The Office of Law and Policy in the National Security Division (NSD) is responsible for developing legal policy and providing legal advice relating to a range of national security issues facing the Department of Justice and the Intelligence Community, working closely with the leadership of NSD and NSD’s operational components, including the Office of Intelligence, the Counterterrorism Section, the National Security Cyber Section, the Counterespionage Section, the Foreign Investment Review Section, and the Office of Victims of Terrorism. NSD’s mission is to protect the United States from threats to our national security by pursuing justice through the law. The NSD's organizational structure is designed to ensure greater coordination and unity of purpose between law enforcement and the Intelligence Community and to integrate the full range of authorities and approaches to confront national security threats, working with other departments and agencies. The Division is led by an Assistant Attorney General and supported by three Deputy Assistant Attorneys General, including a DAAG for Law and Policy.
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.
This position serves as Deputy Chief for the Office of Law and Policy of the National Security Division.
Under the direction of the Chief for Policy, the Deputy Chief will be responsible for providing legal and policy advice in areas assigned by the Chief. The areas include, subject to change based on the needs of the office, the legal and policies issues relating to surveillance and intelligence oversight, including Attorney General guidelines governing the collection of U.S. person information by the Intelligence Community under Executive Order 12,333; homeland preparedness and response, including the laws and policies governing the response to significant terrorism incidents and other domestic incidents and natural disasters; arms control, radiological and nuclear material security, and responses to chemical threats; immigration and watch-listing; and laws and policies relating to the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the United States, among other issues. Working with relevant NSD components and Department leadership, the Deputy Chief will develop, implement, and coordinate sensitive Department initiatives in these areas and will provide legal advice concerning sensitive national security-related matters. The Deputy Chief will serve as one of the Division’s primary liaisons on these issues with senior management offices in the Department, with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the Intelligence Community, and with the National Security Council Staff. The Deputy Chief will provide day-to-day management and coordination of these matters within the Office of Law and Policy. Such responsibilities will include developing legislative proposals and coordinating legislative policy with relevant Department components, executive agencies, the NSC Staff, and legislative staffs; developing Department policy and reviewing policy documents submitted in connection with Department or interagency policy initiatives; serving as the primary supervisor of the Division’s legal analysis of programs or initiatives in these areas; preparing testimony for congressional committees or responses to congressional questions; and providing direction, advice and assistance in connection with relevant Division training and outreach efforts.
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 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 excellent interpersonal skills. Applicants must also be able to qualify for the highest and most sensitive security clearances and be a U.S. citizen.
To apply for the Deputy Chief 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:
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.
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.