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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: 

 
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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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82-20 Supervisory Senior Associate Counsel (Environment and Land Use)7/6/2020Washington Navy Yard, Washington DCGS-15
Supervisory Senior Associate Counsel (Environment and Land Use)
There is an anticipated vacancy for an attorney to serve as Supervisory Senior Associate Counsel (Environment and Land Use) 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 Commander, NAVFAC, serves as the Navy’s Chief of Civil Engineers and leads a world-wide organization of approximately 19,000 military and civilian personnel, at headquarters and thirteen component commands, in support of the Navy and Marine Corps, Unified Commanders, and Department of Defense agencies. More information about NAVFAC can be found at www.navfac.navy.mil.

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 ten attorneys at headquarters and the remainder in twelve field offices. The most significant areas of practice are: acquisition law, including contracts for renewable energy and other utility services, military construction, facilities maintenance, architect/engineer services, and base operations and support services, among other subjects; real estate law, including all aspects of the acquisition, management, and disposal of real property; environmental law, including matters related to environmental planning, compliance, and restoration; legal support for the Military Housing Privatization Initiative; fiscal law; civilian personnel law; ethics and standards of conduct; the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act; and litigation / litigation support.

The Associate Counsel (Environment and Land Use), in addressing both environmental and land use matters, will provide legal advice to senior clients at NAVFAC; serve as a subject-matter expert and provide guidance in consultations with attorneys at NAVFAC headquarters and in its field offices; and coordinate with attorneys across the Department of the Navy, the Department of Defense and other federal agencies. This position will be the first line superviser one or more attorneys on the HQ staff. With respect to environmental law, the successful applicant will address matters of environmental planning (in particular, issues arising under the National Environmental Policy Act and associated regulations and policies, including natural and cultural resource consultation processes); environmental compliance; and environmental restoration. With respect to land use/real estate law, the successful applicant will work with another headquarters attorney in providing all necessary legal services involving the acquisition, management, and disposal of real property. This will include the review of proposed real estate transactions, advice on various real estate authorities, and support of real estate condemnations. The environmental and land-use/real estate practice will include issues related to all federal real estate transaction, renewable energy projects and the Military Housing Privatization Initiative.

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 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, and if relocation/PCS expenses are desired. Current Federal employees should also indicate their present GS and step level or equivalent grade and salary.

For additional information, interested attorneys may contact Mr. Andrew Saunders, Counsel, NAVFAC, 202-685-91151/DSN 325, Andrew.saunders1@navy.mil, or Ms. Traci Guariniello, Deputy Counsel, 202-685-9116/DSN 325, traci.guariniello@navy.mil

Electronic submissions should be submitted to the NAVFAC OGC Jobs mailbox at navfachqogcjobs.fct@navy.mil.  Hard copy applications are not being accepted at this time. The subject line of the message should state the Personnel Notice Number.

This Personnel Notice will close on July 6, 2020 at 11:59:59 PM EST and applications must be received by this date and time to be considered.
85-20 Assistant/Associate Counsel 7/30/2020Crane, IndianaGS-11/12/13/14/15
Assistant/Associate Counsel
There is an anticipated vacancy for an intellectual property (IP) attorney within the Office of Counsel at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Indiana. NSWC Crane is one of eight divisions within the Naval Surface Warfare Center of the Naval Sea Systems (NAVSEA). NSWC Crane specializes in the acquisition and fleet support of electronics, ordnance and electronic warfare products and systems.

The position may be filled at the NT-IV (comparable to GS-11/12), NT-V (comparable to GS- 13/14) pay or NT-VI (GS-15 equivalent) band within the NAVSEA Warfare Center Personnel Demonstration Project. If the position is filled at the NT-IV or NT-V level, it is expected that the position will have promotion potential to the NT-VI (comparable to GS 14/15) level. As the desired grade level rises, concentrated and relevant experience in IP law and familiarity with OGC and DON processes and procedures becomes increasingly important. The pay band and equivalent grade level offered will be based upon the successful applicant's qualifications and funding availability.

