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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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144-20 Associate Counsel (Acquisition)12/22/2020Albany, GeorgiaGS-14
Associate Counsel (Acquisition)
There is an anticipated vacancy for the position of Associate Counsel, for the Marine Corps Logistics Command Office of Counsel, (MARCORLOGCOM) located at Marine Corps Base, Albany, Georgia (MCLBA).  MARCORLOGCOM Office of Counsel is a field office of the Office of the Counsel for the Commandant, United States Marine Corps, Washington, DC and the Office of the General Counsel for the Department of the Navy (OGC). The Office of the Counsel for the Commandant is part of the Navy OGC and provides legal advice to the Commandant of the Marine Corps and other Senior Marine Corps leadership.  This position is expected to be filled during the December 2020 – February 2021 timeframe.

MARCORLOGCOM Office of Counsel is responsible for providing the full spectrum of legal advice and counsel to its principal client MARCORLOGCOM and in support of Headquarters Marine Corps objectives, all in accordance with directives governing the OGC. 

This position is located in Albany, GA, which is the location for MARCORLOGCOM Headquarters. 

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, civilian personnel law, and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act. The responsibilities of this non-supervisory position include advising clients and rendering legal opinions on a variety of Federal acquisition law-related matters to include: contractual interpretation; drafting and reviewing contract modifications; handling 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 may participate in complex negotiations with contractors, subcontractors, and their attorneys, on legal matters arising in connection with acquisitions.

This is an excepted service position and will be filled at the GS-14 level ($107,807 - $140,146). Pay will be set commensurate with the successful candidate’s qualifications and available funding.

Interested attorneys may contact Ms. Tracey Madsen, Counsel, MARCORLOGCOM Office of Counsel, at 229-639-7100 or by e-mail at tracey.madsen@usmc.mil for more information. 

Applicants should submit an application package containing a cover letter; resume; two writing samples that demonstrate analytical and/or advocacy abilities (each less than 10 pages; portions of longer work products are acceptable)(preferably in the areas of procurement or fiscal law); the two most recent performance appraisals, if applicable; and the names and telephone numbers of at least three references, other than current supervisor, who may be contacted. Current Federal employees should indicate in their application their present GS level or equivalent, and salary.

We are not accepting hard copy applications.  Electronic applications should be emailed to Ms. Tracey Madsen at tracey.madsen@usmc.mil. Please include the Personnel Notice Number in the subject line.

This announcement will close on December 22, 2020 at 11:59:59 PM (EST), and complete application packages must be received by the closing date and time to be considered.
146-20 Counsel, Marine Corps Base – Camp Blaz, Guam12/10/2020Camp Blaz, Guam (Pacific Area Counsel Office)GS-14
Counsel, Marine Corps Base – Camp Blaz, Guam
The Office of Counsel for the Commandant of the Marine Corps, as a component part of the DoN OGC, is responsible for providing legal advice, services, representation, legal approvals, legal opinions, and legal interpretation of statutes, regulations, and case law, to the Commandant and the Marine Corps in all areas relating to installation law, including land use law, environmental law, civilian personnel and labor law, procurement law, business and commercial law, and such other areas of law that support Marine Corps interests.

There is a vacancy for the position of Counsel, Marine Corps Base – Camp Blaz (MCBCB) in Guam.  The Office of Counsel, MCBCB, is a field office of the Pacific Area Counsel Office (PACO), located on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan. PACO is a regional field office of the Office of Counsel for the Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps. PACO provides a full range of legal support to clients that include the Commanding General, Marine Corps Installations Pacific-Marine Corps Base Camp Butler (MCIPAC-MCB Camp Butler); the Commanding General, III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF); and all subordinate commands and commanders in Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Guam.

The successful applicant will be expected to provide legal support across the full spectrum of DoN OGC practice areas, with a focus on Environmental and Land Use Law. The full spectrum of practice includes civilian personnel law, fiscal law, procurement law, environmental/land use law, FOIA/Privacy Act, and ethics.

The position is expected to be filled at the GS-14 level.  To be eligible for selection at the GS-14 level, the applicant must have three and a half years of recent and relevant professional legal experience as a practicing attorney in one or more of the practice areas listed above, with substantial experience in Environmental and Land Use Law.

