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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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.
58 -19 Trial Attorney/Senior Trial Attorney8/12/2019Washington Navy Yard, Washington DCGS-12/13/14
Trial Attorney/Senior Trial Attorney
There are two anticipated vacancies for the position of Trial Attorney/Senior Trial Attorney on the Contracts Litigation trial team within the Naval Litigation Office, Office of the General Counsel, Department of the Navy.  The positions are located at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.
The positions will be filled under the General Schedule (GS) pay system at the GS-13, 14, or 15 level depending on the qualifications of the successful applicant.
Our contract teams handle a varied caseload; applicants with recent, hands-on government contracts litigation experience or in a complex commercial litigation and/or construction practice are encouraged to apply.  Responsibilities include preparing pleadings, written discovery, motions and legal memoranda, witness interviews, taking and defending depositions, working with the Navy’s experts, first/second chair hearings, issuing and managing litigation hold notices, document collection, and working with NLO’s litigation support contractor to manage electronic document databases. Travel is required and is determined by the needs of each case.
60-19 Acquisition Attorney7/28/2019Washington DC, Arlington VA, Quantico VA, Norfolk VA, Patuxent River MD, Mechanicsburg PA or San Diego CAGS-11/12/13
Acquisition Attorney
Within DON, OGC, there are multiple anticipated vacancies for acquisition attorneys with undergraduate or higher degrees relevant to the DON acquisition career fields to include, but not limited to, degrees in the following fields: Engineering, Physical Sciences, Business, Logistics, Information Technology, and Finance.
Successful applicants will be hired into the Naval Acquisition Development Program (NADP). The Department of the Navy (DON) established the NADP as a centrally funded two-year training program which is comprised of entry level and experienced acquisition personnel. The purpose of the NADP is to develop highly skilled acquisition professionals to meet projected DON Acquisition Workforce requirements. Successful applicants will initially be considered NADP associates and will rotate through multiple acquisition-related offices within the hosting command during the program. Upon program completion, the successful applicant will move formally into a permanent OGC attorney position within the hosting command.
To be eligible, the applicant must have an undergraduate or higher degrees relevant to the DON acquisition career fields to include, but not limited to, degrees in the following fields: Engineering, Physical Sciences, Business, Logistics, Information Technology, and Finance. To be eligible for selection at the GS-11 level, the applicant must have at least one year of legal experience. Recent law school graduates and applicants with less than one year of legal experience must have graduated in the top third of their law school class or must present other evidence of clearly superior accomplishment or achievement such as work or achievement of significance on an official law school law review or journal, winning a moot court competition, membership on the law school's official moot court team, or membership in the Order of the Coif. To be eligible for selection at the GS-12 level, the applicant must have two years of recent, relevant legal experience or an LL.M. plus one year of recent, relevant legal experience. To be eligible for selection at the GS-13 level, the applicant must have in excess of two years of recent, relevant legal experience.
61-19 Attorney Advisory7/12/2019Washington, DC GS-14/15
Attorney Advisory
There is an anticipated vacancy for an attorney to serve as Attorney-Advisor (Alternative Dispute Resolution) (ADR). This position is located at the Washington Navy Yard. The Attorney-Advisor (ADR) reports to the Assistant General Counsel (ADR) and is responsible for promoting the efficient and effective use of ADR techniques in the Department of Navy (DON). This position provides a unique opportunity to work routinely with senior DON and OGC leadership on matters and issues that may be resolved using ADR techniques and programs.

The incumbent of this position will promote the mission of the DON ADR Program.  The incumbent, as an ADR law subject matter expert, will provide ADR consultation and legal/business judgment advice on the appropriate and effective uses of ADR to prevent and resolve conflicts involving or affecting the DON.  The incumbent will identify and coordinate current ADR training needs with the AGC (ADR) and develop new ADR and negotiation training materials.  The incumbent will travel to various DON facilities throughout the continental United States and abroad to deliver ADR negotiation training presentations.  The incumbent will remain current on developments within ADR law.