Applicants must be registered to practice and to prosecute patent applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Applicants should submit a resume, United States Patent and Trademark Office registration number, two recent and relevant legal writing samples (limited to no more than 10 pages each, excerpts of longer documents are acceptable) that demonstrate analytical and/or advocacy abilities, two recent performance appraisals (if available), and names and telephone numbers of at least three references who may be contacted. Attorneys 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. 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.

Interested attorneys are encouraged to contact Mr. Allen Sebastian at (812) 854-1880 or by e- mail at allen.sebastian@navy.mil for more information.

Electronic applications should be emailed 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 July 30, 2020 at 11:59:59 PM EST, and applications must be received by this date and time to be considered.
87-20 Associate Counsel 7/9/2020Arlington, VAGS-15
Associate Counsel
There is a vacancy for a Contracts Law attorney within the General Law Section of the Office of Counsel, Office of Naval Research (ONR) located in the Ballston area of Arlington, Virginia. ONR is an Echelon I command that has been a pioneer in the public support of science and technology (S&T) research benefitting both the naval services and the nation. ONR’s investments in the earliest computers to spearheading seminal research in deep sea exploration to cultivating ground breaking efforts in solid-state electronics and countless other innovations have been shaping the Navy and Marine Corps – and the world around us – for seven decades and counting.

The incumbent for this position will serve as an Associate Counsel, a senior-level Contract Law attorney providing contract, grants, other transactions and general programmatic and policy related advice and counsel to the Command. ONR compensation falls under a Personnel Management Demonstration Project. The Project uses Career Levels (aka pay bands) for pay setting. The NO-V Career Level is roughly equivalent to the GS-14/15 level. Career Level and pay will be set based on the qualifications of the successful applicant. However, ONR anticipates filling this vacancy at the GS-15 equivalent level of the NO-V Career Level.  To be eligible for selection at the GS-15 salary equivalent within the NO-V Career Level, the selectee must have at least five and a half years of relevant defense procurement legal experience.  

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); his/her two most recent performance appraisals; 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, and provide a copy of their latest SF-50. Attorneys 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 with their application. Please redact social security numbers from any submitted documents. Performance appraisals should include the rating official's narrative.

Interested attorneys should contact Ms. Ivana Sustersic at ivana.sustersic@navy.mil or (703) 696-4009 or Ms. Josie C. Dristy at josie.dristy@nvy.mil or (703) 696-4011.

Electronic applications are preferred and may be emailed to tonya.griffin@navy.mil. Please note the position and this notice number in the subject line. Hard copy applications may be sent to the following address:

Office of Naval Research Attn: Ms. Tonya Griffin
Code 07, Room W524A 875 N. Randolph St.
Arlington, VA 22203-1995
 
For hard copy applications, delivery by overnight commercial delivery service (such as FedEx) is highly recommended. Facsimiles will not be accepted.

This personnel notice will close at 11:59:59 PM (EST) on July 9, 2020, and applications must be received by that time to be considered.
88-20 Assistant Counsel 7/8/2020Jacksonville, FLGS-11/12/13/14
Assistant Counsel
There is an anticipated vacancy for an attorney to serve as an Assistant Counsel within the Office of Counsel, Navy Region Southeast (NRSE), which is part of the Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Office of Counsel. This position is located at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, FL. NRSE is one of ten Regions reporting to CNIC with the Region Counsel, NRSE, reporting to Counsel, CNIC. The Team CNIC OGC organization, led by Counsel, CNIC, is under the general supervision and coordination of the Department of the Navy (DON) General Counsel, and provides commercial and business legal services to CNIC and its field activities. 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. As an Echelon III command reporting to CNIC, NRSE executes the CNIC mission in the Southeast Region of the United States, which has responsibilities for 17 installations. More information about CNIC and NRSE can be found at http://www.cnic.navy.mil/ndw/index.htm.

The successful candidate will be expected to provide legal support across the full range of OGC practice areas, with an emphasis on laws, rules, and regulations in the areas of civilian personnel and labor law (CPL), including litigation at the Merit Systems Protection Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, union grievance arbitrations and federal district court. The incumbent will provide pre-litigation advice and services on matters involving EEO programs, such as reasonable accommodation, in addition to matters pertaining to employee performance and discipline. Additional duties may include advice and guidance in the areas of Government contracts, fiscal law, Government Ethics/Standards of Conduct, Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act matters, environmental law and other administrative law matters resulting from the operations and responsibilities of operating large military installations.

