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Chief, Policy-Office of Law and Policy, Department Of Justice

Application deadline: December 21, 2015

Grade: ES-0905-00

Clearance: Top Secret/SCI


Job Summary: The incumbent of this position serves as the Chief for Policy in the Office of Law & Policy in the National Security Division (NSD). The Chief exercises full responsibility for managing and coordinating all policy work on behalf of NSD. The Office of Law & Policy's mission is to develop lawful, effective national security policy, including by shaping through litigation and appeals the body of law that governs national security practice in the United States.


  • Provides legal counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security and the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Law & Policy; provides guidance to senior Department leadership on national security policy issues.
  • Responsible for carrying out the crucial policy responsibilities of the Division; develops and implements national security policy responsibilities for NSD's litigating and intelligence collection components.
  • Provides guidance to members of the Intelligence Community in developing and implementing policies relating to intelligence collection, information sharing and litigation.

For more on this position, please visit the employment announcement


Chief, Foreign Investment Review Staff (FIRS), Department of Justice

Application deadline: December 21, 2015

Grade: ES-0905-00

Clearance: Top Secret


Job Summary: This position serves as the Chief for the Foreign Investment Review Staff (FIRS) of the National Security Division (NSD) of the Department of Justice (DOJ). The Chief exercises full responsibility for carrying out all policy, programmatic, and managerial matters assigned or required to assure effective and efficient operations of FIRS. FIRS serves as the Department's operational arm for reviewing certain transactions involving acquisitions of U.S. companies by foreign companies for national security concerns, and the Department's principal representative on an interagency group that provides opinions to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) regarding the granting of particular licenses to foreign owned or controlled entities that pose potential national security risks.

Duties: The Chief is responsible for the function of, and the personnel assigned to, FIRS. This includes the supervision and review of attorneys (GS-15 level), para-professionals (GS-11 to GS-15 level), and clerical support staff to ensure that a uniformly high level of performance is reflected in the work of FIRS.

The Chief is the principal legal advisor responsible for providing expert advice and guidance to the NSD's senior leadership on reviews of foreign acquisitions of domestic entities that might affect national security; tracking and monitoring of transactions that have been approved and identifying unreported transactions that might merit review; responding to FCC requests for the Department's views relating to the national security implications of certain transactions relating to FCC licenses; and identifying policy and legal gaps that must be addressed to further national security.

For more on this position, please visit the employment announcement


Director of Risk Management and Senior Counsel, Department of Justice

Application deadline: December 21, 2015

Grade: ES-0905-00

Clearance: Top Secret/SCI


Job Summary: The mission of the National Security Division (NSD) is to coordinate the Department (DOJ's) efforts in carrying out its core mission of combating terrorism and protecting national security. NSD is responsible for supervising the enforcement of all federal criminal laws related to counterterrorism and counterespionage, except those specifically assigned to other divisions. NSD also serves as the Department of Justice's liaison to the United States Intelligence Community (USIC) and represents the government and the USIC before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. NSD advises the Attorney General regarding all matters of national security policy.

Duties: Director of Risk Management and Senior Counsel (Director) performs all duties assigned or required to execute the senior NSD leadership's, programmatic, legal, management and administrative agenda including but not limited to the following:

Serves as the Division's principal lawyer for internal risk minimization and oversight. Identifies potential areas of legal risk or vulnerability within NSD internal operations and provides guidance regarding the best method of mitigating or eliminating such risk.

Provides supervisory and management oversight of a staff of senior lawyers and non-lawyers that handle extremely sensitive legal matters of significance to NSD, including, but not limited to: compliance; responses to national security oversight and related requests; legal ethics and professional responsibility; national security and intelligence legal risk; administrative law; and other legal areas related to internal risk mitigation.

Oversees the development and execution of NSD's long-term executive management strategy and ensures that NSD's strategy informs and comports with the Department's strategy. Advances the strategy management system and ensures organizational alignment, building capacity through strategy training and facilitation, and providing strategic performance analysis to the AAG and other executive decision makers.

For more on this position, please visit the employment announcement



Researcher on National Security, Surveillance, and Domestic Law Enforcement, Human Rights Watch

Description: The US Program of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a highly qualified Researcher on National Security, Surveillance, and Domestic Law Enforcement to investigate, analyze, and advocate against human rights abuses related to the rights abuses occurring at the intersection between national security policies, US mass surveillance, and domestic law enforcement policies and practices. The role of the Researcher may include documenting and assessing the rights implications of involving domestic law enforcement in national security operations, prosecutors’ use of information derived from US mass surveillance in preparing criminal cases, or the rights implications of the use of new tools of surveillance by local police or immigration enforcement agencies. The position reports to the Director of the US Program. The position will be preferably based in Washington DC, but other locations may be considered.

Qualifications: Education: A US law degree (J.D.) or an advanced degree in US national security, criminal law/policy, journalism, or a related field is required.

