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-905-03 position should see Job Announcement OGC-2014-0003.

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. The Assistant General Counsel will be responsible for providing advice and guidance related to the FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FOIA), PRIVACY ACT, AND/OR FEDERAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE ACT (FACA). Additionally, the Assistant General Counsel will:

  • Counsel top management of Directorate(s) with respect to legal and policy aspects of major awards and declined proposals.
  • Author and present substantive, procedural, and administrative regulations and policies. Determines need for implementation of rule- making procedures. Consults with and renders opinions to all levels of management in interpreting and applying such regulations.
  • Provide legal representation for the Foundation in difficult negotiations with contractors and their attorneys in attempting to settle disputes and claims arising from contracts and grants. Negotiates settlements.
  • Provide legal representation for the Foundation in negotiations of terms of contracts and grants in difficult situations when requested by the Contracting or Grants Officer.
  • Identify facts and issues to determine the nature of the legal problem, conducts legal research, and provides written and oral legal advice.
  • In disputed cases, prepare Foundation's case and present it before the appropriate tribunal, which may be administrative, trial or appellate.
  • Determine 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.