National Security Law Branch: NSLB provides legal advice and guidance on all aspects of the FBI’s national security mission to the FBI’s National Security Branch, Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence Divisions, Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, Directorate of Intelligence and Counterproliferation Section. In particular, NSLB provides guidance regarding Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) matters, including emergency authorizations, compliance, minimization procedures, and matters related to FISA use and FISA litigation. NSLB also provides legal guidance on Otherwise Illegal Activities, Attorney General Exemptions, matters related to the Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide, Human Source operations, information sharing, national security letters, classified litigation, and issues related to interviews. NSLB is also responsible for protecting FBI and community equities in the context of discovery and declassification of sensitive national security information, search warrants, and requests for assistance to other government agencies and foreign partners. NSLB supports the Office of Congressional Affairs on national security-related matters by reviewing and commenting on draft legislation, drafting statutory language for legislative proposals, and assisting with the disclosure of information requested by Congress. NSLB manages the legal, policy, legislative, compliance, oversight and training aspects of the following national security legal programs: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), cyber and operational technology matters, domestic and foreign information sharing and access matters.
· Assist both domestic and foreign prosecutions involving terrorism subjects, including classification issues, discovery, trial and post-trial proceedings.
· Review and provide guidance on FBI national security operations, including review of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications and renewals prior to Director Certification, undercover operation proposals and declarations in support of Immigration and Customs Enforcement hearings.
· Liaise with other Intelligence Community agencies on legal and policy issues.
· Respond orally or in writing to the most complex requests for legal advice involving interpretation of legislation, case law, Federal regulations, and other legal authorities received from the Director, high-level and field FBI personnel, legal counsel of other Federal and state agencies, and members of Congress.
GS-15: In addition to the above duties:
· Provide expert-level legal advice and guidance in multiple areas in support of international terrorism investigations.
· Demonstrate exceptional skill and is actively sought out for expertise
· Brief executive management on complex legal issues related to matters that fall within the purview of the National Security Law Branch.
· Represent the FBI at inter-agency meetings.
Applicant must possess a J.D. degree from an accredited law school (or have an LLM degree or other graduate law degree in addition to a J.D.).
Positive Education Requirement: This position has a specific education requirement; all applicants must verify completion of this basic education requirement by submitting a copy of college transcripts by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. Please see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement for additional information.
Extensive travel may be required to provide legal instruction at various conferences, case support, and for on-site team reviews of FBI Field Office forfeiture operations.
Please be advised candidates that are selected for this position, must be approved by the Department of Justice, before they can complete the FBI's background process.
Your application will be evaluated and rated under the FBI’s Candidate Rating Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Names of candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Candidates within the best qualified category who are eligible for veteran preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.
All applicants will be rated on the following Competencies:
· Governance and Legal Jurisprudence
· Oral/Written Communication
· Problem-Solving Skills
High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume, and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from best-qualified status or result in a lowered score.
Additional details on the application process can be found at the "How To Apply" section of this announcement.
Questions or requests for further information may be referred Justin Schoolmaster, Chief of Staff, at (202) 324-6774.
Please make sure your specialized experience/requirement(s) can be identified in your resume.
BASIC REQUIREMENT: All Applicants must possess a law degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, and be an active member of the bar (any US jurisdiction).
GS-14: Applicants applying for the GS 14 must also have 2.5 years or more post J.D. legal experience.
GS-15: Applicants applying for the GS 15 must also have 4 or more years of post J.D. legal experience.
Applicants must meet the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Go to WWW.USAJOBS.GOV for more information.