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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#44-21 Intellectual Property Attorney4/26/2021Keyport, WashingtonGS-14/15
Intellectual Property Attorney
There is an anticipated vacancy for an intellectual Property (IP) law attorney within the Office of Counsel at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Keyport, (NUWC Keyport), Keyport, WA. NUWC Keyport is one of ten divisions of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Warfare Centers and one of two divisions of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center. NUWC Keyport’s mission is focused on developing and applying advanced technical capabilities to test, evaluate, field, and maintain undersea warfare systems and related defense assets. These advanced technical capabilities directly support the full spectrum of Navy undersea programs. NUWC Keyport’s primary site is located in the state of Washington on the Puget Sound, about 10 miles west of the city of Seattle and just north of the city of Bremerton.

The NUWC Keyport Office of Counsel is a field office within the NAVSEA Office of Counsel and part of the Department of the Navy Office of the General Counsel (DON OGC). NAVSEA is responsible for the development, acquisition, and maintenance of ships, shipboards systems and ordnance for the DON, with an annual budget of over $32 billion and a workforce of roughly 83,000 military and civilian personnel. The NAVSEA Office of Counsel employs over 150 lawyers located at its Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and in 22 field offices throughout the United States.

The position will be filled at the NT-1222-V/VI (comparable to GS-14/15) pay band within the NAVSEA Warfare Center Personnel Demonstration Project. The pay band grade level offered will be based upon the successful applicant's qualifications and funding availability.

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.

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

Interested attorneys are encouraged to contact Mr. Robert Jusko at (360) 396-2439, or by e-mail at robert.jusko@navy.mil for more information.

This personnel notice will close on April 26, 2021 at 11:59:59 PM (EST), and complete applications must be received by this date and time to be considered.
#46-21 General Attorney4/26/2021Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, DCGS-15
General Attorney
There is an anticipated vacancy for a General Attorney within the Office of Counsel, Special Projects Division (SPD), under the general supervision and guidance of the Assistant General Counsel (National Security Law). The SPD Office of Counsel is located within an Echelon II activity that supports classified programs executed by the Department of the Navy (DON), the Department of Defense, and other government agencies. The position will be located at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB), DC.  The successful candidate will be expected to provide legal support across the full range of OGC practice areas, including civilian personnel law, ethics / Standards of conduct, Federal acquisition law, fiscal law, Freedom of Information Act / Privacy Act, and litigation related to these areas. However, the responsibilities of this position are anticipated to be focused on advising clients on civilian personnel law and ethics/Standards of Conduct.

The position will be filled under the General Schedule (GS) at the GS-15 level. For consideration at the GS-15 level, the successful candidate must have at least five and one-half years of relevant professional legal experience.

Interested attorneys may contact Mr. Greg Lang, at 202-284-1534, to discuss the position further.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and a resume; 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 (other than current supervisors) who may be contacted. A client reference is encouraged.

Applications should be emailed to Gregory.Lang@navy.mil. Hard copies are not being accepted.

This Personnel Notice will close on April 26, 2021 at 11:59:59 PM, EST, and complete applications must be received by this date and time to be considered.
#47-21 Supervisory Senior Associate Counsel Contracts/Civilian Personnel Law4/19/2021San Diego, CAGS-15
Supervisory Senior Associate Counsel Contracts/Civilian Personnel Law
There is a vacancy for an attorney to serve as the Supervisory Senior Associate Counsel (Acquisition/Civilian Personnel Law) in the Office of Counsel, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest (NAVFAC SW). This GS-15 position is located at NAVFAC SW headquarters in San Diego, CA.

The incumbent supervises a team of seven attorneys in the NAVFAC SW Office of Counsel, and delivers legal services to the Command's senior clients regarding the full range of acquisition and civilian personnel matters.  Acquisition matters include contracts and other agreements for renewable energy and utility services, military construction, facilities maintenance, architect/engineer services, base operations and support services; intra- and inter-governmental procurement; labor and economic preferences; bid protests and contract disputes associated with the above; and related issues of fiscal law.  Civilian personnel matters include advising senior clients on matters involving EEO programs, reasonable accommodation, employee performance and discipline, as well overseeing litigation at the Merit Systems Protection Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and in federal district court.  The Senior Associate Counsel (Acquisition/Civilian Personnel) reports to the Counsel; works closely with the Counsel on matters of great visibility and importance to the Command; leads a team of acquisition/CPL attorneys; consults with and provides guidance to attorneys across NAVFAC SW; and frequently coordinates directly with attorneys across the Department of the Navy, Department of Defense, and other federal agencies.

