The mission of the Office of Intelligence is to protect the nation against terrorism and other threats to national security by providing legal representation and counsel to the U.S. Intelligence Community in support of its operations and by conducting oversight of intelligence activities to ensure adherence to the Constitution and laws of the United States.
The office is part of the Department's National Security Division, which consolidates the Department's primary national security elements and carries out the Department's highest priority of protecting the country against terrorism and other national security threats. The Operations Section in the Office of Intelligence handles a wide range of complex and highly sensitive operational legal matters involving terrorism, counterintelligence, and cyber primarily arising under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), and represents the United States before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC).
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) currently is seeking a Deputy Section Chief in OI’s Operations Section. Deputy Section Chiefs in the Operations Section perform the following major duties:
- Support and assist the Chief of the Operations Section in the management of the section, including by assuming certain operational and administrative responsibilities and by serving as Acting Chief in the Chief’s absence.
- Supervise and provide support to the Operations Section’s operational units by providing guidance on operational and administrative matters and by directly supervising one or more unit chiefs in the Operations Section.
- Ensure effective coordination among the units within the Operations Section, as well as with the Oversight Section and Litigation Section of OI and the Division’s front office. In addition, ensure effective coordination of the Operations Section’s operational work with other Department components, members of the U.S. Intelligence Community, and other components of the U.S. Government, as needed.
- Evaluate proposed foreign intelligence collection activities and programs to determine their consistency with U.S. law and policies.
- Coordinate with U.S. Intelligence Community and law enforcement agencies in order to achieve U.S. intelligence and other national security objectives. Represent the Division when interacting with other agencies on legal, policy, and operational issues. Participate in meetings and planning sessions and update Division leadership and staff on pending issues.
- Assist the Chief of the Operations Section in coordinating operational matters with and providing advice to senior Department and Division leadership, including the Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division and the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Intelligence.
- Work closely with the Chief of the Operations Section and the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Intelligence in providing information to and responding to inquiries from Congressional oversight committees, including participating in oral briefings.
- Review and provide comments on legislative proposals related to foreign intelligence collection.
- Review and evaluate Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and coordinate and assist in responding to such requests.
- Promote and support the Division’s equal employment policies and programs designed to enhance workforce diversity aims. Demonstrate a firm commitment to applying merit promotion principles in all aspects of hiring, selection, training and development, and employee retention.
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 also must have:
- Experience implementing FISA and other national security and intelligence-related authorities, as well as experience practicing before the FISC.
- Management and leadership abilities.
- Strong analytical and legal writing abilities.
- Sound judgment and excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
- Ability to work collegially to achieve operational goals.
- Dedication to the mission of the National Security Division and familiarity with Office of Intelligence procedures and processes.
Deputy Section Chiefs report to the Chief of the Operations Section in the Office of Intelligence. They are expected to demonstrate independence and judgment in the performance of their duties.
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. Please include in your submission a copy of your current resume and a current performance appraisal (if a current performance appraisal is available). Materials must be sent by email to Operations.DeputySectionChief@usdoj.gov with the subject line “Operations Deputy Section Chief Vacancy.”
Or submit your completed application package to:
U.S. Department of Justice
National Security Division
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20530
ATTN: Tammy Green/Deputy Section Chief, Operations Section Vacanc
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.