Job Overview


About the Agency

"Monster/Hiring Management will be unavailable/offline on Sunday, January 12, 2014. You will not be able to apply for this job announcement during this time."

Applicants wishing to apply for the AD-905-04 position should see Job Announcement OGC-2014-0002.

Become a part of our mission to maintain and strengthen the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise. For over 60 years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has remained the premier Federal agency supporting basic research at the frontiers of discovery across all fields, as well as science and engineering education at all levels.

The NSF is seeking qualified candidates for the position of an Assistant General Counsel within the Office of the Director (OD), Office of the General Counsel (OGC), Arlington, VA.

The OGC is the legal advisor and advocate for the Foundation, providing legal advice and assistance on all aspects of the Foundation's programs, policies, and operations, as well as areas affecting science and technology more broadly. Advice is provided in a wide variety of areas, such as: grants, contracts and cooperative agreements; intellectual property; conflicts-of-interest; employee and labor relations; civil rights; health, safety and environment; public regulation of research; Federal fiscal and administrative law and procedure; international law and agreements; and national security restrictions of scientific research (including export controls). The OGC also provides litigation expertise to the agency coordinating each phase of complex litigation with various divisions of the U.S. Department of Justice.

More information about OGC can be found at


The individual selected for this position will serve as an Assistant General Counsel for Human Resources.The incumbent of this position should have experience in and knowledge of federal human resources laws, policies, procedures and precedents. The selected candidate will be responsible for providing legal advice and guidance regarding all aspects of federal human resources areas, including employee relations, labor relations, Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO), personnel, and employment law. Additionally, the Assistant General Counsel will:

  • Counsel all levels of NSF management with respect to legal and policy aspects of employee relations, labor relations, personnel and employment law.
  • Identify facts and issues to determine the nature of the legal problem, conduct legal research, and provide written and oral legal advice.
  • In disputed cases, prepare the Foundation's case and present it before the appropriate tribunal, which may be administrative, trial or appellate.
  • Determine the approach after analysis of legal theories. Plan and conduct investigations. Weigh the evidence. Determine alternative legal strategies.
  • Prepare proposed complaints and other legal documents such as trial briefs, subpoenas, motions, answers, depositions, proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law, and appeal briefs.
  • Select and prepare witnesses. Examine and cross examine lay and expert witnesses.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation MAY be paid contingent on the availability of funds.