Job Overview


The Department of Veterans Affairs  is interested in attracting the best talent for our diverse cadre of SES members from within VA, the Federal government and the private sector. We have streamlined our recruitment process and now only require you to submit a 5-page resume to apply for this position.  

This position is one of seven Assistant General Counsels serving in the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of the General Counsel (OGC).  The position is responsible for the management of employees in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area and certain employees working from remote locations.  The position manages deputies, other supervisory personnel, attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants and other administrative support staff.  The website for this organization is

VA structures its SES positions into pay bands. This is a pay band 2 position and the salary range is $120,749-$175,400. Exceptions to the salary cap may be considered in certain circumstances.

A recruitment/relocation incentive and/or Appraised Value Offer may be authorized.


The Assistant General Counsel, Staff Group II is responsible to the General Counsel, through the Principal Deputy General Counsel. The position requires the effective and economical direction, control, and operation of Staff Group II. The responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Plans, directs, and supervises the work of a professional staff furnishing legal and litigation services in assigned subject matter areas to the Secretary and senior officials in VA, and the judges and staff of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, customers and stakeholders including Congress, top officials of other Government agencies, including the Department of Justice, and Veterans and their representatives.
  • Assigned subject-matter areas include Compensation & Pension Benefits, Insurance, Regulatory Law, Accredidation and Fee Issues, and legal matters pertaining to VA's National Cemeteries.  Assists the Department of Justice in defending cases before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
  • Oversees the provision of all legal advice to include researching and interpreting applicable Federal Statutes, Executive Orders, case law, and precedent opinions, as well as State and local law. Communicates that advice orally or in writing, either formally or informally, upon request or spontaneously as the need is perceived. Reviews, for legal sufficiency, internal VA regulations, directives, manuals, and other instructions; and prepares and reviews (for legal sufficiency) VA correspondence to outside entities and individuals.
  • Oversees drafting of proposed legislation, Executive Orders, and proclamations together with letters of justification and other supporting material. Evaluates proposed legislation, Executive Orders, and proclamations submitted by congressional committees or other agencies in terms of foreseeable effects on VA programs, policies, regulations, methods, extent of operation, and existing legislation.
  • Oversees the drafting of legislative reports to the Congress or to the Office of Management and Budget on proposed legislation after formulation and coordination of the Secretary's policy and position.
  • Collaborates and coordinates with the senior officials in the Veterans Benefits Administration and Board of Veterans Appeals, drafts drafts language and other communications relating to Congressional bills or amendments, develops VA presentations, including testimony, exhibits, and related material for hearings before congressional committees; and advises and assists congressional committees and their staffs in drafting legislation and in the preparation of committee legislation reports.
  • Provides guidance and cooperative assistance to OGC's Office of Regional Counsel to assist them in providing legal services related to Staff Group II's practice areas.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • 25% or less

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation may be authorized.