Mar 20, 2023

Attorney, Office of the Inspector General, National Security Agency

  • National Security Agency
  • Fort Meade, MD, USA

Job Description

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to: - Inform the Inspector General (IG), Deputy IG, and OIG Senior Leadership Team about significant developments in the law, important judicial, administrative, or other decisions affecting the OIG, its people, or its resources; -Advise and assist OIG senior leaders in OIG strategic plan, policy, and management directive development; -Support OIG leaders in developing effective management internal controls that ensure OIG programs and operations comply with applicable laws, regulations, and professional standards; -Oversee OIG relationships with Congress and Office of Management and Budget; -Establish and maintain effective working relationships in and outside of the OIG, especially with DoD IG , IG of the Intelligence Community (ICIG), and NSA/CSS Office of General Counsels -(OGCs), to identify and share best legal/counsel practices relevant to the oversight community and Council of Inspectors General on Integrity & Efficiency; -Establish procedures and conduct training to ensure IG and OIG staff understand their responsibilities under the Standards for Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch (Ethical Standards) and federal conflict of interest laws; -Provide guidance to the OIG to ensure employees are free both in fact and appearance from personal, external, and organizational impairments to independence; -Determine Counsel-specific goals and objectives that need additional emphasis, develop measures to evaluate Counsel performance, make recommendations for program improvement, and effectively manage assigned resources; and -Provide professional leadership, direction, and mentorship to attorneys and staff responsible for giving legal advice and guidance to the OIG.

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the National Security Agency (NSA)/Central Security Service (CSS) is seeking an accomplished attorney with exceptional communication, organizational, leadership, collaboration, strategic planning, mentoring, and interpersonal skills to serve as senior Counsel. We are very passionate about what we do. We believe in our intelligence oversight mission and our core values of integrity, independence, commitment, diversity, and transparency. If you believe in the mission of effective and objective oversight, are committed to excellence, and are looking for an opportunity to have a positive and enduring impact to the efficiency and effectiveness of OIG operations, this is the position for you. As a key member of the OIG Senior Leadership Team, the senior Counsel will have substantial responsibilities related to the full range of OIG legal functions and will provide direct leadership to a small staff of OIG attorneys. The OIG has a culture focused on innovation and inclusion and capitalizes on the strengths of its workforce to achieve exceptional mission outcomes. Strategic thinking, superior technical skills, strong business acumen, and exceptional inter-personal skills are essential in this new role.

Minimum Professional Qualifications (demonstrated experience in each factor is required): Candidates must have graduated from an ABA-accredited law school with a Juris Doctor Degree and be a member in good standing of a State Bar. Candidate must have a minimum of 10 years of experience engaged in the active practice of law. Fundamental Competencies of interpersonal skills, integrity/honesty, writing/oral communications, continual learning, and public service motivation must also be reflected in the application/resume.

As a DISL and member of OIG Senior Leadership Team, the OIG senior Counsel must demonstrate excellence in the five Technical Core Qualifications: Technical/Professional Achievements: 40 points Demonstrate legal expertise and depth in the profession, the ability to solve complex problems, innovative research or published legal opinions, and legal expertise applied in multiple domains or environments. Technical/Professional Development of Others: 25 points Leverage diversity to elevate organizational performance, participate in the professional community of practice, and communicate effectively with others. Technical/Professional Leadership/Decision Making: 15 points Reflect standing in the professional field, ability to influence at the organizational level, experience or clear role(s) in senior decision making, and ability to direct complex technical/professional efforts. Continued Technical/Professional Development: 10 points Reflect ongoing education and training specific or related to the legal profession, management, or leadership. Leading the Intelligence Enterprise: 10 points Demonstrate the ability to collaborate and integrate efforts across disciplines/organizations, directing or influencing at the enterprise level, and examples of value-centered leadership.

This is a full-time position, AWS5 (normally Monday - Friday). The selectee should be prepared to travel occasionally to meetings in the greater Washington, DC area. Periodic extended hours may be necessary. International and domestic travel may be required. The incumbent is subject to random drug and polygraph testing. This position requires a TOP SECRET clearance and SPECIAL BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION (SBI)