The mission of the National Security Division (NSD) is to coordinate the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) efforts in carrying out its core mission of combating terrorism and protecting national security, including protecting our national assets from state-sponsored threats to the private sector. 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 DOJ’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.
Responsible for overseeing the work of employees in NSD’s FOIA Unit. Performs analysis of the impact, feasibility, practicality and effectiveness of existing FOIA standards, regulations, programs and policies in relation to security which has impact not only department-wide but also multi-agency wide with national and international scope. Advises, consults and coordinates with other federal agencies on matters entailed in complicated multi-agency FOIA and Privacy Act cases, including those in civil litigation. Provides guidance in the development and establishment of FOIA policies and procedures to ensure that significant FOIA/PA issues are identified and addressed. Recommendations often serve as the basis for new FOIA processes, systems, legislation, or regulations. Establish program emphasis, develop ongoing operating policies and guidelines, communicate policies and priorities, and determine and implement internal organization practices, training, and improvements as part of staff management. Manage communications with senior Division leadership related to FOIA Unit matters.
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 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 have significant experience in FOIA matters. Applicants must also be able to qualify for the highest and most sensitive security clearances. Must be a current government employee.
To apply for the 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
950 Pennsylvania, Ave, N.W.
Washington, DC 20530
Applications may be sent via electronic mail to:
No telephone calls please.
Internet Sites: For more information about the National Security Division, please visit the NSD Web page at: http://www.usdoj.gov/nsd/.