United States Department of Justice
National Security Division
Office of Law and Policy
About the Office: As a component of the Department of Justice, the National Security Division (NSD) executes the Department's highest priority: to combat terrorism and other threats to the national security. NSD consolidates the Department's primary national security elements within a single division and, in addition to the Office of Law and Policy, consists of the Office of Intelligence, the Counterterrorism Section, the Counterespionage Section, and other national security units. The structure facilitates greater coordination and unity of purpose between prosecutors and law enforcement agencies, on the one hand, and intelligence attorneys and the Intelligence Community, on the other, strengthening the Department's national security efforts. The Division is led by an Assistant Attorney General and supported by three Deputy Assistant Attorneys General – including a DAAG for Law and Policy – who oversee the Division's sub-components.
Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: This position serves as Deputy Chief for the Office of Law and Policy of the National Security Division. The Office is responsible for developing legal policy and providing legal advice relating to a range of national security issues facing the Department of Justice and the Intelligence Community.
Under the direction of the Chief Counsel for Policy, the Deputy Chief will be responsible for providing legal and policy advice relating to a wide range of sensitive national security issues. The Deputy Chief will develop, implement, and coordinate sensitive Department legal reviews and policy initiatives concerning national security-related matters affecting the Department, the Intelligence Community, and the executive branch. The Deputy Chief will serve as one of the Division's primary liaisons on legal and policy matters with senior management offices in the Department, with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the Intelligence Community, and with the National Security Staff. The Deputy Chief will provide day-to-day management and coordination of significant legal and policy matters within the Office of Law and Policy, providing legal and policy advice to the Chief and to Division officials. Such responsibilities will include developing legislative proposals and coordinating legislative policy with relevant Department components, executive agencies, the NSS, and legislative staffs; developing Department policy and reviewing policy documents submitted in connection with Department or interagency policy initiatives; serving as the primary supervisor of the Division's legal and policy analysis of certain national security programs or initiatives; and preparing testimony for congressional committees or responses to congressional questions.
Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, Territory, or the District of Columbia, and have at least 4-5 years of post J.D. professional experience to be qualified at the GS-15 level. Applicants must also have superior academic credentials, writing and analytic skills, and excellent interpersonal skills. Applicants must also be able to qualify for the highest and most sensitive security clearances and be a U.S. citizen.
Travel: Periodic travel may be required.
Salary Information: GS-15: $123,758- $155,500 (Per annum)
Location: Washington, D.C.
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses may be authorized for this position.
Submission Process and Deadline Date: To apply for the Deputy Chief position, please submit a resume and a cover letter (Highlighting your relevant experience), a writing sample (No longer than 15 pages which exhibits your own written advocacy skills), and a copy of your most recent performance appraisal (If available), to:
National Security Division
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Room 6648
Washington, DC 20530
No telephone calls please. Applications will be handled on a rolling basis until all available positions are filled.
Internet Sites: This and selected other legal position announcements can be found on the internet at: http://www.justice.gov/careers/legal/attvacancies.html
For more information about the National Security Division, please visit the NSD Web page at: http://www.usdoj.gov/nsd/
Department Policies: The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any non merit factor. The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment. Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys’ Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. citizens are extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214 or other substantiating documents) to their submissions.
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