Office of the Director of National Intelligence Seal

16870 - Associate Counsel for Acquisition & Appropriations - GS-15

Virginia-Northern Virginia

Component Mission

The Office of General Counsel (OGC) of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) provides legal advice and counsel to the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and other ODNI officials on a wide range of legal issues to include intelligence and national security law; procurement and acquisition law; personnel law; government ethics, budget, and fiscal law; general administrative law; legislative support; government information practices (Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act); and intellectual property law.

Major Duties and Responsibilities (MDRs)

• The incumbent will provide expert, authoritative advice to the ODNI General Counsel, senior leadership and staff on extremely complex, difficult, and novel legal issues affecting the responsibilities of the DNI and ODNI as they relate to statutes, Presidential directives, Executive Orders, and related laws and policies. Render definitive legal opinions and associated oral advice on a myriad of issues, for which often no legal precedents exist. Additionally, counsel will:

• Provide authoritative support for the DNI's statutory responsibility to ensure compliance with the Constitution and laws of the United States by elements of the Intelligence Community (IC).

• Senior legal counsel to the Associate Director for National Intelligence for Acquisition, Technology, and Facilities (ADNI/AT&F) and Chief Financial Officer; oversee legal support to the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity.

• Independently apply legal principles and use judgment to resolve complex acquisition and appropriations matters, and research and analyze a wide variety of laws, regulations, legislation, and policies, and draft or review new legislation, Executive Orders, congressional testimony, Intelligence Community Directives, and related policies and guidance.

• Provide expert legal advice to support the DNI's responsibilities to develop and determine the NIP budget and ensure the effective execution of the annual budget for intelligence and intelligence-related activities.

• Establish and manage liaison relationships with external partners to ensure a comprehensive legal approach to major system acquisition law and policy; budget planning, programming and execution issues; research and technology; and the related fields of intellectual property law and government ethics.

• Represent the OGC on a variety of intra- and inter-agency committees and working groups, and in hearings and briefings to Members of Congress and their staffs.

• Maintain effective relations with other Executive agencies and organizations, including the staffs of the National Security Council, the Office of Management and Budget, and the DoD General Counsel's Office.

• Expertly negotiate complex contracts and other agreements with other agencies, private sector entities, and foreign liaison.

Mandatory and Educational Requirements

• Demonstrated expertise in the following two areas: a) general acquisition and procurement law and policy, to include major system acquisitions, source selections, and contract disputes and (b) intellectual property law, to include patents, copyright and trademarks. .

• In-depth knowledge of the mission and legal issues affecting the Intelligence Community with specialized experience in the following two areas: a) National Intelligence Program budget and execution, and b) research and development programs.

• Superior research abilities and written and oral communication skills with demonstrated ability to think creatively to solve complex and novel legal issues and to gain consensus among disparate organizations on legal and national security issues of common concern.

• Expert interviewing skills and techniques to skillfully collect relevant information; superior ability to balance client needs with professional objectivity and integrity.

• Graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, and an active member in good standing of a Bar of one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia or a U.S. Territory or Commonwealth.

Key Requirements and How To Apply

Current Federal Employees Applying for a Detail Assignment:

Applicants from federal agencies within the Intelligence Community (IC) may be considered for this position as a reimbursable detailee, if endorsed by the employing agency. Applicants must have current TS/SCI clearances with polygraph or have the ability to obtain one. The ODNI does not conduct polygraphs or provide security clearances for detailees. Applicants from within the IC must submit an application through the classified IC Joint Duty Program website.

Applicants from federal agencies outside the IC must provide:

a. WRITTEN ENDORSEMENT from the employing agency concurring with the detail.

b. RESUME: Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the vacancy announcement, particularly the MDRs, and construct their resume to highlight their most significant experience and qualifications relevant to this job opportunity.

c. PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS: Applicants are required to provide their two most recent performance evaluations. A justification is required if the applicant is unable to provide the two most recent evaluations.

d. VACANCY NUMBER: Reference the vacancy number in the subject line of the email and on each document submitted.

e. CURRENT SF-50: Federal Government employees must provide an SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" to verify current federal status, position, title, grade, and organization of record.

f. COVER LETTER: Applicants must submit a cover letter as a supplement to the resume to elaborate on their qualifications and previous work performed.

WHERE TO SUBMIT: Applications should be sent to either DNI-MSD-HR-RR-Team_A_WMA@dni.ic.gov (classified email system) or Recruitment_TeamA@dni.gov (unclassified email system). Applicants submitting via JWICS are requested to submit their materials to both longvj@dni.ic.gov (Vincent L.) and brookkl@dni.ic.gov (Karren B.) in lieu of the group address above. All attachments should be in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.

Applications submitted through the classified email system should NOT contain classified information above the TS//SI/TK//NOFORN level.

All Applicants:


Your application MUST be received by midnight on the closing date of this announcement. Applications received after the closing date will NOT be eligible for consideration.

To verify receipt of your application package ONLY, you may call 703-275-3799.

What To Expect Next

The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. Due to the large number of applications received, applicants will be contacted ONLY if they have been selected for an interview.

Other Information

The ODNI is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES: The ODNI provides reasonable accommodations to otherwise qualified applicants with disabilities. IF YOU NEED A REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Intelligence Community Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Office Representative by classified email at DNI-EEOD-RA-ACF@exchange.cia.ic.gov, by unclassified email at DNI-EEOD@dni.gov, by telephone at 301-243-0704 or by FAX at 301-243-1200. Your request for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION TO THE EEOD EMAIL ADDRESS. THIS EMAIL IS FOR REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION REQUESTS ONLY. PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION VIA THE EMAIL ADDRESS PROVIDED IN THE 'HOW TO APPLY' SECTION ABOVE.

Job Interview Travel: Candidates from outside the Washington, D.C., area may be selected for a telephone, teleconference, or in-person interview. If selected for an in-person interview, any travel or lodging will be at the applicant's personal expense.

1. IC employees must apply by the vacancy close date. The IC employee application should include the following...
a. A brief (two-page limit) candidate resume or biographical summary.
b. A short narrative describing the applicant's qualifications (general and specific) for the joint duty rotational assignment.

2. Consistent with IC Standard 601-1, IC employees must be nominated by their employing (home) element within 10 days of the vacancy close date in order to be considered by the gaining element. Please contact your employing element's Joint Duty Program Office for nomination procedures as some agencies may require written supervisory endorsement at the time of application. IC Element Joint Duty Program Office contact info can be found at: https://jointduty.dni.ic.gov/Contacts.aspx

Any application sent directly by an IC employee to the gaining element will not be considered.

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