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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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Primary Job Responsibilities
130-19 Associate Counsel (Ethics/Civilian Personnel Law)11/18/2019Washington, DCGS-15
Associate Counsel (Ethics/Civilian Personnel Law)
There is an anticipated vacancy for an attorney to serve as the Associate Counsel (Ethics and Civilian Personnel) in the Office of Counsel, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Headquarters. This GS-15 position is located at the historic Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC.

NAVFAC is the Echelon II systems command that builds and maintains sustainable facilities, delivers utilities and installation operation services, and provides facilities and other infrastructure support to Navy expeditionary combat forces.

The NAVFAC Office of Counsel supports NAVFAC in all aspects of its operations. The Office of Counsel comprises approximately 100 attorneys and 15 support staff, including nine attorneys at headquarters and the remainder in twelve field offices.
The Associate Counsel (Ethics and Civilian Personnel Law) delivers legal services to the Command’s senior clients regarding the full range of ethics and standards of conduct matters, and civilian personnel matters, including matters in litigation before the EEOC and MSPB. The incumbent in this position also provides legal services in the areas of safety, public affairs, inspection and audit, and Freedom of Information Act. 

To apply, applicants must submit a resume, OF-612 or SF-171; a cover letter that addresses the applicant’s qualifications and reasons for his/her interest in this position; two legal writing samples (not exceeding 10 pages each; the sample may be a part of a longer document); their 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. Applicants should clearly indicate if they do not want us to contact their current supervisor. The cover letter should also address the applicant’s projected availability. Current federal government employees should indicate their present GS and step level or equivalent grade and salary.

For additional information, interested attorneys may contact Mr. Andrew Saunders, Counsel, 202-685-9115/DSN 325, Andrew.saunders1@navy.mil or Mr. Richard Huber, Senior Associate Counsel, 202-685-9117/DSN 325, Richard.j.huber@navy.mil.

Electronic submissions are preferred and should be submitted to Ms. Belynda Miller-Miles at belynda.miller-miles@navy.mil. Mailed applications should be sent by FEDEX or similar express mail service because of possible security delays and addressed to:

Mr. Richard Huber
Office of Counsel
Naval Facilities Engineering Command
1322 Patterson Avenue, SE, Suite 1000
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5065

This Personnel Notice will close at 11:59:59 PM EDT on November 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
133-19 Deputy Counsel11/21/2019Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C. GS-15
Deputy Counsel
There is an anticipated vacancy for an attorney to serve as Deputy Counsel, Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), at the CNIC Office of General Counsel located at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C. CNIC’s mission is to provide consistent, effective, and efficient shore installation services and support to sustain and improve current and future Fleet readiness and mission execution. The CNIC Office of General Counsel is under the general supervision and coordination of the Department of the Navy Office of the General Counsel (DON OGC) and provides legal services to CNIC and its eleven Regions.  More information about CNIC can be found at www.cnic.navy.mil.

The focus of the CNIC OGC practice is installation law, which includes business and commercial law (for both appropriated and non-appropriated fund contracts); civilian personnel law (appropriated and non-appropriated fund personnel); labor law; environmental and land use law; real and personal property law; fiscal law; community and legislative relations; military community welfare and recreation support; ethics/standards of conduct; and litigation.  This position is responsible for providing or ensuring the provision of the full range of CNIC installation law practice areas.  The incumbent also is the first-level supervisor of five senior associate counsel and two professional support staff at CNIC headquarters.   The incumbent is currently the first-level supervisor of three Region Counsel that will report to a HQ senior associate counsel in mid-2020.  Further, the incumbent is responsible for all personnel and budget matters within the office, assists with the oversight and management of the CNIC OGC legal team and represents the organization in the absence of Counsel, CNIC.  The position reports to Counsel, CNIC.

This is a senior leadership, management and supervisory position within CNIC and the DON OGC requiring the exercise of significant responsibility, and will be filled at the full performance GS-15 level.  To be selected at the GS-15 level, the applicant must have a minimum of 5-1/2 years of legal experience.  Precise pay will be set commensurate with the successful candidate’s qualifications, funding availability, and GS pay guidelines.

