This position is in the Excepted Service under Title 10, Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System. Excepted Service includes all positions in the Executive Branch of the Federal Government which are specifically excepted from the competitive service by or pursuant to statute, by the President, or by the Office of Personnel Management, and which are not in the Senior Executive Service.
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The Deputy General Counsel (Intelligence) has primary responsibility to provide legal advice and services relating to the Secretary of Defense, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security (USD(I&S)), the Department of Defense (DoD) General Counsel, and other senior DoD officials on all legal matters involving DoD's and the Intelligence Community's military and national intelligence and counterintelligence programs and operations; defense clandestine, special access, compartmented, sensitive and special activities; security; and the governance, management, and oversight of such activities. Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Drafts, provides views on, and interprets legislation, executive orders, directives and regulations governing the operations, organization, and oversight of the DoD intelligence components and the Intelligence Community.
  • Reviews all intelligence and counterintelligence related matters, including analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning, referred by the USD(I&S) as well as such matters from other offices requiring concurrence or endorsement.
  • Advises the Secretary of Defense, Deputy Secretary of Defense, and General Counsel on all matters relating to the compliance of intelligence, counterintelligence, and clandestine activities and operations (including covert action) with national and international law, Presidential direction and policies.
  • Provides legal review and oversight of all intelligence special access and compartmented programs, all covert action programs, and all intelligence operations, including those conducted under the authority of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
  • Negotiates and confers with the other agencies of the federal government, including the National Security Council, Department of Justice, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency, and Department of State concerning the matters relating to the administration and regulation of DoD intelligence and counterintelligence activities, wherever conducted.
  • Serves as the principal advisor to the General Counsel and the Under Secretaries for I&S and Policy on all matters involving military deception and related programs, as well as operations security. In consultation with the Deputy General Counsel (International Affairs), the incumbent serves as principal legal advisor on other aspects of information operations, including the development of command and control relationships for such operations, compliance of such operations with intelligence and operational law, and interagency coordination of such operations.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
  • You must submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test before you can be appointed.
  • You must be able to obtain/maintain a Top Secret/SCI clearance.
  • In accordance with the provisions of ICD 601, joint duty assignments will be a prerequisite for promotion to senior civilian rank. To qualify, please provide a copy of your completed Joint Duty assignment SF-50 or an adjudicated IC JD Claims form. More information regarding the Intelligence Community Civilian Joint Duty Program, can be found at: http: www.icjointduty.gov
  • Submit resume and all other required documents online by 11:59 PM EST 10/13/2020
  • Will be required to file an Executive Branch Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-278) in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
  • Initial appointee to a DISES position must serve a two-year DISES trial period, which can be served concurrently with the two-year DCIPS trial period. Employees who have previously completed a trial period in the DCIPS position shall not serve another trial period upon acceptance of or reappointment to another DCIPS position. Current DCIPS employees who are in a DCIPS trial period and transfer to another DCIPS Component shall finish their trial period in the new DCIPS position.
  • Please read the vacancy announcement in its entirety before applying.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see https: www.sss.gov/Home/Registration )

NOTE: All Intelligence executive level positions require Joint Duty credit. Only those candidates who meet the Joint Duty Credit requirement will be eligible to compete/be considered for a senior executive position. Employees will receive joint duty credit for almost any rotational assignment to another Intelligence Community (IC) component and may also be eligible to receive credit for service outside the IC (military, other government, or private sector) as long as the assignment was at the Band 3 (GS 11 to GS 13) level or above and it occurred on or after September 11, 2001. An external candidate, if selected, will be required to immediately apply for Joint Duty Credit.

Employees without Joint Duty credit may apply for the position and can be considered. If selected a waiver would be required prior to final appointment. IC seniors without Joint Duty at the same tier level may lateral into the position if selected without requesting a waiver.


To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), the Mandatory Technical Qualifications, and other qualifications, if applicable.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS: All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) describing accomplishments that would satisfy the ECQs. You must address each ECQ separately, not to exceed 10 pages. You are required to respond to all ECQs. If you fail to do so will result in a rating of 'ineligible.' When responding to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of this position by submitting narrative responses in which you detail your experience in each of the ECQs. Your examples should be clear and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts. You should limit your narrative to two pages per ECQ, and address each ECQ separately. OPM's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications can assist you in writing an effective SES application. The Guide is available on OPM's Website at:
http: www.opm.gov/ses/references/guidetoSESQuals_2012.pdf

ECQ 1 – Leading Change: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ 2 – Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

ECQ 3 – Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

ECQ 4 – Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5 – Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess the Intelligence Community (IC) Senior Officer Core Qualifications (SOCQ).

Intelligence Community (IC) Senior Officer Core Qualification (SOCQ) – Leading the Intelligence Enterprise: Required for all senior executive positions effective 1 October 2010. This SOCQ involves the ability to integrate resources, information, interests, and activities effectively in support of the IC's mission and to lead and leverage cross organizational collaborative networks to achieve significant mission results. Inherent to this Standard is a deep understanding of the Intelligence enterprise (or other comparable interagency or multi-organizational environment) and a shared commitment to the IC's core values. (Include a separate attachment one page maximum per competency)

IC Senior Officers have a responsibility to share information and knowledge to achieve results, in that regard are expected to build effective networks and alliances; actively engage these peers and stakeholders; involve them in key decision; and effectively leverage these networks to achieve significant results. Senior officers are expected to create an environment that promotes employee engagement, collaboration, integration, information and knowledge sharing, and the candid, open exchange of diverse points of view. Candidates assessed against this competency must:

(1) Collaboration and Integration: Build, leverage, and lead collaborative networks with key peers and stakeholders across the IC and/or other government/private-sector organizations, or professional/technical disciplines to achieve significant joint/multi-agency mission outcomes. Integrate joint/multi-agency activities effectively exercising collaborative plans that realize mutual IC, joint, or multi-organizational goals.

