Senior Level Attorney

Office of Legal Counsel (OLC)Washington, District of columbiaFull TimeOn Site

The incumbent of this position serves as Senior Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Legal Counsel (OLC). OLC is headed by an Assistant Attorney General, who assists the Attorney General in the function of supervising and directing the administration and operation of the Department of Justice and advising executive branch departments and agencies.

The incumbent of this position has wide experience, knowledge, and achievements in the field of national security law, as well as administrative and constitutional law. The incumbent's expertise in national security law includes, but is not limited to, surveillance statutes, cyber law, and the provisions of the Constitution bearing on national security questions.

  • Advises, orally and in writing, about questions under the surveillance and cyber statutes, such as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the Stored Communications Act; other statutes bearing on the national security, besides those statutes dealing with surveillance and cyber matters; executive orders, such as Executive Order 12333; and constitutional provisions, such as the Fourth Amendment. The incumbent personally handles these matters and occasionally directs a team of attorneys.
  • Provides a wide knowledge and experience in these fields a well as others in more general practice of the Office. Other areas of knowledge and expertise may include the separation of powers, administrative law, appointments and removals, and congressional oversight.
  • Familiar with how questions in all of these fields are handled in the context of Executive Orders and proposed legislation.
  • Consults with senior lawyers in other components of the Department and in General Counsel offices in the Executive Branch.
  • Leads special projects and initiatives, as assigned by a Deputy Assistant Attorney General, the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, or the Assistant Attorney General for OLC.
  • Ensures compliance with Departmental policies, regulations, and applicable laws.

Due to COVID-19, if selected, you may be expected to telework for an undefined period under the Department’s evacuation authority, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Employees in this status may be notified of a requirement to report in person to the component workplace with an advance notice of not less than 30 days. Prior to a requirement to report to the workplace, employees may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the component’s telework policy.

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualify for this position.
  • We must receive your application prior to the deadline on the closing date.
  • Mandatory Technical Qualification are required.
  • You must meet all minimum qualification to be considered eligible.
  • You must submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result before you can be appointed into this position.
  • You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position. Entrance on duty is contingent upon preliminary completion of the investigation process.
  • Veterans' preference is applicable for Senior Level (SL) positions consistent with the rules of competitive and excepted service examining.
  • If selected you must file an Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report.
  • Selected candidate will be subject to a one-year probationary period

You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required; and on the extent to which your application shows that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with this position as defined below. When describing your knowledge, skills, and abilities, please be sure to give examples and explain how often you used these skills, the complexity of the knowledge you possessed, the level of the people you interacted with, the sensitivity of the issues you handled, etc.

Required Qualifications: Interested applicants must possess a J.D., or equivalent, degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and be an active member of the bar in good standing.

SL 00; $132,552 to $199,300 per year
Not Required
Application Process:


  • Resume
  • Current SF-50
  • Latest Performance Appraisal
  • Narrative Statement for Mandatory Technical Qualification

Application Procedures: To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes: Complete Resume and other supporting documentation as required. Please see the "REQUIRED DOCUMENTS" section and review the applicant checklist link to determine if there are other documents you are required to submit. Failure to submit a complete application (resume and all supporting documents) by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on 11/15/2021 may result in an ineligible rating and loss of consideration.

Please follow all instructions carefully as missing application information will not be requested. It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. If more than one resume is received, only the last resume submitted will be reviewed. If you upload your documents, do not fax the same documents.

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account: select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Do not email or send hard copy resumes/applications to the Contact Information or Agency Information listed in this vacancy announcement. All resumes/applications received at the addresses listed in the Contact Information or Agency Information will be destroyed and will not be considered for this vacancy announcement. Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

Contact: Virginia Thompson

Office of Legal Counsel
2 Constitution Square
145 N Street NE
Room 9W.300
Washington, DC 20530
Phone: 202-353-8296


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.

Application Deadline:
Monday, November 15, 2021
Relocation Expenses:
Number of Positions:
1 vacancy

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