The position will be filled at the GS-11 through GS-14 level. If the position is filled at the GS-11 through GS-13 level, the selectee will have promotion potential to the GS-14 level. The grade level offered will be based upon the successful applicant's qualifications, the needs of the office, and funding availability.

Applicants must submit a cover letter explaining their interest in the position, along with a resume, two short writing samples (no more than 10 pages), 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. A client reference is encouraged. 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.  Precise pay will be set commensurate with the successful applicant's qualifications, funding availability and General Schedule pay setting guidelines. Attorneys who have graduated from law school within the last 5 years must provide a copy of their law school transcripts including class rank.

Interested attorneys may contact Jennifer Roper, Deputy Region Counsel, NRSE, at (904) 542-3532.

Electronic submissions (MS Word or Adobe ".pdf") are required and should be sent to CNICOGCJOBS@navy.mil. Hard copy applications are not being accepted at this time.

This personnel notice will close on July 8, 2020 at 11:59:59 PM, EST, and applications must be received by the stated date and time to be considered.
90-20 Patent Attorney 7/8/2020Patuxent River, MDGS-11/12/13
Patent Attorney
The Department of the Navy’s Office of the General Counsel, Naval Air Warfare Center- Aircraft Division (NAWCAD), at Patuxent River, Maryland, has a vacancy for a patent attorney, with an emphasis in the electric arts, computer arts and/or chemical arts.  NAWCAD is a field activity of the Naval Air Systems Command, providing research, test, evaluation, engineering and fleet support for Navy and Marine Corps and component systems.  The Office of General Counsel, NAWCAD, employs over 30 attorneys and support staff at Patuxent River, MD, Lakehurst, NJ, and Orlando, FL.

At NAWCAD, the successful candidate will be expected to provide the full array of intellectual property legal services, ranging from preparing, drafting, and prosecuting patent and trademark infringement matters; counseling on contract and technology transfer matters to include Partnership Intermediary Agreements, Other Transaction Agreements, Service Level Agreements, Cooperative Research and Development Agreements and the review of non-FAR based agreements; reviewing and negotiating patent licenses; resolving complex patent matters and addressing copyright issues; counseling on contract surveillance regarding invention disclosures; and counseling on rights in technical data and computer software. 

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 (comparable to GS-11/12/13 pay) with promotion potential to the DA-06 Pay Band (comparable to GS-14/15 pay). Pay will be set commensurate with the successful applicant’s qualifications, funding availability and STRL pay setting guidelines.

Interested attorneys are encouraged to contact Ms. Kimberly Pritchard, NAWCAD Supervisory Attorney, at 301-757-9747, or Mr. Mark Glut, IP Attorney at 301-757-0582.

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.  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.



Applications must be no more than 7MB in size and should be emailed to: susan.mahoney1@navy.mil with a copy to Kim.pritchard@navy.mil. This Personnel Notice will close at 11:59:59 PM, EST, July 8, 2020 and applications must be received by that date to be considered. Hard copy applications are not being accepted at this time.
91-20 Assistant Counsel (Environmental Real Estate)7/6/2020Norfolk, VAGS-12/13/14
Assistant Counsel (Environmental Real Estate)
There is a vacancy 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 areas of environmental and federal real estate law.  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.

This position has a full performance level of GS-14 but will be filled at the GS-12 or GS-13 level, depending on the qualifications of the successful applicant. 

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); your two most recent performance appraisals (if available); and the names and telephone numbers of at least three references (other than current supervisor) who may be contacted. 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.

This personnel notice will close in July 6, 2020 at 11:59:59 PM EST. Applications must be received by this date and time to be considered.

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

Electronic applications should be submitted to navfachqogcjobs.fct@navy.mil .  The subject line of the e-mail should state the Personnel Notice Number 91-20. Hard copy applications are not being accepted at this time.
92-20 Assistant Counsel 8/7/2020Naval Base San Diego, CAGS-13/14
Assistant Counsel
There is a vacancy for an attorney to serve as an Assistant Counsel in the Office of Counsel at the Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC) located at Naval Base San Diego. The position will be filled at the GS-13 or 14 level and has a full performance level of GS-14. The actual grade will depend on the qualifications of the successful applicant.