Applicants must submit a cover letter explaining their interest in the position; a resume; two legal writing samples (less than 10 pages each; the sample may be a part of a longer document); his/her two most recent performance appraisals, if available; and the names and telephone numbers of their current supervisor and at least three references (other than current supervisor) who may be contacted. Applicants should clearly indicate if they do not want their current supervisor to be contacted, should that be the case. The cover letter should address when the applicant will be available to report for duty. Current Federal employees should also indicate their present GS and step level or equivalent grade and salary. 

Interested attorneys should contact Mr. Kyle Murray, DSN 315-645-3823 or commercial 011-81-98-970-3823, kyle.murray@usmc.mil for more information. It is recommended that applications be sent electronically to Mr. Kyle Murray at the e-mail address above.

This announcement closes on December 10, 2020 at 11:59:59 PM (EST), and complete application packages must be received by the closing date and time to be considered.
147-20 Assistant Counsel12/3/2020Pearl Harbor, HIGS-12/13/14
Assistant Counsel
There is an anticipated vacancy for an attorney to serve as Assistant Counsel in the Office of Counsel at Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center Pearl Harbor (FLCPH). The NAVSUP FLCPH Office of Counsel is located in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. NAVSUP FLCPH provides logistics support services to the fleet, wing, and shore commands of the Navy and Air Force, the Coast Guard, the Military Sealift Command and other joint and allied forces throughout the mid-Pacific region. NAVSUP FLCPH’s services include supply chain management, contracting, transportation, defense fuel products and worldwide movement of personal property. Additional information about NAVSUP FLCPH may be found at: https://www.navsup.navy.mil/public/navsup/flcph/

The NAVSUP FLCPH Office of Counsel is comprised of the Counsel, one Assistant Counsel, and a paralegal. The practice primarily involves acquisition law, but the successful candidate will provide advice in virtually all areas of OGC practice including ethics, fiscal law, land use, environmental law, Freedom of Information/Privacy Act, inter- and intra-service support agreements, civilian personnel law, litigation, and fraud programs. The Assistant Counsel may be required to perform occasional temporary duty at locations other than Pearl Harbor.

This position is rated GS-12/13/14 and has a full performance level of GS-14. The actual grade will depend on the qualifications of the successful applicant and funding availability. To be eligible for selection at the GS-12 level, the applicant must have two years of relevant professional legal experience at the GS-11 (or equivalent) level or be a current GS-12 (or equivalent) attorney within the Federal government.  For GS-12 positions only, a second professional law degree (LL.M.) that required at least one full academic year of graduate study may be substituted for one year of professional legal experience.  To be eligible for the GS-13 position, the applicant must have in excess of two years of professional relevant legal experience. To be eligible for the GS-14 position, the applicant must have at least three-and-one-half years of professional relevant legal experience.

To apply, applicants must submit a resume, OF-612 or SF-171, a cover letter that addresses the evaluation criteria for this position, two legal writing samples, two most recent performance appraisals, if available; and names and telephone numbers of at least three references (other than current supervisors) who may be contacted. Applications must include current grade (if applicable), salary requirements and projected availability. Attorneys who have graduated from law school less than 5 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.

Electronic applications are being accepted, and should be sent to norma.crowther@navy.mil. The subject line of the email should include the applicant’s name and the personnel notice number. Hard copy applications are not being accepted at this time.
 
For additional information, interested attorneys may contact Ms. Melissa Martin, Acting Counsel, NAVSUP FLCPH at melissa.martin3@navy.mil, (808) 473-7631, or Mr. Eli Corin, Counsel (pending), NAVSUP FLCPH at eli.corin@me.navy.mil, (318) 439-3451 (DSN) / +973-1785-3451 (commercial) (Mr. Corin is in Bahrain, which is EST +8 hours), or Mr. Adam Goldfeder, Associate Counsel, NAVSUP, Mechanicsburg, PA, at adam.goldfeder@navy.mil.