62-19 Associate/Assistant Counsel7/14/2019Washington, DC GS-12/13/14/15
Associate/Assistant Counsel
There is one or more anticipated vacancies for an attorney to serve as Assistant/Associate Counsel (Acquisition Integrity) in the Office of the Assistant General Counsel (Acquisition Integrity) (AGC (AI)), located at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington DC. As the head of the Department of the Navy Acquisition Integrity Office (DON AIO), the AGC (AI) is responsible for advising the General Counsel and the Secretary of the Navy on all significant acquisition fraud issues and manages, directs, and coordinates all acquisition integrity related matters to assure that the DON deters, detects, and eliminates procurement, takes action against those who commit procurement fraud, protects the DON from future procurement fraud, and recovers amounts due the DON because of procurement fraud. The AGC (AI) leads an immediate office of fourteen attorneys and three support staff.

The DON AIO develops and oversees procurement fraud policies, practices, and training. In addition, AIO works closely with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition), the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller), the Naval Inspector General, the Director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), the Auditor General, the Department of Justice (DOJ), as well as other federal offices and agencies as appropriate. Due to the nature of DON AIO's work, this is an office of high interest and visibility to both SECNAV and the GC, and one that affords direct exposure to both the GC and Navy Secretariat.

The successful applicant will work on acquisition fraud matters with investigators; auditors; acquisition officials and program managers; coordinate civil False Claims Act matters with DOJ; supports matters in litigation; negotiate solutions to acquisition fraud issues; initiate/implement administrative remedies (e.g., suspension and debarment) against non-responsible government contractors; and prepare and give briefings at very senior levels within the DON and other federal agencies. The successful applicant will be responsible for working cases "cradle to grave," including prioritizing their case load, developing case strategy, selecting and advocating appropriate criminal/civil/ administrative/contractual remedies, balancing the operational needs of the DON with the requirement to contract only with responsible contractors, and helping protect taxpayer dollars.
63-19 Associate Counsel (Acquisition)7/18/2019Port Hueneme CAGS-13/14
Associate Counsel (Acquisition)
There will be a vacancy for an attorney to serve as Associate Counsel Naval Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (EXWC), an Echelon III Command within the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC). This position is located in Port Hueneme, California and reports to the EXWC Counsel also located at Port Hueneme.  EXWC provides specialized engineering, research and development, test and evaluation services in a wide variety of capability areas and the purchase of renewable energy and energy production capabilities. EXWC also provides information technology services and logistic services for NAVFAC. Workload of the office includes the full range of OGC and NAVFAC practice areas including government contract law, fiscal law, civilian personnel law, international law, Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act matters, and ethics.  Occasional travel is also required.  The office currently consists of four attorneys and support staff. It is also expected that the command will transition to a new pay system as part of a Personnel Demonstration Project consistent with its designation as a Science and Technology Reinvention Laboratory. 
The successful applicant’s duties will be primarily in the area of government contract law; however, duties in the other practice areas may also be assigned.  Substantial experience in government contract law is desired as well as commitment to client service.  Further, EXWC utilizes a number of unique authorities as part of its acquisition mission, and the ability and willingness to support the client’s use of these authorities is critical.  The position has a full performance level of GS-14 and will be filled at the GS-13 or GS-14 level depending on the qualifications of the successful applicant.  To be eligible at the GS-13 level, an applicant must have in excess of two years of relevant successful legal experience.  To be eligible at the GS-14 level, an applicant must have in excess of three and one half years of successful relevant legal experience. 
64-19 Supervisory Associate Counsel7/12/2019Norfolk, VAGS-15
Supervisory Associate Counsel
The Military Sealift Command (MSC) Office of Counsel anticipates a vacancy in its Norfolk, Virginia office for at least one attorney to serve as a Supervisory Associate Counsel.  The Supervisory Associate Counsel is a direct report to the Deputy Counsel and works closely with MSC's Counsel as well as MSC's Flag, Senior Executive Service (SES) and leadership. The selectee must be able to independently handle complex issues and be prepared to travel on occasion.  This senior attorney supervises three other attorneys and two support staff. 
The selectee is expected to be responsible for matters that fall within the traditional Department of the Navy OGC areas of practice, with an emphasis on acquisition and acquisition-related litigation. The successful candidate is expected to render legal advice and assistance, perform legal research, and represent MSC in a broad range of legal issues related to acquisition matters. The attorney selected for this position may be asked to provide support in other OGC practice areas, including but not limited to: ethics, FOIA and Privacy Act, environmental compliance, command investigations, and admiralty and maritime law.