Applicants should submit a cover letter explaining their interest in the position, along with a resume, two writing samples (NO MORE than 10 pages in length, but may be a portion of larger document), two most recent performance appraisals (if available), and the names and telephone numbers of at least three references who can speak to their professional qualifications (other than current supervisors) and whom may be contacted.  Applications should include current grade (if applicable), salary requirements, and projected availability.  Current federal employees must also provide a copy of their most recent SF-50.

Interested attorneys may contact Counsel, CNIC, Ms. Josie Dristy at josie.dristy@navy.mil or (202) 433-4808.

This personnel notice will close 11:59:59 PM, EST on November 21, 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
133-19 Deputy Counsel11/21/2019Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C. GS-15
Deputy Counsel
There is an anticipated vacancy for an attorney to serve as Deputy Counsel, Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), at the CNIC Office of General Counsel located at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C. CNIC’s mission is to provide consistent, effective, and efficient shore installation services and support to sustain and improve current and future Fleet readiness and mission execution. The CNIC Office of General Counsel is under the general supervision and coordination of the Department of the Navy Office of the General Counsel (DON OGC) and provides legal services to CNIC and its eleven Regions.  More information about CNIC can be found at www.cnic.navy.mil.

The focus of the CNIC OGC practice is installation law, which includes business and commercial law (for both appropriated and non-appropriated fund contracts); civilian personnel law (appropriated and non-appropriated fund personnel); labor law; environmental and land use law; real and personal property law; fiscal law; community and legislative relations; military community welfare and recreation support; ethics/standards of conduct; and litigation.  This position is responsible for providing or ensuring the provision of the full range of CNIC installation law practice areas.  The incumbent also is the first-level supervisor of five senior associate counsel and two professional support staff at CNIC headquarters.   The incumbent is currently the first-level supervisor of three Region Counsel that will report to a HQ senior associate counsel in mid-2020.  Further, the incumbent is responsible for all personnel and budget matters within the office, assists with the oversight and management of the CNIC OGC legal team and represents the organization in the absence of Counsel, CNIC.  The position reports to Counsel, CNIC.

This is a senior leadership, management and supervisory position within CNIC and the DON OGC requiring the exercise of significant responsibility, and will be filled at the full performance GS-15 level.  To be selected at the GS-15 level, the applicant must have a minimum of 5-1/2 years of legal experience.  Precise pay will be set commensurate with the successful candidate’s qualifications, funding availability, and GS pay guidelines.

Applicants should submit a cover letter explaining their interest in the position, along with a resume, two writing samples (NO MORE than 10 pages in length, but may be a portion of larger document), two most recent performance appraisals (if available), and the names and telephone numbers of at least three references who can speak to their professional qualifications (other than current supervisors) and whom may be contacted.  Applications should include current grade (if applicable), salary requirements, and projected availability.  Current federal employees must also provide a copy of their most recent SF-50.

Interested attorneys may contact Counsel, CNIC, Ms. Josie Dristy at josie.dristy@navy.mil or (202) 433-4808.

This personnel notice will close 11:59:59 PM, EST on November 21, 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
134-19 Assistant Counsel, Environmental and Occupational Safety and Health Section11/25/2019Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C. GS-12/13/14
Assistant Counsel, Environmental and Occupational Safety and Health Section
There is an anticipated vacancy for the position of a staff attorney in the Environmental and Occupational Safety and Health (EOSH) Section of the Office of Counsel, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). The position is located at NAVSEA Headquarters, located on the Washington Navy Yard, Washington. DC.

NAVSEA is responsible for the development, acquisition, and maintenance of ships, shipboard systems and ordnance for the Department of the Navy (DON), with an annual budget of over $30 billion and a workforce of roughly 80,000 military and civilian personnel. The NAVSEA Office of Counsel includes approximately 150 lawyers located at the Washington Navy Yard Headquarters and in 21 field offices throughout the United States. They provide clients with a full range of legal services in the practice areas assigned to the DON Office of the General Counsel, including civilian personnel law, labor law, acquisition law, environmental and occupational safety and health law, intellectual property law, and litigation in various forums.

The EOSH Section is responsible for providing legal advice to officials within NAVSEA and its six affiliated Program Executive Offices regarding EOSH issues. In addition, attorneys in the section provide subject matter expertise for NAVSEA field attorneys. The primary responsibility of this position will be to provide legal advice and representation in the following areas: environmental compliance, environmental planning, natural and cultural resource laws, environmental remediation, legislative and regulatory development, and litigation support.  The incumbent also may be expected to support the following other areas of practice: occupational safety and health, regulation of nuclear materials, explosive ordnance safety and disposal, Freedom of Information Act requests, and fiscal law as needed. The successful candidate will be expected to work with other components of the Department of Defense (DoD), as well as other federal and state agencies and must have excellent communication, research, and negotiation skills. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to maintain good working relationships are critical attributes.


