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Job Title:  Attorney Advisor
Agency:  Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board
Hiring Organization:  Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board
Job Announcement Number:  1003675-14-PCLOB

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$74,872.00 to $145,700.00 / Per Year
Thursday, December 05, 2013 to Friday, January 10, 2014
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
Many vacancies in the following location:
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United States Citizens
Top Secret


The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (the Board) is a new, independent oversight agency within the Executive Branch established by the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act, signed into law in August 2007. The bipartisan Board is comprised of four members and a chairman, nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate. It has two primary purposes: 1) to analyze and review actions the executive branch takes to protect the United States from terrorism, ensuring that the need for such actions is balanced with the need to protect privacy and civil liberties; and 2) ensure that liberty concerns are appropriately considered in the development and implementation of laws, regulations, and policies related to efforts to protect the Nation against terrorism.  The Board is required to report periodically on its operations to the President and the U.S. Congress, as well as inform the public of its activities.

This is an opportunity to be part of a new agency as it establishes its priorities and operations. There will be a number of Attorney-Advisors on staff who will assist the Board in carrying out its oversight and advice functions regarding federal counterterrorism matters. The responsibilities of the position frequently require the incumbent to address extremely complex, sensitive, and difficult legal and policy questions and factual issues involved in interpreting and applying legislation, regulations, orders, decisions, and opinions. Issues in incumbent’s field of responsibility frequently will have significant impact on the public, and on agency operations. Incumbent’s responsibility in all matters requires a keen sense of fairness, good judgment, and an ability to assist the Board in dealing in an evenhanded manner with the widely divergent and often extremely sensitive matters that may arise. Many of the cases and problems involve little or no established precedent, may present delicate legal or factual situations, and may involve important Constitutional principles.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional Travel may be required


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship or National
  • Resume and/or Supporting Documents (see How to Apply)
  • Must have or be able to obtain a TOP SECRET Security clearance
  • Law Degree from an accredited law school
  • Member of a Bar in good standing


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·         Assist the Board to review and analyze federal counter-terrorism programs pursuant to its mission to ensure that both existing and proposed programs adequately safeguard privacy and civil liberties.  This includes investigating the operation of programs, conducting legal research and analysis, and evaluating policy implications of existing and proposed programs and making recommendations to the Board.


·         Advise and assist in the identification of issues and recommendations by providing legal advice, conducting research, and carrying out investigations, as required.


·         Analyze privacy and civil liberties-related issues, national security and counter-terrorism laws within the general range of areas for which he or she is responsible.  Most matters handled by the incumbent will be of an extremely difficult and complex nature, requiring a high level of sensitivity and understanding of the interrelation of one area to another.


·         Assist in drafting Board reports evaluating counter-terrorism programs and other Board reports to the President, Congress and the public; draft congressional testimony, letters, and other documents to carry out the Board’s advisory responsibilities.


·         Represent the Board in interactions with officials from other departments and agencies of the Federal government, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations, as required.


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·         Applicants must possess a law degree (J.D.) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). Qualifying education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education. 


·         Applicants must currently be an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or a federal court of general jurisdiction.


·         Applicants may be entry level, but must demonstrate the ability to exercise sophisticated legal and analytical skills, superior written and oral communications, sound judgment, and a high level of maturity in interacting with government and non-government officials.


·         Some experience addressing privacy and civil liberties issues, either in government or in the private sector and/or some knowledge of national security law.


·         Strong writing skills, including legal writing and writing for general audiences.


·         Strong legal research and investigative skills.




·         Two years or more of post-J.D. experience which may include a judicial clerkship.


·         Demonstrated ability to work in a bipartisan environment.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that 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:


·         All information is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.


·         Selection for this position is contingent upon completion proof of U.S. citizenship or National.  


·         A top secret security clearance is required for all selectees. A background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.


·         All new employees must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay before appointment.


·         If selected for first-time appointment to the Federal government, you may be required to serve a trial period. Failure to complete successfully the trial period may result in termination of employment.


·         If appointed to a temporary position, management may have the discretion of converting the position to permanent depending upon funding and staffing allocation.


Applicants will be evaluated on their cover letter and resume. Qualified applicants may be invited for an interview and asked to submit writing samples.


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Electronic applications only should be submitted to by 11:59 pm on January 10, 2014.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package in electronic form. This includes:

·         Cover Letter – a detailed cover letter that specifically addresses how you meet the qualifications. Please include your country of citizenship in the cover letter or resume.


·         Resume – in any written format


Sue Reingold
Phone: (202)331-1986
Agency Information:
Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board
2100 K Street NW
Suite 500
Washington, DC


Based upon your qualifications, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview.

You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).

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