This personnel notice will close on December 3, 2020, at 11:59:59 PM (EST), and complete application packages must be received by the closing date and time to be considered.
148-20 Counsel, Naval Intelligence Activity (NIA)12/10/2020NSF, Arlington; NMIC, Suitland MD; and the PentagonGS-15
Counsel, Naval Intelligence Activity (NIA)
There is a vacancy for a supervisory attorney to serve as Counsel to the Naval Intelligence Activity (NIA), under the general supervision and guidance of the Assistant General Counsel (National Security Law). This position will be located at Naval Support Facility - Arlington (NSF-A), Arlington, VA; National Maritime Intelligence Center (NMIC), Suitland, MD; and the Pentagon.  The primary location will be the National Maritime Intelligence Center (NMIC), Suitland, MD.

This position has full responsibility for providing legal advice to Director, NIA and his/her staff on civilian personnel matters as well as other legal matters within the Office of General Counsel (OGC) areas of practice, including but not limited to national security law, acquisition law, fiscal law, ethics and standards of conduct.

The position will be filled under the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System as a GG-15. The successful candidate must have at least five and one-half years of professional legal experience in civilian personnel law. This job is open to all current Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) employees within the Department of the Navy.

Interested attorneys should submit a resume or SF-171; two writing samples (less than five pages each, excerpts acceptable); the two most recent performance appraisals (if available); and the names and telephone numbers of at least three references (other than current supervisors) who may be contacted.

Electronic applications are preferred and may be emailed to aagcm@navy.mil. Hard copy applications may be sent to the following address:

Department of the Navy
Office of the General Counsel
Attn: Ms. Annett Madison
1000 Navy Pentagon, Room 4A530
Washington, D.C. 20350-1000

Please note that delivery by Federal Express (or similar means) is highly recommended due to possible security delays in conventional mail delivery. Facsimiles will not be accepted.

If you have questions regarding this position, please contact Ms. Annett Madison at (703) 693-7887.

This Personnel Notice will close on December 10, 2020 at 11:59:59 PM (EST) and complete application packages must be received by the closing date and time to be considered.
149-20 Counsel, Naval History and Heritage CommandNew12/31/2020NHHC Headquarters, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DCGS-15
Counsel, Naval History and Heritage Command
There is an anticipated vacancy for a senior attorney to serve as Counsel, Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC), located at NHHC Headquarters at the historic Washington Navy Yard, in Washington, DC. Counsel, NHHC supervises one Assistant Counsel (GS-0905-13/14), serves as the principal legal advisor to the Director of NHHC, and provides legal advice and staff assistance to NHHC Headquarters and its ten subordinate museums and activities.

NHHC is an Echelon II command under the Director, Navy Staff, with a staff of approximately 300 civilian employees and military members. The mission of NHHC and its subordinate museums and activities is to collect, preserve, protect, organize, and make available the artifacts, records, publications, and art that best embody our naval history and heritage for present and future generations, including maintenance of the USS CONSTITUTION and the Historic Ship Nautilus; advance and operationalize the knowledge of naval history and heritage through professional research, analysis, interpretation, and the creation and delivery of products and services; and make naval history and heritage relevant to Navy leaders and Sailors (past and present) to enhance readiness and esprit de corps; and remind America of the need to protect its citizens, their freedoms, and the nation's maritime commerce.

The incumbent is expected to be responsible for matters that fall within the full range of traditional areas of practice of the Department of the Navy Office of the General Counsel, including civilian personnel law, environmental law, fiscal law, acquisition law, litigation support, standards of conduct, and FOIA and Privacy Act.

This position will be filled under the General Schedule (GS) pay system at the GS-15 level. To be considered for selection at the GS-15 level, applicants must have a minimum of five and one-half years of relevant legal practice.

For further information about the position, interested attorneys are encouraged to contact Mr. Tom Lundstrom via email at thomas.lundstrom@navy.mil or phone at (202) 433-2238, or Ms. Jannika Cannon via email at jannika.cannon1@navy.mil or phone at (703) 697-3358.

Applicants should submit a cover letter applying the evaluation criteria to their professional personal experience; a resume; two legal writing samples (no more than 10 pages each; portions of longer documents are acceptable); the two most recent performance appraisals, if available; and the names and telephone numbers of at least three references (other than current supervisor) who may be contacted.  Applicants should clearly indicate if they do not want their current supervisor contacted.