Interested attorneys should submit either an SF-171, OF-612, or resume, two brief legal writing samples (10 pages or less each), the two most recent performance appraisals, if available, and names and telephone numbers of at least three references who may be contacted.

For more information on this position, interested attorneys are encouraged to contact Michael Tencate at (202) 781-5342 or michael.tencate@navy.mil.

This announcement will close on November 25, 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.
135-19 General Attorney12/2/2019NAVAIRHQ Patuxent RiverGS-11/12/13/14/15
General Attorney
It is anticipated that there will be multiple vacancies for program attorneys within the Office of Counsel, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Headquarters (HQ) located in Patuxent River, Md. NAVAIR is an Echelon II command responsible for the development, acquisition and maintenance of aircraft, aircraft systems, weapons and support systems. NAVAIR HQ Office of Counsel is composed of approximately 50 attorneys practicing law in the areas of federal procurement (with an emphasis on major weapon systems acquisition), environmental, intellectual property, civilian personnel, and the Freedom of Information/Privacy Act, and government ethics. NAVAIR is located on the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and within 60 miles of Washington, Baltimore, and Annapolis. Locality pay at Patuxent River falls within the Washington-Baltimore area. For more information about NAVAIR, see http://www.navair.navy.mil.

Program attorneys practice law predominantly in the area of federal procurement and manage extensive and challenging acquisition portfolios, including major weapons systems that are critical to the future of the Department of the Navy. These are often the subject of intense interest in the Department of the Navy Secretariat, the Department of Defense, and the Congress. The successful applicant will counsel clients on the full range of government acquisition-related issues, including the preparation and review of acquisition strategies and other elements of acquisition planning; solicitations, contracts, modifications and other contractual documents; competitive source selections; life-cycle logistics support; contract disputes, claims and terminations; and responses to Government Accountability Office protests and other litigation related to assigned programs. Further, the incumbent must provide legal advice on questions of fiscal law, and interpret applicable statutes, regulations, and policy guidance. The incumbent may also address other practice areas within the NAVAIR Office of Counsel: e.g., environmental law, Freedom of Information Act law, ethics, and civilian personnel law. The ability to forge strong working relationships with attorneys and clients alike is essential for program attorneys.


Applicants should submit a cover letter and a resume. In the cover letter, applicants should address whether there is a minimum GS equivalent level they would be willing to accept. 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. It is recommended that a current supervisor and a client reference be provided. 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 rachel.goldsmith@navy.mil. In the absence of electronic mail capability, documents may also be mailed via Parcel Service (e.g., FedEx/UPS) or USPS.  Send documents to:

Naval Air Systems Command
Office of General Counsel
Attn:  K. Bartholomew
47123 Buse Rd, Bldg 2272, Ste 257
Patuxent River, MD 20670-1547

Interested attorneys are encouraged to contact Gina Gascoigne at (301) 757-0592 or Glenn Heisler at (301) 757-6003.

The vacancy announcement will close on December 2, 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
136-19 Counsel12/2/2019San Diego, CAGS-15
Counsel
There is an anticipated vacancy for a supervisory attorney to serve in position of Counsel, Fleet Readiness Center Southwest, San Diego, California (FRCSW). FRCSW is an aviation maintenance organization and reports to Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers. The command is responsible for maintenance and repair of airframes, engines, and components, along with related services to meet Fleet requirements. This supervisory position is in a field office of the Office of the Counsel, Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland. The FRCSW Office of Counsel is responsible for providing the full spectrum of legal advice at a large industrial facility employing approximately 3,000 federal civilian workers, 1000 military personnel, and 600 contractor employees.