The SWRMC team provides superior ship maintenance, modernization, technical support, intermediate support and selective maintenance training for over 100 surface ships, submarines, shore activities and other commands of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. SWRMC also administers Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) contracts for depot level repairs, which are extensive industrial repairs performed during periodic ship overhauls and dedicated repair availabilities by Navy and commercial shipyards.  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 83,000 military and civilian personnel. The SWRMC Office of Counsel is a field office within the Office of Counsel for NAVSEA. The NAVSEA Office of Counsel has over 150 lawyers located at the Washington Navy Yard Headquarters and in 21 field offices throughout the United States. The SWRMC Office of Counsel comprises four attorneys and one paralegal and has a varied workload covering the full range of the DON Office of the General Counsel's (OGC) practice, with emphasis on federal acquisition law, civilian personnel law (CPL), ethics and standards of conduct, and fiscal law.

The successful candidate will be expected to practice primarily in civilian personnel law, but will also provide legal services in the areas of ethics, standards of conduct, the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act, and fiscal law. The successful candidate is expected to provide legal advice, assistance, and representation on civilian personnel and labor law, including litigation at the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, federal district court, union grievance arbitrations, the Office of Special Counsel for whistleblower issues, and state unemployment hearings. The successful candidate will advise on disciplinary actions, performance appraisals, investigations, requests for reasonable accommodation, security matters, and Federal Employee’s Compensation Act matters. Depending on the candidate’s qualifications and the needs of the office, the successful candidate may also provide legal services in the area of federal acquisition law.

Applicants should submit a resume, two brief legal writing samples (no longer than 10 pages total) that demonstrate analytical and/or advocacy abilities, two recent performance appraisals (if available), and names and telephone numbers of at least three references who may be contacted.  Attorneys 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. Current federal employees must also provide a copy of their most recent SF-50.  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.  Interested attorneys are encouraged to contact Ms. Lisa Simon at (619) 556-1068, or by e-mail at lisa.simon@navy.mil for more information.

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 because of possible security delays, applicants may send applications by FedEx to:

NAVSEA 00L4
Attn: Ms. Effie Lewis-Robinson
Naval Sea Systems Command
1333 Isaac Hull Avenue SE Stop 1150
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20376-1150

This Personnel Notice will close on August 7, 2020 at 11:59:59 PM, EST, and applications must be received by this date and time to be considered.
93-20 Assistant Counsel (Acquisition)7/10/2020Naples, Italy GS-14
Assistant Counsel (Acquisition)
There is a current vacancy for an Assistant Counsel within the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Europe, Africa, Central Command (NAVFAC EURAFCENT) in Naples, Italy. NAVFAC EURAFCENT is a field activity of the NAVFAC Atlantic Office of Counsel, Norfolk, VA, and is part of the NAVFAC Office of Counsel, which is headquartered in Washington, DC, and comprised of approximately 100 attorneys around the world. The NAVFAC EURAFCENT Office of Counsel is comprised of 5 attorneys (including the subject position) who are resident in Naples, Italy. Legal advice is provided across the full range of issues encountered by the client. Practice areas include: acquisition and construction; facilities management; architecture/engineering and base operating services; real estate; civilian personnel law; environmental law; and the areas of ethics; fiscal law; the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act.   An added dimension of the practice is that legal issues often arise within the context of U.S. rights and obligations under the various host nation Status of Forces Agreements as well as a myriad of international agreements and foreign laws and regulations, all of which must be taken into account. Travel by military or commercial aircraft is periodically required. 

The successful applicant’s duties will be primarily in the areas of acquisition; however, may also be assigned to duties in the other practice areas as noted above, as the need arises. Some travel, both OCONUS and to CONUS may be required. This position has a GS-14 full-performance level. Pay retention will be considered. To be eligible at the GS-14 level, an applicant must have three and one half years of professional legal experience, a significant portion of which reflects directly supporting contract formation and administration.

