Mar 20, 2023

Director, Civil Liberties, Privacy, Transparency Office

  • National Security Agency
  • Fort Meade, MD, USA

Job Description

The Director of Civil Liberties, Privacy, and Transparency (CLPT DIR), is the primary and independent policy advisor to the Director of the National Security Agency/Chief of the Central Security Service, (DIRNSA/CHCSS), the Board of Directors (BOD), and other senior leaders to ensure the Agency protects privacy and civil liberties consistent with operational, legal, and policy requirements. The CLPT DIR, a named advisor to the BOD pursuant to the 2017 FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act, leads a team of subject matter experts to guide NSA/CSS's implementation of civil liberties and privacy protections in an increasingly transparent Intelligence Community (IC). The CLPT DIR is responsible for building partnerships and communicating with counterparts in the government, the private sector and public advocacy groups to promote greater trust and public confidence in NSA/CSS activities. The CLPT DIR engages extensively with the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), the Federal Privacy Council, Congressional overseers, academics and civil society to increase awareness and understanding of civil liberties and privacy protections in NSA's mission. The CLPT DIR sponsors the Civil Liberties and Privacy Panel of the NSA Advisory Board; is a member of the IC CLP Council, IC Transparency Council, and the Federal Privacy Council. The CLPT DIR serves as the DoD Component Senior Official for Privacy and as the NSA/CSS appeals official for Privacy Act requests. In addition, the selectee will: - Serve as the principal advisor to DIRNSA/CHCSS, Board of Directors members, and other NSA/CSS leaders on policy matters pertaining to civil liberties, privacy, and transparency; - Maintain awareness of and engage with the external civil liberties and privacy communities, both domestic and foreign, and inform NSA/CSS leadership of significant developments or changes in civil liberties and privacy-related policies, public attitudes, best practices, and technologies affecting NSA/CSS and its missions, people, partners, and resources; - Assist DIRNSA/CHCSS and other Agency officials with appropriately incorporating civil liberties and privacy protections when making strategic policy, operational, resource, technology, and research decisions; - Provide civil liberties and privacy advice and policy guidance, in consultation with the Office of General Counsel (OGC) as appropriate, including reviewing requests for new uses of existing authorities and providing guidance related to FISA procedures or those the Attorney General has approved to protect U.S. person privacy; - Provide civil liberties and privacy advice and policy guidance associated with information technology that collects or processes information that is or could become personally identifiable information; - Serve as subject matter expert and provide oversight, in consultation with OGC as appropriate, in implementing the Privacy Act of 1974 for NSA/CSS; - Ensure complaints or indications of possible abuses of civil liberties and/or privacy receive documentation, review, referral when applicable, assessment, investigation, response, resolution as appropriate, and reporting in accordance with 42 U.S.C. 2000ee-1; - Provide whistleblower protections in accordance with 42 U.S.C. 2000ee-1; - Report as required on the activities of the NSA/CSS Civil Liberties and Privacy Program to DIRNSA/CHCSS; the PCLOB; appropriate congressional committees as specified in 42 U.S.C. 2000ee-1; ODNI; and the Defense Privacy, Civil Liberties, and Transparency Division of the DoD; - Support the Office of the Director of National Intelligence with transparency efforts, to include the Annual Statistical Transparency Report and redactions of FISA-related documents; - Oversee the development and implementation of civil liberties and privacy compliance measures for NSA and work in coordination with mission partners and stakeholders to identify, assess, and manage risk areas related to civil liberties and privacy.

Serve as the Director of Civil Liberties, Privacy, and Transparency for the National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS). A component of the Department of Defense (DoD), NSA/CSS is a combat support agency and a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community. The Agency's core missions are to conduct cybersecurity and signals intelligence activities as directed by the National Security Act of 1947; National Security Directive No. 42; Executive Order 12333; the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA); and other laws, policies, authorities, and restrictions consistent with the U.S. Constitution.

