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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Primary Job Resposibilities
26-19 General Attorney 9/2/2019NAVAIR, Patuxent River, MDGS-11/12/13/14/15
General Attorney
There are multiple anticipated vacancies for attorneys within the Office of Counsel, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) at its offices located in Patuxent River, MD. Some of the anticipated vacancies fall within legal departments practicing primarily in the acquisition or civilian personnel law area, whereas others fall within departments that provide general legal services across a variety of OGC practice areas, such as, civilian personnel law and labor law, acquisition law, fiscal law, Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act Law, ethics and standards of conduct, environmental compliance, and the review of non-FAR based agreements.
39-19 5/27/2019NAVFAC FE, Yokosuka, JapanGS-15
Counsel NAVFAC Far East
he office is comprised of three attorneys, including the subject position, and one paralegal assistant. 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, planning, and environmental law. Workload also includes the full range of OGC and NAVFAC practice areas, including, fiscal law, civilian personnel law, international law, Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act matters and ethics. The office also manages the Command's FOIA program. An added dimension of the practice is that legal issues often arise within the context of U.S. rights and obligations under the U.S./Japan Status of Forces Agreement and other international agreements.
41-19 Assistant Counsel, Contracts and Fiscal Law5/31/2019Washington Navy Yard, DCGS-11
Assistant Counsel, Contracts and Fiscal Law
Primary Job Responsibilities: The incumbent will focus his/her practice in the areas of contract and fiscal law, but may also be called upon to provide legal services in civilian personnel law, environmental law, FOIA, ethics, support agreements, and/or other Navy OGC areas of practice. Under the supervision of SSP’s Supervisory Associate Counsel (Contracts and Fiscal Law), the responsibilities of this 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 contracts and 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. The incumbent will actively engage clients throughout acquisition processes to provide advice, recommend alternatives, and inform the clients about applicable laws, regulations and policies including Secretarial acquisition initiatives. The incumbent will address questions of fiscal law, including purpose, bona fide need, amount, funding and time. The incumbent will interpret legislation, regulations, and policy guidance. Efforts in all practice areas will include the provision of legal advice and representation, both written and oral, and communication with other federal government attorneys and members of the private bar.


42-19 Associate Counsel5/20/2019San Diego, CAGS-15
Associate Counsel
Primary Job Responsibilities: The primary focus of this position is international, maritime and operational law as they relate to MSC ships. The incumbent must be prepared to practice across the full range of OGC practice areas, including procurement, fiscal law, administrative law, international law, civilian personnel law, environmental law, and ethics. The incumbent renders legal advice and assistance; performs legal research; provides special assistance in the areas of international, environmental, operational, admiralty and maritime law; develops, prepares, advises and helps coordinate marine casualty investigations; and performs a variety of other legal functions. Incumbent is the local subject matter expert for MSC on the laws and regulations affecting MSC operations in the MSC PAC AOR. Incumbent will serve as the Command Ethics Counselor, with responsibility for the MSC PAC portion of the MSC Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act programs. As a member of the MSC PAC senior management team, incumbent will provide advice to the Commander, MSC PAC on administrative and other investigations relating to MSC-owned or operated vessels and is expected to work closely with Navy JAG and Coast Guard attorneys, United States embassy officials and other senior government officials on operational, international and maritime law matters.
44-19 Assistant Counsel New6/4/2019Yokosuka, JapanGS-14
Assistant Counsel
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 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.
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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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