Due to security screening delays, it is recommended that applications be sent via Federal Express or e-mailed to jannika.cannon1@navy.mil.  Facsimiles will not be accepted. Hard copy applications may be sent to:

Ms. Jannika Cannon
Counsel, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV)
2000 Navy Pentagon Room 5E486
Washington, DC 20350-2000

This announcement closes at 11:59:59 PM (EST) on December 31, 2020, and complete applications must be received by this date and time to be considered.
150-20 Assistant CounselNew12/21/2020Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington  GS-11/12/13/14
Assistant Counsel
There is a vacancy for an Assistant Counsel position in the Office of Counsel, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF) in Bremerton, Washington. The PSNS & IMF Office of Counsel is a field office under the headquarters Office of Counsel, Naval Sea Systems Command (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 about $30 billion and a workforce of roughly 80,000 military and civilian personnel. The NAVSEA Office of Counsel employs over 150 lawyers at the Washington, D.C. Headquarters and in 22 field offices throughout the U.S.

The PSNS & IMF Office of Counsel consists of thirteen attorneys and three paralegals. The successful candidate will be expected to practice primarily in civilian personnel law, but will also provide legal services in the areas of ethics, standards of conduct, the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act, and fiscal law. The successful candidate is expected to provide legal advice and assistance on civilian personnel and labor law, including litigating before the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, federal district court, and union grievance arbitrations. The successful candidate will also work closely with management and Human Resources on preventative law matters, such as advising on disciplinary actions, administrative investigations, requests for reasonable accommodation, and security matters.

The position will be filled at the GS-11, 12, 13, or 14 level and will have a full performance level of GS-14. The actual grade will depend on the qualifications of the successful applicant.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, two recent and relevant legal writing samples (no longer than 10 pages each; portions of longer work products are acceptable) that demonstrate analytical and/or advocacy abilities, the two most recent performance appraisals (if available), and the names and telephone numbers of at least three references who may be contacted.  Attorneys who have graduated from law school less than 5 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 with questions may contact Ms. Wendy Kelly, PSNS&IMF Counsel, at (360) 476-6597.

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 because of possible security delays, applicants may send applications by FedEx to:

NAVSEA 00LB
Naval Sea Systems Command
1333 Isaac Hull Avenue SE Stop 1150
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20376-1150

This announcement will close on December 21, 2020 at 11:59:59 PM (EST) and all applications must be received by this date and time.
151-20 Assistant CounselNew12/3/2020TRIDENT Refit Facility, Kings Bay, GeorgiaGS-12/13/14/15
Assistant Counsel
There is a vacancy in the TRIDENT Refit Facility (TRIREFFAC) Office of Counsel for an attorney, GS-0905- 12/13/14/15, to serve as the Assistant Counsel. This position is located at the TRIREFFAC, Submarine Base, Kings Bay, Georgia Office of Counsel. The position will report to the Counsel, U.S. Fleet Forces Command with second line supervision to the Principal Deputy General Counsel for the Department of the Navy.  The TRIREFFAC Office of Counsel is composed of two attorneys and one paralegal providing legal services and support to TRIREFFAC's mission of providing quality industrial and logistics for the incremental overhaul, modernization, and repair of Trident submarines and to provide global submarine supply support. The TRIREFFAC workforce consists of approximately 1,700 military and civilian men and women working in a variety of occupations supporting submarine and ship repair and maintenance.

The successful candidate will advise on the full range of Department of the Navy (DON) Office of the General Counsel (OGC) practice areas including civilian personnel law, ethics, Freedom of Information Act and privacy law, environmental, procurement, fiscal, and general administrative law. The primary emphasis, however, will be on civilian personnel law, federal employment litigation, labor law, and standards of conduct and ethics. The incumbent will directly support the Counsel TRIREFFAC.

The vacancy will be filled at the GS-12, GS-13, GS-14 or GS-15 level.

Applicants should submit an OF-612 or resume; their two most recent performance appraisals, if available; two legal writing samples (no more than 5 pages each, excerpts of longer work products are acceptable); and, the names and phone numbers of at least three references who may be contacted.

Interested attorneys may contact Mr. Mark Gleason, TRIREFFAC Counsel, at (912) 573-1084 or e-mail: mark.gleason@navy.mil for more information.

Applications should be sent electronically to: james.hope@navy.mil and copy to mark.gleason@navy.mil   Hard copy applications are not being accepted at this time.

This Personnel Notice will close on December 14, 2020 at 11:59:59 PM (EST), and applications must be received by this date and time 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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