Applicants should submit a cover letter explaining their interest in the position; a resume; two legal writing samples (not more than 10 pages each; portions of longer documents are acceptable); their most recent SF-50 (if a current federal employee); 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.  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.

Please contact Ms. Susan Hulbert, Counsel, NAVFAC SW, 619-705-4901, susan.hulbert@navy.mil

Applications must be submitted by e-mail to navfachqogcjobs.fct@navy.mil.  Hard copy applications are not being accepted at this time.  The subject line of the e-mail should state the Personnel Notice Number.

This Personnel Notice will close on April 19, 2021 at 11:59:59 PM (EST) and complete applications must be received by this date and time to be considered.
#48-21 Supervisory Associate Counsel (CPL)4/23/2021Bremerton, WAGS-15
Supervisory Associate Counsel (CPL)
There is a vacancy within the Office of Counsel, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF) for a senior attorney to serve as a Supervisory Associate Counsel, Civilian Personnel Law (CPL). 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 70,000 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 position will be filled under the General Schedule (GS) at the GS-15 level.

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.  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.

Interested attorneys with questions may contact Ms. Wendy Kelly, PSNS&IMF Counsel, at (360) 476-6597.

Electronic applications are being received at this time and should be sent to: nssc_navsea_ogc_vaca@navy.mil. The subject line of the message should state the Personnel Notice Number. Hard copy applications are not being accepted at this time.

This personnel notice will close on April 23, 2021 at 11:59:59 PM EST, and complete applications must be received by this date and time to be considered.
#49-21 General Attorney4/30/2021Arlington, VAGS-14/15
General Attorney
There is an anticipated vacancy for a program attorney to support the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office. This office and position are located in Arlington, Virginia. The F-35 is a joint Department of Defense (DoD) program delivering and sustaining aircraft for the Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force with seven international partner participants (United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Norway and Denmark) and several foreign military sales customers. This ACAT I (D) program is the largest aircraft acquisition project in history, with planned global purchase requirements of more than 3,000 aircraft and a total program cost estimate of $300 billion. The F-35 legal office often coordinates with attorneys and other officials in the Navy, Air Force, DoD and Department of State concerning matters of mutual interest. The attorney selected to fill this position will provide the full range of legal and business advice on a variety of Federal acquisition law-related matters including: the preparation and review of acquisition strategies and other elements of acquisition planning; reviewing solicitations, contracts, modifications and other contractual documents; contract disputes, claims, and terminations; intellectual property; fiscal law, international cooperative program/foreign military sales issues; and legislative/policy issues. The ability to forge strong working relationships with attorneys and clients alike is essential for this position.

This vacancy is anticipated to be filled at the GS-14 or GS-15 level. Positions filled at the GS-14 equivalent levels will have promotion potential to the NH-IV (GS-15 equivalent) level within the Acquisition Workplace Personnel Demonstration Project (ACQDEMO) system.

Interested attorneys are encouraged to contact Candi Alfred at candi.alfred@jsf.mil or (571) 666-0541 for additional information.

Applicants should submit a cover letter; a resume; two legal writing samples (less than ten pages each); the two most recent performance appraisals; and the names and telephone numbers of at least three references (other than current supervisor). In the cover letter, applicants should address whether there is a minimum GS equivalent level they would be willing to accept. Performance appraisals should include the narrative rating official's assessment as well as the rating and share value (as applicable). Applicants who do not want their current supervisor to be contacted should specify that information in the cover letter; however, the absence of a supervisory reference may be a factor in the evaluation process.

Electronic applications are preferred and should be emailed to: kimberli.bartholomew@navy.mil and candi.alfred@jsf.mil.