This is a senior attorney position that requires the selectee to exercise significant responsibility and will be filled under the General Schedule at the GS-15 level.  To be selected at the GS-15 level, the successful applicant must have a minimum of 5 ½ years of successful and relevant legal experience including an expertise in at least one of the OGC practice areas listed above.  Pay will be set commensurate with the successful candidate's qualifications.
65-19 Attorney-Advisor (Acquisition/Ethics)7/12/2019Washington, DC GS-11/12
Attorney-Advisor (Acquisition/Ethics)
A vacancy is anticipated for an attorney to serve as an Assistant Counsel in the Office of Counsel, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington (NAVFAC Washington) in Washington, D.C.. The Office of Counsel, NAVFAC Washington, is a part of the NAVFAC Office of Counsel, which is headquartered in Washington, DC. NAVFAC Washington is an Echelon IV command responsible for all real property management, planning, installation restoration, environmental compliance, engineering/architectural services, military construction, and facilities maintenance for Navy and Marine Corps shore installations in the NAVFAC Washington area of responsibility.
The principal duties of the attorney selected for this position will be to provide legal support in the areas of acquisition and ethics. However, the selectee may also be assigned duties in the other practice areas noted above. Periodic travel may be required.
This position has a full performance level of GS-14, but the position will be filled at the GS-11 or 12 level, depending on the qualifications of the successful applicant. To be eligible for selection at the GS-11 level, the applicant must have at least one year of legal experience. Recent law school graduates and applicants with less than one year of legal experience must have graduated in the top third of their law school class or must present other evidence of clearly superior accomplishment or achievement such as work or achievement of significance on an official law school law review or journal, winning a moot court competition, membership on the law school's official moot court team, or membership in the Order of the Coif. To be selected at the GS-12 level, the successful candidate must have a minimum of two years of relevant professional legal experience.
66-19 General Attorney7/21/2019China Lake, CaliforniaGS-12/13/14/15
General Attorney
There is a vacancy for an attorney to serve as an Assistant or Associate Counsel within the Office of Counsel, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD), China Lake, California. NAWCWD is a field activity of the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), providing research, development, test, evaluation, engineering and fleet support for Navy and Marine Corps weapons and weapons systems. The NAWCWD Office of Counsel employs 15 attorneys and support staff at China Lake and Pt. Mugu, CA, practicing primarily in the areas of federal acquisition law, civilian personnel/labor law, environmental law, intellectual property law, fiscal law, agreements, investigations, Freedom of Information/Privacy Act, ethics/standards of conduct, and litigation related to these areas.
The NAWCWD China Lake site is located onboard the Naval Air Weapons Station, in the Mojave Desert, approximately 150 miles north/northeast of Los Angeles, California. China Lake is within the Los Angeles-Long Beach Locality Pay Area. For information about Locality Pay, see https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2019/general-schedule/. For information about NAVAIR and NAWCWD, see http://www.navair.navy.mil/ and http://www.navair.navy.mil/nawcwd/.
The successful candidate will be expected to concentrate primarily on civilian personnel law/litigation and/or federal acquisition law and/or environmental law, but may also be called upon to provide legal services in the office’s other areas of practice, e.g., fiscal law, agreements, investigations, Freedom of Information/Privacy Act, ethics/standards of conduct, and litigation.
The position will be filled under the Science and Technology Reinvention Laboratory (STRL) personnel demonstration system, which is a pay for performance system using pay bands with salary ranges. The position will be filled in the Business and Program Management Pay Band DA-03/04/05 (equivalency to GS-11/12/13 pay) with promotion potential to the DA-06 Pay Band (equivalency to GS-14/15 pay). Pay will be set commensurate with the successful applicant’s qualifications, funding availability and STRL pay setting guidelines.
67-19 Assistant Counsel7/15/2019Yokosuka, Japan GS-14
Assistant Counsel
The successful candidate will primarily provide advice on federal acquisition law matters and a wide range of legal issues in other OGC practice areas, including:  civilian personnel law, environmental law, foreign and international law, fiscal law, data rights, inter- and intra-service support agreements, FOIA, Privacy Act, ethics and standards of conduct, fraud programs, and litigation.