(2) Enterprise Focus: IC Senior officers are expected to demonstrate a deep understanding of how the missions, structures, leaders, and cultures of the various IC components interact and connect; synthesize resources, information and other inputs to effectively integrate and align component, IC, and the United States Government interests and activities to achieve IC-wide, national, and international priorities. Senior officers are expected to encourage and support Joint Duty assignments and developmental experiences that develop and reinforce enterprise focus among their subordinates. Candidates assessed against the component must: Understand the roles, missions, capabilities, and organizational and political realities of the intelligence enterprise; apply that understanding to drive joint, interagency, or multi-organizational mission accomplishment. Understand how organizations, resources, information, and processes within the IC interagency/multi-organizational environment interact with and influence one another; apply that understanding to solve complex interagency or multi-organizational problems.

(3) Values-Centered Leadership: IC Senior officers are expected to personally embody, advance and reinforce IC core values. Senior officers are expected to demonstrate and promote departmental and/or component values. Candidates assessed against this competency must demonstrate: A Commitment to selfless service and excellence in support of the IC's mission, as well as to preserving, protecting, and defending the Nation's laws and liberties. The Integrity and Courage(moral, intellectual, and physical) to seek and speak the truth, to innovate, and to change things for the better, regardless of personal or professional risk. Collaboration as members of a single IC-wide team, respecting and leveraging the diversity of all members of the IC, their background, their sources and methods, and their points of view. Promote, reinforce, and reward IC, departmental/component core values in the workforce and ensure that actions, policies, and practices are aligned with, and embody those values. Ensure that organizational strategies, policies, procedures, and actions give appropriate focus, attention, and commitment to diversity of people, points of view, ideas, and insights.


  • Comprehensive knowledge of and demonstrated experience in the following legal practice and program areas: DoD and Intelligence Community military and national intelligence programs; defense clandestine, special access, compartmented, sensitive and special activities; security; the governance, management, and oversight of such activities; and requirements of laws such as the National Security Act of 1947, as amended.
  • The ability to work effectively with a diverse, senior client base and to serve as a member of the Agency's executive leadership team in ensuring continued mission success.
  • Demonstrated ability to summarize and communicate (orally and in writing) complex issues, relevant analysis, and legal options to senior Department leadership and staff at all levels.
  • Experience managing attorneys and/or a multifaceted law practice. Demonstrated experience managing complex programs or activities, problem-solving under challenging circumstances, and reconciling diverse views to accomplish program objectives.
  • Education

    Candidates must meet the following education requirement for career series 0905:

    Must be a graduate of law school. You must have a current license to practice law from at least one state, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. commonwealth or U.S. territory, and be able to demonstrate that in a least one state or jurisdiction in which you are licensed you are permitted to engage in the active practice of law. Active status must be maintained in at least one state or jurisdiction during the course of employment in the Office of the General Counsel and DLSA.

    Applicants are not required to provide an official certificate demonstrating this active status, but must provide such a certificate to the selecting official if selected.

    A certified copy of a law school transcript is required as proof that you meet the educational requirement for this position (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) and must be provided to the selecting official if selected.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http: www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

    Additional information

    Applications MUST be submitted through USAJobs.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education. Your application will be evaluated by a rating and ranking panel, and highly qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check. The Office of the Secretary of Defense Executive Resource Board will review results and make recommendations on final selections to the appointing authority.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Sensitive Compartmented Information

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    1. Resume – In addition to your written statements addressing the Intelligence Community Senior Officer Core Qualifications and the Mandatory Technical Qualification(s), and other qualifications as applicable, submit a resume or any other written format you choose to describe your qualifications, not to exceed five pages. Applicants typically provide the following information:

    • Vacancy Announcement number10922914
    • Full name, email and mailing address, and day and evening telephone numbers
    • Educational information including the name, city, and state of colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type of any degree received. Report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For more information, you may refer to the following U.S. Department of Education website: http: www.edu.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html
    • Information about your paid and nonpaid work experience related to this position including: job title, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, duration of employment, and salary
    • Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments

    2. Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs): A narrative statement specifically addressing each mandatory technical qualification. MTQ statements should not exceed two pages per MTQ. All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) of accomplishments that would satisfy the technical qualifications. You must address each technical qualification separately. You are required to respond to all of the technical qualifications. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as ineligible. Please limit your written statements to no more than two pages per technical qualification.

    3. Mandatory ECQ statements. A narrative statement specifically addressing each individual ECQ. Total ECQ write-up should not exceed 10 pages. If you are a current DISES or other Senior Intelligence Executive, career member of the SES, or have completed an SES Candidate Development Program and obtained Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Review Board certification of your ECQs, you are not required to submit the ECQ narrative. However, you must address the IC SOCQ and provide a copy of your Standard Form 50 or OPM certificate.

    4. Intelligence Community Senior Core Qualification (IC SOCQ). Separate attachment one page maximum per competency.

    5. Copy of Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50): Current and former SES, DISES and other Intelligence Senior Executive members must provide an SF-50 showing their status or reinstatement eligibility.

    6. Joint Duty Assignment documentation: To qualify, please provide a copy of your completed Joint Duty assignment SF-50 or an adjudicated IC JD claim form. For more information regarding the Intelligence Community Joint Duty Program, please refer to http: www.icjointduty.gov .

    7. Demographics Information of Applicants: Click on the link to access the Demographics Information of Applicants http: www.eeoc.gov/federal/upload/Applicant_Tracking_Form_2-19-2014-2.pdf

    DO NOT SUBMIT ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Extraneous materials such as award certificates will not be considered.

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