The vacancy announcement will close on April 30, 2021 at 11:59:59 PM EST, and complete applications must be received by this date and time to be considered.
#50-21 General Attorney4/26/2021Patuxent River, MDGS-11/12/13/14
General Attorney
There is a vacancy for one attorney to serve within the Office of General Counsel, Commander Fleet Readiness Centers Headquarters (COMFRCHQ), located in Patuxent River, MD.  COMFRCHQ is an Echelon III command, reporting to the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), located in Patuxent River, MD. The Command is responsible for maintenance and repair of airframes, engines, and components, along with related services to meet Fleet sustainment requirements. The COMFRCHQ Office of General Counsel is responsible for providing the full spectrum of legal advice with a concentration in acquisition, civilian personnel law, ethics, fiscal law, environmental, Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act.

The responsibilities of this position include advising clients on a variety of Federal acquisition law-related matters to include: contractual interpretation; drafting and reviewing contractual modifications; contract disputes and claims; responding to bid protests; reviewing solicitations, acquisition strategy and planning documents, as well as other acquisition-related documents; competitive source selections; statutory interpretation; and preparing or reviewing responses to Congressional, Government Accountability Office (GAO), Inspectors General, and Naval Audit Service requests as required. The selected applicant will also provide advice on FOIA, ethics/standards of conduct, fiscal law, civilian personnel law, and other areas within the DON OGC’s areas of practice.

This vacancy is anticipated to be filled at the GS-11 through GS-14 level depending on the qualifications of the successful applicant. The position has a full performance level and potential promotion to GS-15.

Applicants should submit a cover letter; a resume; two legal writing samples (not more than 10 pages each; portions of longer documents are acceptable); your most recent SF-50 (if a current federal employee) and the names and telephone numbers of at least three references (other than current supervisor) who may be contacted. Applicants 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. Applicants should clearly indicate if they do not want their current supervisor contacted. 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.

Electronic applications must be addressed to Kirsten.Jabara@navy.mil and Kimberli.Bartholomew@navy.mil.  The application file size must be under 7MB.

Interested attorneys may contact Ms. Kirsten Jabara, Counsel, COMFRC, at (301) 247-3521 or kirsten.jabara@navy.mil, for further information.

This Personnel Notice will close on April 26, 2021 at 11:59:59 PM, EST. Only complete applications received by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
#51-21 Assistant Counsel4/28/2021Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.GS-13/14
Assistant Counsel
There is a vacancy for an attorney to serve as Assistant Counsel within the Office of Counsel, Naval History & Heritage Command (NHHC), located at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.  NHHC is an echelon II command reporting to the Director, Navy Staff.  The mission of NHHC and its subordinate museums is to: collect, preserve, and make available the artifacts, records, publications, and art that best embody our naval history and heritage for present and future generations; advance and operationalize the knowledge of naval history and heritage through professional research, analysis, and interpretation; and make naval history and heritage relevant to Navy leaders, Sailors (past and present) and the American people by reminding them of the need to protect our citizenship, our freedoms, and the nation's maritime commerce.  NHHC will soon embark on an effort to plan and construct a new National U.S. Navy Museum, in the Washington, D.C. area.

This position will be filled under the General Schedule (GS) pay system at the GS-13/14 level.

Applicants should submit a resume; a cover letter explaining their interest in the position and addressing the evaluation criteria for the position; their two most recent performance appraisals, if available; two legal writing samples of their work (preferably relating to Federal Government ethics); and, the names and contact information for three references (other than their immediate supervisor) who may be contacted. Current federal government employees should indicate in their application their present GS level or equivalent and salary.  Applicants who do not want their current supervisor to be contacted should specify that information in the cover letter. All materials submitted in the application package will be considered in the evaluation package.

Interested attorneys should contact Ms. Jannika Cannon at (703) 697-3358 or by email at jannika.cannon1@navy.mil; for further information.

Applications should be emailed to jannika.cannon1@navy.mil; Hard copy applications are not being accepted at this time.

This Personnel Notice will close on April 28, 2021 at 11:59:59 EST, and complete 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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