Experience: Minimum four years of relevant experience is required. Relevant experience may include among other things, work as an investigative reporter or attorney on issues related to privacy, surveillance, national security and domestic law enforcement; analysis and advocacy on for nonprofit advocacy or impact litigation organizations; or work in government on policies relating to national security, privacy, surveillance, and/or criminal law.

Related Skills and Knowledge: 1. Extensive knowledge of national security, privacy, surveillance, and criminal law in the US is required; 2. Deep commitment to human rights is required; 3. Proven track record of producing timely first-rate written products and editing experience is required. 4. Exceptionally strong research, analytical, writing, and editing skills are required. 5. Experience conducting challenging investigative research inside the United States is highly desirable. 6. Expertise or familiarity with relevant technology is highly desirable. 7. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, and strong public speaking skills, are required; proficiency in other languages, such as Spanish or Arabic, is highly desirable; experience with TV, radio, print, and social media is highly desirable. 8. Strong interpersonal skills in order to work collaboratively within HRW and in a diverse environment, as well as with partners, are required. 9. Capacity to appropriately plan and prioritize and to manage multiple, sometimes competing demands efficiently in a challenging, fast-paced environment are required.

Salary and Benefits: HRW seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and employer-paid benefits. HRW will pay reasonable relocation expenses and will assist employees in obtaining necessary work authorization, if required; citizens of all nationalities are encouraged to apply. Other: Applicants for this position must be willing to travel frequently and be prepared to spend extensive time outside the office doing research or advocacy.

Contact: Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, salary requirements, a brief non-legal writing sample (no briefs or legal memos and unedited by others) and three references to [email protected] Please use “National Security Researcher Application Ref: USP-15- 1078” as the subject of your email.


Cybersecurity Attorney, IBM

Job description
Employees with professional legal training and experience, who are qualified to practice law. Candidate would be a member of the Global Cybersecurity Legal team, reporting to the chief Cybersecurity Counsel and include the following additional responsibilities:
  • Provide advice to staff of the Chief Information Security Office (CISO) on legal issues related to our corporate cybersecurity program.
  • Advise and help lead cyber incident response investigations in partnership with our Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT).
  • Provide advice on cybersecurity legal, regulatory, and policy issues that affect the company across multiple business areas.
  • Work with Government and Regulatory Affairs on legislative and policy efforts pertaining to cybersecurity.
  • Keep management and execs informed of cyber incidents and legal developments.
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • At least 3 years experience in Juris Doctor Degree
  • Basic knowledge in Cybersecurity, Privacy Law
  • Readiness to travel 10% travel annually
  • English: Fluent

IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.


Senior Fellow, Cybersecurity Research

The Company:
FireEye has invented a purpose-built, virtual machine-based security platform that provides real-time threat protection to enterprises and governments worldwide against the next generation of cyber attacks. These highly sophisticated cyber attacks easily circumvent traditional signature-based defenses, such as next-generation firewalls, IPS, anti-virus, and gateways. The FireEye Threat Prevention Platform provides real-time, dynamic threat protection without the use of signatures to protect an organization across the primary threat vectors and across the different stages of an attack life cycle. The core of the FireEye platform is a virtual execution engine, complemented by dynamic threat intelligence, to identify and block cyber attacks in real time. FireEye has over 3,100 customers across 67 countries, including over 200 of the Fortune 500.
The Role:
FireEye Threat Intelligence is seeking an individual with a record of innovative thought about the business consequences of cybersecurity incidents. The successful candidate is a published subject matter expert who examines the effects of network breaches, legal ramifications for companies dealing with intrusions, and explores the intersection of cybersecurity, risk management, and business impact. The candidate excels at conveying his thoughts and findings in a variety of formats: from op-eds to research reports to keynote speech writing. 
  • Develop expository pieces that highlight the broader implications of cyber activity Conduct research on topics that will amplify industry’s understanding of the consequences of cyber threats
  • Utilize quantitative and qualitative methodologies to rigorously conduct research and test hypotheses
  • Build and maintain relationships with relevant thought leaders in academia, business, law and policy
  • Brief audiences including senior executives, media professionals, industry analysts
  • Published expert on security, technology, law, business risk, or a closely related field
  • Demonstrated expertise in issues related to cybersecurity
  • Demonstrated independent research capacity
  • Ability to generate research questions and further industry thought
  • Ability to set and manage expectations with key stake-holders and team members
  • Ability to communicate and establish rapport with a global team
  • Ability to prioritize and execute with minimal direction or oversight
Additional Qualifications:
  • Master's, JD or other advanced degree preferred
  • Willing to travel occasionally

Apply here


Professor of Law and Director of the Program on Data, Law, Ethics and Policy (DLEAP) 