The Counsel will be expected to perform and oversee the full range of OGC practice, with an emphasis on laws, rules, and regulations in the areas of: civilian personnel, business and commercial law, fiscal, ethics and standards of conduct, litigation, work for private party agreements, environmental law, Occupational Safety and Health law, FOIA/Privacy Act, intellectual property law, and other administrative law matters resulting from the operations and responsibilities of a large industrial facility. The primary practice area is civilian personnel law.  FRCSW has five employee bargaining units and, as a result, a robust labor management relations practice which includes, among other matters, collective bargaining agreements and associated issues and workload. Civilian personnel litigation is before both administrative and judicial tribunals. Along with providing advice and representing Department of Navy interests in the most complex individual cases and matters, the incumbent will supervise three civilian attorneys and one support staff personnel. This position will be filled at the GS-15 level. To be eligible for selection at the GS-15, the applicant must have at least five-and-a-half years of successful, relevant legal experience.

Applicants should submit a cover letter; a resume; two legal writing samples (less than ten pages each); and the two most recent performance appraisals (if available). Performance appraisals should include the narrative rating official's assessment as well as the rating and share value (as applicable). Also, provide the names and telephone numbers of at least three references (other than current supervisor) that may be contacted. Applicants should clearly indicate if they do not want their current supervisor contacted.

Interested attorneys may contact Ms. Kirsten Jabara at 301-757-0578 for additional information. Application file size must be under 7MB and shall be emailed to kimberli.bartholomew@navy.mil and rachel.goldsmith@navy.mil. In the absence of electronic mail capability, documents may also be mailed via Parcel Service (e.g., FedEx/UPS) or USPS.  Send documents to:

Naval Air Systems Command
Office of General Counsel
Attn:  K. Bartholomew
47123 Buse Rd, Bldg 2272, Ste 257
Patuxent River, MD 20670-1547

This Personnel Notice will close on November 21, 2019 at 11:59:59 EST. Only applications received by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

NOTE:  To view the complete vacancy announcement, please click the link below
137-19 Deputy Counsel, Navy International Programs Office12/2/2019Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DCGS-15
Deputy Counsel, Navy International Programs Office
A vacancy is anticipated for an attorney to serve as Deputy Counsel (GS-15) within the Office of Counsel of the Navy International Programs Office (Navy IPO) located at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. The Deputy Counsel will supervise three attorneys and will report to the Counsel, Navy IPO.

Navy IPO is directed by the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (International Programs), who reports to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development & Acquisition).  Navy IPO has the core responsibilities within the Department of the Navy for foreign military sales (FMS) and other security cooperation matters; international research, development, and acquisition agreements; and technology transfer.

The Deputy Counsel will primarily provide and oversee legal services in support of the Navy IPO core responsibilities.  The position requires significant contact with senior Department of Defense and Department of State officials, as well as foreign government representatives. The Deputy Counsel will also provide and manage the delivery of legal services in the more traditional areas of the Navy Office of General Counsel practice.  These areas include federal procurement law (as it pertains to acquisition for foreign cooperative partners and FMS customers, as well as for Navy IPO itself), fiscal law, ethics, the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act, and civilian personnel law. The Deputy Counsel may be required to travel internationally and domestically.

Significant experience in international acquisition agreements or FMS matters (preferably major weapons systems acquisition) is required. Significant experience in the practice of federal procurement law (preferably major weapon systems acquisition) is strongly desired. Experience in one or more of the Navy IPO core responsibilities described above will also be weighed. Other factors that will be considered are experience in advising clients at the flag/general officer level or Senior Executive Service level, supervisory or leadership experience, and experience in providing legal advice in the traditional areas of Navy OGC practice. A demonstrated ability to work on matters in which there are no or few legal precedents is desirable.   

Interested attorneys may contact Tim Hickey at 202/433-5370 or Rick Tschampel at 703/697-1107.

Applicants should submit a cover letter; resume; two writing samples (not to exceed ten pages; portions of longer work product are acceptable); the name and phone number of applicant’s current immediate supervisor, the names and phone numbers of three references (other than the immediate supervisor) who may be contacted; and the two most recent performance appraisals (if available).

Electronic applications are strongly preferred and should be sent via e-mail to Tim Hickey at timothy.hickey@navy.mil.  Although much less desirable, applicants may send applications by FedEx, UPS, or similar mail delivery service.  Application packages sent via mail delivery service may be delayed due to security screening. 

Mail applications to:

Navy International Programs Office
1250 10th Street, SE, Suite 2000
Washington, D.C. 20374-5165
Attn: OOL

This personnel notice will close on December 2, 2019, 11:59:59 EST, and applications must be received electronically or by mail by this date and time 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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