Attorney (Compliance Unit) – Mid/Experienced Level

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Fort Meade, MD

Attorney (Compliance Unit) – Mid/Experienced Level
Fort Meade, MD

Posted: 2019-09-04 – Closing: 2019-10-05

Responsibilities
The National Security Agency (NSA) Office of General Counsel (OGC) is seeking highly motivated, skilled attorneys to join its expanded Compliance team of dedicated, professional attorneys advising NSA personnel and senior leadership on end-to-end compliance matters. Become involved in the earliest stages of operational technology development to ensure legal compliance issues are addressed; advise operational and compliance professionals in response to discrete regulatory questions and audits of NSA intelligence programs; team with NSA personnel and legal counterparts at the Department of Justice and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to ensure NSA’s overseers are fully informed of regulations, procedures and policies that support oversight of NSA’s intelligence activities. Through work on the legal Compliance team, you will gain unique insight into inner-workings of NSA’s technical operations and how its signals intelligence authorities are applied.

The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect our nation. The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense. The offense collects, processes and disseminates intelligence information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to sensitive of classified national security information.

The NSA OGC is an elite team of lawyers who provide legal advice to the Agency as it carries out its primary missions and all of its support functions. As a valued member of OGC, you will be performing critical work ensuring that Agency operations comply with the law while also protecting both our national security and our civil liberties.

Description of Position

The responsibilities of a Compliance Unit Attorney at the NSA can include:

– Advising the Agency on legal matters involving a particular subject matter (e.g., ensuring compliance with constitutional, statutory, regulatory, procedural, and policy requirements for intelligence operations)
– Analyzing proposed changes to legislation, programs, policies, regulations, or plans to determine impact on the Agency

– Representing the Agency’s official position in legal and legislative proceedings, including proceedings before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

– Representing the Agency in interactions with outside customers, DoD, Congressional representatives, foreign partners, or the general public

– Conferring with/educating clients, customers, or stakeholders on legal or policy issues

– Determining the legal sufficiency of documents

– Drafting legal briefs, pleadings, etc.

– Making legal determinations in accordance with laws, regulations, professional standards, or Agency policies and procedures

Skills
The ideal candidate is a highly-motivated and qualified attorney with three years minimum experience, with excellent oral and written communication skills, a desire for continual learning, possesses problem-solving, analytic, and interpersonal skills, and is:

– detail-oriented
– customer and results oriented
– able to adjust to changing situational requirements
– able to build relationships across the Agency and with external stakeholders
– able to manage multiple tasks with competing timelines and deliverables

Experience and knowledge of law in one or more of the following areas is required:

– intelligence operations
– complex litigation
– national security law

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
This is a full-time position, Monday through Friday.

On-the job training, Internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee.

Position Summary
The Office of General Counsel (OGC) is the exclusive NSA component responsible for providing legal services to all NSA elements. The Office of General Counsel protect NSA’s interests concerning the legal and regulatory authorities, requirements, entitlements, obligations and oversight requirements under which the Agency operate.

Qualifications
Salary Range: $99,172 – $152,352 (Senior)

*The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates’ education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.

Entry for Grade 13 is with a Professional Law Degree (LLB or JD).

Degree must be a Professional Law Degree (LL.B. or J.D.) and requires active membership in the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia.

Grade 13: Must have in excess of 2 years of relevant experience. Relevant experience as determined by the Office of the General Counsel (or the Office of the Inspector General for positions in the OIG) must be professional legal experience that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. See DoD Instruction (DoDI) 1442.02 for exceptions to the grade-level standards. Active membership in the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia is required.

Entry for Grade 14 is with a Professional Law Degree (LLB or JD).

Degree must be a Professional Law Degree (LL.B. or J.D.) and requires active membership in the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia.

Grade 14: Must have in excess of 3 years of relevant experience. Relevant experience as determined by the Office of the General Counsel (or the Office of the Inspector General for positions in the OIG) must be professional legal experience that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. See DoD Instruction (DoDI) 1442.02 for exceptions to the grade-level standards. Active membership in the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia is required.

Salary Range: $137,849 – $166,500 (Expert)

Entry for Grade 15 is with a Professional Law Degree (LLB or JD).

Degree must be a Professional Law Degree (LL.B. or J.D.) and requires active membership in the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia.

Must have in excess of 3 years of relevant experience. Relevant experience as determined by the Office of the General Counsel (or the Office of the Inspector General for positions in the OIG) must be professional legal experience that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. See DoD Instruction (DoDI) 1442.02 for exceptions to the grade-level standards. Active membership in the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia is required.

How To Apply – External
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***PLEASE NOTE: U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate. NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations. All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph.

This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans’ Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans’ preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility.

Please note that you may be asked a series of questions depending on the position you apply for. Your responses will be used as part of the screening process of your application and will assist in determining your eligibility for the position. Be sure to elaborate on experiences in your resume. Failure to provide the required information or providing inaccurate information will result in your application not being considered for this position. Only those applicants who meet the qualifications for the position will be contacted to begin employment processing.

Please Note: Job Posting could close earlier than the closing date due to sufficient number of applicants or position no longer available. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

DCIPS Disclaimer
The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.

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