- Expert knowledge of Executive Order 12333, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and the U.S. Constitution. - Thorough understanding of the 2017 FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act and the civil liberties and privacy protections it requires. Must be able to articulate the necessity for reauthorization, its framework for civil liberties and privacy protections, compliance with the framework, and recommendations for improvements to enhance protections. - External (U.S. Government or industry) privacy and/or civil liberties experience, to include being recognized as a civil liberties and privacy thought leader with the standing to engage externally as an expert in the field. - Experience with federal government privacy or civil liberties programs. - Knowledge and understanding of the interplay among data management, IT security, and privacy including the ability to analyze information and database technologies with possible privacy-protection implications. - Expert knowledge of international, state, and local privacy and civil liberties issues. - Strong interpersonal, leadership and managerial capabilities, including the ability to effectively direct taskings, assess and manage performance, and support personal and professional development of personnel at all levels. - Expert interpersonal and organizational skills with proven ability to manage the implementation of multiple projects and competing priorities effectively. - Superior oral and written communication skills, including the ability to produce clear, logical, and concise products targeted to and meeting the needs of diverse audiences with different perspectives and objectives. - Superior ability to exert influence with senior leadership and communicate effectively with people at all staff levels, both internal and external to the organization. - Superior interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively, both independently and in a team or collaborative effort. Desired Requirements: - Ability to be discerning when providing advice on complicated policy and technical issues related to the NSA/CSS mission. - Ability to effectively enhance public understanding of the NSA and IC mission, rules, and oversight framework, through authorized transparency channels. - Superior analytic and critical thinking skills, including the ability to conduct assessments, identify issues and develop process-improvement recommendations. - Superior skill in negotiating and consulting, and superior judgment in identifying and solving problems.

How Applicants Will Be Evaluated: The applicant selected must meet the DISL technical qualification criteria listed below. Applicants should provide a brief narrative (no more-than one-half page) to support each criterion. In addition, each applicant must submit a resume. Technical/Professional Leadership/Decision Making: 30 points Candidate should have a strong record of making/influencing decisions. This individual must be aggressive at pursuing creative alternatives, listening openly to conflicting points of views, analyzing options, and developing sound courses of action. Factors considered include significant experience: - Serving as a strong and credible technical leader with demonstrated ability to achieve buy-in across organizations; - Planning, executing, deciding and resolving complex issues in large organizations or issues with far-reaching impact; - Successfully representing high-level organizations and partnering/teaming with internal and external entities; and - Providing expert technical guidance and leadership to senior management, technical leaders, and overall workforce to achieve outcomes. Technical/Professional Development of Others: 30 points Candidate should have a strong record of developing the skills and abilities of others. Candidate's contributions to development will be judged based on scope, duration, complexity, impact, and variety. Key factors include: - Individual technical and career mentoring activities, both formal and informal; - Ability to foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace; - Participation on boards, committees, panels, etc., of significance to the privacy and civil liberties community; - Activities aimed at conveying knowledge, such as seminars and informal on-the-job training; and - Willingness to foster relationships and work with the next generation of experts Technical/Professional Achievements: 10 points Candidate should have a strong record of personal technical and professional achievements in applying civil liberties, privacy, and transparency subject matter expertise. Factors include: - Creating, developing, analyzing options; applying innovative technical solutions to privacy, civil liberties, and transparency challenges; - Documenting accomplishments and encouraging other subject matter experts to do likewise; - Demonstrating expertise, competency, problem-solving ability, and depth in relevant technical areas; - Recognized expertise, to include impact of achievements; - Demonstrated use of creativity, innovation, flexibility, and analytic skills to effect transformation; - Experience finding opportunities for improvement and addressing them through practical, sustainable, realistic, high- impact responses; and - Experience translating high-level vision into practical achievable strategies and results. Technical/Professional Development: 15 points Candidate should have a strong record of continuous enhancement of technical and professional skills and knowledge. Key factors include: - Breadth and depth of knowledge of DoD and IC technical, operational and administrative initiatives; - Experience translating high-level visions into practically achievable strategies; - Ability to relate narrow technical specialties to the broader needs of NSA/CSS, customers, and mission partners; and - Participation in conferences, training programs, and other technical forums. Leading the Intelligence Enterprise: 15 points Candidate should have a broad point of view of the IC mission and an understanding of responsibilities in relation to IC strategic priorities. Factors considered include: - Demonstrated ability to build, leverage and lead collaborative networks with key technical peers and stakeholders across the IC, private sector, other U.S. Government (USG) departments and agencies, and academia. - Foster improved relationships, unconventional approaches and teaming with other NSA elements, Intelligence Community collaborators and foreign partners. - Record of sharing technical information and knowledge with organizations across the IC to enable mission-related collaboration. - Creating an environment for and effectively promoting innovation, collaboration, information and knowledge sharing, and the candid, open exchange of diverse points of view in support of the IC mission to provide thorough analysis to the Nation's policymakers and decision makers.

Must be available for occasional travel in connection with assigned duties and be able to work extended hours and holidays when circumstances demand.