Additional compensation includes a tax-free housing allowance and a tax-free post allowance in lieu of locality pay. The housing allowance (Living Quarters Allowance or LQA) is subject to periodic readjustment. For the latest update of the LQA in Naples, Italy, visit the Department of State website at https://aoprals.state.gov/Web920/lqa.asp?PostCode=10167&EffectiveDate=20160124 . The post allowance depends on the salary and the number of family members and is subject to frequent changes. For further information and a post allowance calculator, visit the Department of State website at: http://aoprals.state.gov/content.asp?content_id=166&menu_id=81#14 . Additional information about living and working in Naples may be accessed on the internet at http://www.cnic.navy.mil/naples/ .

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); your two most recent performance appraisals (if available); and the names and telephone numbers of at least three references (other than current supervisor) who may be contacted. 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 should be submitted to navfachqogcjobs.fct@navy.mil .  The subject line of the e-mail should state the Personnel Notice Number, eg. XX-20. Hard copy applications are not being accepted at this time.

This personnel notice will close at 11:59 PM EST on July 10, 2020, and applications must be received by that date and time to be considered.

Interested attorneys should direct questions to Mr. Geoff Chun at geoffrey.chun@eu.navy.mil, commercial number: +39-081-568-7783, DSN 314-626-7783, or Ms. Sandy Simmons, NAVFAC Atlantic, at sandra.simmons@navy.mil or commercial number 757-322-4774.
94-20 Assistant Counsel7/10/2020Norfolk, VAGS-11/12
Assistant Counsel
The Military Sealift Command (MSC) Office of Counsel anticipates a vacancy in its headquarters office located in Norfolk, Virginia.  The MSC Office of Counsel consists of twenty-eight attorneys and four support staff members assigned to offices located in the Norfolk headquarters as well as San Diego, Singapore, Italy, and Bahrain. 

The MSC Office of Counsel provides legal services to MSC headquarters and field activities.  MSC is a major Navy Command and the Navy component of the joint service United States Transportation Command.  MSC is responsible for a variety of missions, including providing strategic sealift for the Department of Defense, direct fleet support to the Navy combatant fleet, and conducting special missions involving the operation of ships for Department of Defense components.  MSC is unique in that it is both a fleet operational agency and a procurement activity.  MSC operates a fleet of approximately 125 vessels including both Government-owned and privately-owned chartered dry cargo vessels, tankers, naval auxiliary ships, and special mission ships.  MSC's Government-owned ships are operated either by civil service mariners or contract operators who employ private sector mariners.  The Office of Counsel has a varied workload covering the full range of the DON Office of the General Counsel (OGC) practice areas, with emphasis on federal acquisition law, civilian personnel law (CPL), maritime law, fiscal law, ethics and standards of conduct, and information law.  For additional information on MSC and the Office of Counsel, go to www.msc.navy.mil.  The successful candidate will be expected to practice primarily in federal acquisition law, however, the selectee may also be assigned duties in the other practice areas noted above.

This position has a full performance level of GS-14, but the position will be filled at the entry level of GS-11 or GS-12 level, depending on the qualifications of the successful applicant.

Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter that address the evaluation criteria for this position, two brief legal writing samples (no longer than 20 pages total) that demonstrate analytical and/or advocacy abilities, two recent performance appraisals (if available), and names and telephone numbers of at least three references who may be contacted.  Attorneys 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.  Current federal employees must also provide a copy of their most recent SF-50. Please redact social security numbers from any submitted documents. Performance appraisals should include the rating official's narrative.

Interested attorneys are encouraged to contact Mr. Timothy P. Murphy at 757.443.1215 or by e-mail at tim.murphy@navy.mil for more information.

Electronic applications should be sent to Mr. Tim Murphy at tim.murphy@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 announcement will close on July 10, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST, and applications must be received by that time to be considered. 
95-20 Assistant Counsel7/31/2020Washington, DCGS-13/14/15
Assistant Counsel

There is a vacancy for an attorney to serve as an Assistant Counsel within the General Law Branch of the Office of Counsel, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) within the Office of Counsel, Office of Naval Research (ONR). The position is physically located at the Naval Research Laboratory main site in Washington, D.C.

