Unit Chief

Office of the General Counsel
Washington, DC 20535
United States
About the Office: 

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) provides legal advice to the entire Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI), including the Director, FBI headquarters officials, and agents in the 56 domestic field offices, on a wide range of substantive legal issues. OGC works closely with other elements of the Department of Justice, other members of the Intelligence Community, including the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, and the White House. OGC also assists the FBI in forming partnerships with other federal, state, local and international agencies, as well as private sector entities, in support of FBI operations. The National Security and Cyber Law Branch, which encompasses approximately 100 employees, principally focuses on matters related to FBI's Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, and Cyber Divisions and is composed of two sections: a Counterterrorism Law Section, and a Counterintelligence and Cyber Law Section.

The mission of OGC's Cyber Law Unit (CyLU) is to provide legal advice and counsel that drives the FBI's and overall U.S. efforts to identify, disrupt, and deter malicious cyber actors and activities, and to serve as subject matter experts on the rapidly evolving legal and policy issues impacting the FBI's investigations and operations in the digital environment.

The Unit Chief for the CyLU will supervise a team of multiple attorneys and support personnel working to achieve the unit's mission against both national security and criminal cyber threat actors. This work includes both day-to-day support to FBI personnel conducting cyber investigations and operations, in addition to strategic support to the FBI's overall efforts to guide decision making on strategy, policy, and legislation relevant to the FBI's activities in the digital realm.


The mission of the FBI is to protect the American People and uphold the Constitution of the United States.

Job Description: 

Key Requirements

· Must be a U.S. citizen

· Must be able to obtain a Top-Secret/SCI clearance

· Selectee will be required to complete form FD-887, Request for Access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI)

· Selectee will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450 annually

· Some travel is required

Major Duties

· Leads a team of FBI legal professionals called upon to find creative and effective solutions to some of the most complex technical and legal issues facing the United States government. Focus will be on legal support to FBI investigations of cyber intrusions and attacks by both national security and criminal threat actors.

· Serves as a key leader for the FBI on the promulgation of effective strategies, policies, and legislation to drive the FBI's investigations and operations in the digital realm.

· Supervises attorneys and other professional staff who provide such legal and/or policy guidance, including the completion of the full range of personnel actions for these employees, including performance appraisals, promotions, and reassignments.

· Manages the unit's resources, including personnel and budgetary resources, and will plan, organize, and direct the unit's activities.

· Interacts with and provides support to the General Counsel, the Deputy General Counsel for the National Security and Cyber Law Branch, and other FBI executives and Department of Justice (DOJ) officials.

· Establishes and maintains effective relationships with the FBI's partners in the national security arena, including DOJ, U.S. Attorneys' Offices, other Intelligence Community agencies, and foreign partners.

· Performs other related duties as assigned. The position requires the completion of a financial disclosure form (OGE-450).

Because cyber threats and the actors behind them are highly complex and global, the Unit Chief must work effectively with the CyLU team, its clients, other government agencies, and the private sector to help identify the most effective tools available to combat these threats. The ideal candidate will have experience or demonstrate an ability for managing and leading legal professionals in an environment that requires rapid decision making even when confronted with ambiguity, as well as strategic thought and planning to address emerging threats and legal issues. The ideal candidate will have experience working on complex issues at the intersection of law and technology, and the ability to identify pragmatic solutions using a host of criminal, national security, and other legal and policy tools. The ideal candidate will have experience or demonstrate an ability for working with high level executives across multiple organizations, and a familiarity with Executive Branch policymaking processes and procedures, as well the processes and procedures related to drafting and reviewing legislative proposals. The ideal candidate will be creative, a team player, and possess excellent interpersonal skills.


Please be advised, candidates that are selected for this position must be approved by the Department of Justice.

Please make sure your experience/requirement(s) can be identified in your resume. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement. Applicants must meet the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Candidates deemed most competitive will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration.

All applicants will be rated on the following Competencies:

· Governance and Legal Jurisprudence

· Analytic Thinking

· Communication

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).

· Applicants must also have 4 or more years of post J.D. legal experience.

Positive Education Requirement: This position has a specific education requirement; all applicants must verify completion of this basic education requirement by submitting both proof of JD degree and proof of good standing with a bar within US jurisdiction by the closing date of the job opening. Please see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement for additional information.


Applicant must possess a J.D. degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (or have a LLM degree or other graduate law degree in addition to a J.D.) and be an active member of the bar (any US jurisdiction).

$134,789 - $164,200
Application Process: 

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package by the closing date which includes the following REQUIRED documents:

1. Your resume and cover letter

2. A Writing Sample, not to exceed 10 pages;

3. Proof of current and active Bar Association Membership

4. Photocopy of Law School Transcripts

5. Current SF-50 (if external government employee)

Please Note: FBI employees currently assigned to a General Attorney position do not need to provide Law School Transcripts or Proof of Bar Association Membership.


How to Apply

Step 1 - Create a new email and attach all required electronic documents. Include contact information (phone number) and a brief introduction (2-3 sentences) in the body of the email.

Step 2 - Title the subject of the email using the following format, indicating whether you are an internal or external candidate:

OGC_[Branch/Section/Unit]_[Vacancy Number]_[INTERNAL/EXTERNAL]

Example: OGC_ NSCLB_CyLU_0916.1_INTERNAL

Step 3 - Submit the completed application email to OGC-JOBS@ic.fbi.gov.

What to Expect Next

Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications. The Most Competitive candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. No selections will be made until the posting closes. You will be notified of your status throughout the process.

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Number of Positions: 
Updated February 13, 2018

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Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:   The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to resume@benderconsult.com and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com.  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  See list of DPOCs.    

Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).


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