This vacancy was previously advertised and closed on December 30, 2016. Those candidates that previously applied do not need to reapply, your resume will be considered for this position.
This assignment is for a period of 12 months, beginning in or about January 2017, with the possibility of extension for an additional 6 months. Applicants should receive the approval of their supervisor before applying.
This is a non-reimbursable detail.
The mission of the National Security Division (NSD) is to coordinate the Department’s efforts in carrying out its core mission of combating terrorism and protecting national security. NSD is responsible for supervising the enforcement of all federal criminal laws related to counterterrorism and counterespionage, except those specifically assigned to other divisions. NSD also serves as the Department of Justice’s liaison to the United States Intelligence Community (USIC) and represents the government and the USIC before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. NSD advises the Attorney General regarding all matters of national security policy.
As a component of the Department of Justice, NSD executes the Department’s highest priority: to combat terrorism and other threats to the national security, including cyber espionage and cyber-attacks on U.S. interests. 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 (CTS), and the Counterintelligence & Export Control Section (CES). 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 a Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and four other Deputy Assistant Attorneys General – including a DAAG for Law and Policy – who oversee the Division’s four components.
The Office of Law and Policy is responsible for, among other things, resolving novel and complex legal issues that arise from the work of the Division and other parts of the Department; providing advice and guidance to Department leadership, the Intelligence Community and other Executive Branch agencies on matters of national security law and policy; and developing policies in the area of national security. The Office works with a variety of other agencies and Department components.
The individual selected for this position will serve as a Director of Preparedness and Response Policy, within the Office of Law and Policy, National Security Division (NSD). The Director would serve, on behalf of the office, as the Department’s representative to a number of interagency policy committees, including the Domestic Resilience Group (DRG), and would negotiate and coordinate across the Division and the Department, including with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Director will also work with interagency partners and the National Security Council staff on various types of strategy and planning policies, particularly in the area of Weapons of Mass Destruction. The Director will also develop and expand expertise on the legal and policy frameworks relevant to the response to critical incidents including acts of terrorism. Finally, the Director would assist NSD in providing counsel to Department leaders who may be participating in exercises or high-level briefings.
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 of post J.D. professional experience to be qualified at the GS-15 level. Experience in the area of preparedness and response is desirable, but not required.
Applicants must have a TS/SCI security clearance.
To apply for the Director position with L&P, 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:
Office of Law and Policy
National Security Division
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Room 6648
Washington, DC 20530
No telephone calls please.