The mission of the National Security Division (NSD) is to coordinate the Department’s efforts in carrying out its top priority of preventing and combating terrorism and protecting the national security. NSD provides legal and policy advice on national security matters, litigates counterterrorism, counterespionage, and foreign intelligence surveillance matters, represents the Government before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) and other federal trial and appellate courts, and conducts oversight of the activities of various Intelligence Community agencies.
As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.
The Office of Intelligence (OI) of the National Security Division is seeking experienced attorneys for its Operations Section. Attorneys in the Operations Section handle NSD’s intelligence operations workload, including representing the Government before the FISC. The Operations Section is responsible for preparing and filing all applications for Court orders pursuant to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The mission of the Operations Section is to ensure that the FBI and other Intelligence Community agencies have the legal tools necessary to conduct intelligence operations in adherence with the requirements and safeguards of the law. The Operations Section is currently divided into three operational units: the Counterterrorism Unit, the Counterintelligence Unit, and the Special Operations Unit. The Operations Section also works with OI’s Oversight Section in various matters, including overseeing compliance with FISC orders and working on projects involving information sharing among Intelligence Community agencies and modifications to authorities governing the acquisition, retention, and dissemination of FISA-related information. In addition, the Operations Section closely coordinates with the FBI and other Intelligence Community agencies on intelligence operational matters and provides legal advice to other government agencies on matters relating to FISA and other national security laws and governing authorities. Due to the unique national security mission of OI, attorneys hired into the Operations Section may be transferred to one of OI’s other two sections, Oversight or Litigation, depending on the needs of the office.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree with at least three years of post J.D. experience and be an active member of a bar (any jurisdiction). Applicants must have superior academic credentials, possess excellent analytical and writing skills, and have the dedication and capacity to work independently in a very demanding environment. Past experience in the national security or intelligence field is not required.
Candidates selected for an attorney position with NSD are expected to make a three-year commitment to NSD.
Applicants must be able to qualify for the highest and most sensitive security clearances.
Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the National Security Division.
Please submit a cover letter highlighting your relevant skills and experience and describing why you are interested in working with OI, a copy of your resume with a writing sample (we encourage you to submit a legal memorandum or brief), and a current performance appraisal (if a current performance appraisal is available) to:
U.S. Department of Justice
National Security Division
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 6150
Washington, D.C. 20530
ATTN: Aprel Thompson/Operations Vacancy
No telephone calls please.
Or apply by email: email@example.com with the subject line “Operations Vacancy.”
****For more information about the National Security Division, please visit the NSD Web page at: http://www.usdoj.gov/nsd
Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.