NRL is a premier research facility with cutting-edge research programs in the basic sciences and advanced technology development. NRL is the corporate research laboratory for the Navy and Marine Corps and conducts a broad spectrum of scientific research and development of advanced technologies. NRL’s 30 person Office of Counsel supports these efforts by providing the full range of legal services related to acquisition, civilian personnel law, technology transfer, FOIA, standards of conduct, facilities, and the protection of Government developed technologies. NRL is located in Washington, DC with field sites in Stennis MS, and Monterey CA. NRL Assistant Counsels (General Law) provide legal advice to a diverse workforce of scientists, engineers, and associated support staffs, including many SES and ST’s, on all matters involving areas of General Law responsibility. Primary responsibilities of the position include acquisition, non-FAR contracts under 10 USC 2539b, export controls, ethics matters and special projects. The position reports to the Deputy Counsel, NRL.

The incumbent serves as a primary advisor regarding contracts and grants and oversees the NRL 10 USC 2539b program. The incumbent will also provide legal advice on a wide range of General Law matters including export control, technology transfer, post-employment counseling, financial disclosure reviews, base operational issues, and special interest projects as assigned. The incumbent may be called upon to provide advice on virtually any area of OGC practice.

The duties and responsibilities of the position include conducting legal research and investigating the facts and the law; preparing or drafting NRL policy instructions or guidance; advocating NRL unique scientific research issues within the broader DON/DoD community; clearly communicating complex research initiatives to other government agencies and the public; reviewing proposed and finalized legislation and regulations for their impacts to NRL; and, briefing Senior Executive Service members. Substantial experience in advising senior clients and in working with other components of the DoD, Federal and state agencies, government research laboratories and industry is also desirable.

Occasional travel will be required.

This is an excepted service position and will be filled at the NO-IV/V level (GS-13/14/15 equivalent). Pay will be set commensurate with the successful candidate’s qualifications and funding availability.
Applicants should submit a cover letter; resume; two writing samples that demonstrate analytical and/or advocacy abilities (each less than 10 pages; portions of longer work products are acceptable, at least one of which must be in the area of acquisition law); the two most recent performance appraisals, if applicable; and the names and telephone numbers of at least three references who may be contacted. Current Federal employees should indicate in their application their present GS level or equivalent, and salary.

Questions regarding the position can be addressed to: Charles Steenbuck, NRL Deputy Counsel, at Charles.steenbuck@nrl.navy.mil.

Electronic transmission of applications is required and should be sent to: Mrs. Shartell Benjamin at: shartell.benjamin@nrl.navy.mil. Due to COVID-19 we are not accepting applications via mail or FEDEX at this time.

This announcement will close on July 31, 2020, at 11:59 PM EDT, and applications must be received by that time to be considered.
96-20 Systems Section Head7/13/2020Washington Navy Yard, DCGS-15
Systems Section Head
There is an anticipated vacancy for a senior attorney to serve as Section Head for the Systems Section within the Office of Counsel, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). The position is located at NAVSEA Headquarters at the Washington Navy Yard, 1333 Isaac Hull Avenue, S.E., Washington Navy Yard, DC.

NAVSEA is responsible for the development, acquisition, and maintenance of the ships, shipboard systems, and ordnance of the Department of the Navy (DON). The Systems Section Head supervises a staff of 13 attorneys and serves as the primary legal advisor to the Program Executive Officer for Integrated Warfare Systems. The Section Head also advises other Program Executive Officers and senior clients throughout NAVSEA and the NAVSEA warfare center headquarters. To help in these tasks, the Section Head has a deputy and two team leads. The Section Head is also competency lead for the acquisition attorneys in the section as well as all acquisitions at the NAVSEA warfare centers. 

The Systems Section is responsible for providing legal advice to officials within NAVSEA and four out of the five affiliated Program Executive Offices with the acquisition of billions of dollars in weapons and other systems; complex services under the SeaPort-NxG IDIQ contract and other contract vehicles; international acquisitions; diving, salvage and associated services; the purchase card program throughout NAVSEA; and fiscal law matters. The subjects of these procurements range from ACAT I programs to simplified acquisitions. The Systems Section Head may be called upon not only to supervise the work of other attorneys, but also to provide legal advice on all acquisition law matters to include milestone decisions for major weapon systems and acquisition programs at any level, matters of congressional or secretarial interest, source selections, protests, and industry inquiries. The Systems Section Head often coordinates with attorneys in the Office of the Assistant Secretary (Research, Development and Acquisition), as well as with other Systems Commands, concerning matters of mutual interest. As such, the Systems Section Head must be conversant with all issues within the section. In addition, the Systems Section head is called upon to work with NAVSEA’s warfare centers (and other field offices) to address acquisition issues and oversee the response to certain protests.

