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JOB TITLE: Attorney-Advisor

AGENCY: Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (“PCLOB”)

SALARY RANGE: $96,970 - $157,253

SERIES/GRADE: GS-13-15 (equivalent)

POSITION INFORMATION: Full-Time – Excepted Service


WHO MAY APPLY: United States Citizens



This announcement will be open until the position is filled. Cut off points are scheduled in two-week increments. After each cut-off point, all compliant applications received during the previous two weeks will be reviewed for consideration

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

Position Information
This is an opportunity for:
• Permanent employment in the excepted service
• This position is located in Washington, DC.

Who May Apply
Open to the public

Salary Determination
The PCLOB uses the Administratively Determined system in which rank is attached to the individual. A selected Federal Government candidate will be assigned to the position similar employee’s current GS grade and salary.

Agency Mission
The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is an independent, bipartisan agency within the executive branch established by the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act, Pub. L. 110-53, signed into law in August 2007. Comprised of four part-time members and a full-time chairman, the Board is vested with two fundamental authorities: (1) to review and analyze actions the executive branch takes to protect the Nation from terrorism, ensuring the need for such actions is balanced with the need to protect privacy and civil liberties, and (2) to 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.

Major Duties and Responsibilities
• Serve as an attorney under limited supervision and provide legal expertise on complex investigations and/or reviews;
• Prepare memoranda on legal issues and make appropriate recommendations to the Board;
• Respond in writing and orally to inquiries from Members of the Board regarding the status of investigations and/or reviews, legal research and analysis, and policy implications of existing and proposed programs and making recommendations to the Board;
• Assist the Board by conducting legal research, checking legal citations, and reviewing and analyzing arguments and information;
• Assist the Board in reviewing and analyzing federal counterterrorism programs pursuant to its mission to ensure that both existing and proposed programs adequately safeguard privacy and civil liberties;
• 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 counterterrorism laws within the general range of areas the incumbent is responsible;
• Assist in drafting Board reports evaluating counterterrorism programs and other Board reports to the President, Congress and the public, as well as drafting 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; and
• Assist with other legal and compliance requirements relating to the Board’s status as a federal agency.

Mandatory and Educational Requirements
• Superior oral and written communication skills, including the ability to produce clear, logical, and concise products that are targeted to and meets the needs of diverse audiences with different perspectives and objectives.
• Superior interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively, both independently and in a team or collaborative effort.
• Superior analytic and critical thinking skills, including the ability to identify issues and to develop process improvement recommendations. • Must possess a LL.B. or J.D. and be a member in good standing of a state bar.

Desired Requirements
• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with PCLOB personnel and leadership, mission partners, and other PCLOB stakeholders.
• Ability to work collaboratively as part of team in a high-pressure environment focused on the counterterrorism mission.
• Ability to effectively enhance public understanding of PCLOB’s mission, rules, and oversight framework, through authorized transparency channels.

Application Process
Please send a cover letter and resume to with “Attorney Advisor” in the “Subject” line.