Position Description
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law seeks a mid-level to senior tenured professor to serve as Professor of Law and founding director of the Program on Data, Law, Ethics and Policy (“DLEAP”) at the College, part of the Ohio State University’s Translational Data Analytics Discovery Theme initiative.  The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence in scholarship and a commitment to outstanding teaching.   The position, a 51% FTE appointment, will begin in the 2016-17 academic year.
As a faculty member the successful candidate will be expected to teach core and specialized courses in the law curriculum.  The research and teaching interests of the successful candidate will likely focus on privacy law and regulation, information- and cyber-security, big data and data mining, and/or related health law and intellectual property issues.   As the director of DLEAP, he or she will be responsible for building the research program, with a small staff and an assortment of affiliated faculty. A successful candidate must be capable of leading DLEAP in employing legal, regulatory, and policy expertise to focus on the social and ethical impact of big data and in serving as a complement and resource for other Translational Data Analytics initiatives at Ohio State and to the broader data analytics community.  
A J.D. is required.  Candidates should be at the rank of associate professor or full professor.  While the position is a 51% FTE appointment, it is eligible for tenure.  Experience should be sufficient for tenured professorship and program directorship, and include (i) a track record of scholarship; (ii) leadership abilities to build a program; and (iii) a strong commitment toward fostering interprofessional relationships with other professionals both inside the University and in the community.  Salary is commensurate with experience.


Herbert Scoville, Jr. Fellowship

Job Description
The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship provides full-time six to nine month fellowships for recent college and graduate school alumni to work on international peace and security issues with one of more than two dozen participating public-interest organizations in Washington, DC. Scoville Fellows have the opportunity to work with senior-level staff and to conduct research, write articles and reports, organize talks and conferences sponsored by their host organization, and do public education and advocacy on a range of issues including arms control and nonproliferation, conflict prevention and resolution, conventional arms trade, environmental and energy security, defense budget, and peacekeeping. They may also attend coalition meetings, Congressional hearings, and policy briefings, as well as meetings with policy experts arranged by the program.
Candidates must have an excellent academic record and a strong interest in issues of peace and security. Graduate study, a college major, course work, or substantial independent reading that reflects the substantive focus of the fellowship is also a plus. Prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy is highly desirable. It is preferred, but not required, that such activities be focused on peace and security issues. Candidates are required to have completed a baccalaureate degree by the time the fellowship commences. The program is open to all U.S. citizens and to non-U.S. citizens living in the U.S. eligible for employment. Non-U.S. citizens living outside the United States are not eligible to apply. Preference will be given to individuals who have not had substantial prior public-interest or government experience in the Washington, DC area.
Salary and Benefits
Scoville Fellows are paid at an annual rate of $34,800 ($2,900 per month), and receive health insurance, mentoring, a small stipend to attend conferences or courses, and travel costs to DC to begin the fellowship. 
Application Deadline 
Spring 2016 Fellowship–October 1, 2015
Fall 2016 Fellowship–January 4, 2016
Submitting Applications
For complete information see


Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year

About the Office: 

The National Security Division's (NSD) Office of Law and Policy, United States Department of Justice, seeks interns for positions located in Washington, D.C. The mission of NSD is to coordinate the Department's efforts in carrying out its top priority of preventing and combating terrorism and protecting the national security. NSD provides legal and policy advice on national security matters, litigates counterterrorism, counterespionage and foreign intelligence surveillance matters, represents the Government before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and other federal trial and appellate courts, and conducts oversight over Federal Bureau of Investigation national security investigations and foreign intelligence collection. The Office of Law and Policy is responsible for, among other things, resolving novel and complex legal issues relating to national security that arise from the work of the Division and other parts of the Department; providing advice and guidance to Department leadership, the Intelligence Community, and other Executive Branch agencies on matters of national security law and policy; overseeing the development of legislation, guidelines, and other policies in the area of national security; working with foreign governments on a variety of national security issues; and handling appeals that arise in national security cases. The Office works with a variety of other Department components, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Office of Legal Counsel, and the Office of Legal Policy, as well as other departments and agencies, such as the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Defense, and the Department of State.

Job Description: 

Intern projects include: researching legal questions, drafting memoranda or other legal and policy analysis, factual research, and assisting with presentations and supporting materials.


Applicants must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. law school at the time of application and throughout their internship. Strong research and writing skills are required. Prior interest or experience in the area of national security would be useful, but is not required. By the time of the internship, all applicants must have taken one or more of the following courses: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, or Constitutional Law. Additional courses addressing criminal law and litigation or national security or intelligence law, would also be helpful.


Internships are unpaid. If your school offers interns academic or work study, we will work with you to meet school requirements whenever possible.

Application Process: 

Cover letter, resume with two references, transcript (official or unofficial), and a writing sample (not to exceed ten pages). Please submit these materials AS ONE PDF via email to [email protected]

The subject line should read: “[Last name] Intern Application”. Paper or faxed applications will not be considered.

National Security Division
Washington, DC 20530
ATTN: Intern Program Coordinator (Office of Law and Policy)

Application Deadline:

Spring 2016 - September 1, 2015
Fall 2016 - April 15, 2016

Please send all applications to the email address [email protected]

Number of Positions: 2