General Counsel

JOB TITLE: General Counsel

AGENCY: Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

SALARY RANGE:$161,700/ Per Year

SERIES/GRADE:The agency uses the Administratively Determined system in which rank is attached to the individual. The salary range for this position is statutorily capped at $161,700 and is equivalent to an Executive Schedule Level V.

POSITION INFORMATION: This is an opportunity for permanent employment in the excepted service.You will be required to serve a two-year trial period.

DUTY LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

WHO MAY APPLY: Open to the Public. U.S. citizenship required.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:Must have or be able to obtain a TOP SECRET – Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS-SCI) Security clearance.If you already have a TS/SCI clearance, please highlight your last investigation date in your application.


The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board's responsibilities comprise two basic functions: oversight and advice. In its oversight role, the Board is authorized to continually review the implementation of executive branch policies, procedures, regulations, and information sharing practices relating to efforts to protect the nation from terrorism, in order to ensure that privacy and civil liberties are protected. The Board is also authorized to continually review any other actions of the executive branch relating to efforts to protect the nation from terrorism, in order to determine whether such actions appropriately protect privacy and civil liberties and whether they are consistent with governing laws, regulations, and policies regarding privacy and civil liberties. In its advice role, the Board is authorized to review proposed legislation, regulations, and policies related to efforts to protect the nation from terrorism (as well as the implementation of new and existing policies and legal authorities), in order to advise the President and executive branch agencies on ensuring that privacy and civil liberties are appropriately considered in their development and implementation.

The primary purpose of this position is to perform duties as the General Counsel for the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight (PCLOB). As such, the incumbent performs a variety of duties in pursuit of the Board’s mission ensuring compliance with all applicable legal requirements. Work is normally assigned by the Board, the Board members, and, in consultation with the Board. Serves as the key legal advisor to the Board on agency operations, ethics, and compliance with applicable statutory and regulatory requirements. Develops internal policies to govern agency operations. Counsels Board members, senior management, and staff. Advises on legally appropriate methods and techniques to achieve agency goals and objectives.


  • Providing advice and counsel to the Board and Board Members on legal and policy issues relating to the Board’s operations.

  • Assisting the Board and Board Members with research and analysis and on legal and policy issues related to the Board’s operations as well as legal issues relevant to pursuit of the Board’s mission.

  • Interprets laws, statutes, and regulations advising Board Members and senior management on proposed and existing legislation and policies. Prepares and reviews congressional testimony, providing senior level officials with legal advice on various aspects of policies, plans and programs.

  • Advises managers, employees, and the general public on issues related to FOIA (serves as FOIA liaison), ethics, and a wide variety of matters concerning employee behaviors and responsibilities.

  • Develops and maintains policies, procedures and systems, supervises the General Attorney and the overall activities of the Office of General Counsel (OGC) to ensure smooth coordination of activities among Board staff.

  • As appropriate, represents PCLOB in formal legal proceedings, including legal actions filed against the PCLOB. As needed, represents the Agency in other formal administrative or legal proceedings in a variety of settings such as the U.S. courts, MSPB, FLRA, EEOC, and other formal bodies presiding over administrative or legal hearings or processes.

  • Meets with senior staff to set agency-wide policy and review program achievements based on guidance from Board members and recommendations by staff and others. Personally, and through staff, is responsible for developing, planning, and implementing policies and programs within OGC.

  • As an Ethics Official for the Board, advises the Board and staff on the requirements on the Standards of Conduct and prohibited conflicts of interest set forth in the Ethics in Government Act and other statutes or regulations.Serves as a liaison to the Office of Government Ethics. Resolves questions of disputed facts and renders decisions on points of law in alleged conflicts of interest and directs corrective action.Provides advice to the Board and staff on public speaking engagements. Reviews sensitive financial disclosure reports for possible conflicts of interests. Monitors and periodically evaluates the Board’s financial disclosure reporting system to ensure prompt filing and review of all reports.


Directs, coordinates, and oversees work through subordinate supervisors.Advises staff regarding policies, procedures, and directives of higher-level management. Assists the Chairman with selecting or recommending candidates for subordinate positions, taking into consideration skills, qualifications, and requirements. Ensures reasonable equity among performance standards for subordinate employees. Accepts, amends, or rejects work of subordinates and subordinate supervisors.Makes decisions on work problems presented by subordinate supervisors, if any.Encourages self-development.Approves leave for subordinates and subordinate supervisors and ensures adequate coverage in organization through peak workloads and traditional holiday vacation time.Discharge security responsibilities by ensuring education and compliance with security directives for employees with access to classified or sensitive material.Recognizes and takes appropriate action to correct situations posing a threat to the health or safety of subordinates.Provides a work environment that is free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.Addresses subordinates’ concerns, whether perceived or real, and follows up with appropriate action to correct or eliminate tension in the workplace.Ensures that subordinate supervisors have effective interpersonal, communication, and managerial skills to supervise in a workplace with diverse employees.


Must possess a J.D. or LL.B. and be a member in good standing of a state bar or the District of Columbia bar.

Please complete your application on USAJOBS:

Please upload the following documents when applying: Cover letter, resume, and writing sample (10 pages or less). If you are less than 3 years out of college or law school, please also include a transcript. All submitted materials must be at the UNCLASSIFIED level.

If all the materials above are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available, and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible.

Candidates selected for an interview may be asked to provide references and undergo a writing assessment.

A candidate’s application may be considered for other eligible vacant positions at the agency. The candidate will be contacted if considered for another eligible vacant position.


A panel will convene to evaluate applications. A review of your application will be made to determine whether you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be evaluated. Candidates will be placed into categories of “best qualified”, “qualified”, and “not qualified”. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may be placed in a different category. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your categorization.

Candidates from outside the Washington, D.C., area may be selected for a telephone or in-person interview. If selected for an in-person interview, any travel or lodging will be at the applicant’s personal expense.


Telework may be made available per agency policy.

If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized. Our budget office can provide additional information on how this program is run.

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package.

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