and Regional Legal Services Office Judge Advocate General attorneys in the full range of OGC practice areas. 

Interested attorneys may contact Senior Associate Counsel (FFR), Mr. Walter Frederick at walter.frederick@navy.mil or (202) 433-4288, or Acting Deputy Counsel, CNIC, Kevin Allison at kevin.m.allison@navy.mil or (757) 443-4240.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and a resume along with two legal writing samples that demonstrate analytical and advocacy abilities (NTE 10 pages each; portions of longer work products are acceptable); two recent performance appraisals if available; and the names and telephone numbers of at least three references who can speak to their professional qualifications (other than current supervisors) and who may be contacted.  A client reference is encouraged.  Applicants should clearly indicate if they do not want us to contact their current supervisor. Applicants who have graduated from law school less than five years prior to the announcement of the closing date must also provide a copy of their law school transcripts, including class rank. 

Electronic submissions (MS Word or Adobe “.pdf”) are highly encouraged and should be sent to walter.frederick@navy.mil.  Hard copy applications sent via conventional mail may be sent to the address below.  Hard copy applications sent by an overnight commercial delivery service (such as FedEx) is highly recommended due to security delays in conventional mail delivery and should be sent to:

Walter M. Frederick
Office of Counsel
Commander, Navy Installations Command
716 Sicard Street, SE, Suite 1000
Washington Navy Yard, D.C. 20374-5140

This personnel notice will close on April 3, 2020 at 11:59:59 PM EST, and applications must be received by that date and time to be considered.

This position will be filled as a NAF position and will be filled at the NF-5 level.  The entry salary for this position is expected to be between $95,000 to $120,000 (GS-12/13 equivalent level).  Precise pay will be set commensurate with the successful candidate’s qualifications, experience, funding availability, and NAF pay guidelines.  Attorneys presently enrolled in the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) should be aware that they can retain their current retirement plan coverage under NAF portability of benefits rules.  See the Portability of Benefits for Moves between Civil Service and Non-Appropriated Fund Employment Systems Reference Guide for further details: https://www.dcpas.osd.mil/BWN/NAFAPFPortabilityBenefits.
47-20 Assistant/Associate Counsel4/14/2020Dahlgren, VAGS-11/12/13/14/15
Assistant/Associate Counsel
There is a vacancy for an attorney for the position of Assistant or Associate Counsel, in the Office of Counsel at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD), Dahlgren, Virginia. NSWCDD is one of eight Divisions within the Naval Surface Warfare Center and is a premier research and development center that serves as a specialty site for weapon systems integration.

The successful applicant will be expected to concentrate primarily on federal acquisition law and related acquisition, including support to the command’s Section 233 pilot program initiatives, but may also be called upon to provide legal services in Freedom of Information and Privacy Act law, fiscal law, ethics and standards of conduct, and command administrative matters.

The position is expected to be filled at the NT-IV/V level (comparable to the GS-11/12/13/14 level) pay band within the NAVSEA Warfare Center Personnel Demonstration Project, and the position will have promotion potential to the NT-VI (comparable to GS-15) level. There is a preference to hire the best qualified applicant at the lowest level; however, selection may be made at the NT-VI level for an exceptional applicant with expert knowledge of and significant and relevant experience in federal acquisition law.

Applicants should submit a resume, two brief legal writing samples (no longer than 10 pages each) that demonstrate analytical and/or advocacy abilities, two recent performance appraisals (if available), and names and telephone numbers of at least three references who may be contacted. Attorneys who have graduated from law school less than five years prior to the announcement closing date must provide a copy of their law school transcripts including class rank. Current federal employees must also provide a copy of their most recent SF-50 form. Please redact social security numbers from any submitted documents. Performance appraisals should include the rating official's narrative. The application should indicate the lowest grade level that the applicant will consider.

Interested attorneys are encouraged to contact Mr. Matt Hawkins at (540) 653-7082, or by e-mail at matthew.hawkins1@navy.mil, for more information.

Electronic applications are preferred and should be sent to nssc_navsea_ogc_vaca@navy.mil. The subject line of the message should state the Personnel Notice Number. Although less desirable, applicants may send applications by FedEx to:

Ms. Effie Lewis-Robinson
NAVSEA 00L4
Naval Sea Systems Command
1333 Isaac Hull Avenue SE Stop 1150
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20376-1150

This personnel notice will close on April 14, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST, and applications must be received by this date to be considered.
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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).

  
  
  
  
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