68-19 Counsel, NEXCOM EDO7/15/2019Naples, ItalyGS-14
Counsel, NEXCOM EDO
The successful candidate will provide legal support in each of the traditional OGC practice areas, as well as advice and representation in those areas of the law unique to non-appropriated fund instrumentalities (NAFls), and advice concerning compliance with various international treaties and host-nation laws.  The incumbent will perform primarily in the area of civilian personnel law (EEO, labor management relations, arbitration, and litigation involving NAF and foreign national employees).  Major practice areas will also include business and commercial law; acquisition law; fiscal law; ethics and standards of conduct; and international business transaction law, as well as FOIA.
69-19 Assistant/Associate Counsel (Acquisition)7/30/2019NAVSEA - NAVSEASYSCOMGS-11/12/13/14
Assistant/Associate Counsel (Acquisition)
There is an anticipated vacancy for one or more acquisition attorneys at the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Office of Counsel. The position is located at NAVSEA Headquarters at the Washington Navy Yard, 1333 Isaac Hull Avenue, S.E., Washington Navy Yard, DC.
Acquisition attorneys are responsible for advising NAVSEA and its affiliated Program Executive Offices on the acquisition, maintenance, and disposal of US Navy ships, as well as acquisition of associated warfare and other shipboard systems. These attorneys are also responsible for advising on the acquisition of support service contracts (frequently under the Navy’s SeaPort-e Multiple Award Contract), certain international acquisitions, and related fiscal law issues. While the majority of acquisitions are competitive, attorneys also work on sole source awards and contract administration issues. Procurements range from ACAT I programs to simplified acquisitions. Attorneys are expected to defend procurement decisions that are protested at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and elsewhere. Attorneys coordinate closely with other acquisition attorneys and frequently work with attorneys in offices throughout the Department of the Navy.
The selected applicant will manage an extensive and challenging portfolio of Navy programs critical to the future of the Navy. The individual will counsel clients on the full range of government acquisition, including acquisition planning, source selections, contract administration, contract disputes, and protests at the GAO and elsewhere. The individual will address questions of fiscal law and interpret legislation, regulations, and policy guidance. The ability to work on a team and forge strong working relationships with attorneys and clients is essential.
70-19 Assistant Counsel7/24/2019Puget Sound, WAGS-11/12/13/14
Assistant Counsel
There is an anticipated vacancy for an attorney to serve as Assistant Counsel, NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Puget Sound, located in Bremerton, Washington.  NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound is a field office within the Office of Counsel, Naval Supply Systems Command, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound acts as the Navy’s central buying activity for the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and the Western Pacific and exercises unlimited procurement authority in executing its mission.  The primary mission of NAVSUP is to provide U.S. Naval forces with quality supplies and services.  With headquarters in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and employing a worldwide workforce of more than 24,000 military and civilian personnel, NAVSUP oversees logistics programs in the areas of supply operations, conventional ordnance, contracting, resale, fuel, transportation, and security assistance.  In addition, NAVSUP is responsible for quality of life issues for our Naval forces, including food services, postal services, Navy Exchanges, and movement of household goods.  The NAVSUP Office of Counsel includes approximately 61  attorneys located at its headquarters and field offices in the U.S. and overseas.
The NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound Office of Counsel is comprised of two attorneys and has a varied workload, covering the full range of OGC practice, including contract law, civilian personnel/EEO law, labor management relations, fiscal law, litigation, and client counseling, as well as ethics/standards of conduct and FOIA.  The successful candidate will be expected to support all of these areas, with a strong emphasis in the areas of contract law, civilian personnel law, and fiscal law.
This position is rated GS-11/12/13/14 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 selected at the GS-11 level, the applicant must have at least one year of experience.  If an applicant is a recent law school graduate and or has less than one year of legal experience, the applicant must have superior law student work as demonstrated by:  graduating in the top third of their law school class; work or achievement of significance on an official law review or journal; or a special high-level honor e.g., winning a moot court competition, membership on the law school's official moot court team, or membership in the Order of the Coif.  To be selected at the GS-12 level, the applicant must have two years of professional relevant 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.
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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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