The position will be filled at the NH-IV (GS-15 equivalent) level in the Department of Defense Civilian Acquisition Workforce Personnel Demonstration Project (AcqDemo). To be eligible for selection as an NH-IV (GS-15 equivalent), applicants must have at least five-and-a-half years of professional legal experience.

Applicants must submit 1) a cover letter, 2) a resume, SF-171, or OF-612, 3) two relevant legal writing samples of no more than 20 pages combined (excerpts are acceptable), 4) your two most recent performance appraisals, if available and 5) names and telephone numbers of at least three references.

Electronic applications are preferred and should be sent to Ms. Kristin Becker at nssc_navsea_ogc_vaca@navy.mil. Although less desirable, applicants may send applications by FedEx to:

Ms. Kristin Becker, SEA 00LB
Naval Sea Systems Command
1333 Isaac Hull Avenue SE Stop 1150
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20376-1150

For additional information about this position, you are encouraged to contact Kerry Hotopp at 202-781-0146 or kerry.hotopp@navy.mil, or Kristin Becker at 202-781-2260 or kristin.becker@navy.mil.

This personnel notice will close on July 13, 2020 at 11:59:59 PM EST. Applications must be received by this date and time to be considered.
97-20 Associate Counsel (Civilian Personnel Law)7/21/2020Pacific Area Counsel Office Okinawa JapanGS-13/14
Associate Counsel (Civilian Personnel Law)
NOTE: Applicants who previously applied in response to Personnel Notice 59-20 need not resubmit their application materials to be considered for this position, but must submit a statement of continued interest by the closing date and time.


The Office of Counsel for the Commandant of the Marine Corps, as a component part of the DoN OGC, is responsible for providing legal advice, services, representation, legal approvals, legal opinions, and legal interpretation of statutes, regulations, and case law, to the Commandant and  the  Marine  Corps  in  all  areas relating to installation law, including land use law, environmental law, civilian personnel and labor law,  procurement law, business and commercial law, and such other areas of law that support Marine Corps interests.

There is an anticipated vacancy for the position of Associate Counsel (Civilian Personnel Law), for the Pacific  Area Counsel Office (PACO), located on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan. PACO is a regional field office of the Office of Counsel for the Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps. PACO provides a full range of legal support to clients that include the Commanding General, Marine Corps Installations Pacific-Marine Corps Base Camp Butler (MCIPAC-MCB Camp Butler); the Commanding General, III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF); and all subordinate commands and commanders in Japan and the Republic of Korea. The successful applicant will be expected to provide legal support across the full spectrum of DoN OGC practice areas, with a focus on Civilian Personnel Law. The full spectrum of practice includes civilian personnel law, fiscal law, procurement law, environmental/land use law, FOIA/Privacy Act, and ethics.

The position will be filled at the GS-13 or 14 level and has a full performance level of GS-14. The actual grade will depend on the qualifications of the successful applicant. The grade level offered will be based upon the successful applicant's qualifications, the needs of the office, and funding availability.

Applicants should submit a resume; two brief legal writing samples (no more than 15 pages each) that demonstrate analytical and/or advocacy abilities (excerpts of larger pieces may be submitted); the two most   recent performance appraisals with rating official narrative, if available; and the names and phone numbers of at least three references who may be contacted. The application should indicate the lowest grade level that the applicant will consider. 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.

Interested attorneys should contact Mr. Kyle Murray, DSN 315-645-3823 or commercial 011-81-98-970-3823, kyle.murray@usmc.mil for more information.

Electronic applications should be sent to Mr. Kyle Murray at kyle.murray@usmc.mil. Hard copy applications are not being accepted at this time.

This announcement closes on July 21, 2020 at 11:59:59 PM EDT, and 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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