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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 DON OGC Attorney Vacancies

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142-19 Assistant/Associate Counsel12/16/2019Washington Navy Yard, DCGS-12/13/14/15
Assistant/Associate Counsel
There is an anticipated vacancy for an attorney in the Civilian Personnel Law Section in the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) headquarters Office of Counsel, a part of the Department of the Navy (DON) Office of the General Counsel (OGC). The position is located at the Washington Navy Yard, 1333 Isaac Hull Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C.

The primary responsibility of this position will be to provide advice and representation in all areas of civilian personnel law, including matters pertaining to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), federal court litigation, labor law matters, disciplinary actions, performance appraisals, investigations, and requests for reasonable accommodation. This position may also be responsible for providing advice regarding ethics/standards of conduct, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Privacy Act, and fiscal law. The position requires periodic travel for training and litigation.

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), preferably demonstrating analytical and/or advocacy abilities in federal CPL litigation, 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 cover letter must indicate the lowest grade level that the applicant will consider.

Interested attorneys with questions may contact Ms. Kate O’Neill at (202)-781-5403 or by e-mail at kathleen.oneill@navy.mil.

Applications must be sent electronically to nssc_navsea_ogc_vaca@navy.mil. The subject line of the email should include the applicant’s name and contain the Personnel Notice Number. If necessary, applications may be sent via Fed Ex or some similar means due to delays in regular U.S. mail delivery to:

COMMANDER
NAVAL SEA SYSTEMS COMMAND
Attn: K. O’Neill, Stop 1150
1333 ISAAC HULL AVENUE SE
WASHINGTON NAVY YARD DC 20376-1150

This Personnel Notice will close at 11:59:59 PM, EST, December 16, 2019 and applications must be received by this time and date to be considered.

NOTE:  To view the complete vacancy announcement, please click the link below
143-19 General Attorney12/16/2019Patuxent River, MDGS-11/12/13/14/15
General Attorney
**Individuals who responded to Personnel Notice 132-19 need not resubmit their application materials.**

There is a vacancy for an attorney within the Office of Counsel, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD), Patuxent River, Maryland. NAWCAD 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 aircraft and component systems. The Office of Counsel, NAWCAD, employs over 30 attorneys and support staff at Patuxent River, Lakehurst, NJ, and Orlando, FL.

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.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and a resume. If selected for an interview, applicants will be asked to provide 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. Applicants who do not want their current supervisor to be contacted should specify that information in the cover letter.

Applications must be under 7MB in size and should be emailed to: susan.mahoney1@navy.mil and stephanie.polk1@navy.mil

Interested attorneys may contact Ms. Stephanie Polk, NAWCAD Counsel at (301) 342-9562.

This personnel notice will close on December 16, 2019 at 11:59:59 PM EST, and applications must be received by this date and time to be considered.

NOTE:  To view the complete vacancy announcement, please click the link below.
144-19 Assistant Counsel12/18/2019Norfolk, VirginiaGS-13/14
Assistant Counsel
A vacancy is anticipated for an attorney to serve as an Assistant Counsel in the Office of Counsel, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic (NAVFAC Atlantic) in Norfolk, Virginia. The Office of Counsel, NAVFAC Atlantic, is a part of the NAVFAC Office of Counsel, which is headquartered in Washington, DC. NAVFAC Atlantic is an Echelon III 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 Atlantic area of responsibility. NAVFAC Atlantic oversees four subordinate Echelon IV facilities engineering commands and is responsible for oversight of NAVFAC products and services throughout the Eastern United States, Southern Europe, Africa, and Southwest Asia.

The principal duties of the attorney selected for this position will be to provide legal support in the area of environmental law.  Real estate will be a secondary focus of the position.  However, the selectee may also be assigned duties in the other practice areas noted above as the needs of the office may require. Periodic travel may be required.

Applicants should 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); 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.  Current Federal employees should also indicate their present GS and step level or equivalent grade and salary.

Interested attorneys may contact Mr. Theodore Hoffmann, Counsel, NAVFAC Atlantic, at (757) 322-8016 or Ms. Sandra Simmons, Supervisory Assistant Counsel, at (757) 322-4774 for additional information. 

Electronic applications should be submitted by e-mail to theodore.hoffmann@navy.mil

This Personnel Notice will close at 11:59:59 PM, EST, December 18, 2019 and applications must be received by this time and date to be considered.

NOTE:  To view the complete vacancy announcement, please click the link below
145-19 New12/14/2019Philadelphia, PAGS-15
Senior Assistant Counsel
There are one or more anticipated vacancies for an attorney to serve as Senior Assistant Counsel at the Philadelphia Site of the Office of Counsel, NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS), a field office within the Office of Counsel, Naval Supply Systems Command, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.  The vacancy/vacancies will be filled under the General Schedule (GS) at the GS-15 level. 

This position is located at NAVSUP WSS Philadelphia at NSA Philadelphia. The Office of Counsel at WSS Philadelphia has 9 total attorneys and 1 support staff. The Office of Counsel at WSS Mechanicsburg has 6 total attorneys and 1 support staff.

To apply, applicants must submit a resume, OF-612 or SF-171, a cover letter that address the evaluation criteria for this position, two legal writing samples, (not exceeding 10 pages each), 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. Current federal employees must also provide a copy of their most recent SF-50 form.

Electronic applications are highly encouraged and should be sent to norma.crowther@navy.mil.

Documents sent by regular mail, or Federal Express, or similar delivery services should be sent to:
Norma Crowther
Naval Supply Systems Command
Office of Counsel
5450 Carlisle Pike Suite 309/WS315
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050-2411

Interested attorneys are encouraged to contact NAVSUP WSS Counsel, Ms. Lori Chofnas, at 215-697-5280 for additional information about the position.

This personnel notice will close at 11:59:59 PM EST on December 14, 2019, and applications must be received by this time and date to be considered.
NOTE:  To view the complete vacancy announcement, please click the link below.
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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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