The Week That Will Be

The Week That Will Be

By Gordon Ahl, William Ford
Monday, October 14, 2019, 12:53 PM

Event Announcements (More details on the Events Calendar)

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 9:15 a.m.: The Hudson Institute will host a debate on the broader implications for U.S. Middle East policy following the latest developments in Syria and Turkey. Hudson Senior Fellow Mike Doran will argue in favor of President Trump’s withdrawal decision, while Hudson Fellow Blaise Misztal will argue the move is detrimental to U.S. interests. More details and registration for the event can be found here.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 2:00 p.m.: The Heritage Foundation will host an event focusing on the ongoing challenges with U.S. border security. The event will feature a panel of Senior Heritage Legal Fellows who will discuss the role that states can play in assisting the federal government with enforcing immigration laws. More details and registration for the event can be found here.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 10:00 a.m.: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing on U.S.-Iran policy. The committee will hear testimony from Brian Hook, the U.S. special representative for Iran.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 2:00 p.m.: The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa and International Terrorism will hold a hearing on the Syria Study Group's recommendations for U.S. policy. The subcommittee will hear testimony from the study group's co-chairs, Dana Stroul and Michael Singh.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 3:00 p.m.: The Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy will hold a hearing on the implementation of the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA) and America's Indo-Pacific Strategy. The subcommittee will hear testimony from David Stilwell, the assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs; Randall Schriver, the assistant defense secretary for Indo-Pacific security; and Gloria Steele, the acting assistant administrator for Asia at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Thursday, October 17, 2019, 10:00 a.m.: The House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery will hold a hearing on defending the homeland from bioterrorism. The subcommittee will hear testimony from Asha George, the executive director of the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense; Umair Shah, the executive director of Harris County Public Health; and Jennifer Rakeman, the assistant commissioner and director of the Public Health Laboratory in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Thursday, October 17, 2019, 10:00 a.m.: The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled, "The Betrayal of Our Syrian Kurdish Partners: How Will American Foreign Policy and Leadership Recover?" The committee will hear testimony from James Jeffrey, the U.S. special representative for Syria engagement and the special envoy to the global coalition to defeat ISIS, and Joey Hood, the principal deputy assistant secretary of state for near eastern affairs.

Thursday, October 17, 2019, 11:00 a.m.: The Brookings Institution will host Ireland’s Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe for remarks on the impact of Brexit for Ireland in the context of a broader discussion on the future of globalization. More details and registration for the event can be found here.

Thursday, October 17, 2019, 2:00 p.m.: The House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Management, and Accountability will hold a hearing titled, "The Public's Right to Know: FOIA at the Department of Homeland Security." The subcommittee will hear testimony from James Holzer, the deputy chief FOIA officer at DHS; Tammy Meckley, the associate director of the immigration records and identity services directorate at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; Alina Semo, the director of the office of government information services; and Vijay D'Souza, the director of the Government Accountability Office's information technology and cybersecurity team.

Employment Announcements (More details on the Job Board)

The following are job announcements of potential interest to Lawfare readers. If you have an announcement to add to the page, email us.

Policy Program Coordinator, National Security Institute

The George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School seeks a Policy Program Coordinator for the National Security Institute (NSI) on the Arlington, VA., campus. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

Responsibilities:

The NSI Policy Program Coordinator will be responsible for the successful planning and coordination of NSI policy program efforts and events. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Managing administrative activities related to fiscal management, procurement, and other administrative and support services;
  • Assisting with research, writing, and publishing NSI research and advocacy papers and other written materials;
  • Interacting with NSI leadership and staff, as well as media, general public, and government officials to plan and coordinate activities;
  • Planning and coordinating NSI events and other programmatic activities;
  • Managing event registration;
  • Preparation of event materials;
  • On-site event management;
  • Managing activities related to NSI’s website and social media accounts;
  • Supporting NSI team in all aspects of NSI’s work; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required, as well as experience in event management;
  • Must have excellent organizational skills, with the proven ability to independently juggle multiple tasks and priorities effectively;
  • Self-starter, highly motivated and detail-oriented;
  • Ability to interact with persons at all levels, including high-level legal officials and academics, in a professional manner and in different settings is critical;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Superior skills with Microsoft Office suite, as well as strong database experience is necessary;
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including weekends; and
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Public policy experience is desirable.

This is not a supervisory position.

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number 10522z at http://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

Deputy Executive Director (International Refugee Assistance Project)

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) works through a robust network of staff, pro bono attorneys and law students to fill a major gap in access to legal aid for refugees, asylum seekers, and other displaced people. IRAP has become the first advocacy organization to provide comprehensive legal representation to refugees throughout the registration, protection and resettlement processes. As fear, division, hatred, and economic uncertainty persist in the global consciousness and manifest in discriminatory policies, speech, and actions, individuals across the world must respond by demanding and upholding commitments to justice. IRAP is leveraging its volunteers and resources to fight back and ensure that we continue to uphold the humanitarian tradition of welcoming those who need refuge.

IRAP is now seeking nominations and applications for the position of Deputy Executive Director.

Since its founding in 2008, IRAP has used legal aid, litigation and advocacy to protect and advance the rights of refugees, both domestically and internationally; the organization has also remained committed to developing the next generation of human rights attorneys through its work with law students. The global turn against refugee resettlement coupled with IRAP’s highly effective model has led to a period of rapid expansion to meet new levels of demand. In the past two years, IRAP’s annual budget has increased from $2 million to $9 million, and over the past six years, its staff has grown from ten to seventy-five.

As it builds capacity through this period of tremendous growth, IRAP seeks a Deputy Executive Director (DED) to provide strategic vision and leadership, lead infrastructure development and programmatic oversight, manage IRAP’s dedicated and talented team, and steward the organization’s continued development to maximize impact. Reporting directly to Becca Heller, IRAP’s founder and Executive Director, the DED will work closely with staff across the organization and at all levels to foster IRAP’s culture of collaboration and identify opportunities for increased support and development.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate a deep connection to IRAP’s mission to use legal advocacy to find safe places to live and safe passage for the world’s most persecuted individuals. S/he/they will be an inclusive, passionate leader committed to combatting inequitable policies impacting refugees and other displaced people and to delivering the highest quality legal and advocacy services. S/he/they will bring at least eight years of progressive leadership experience in a legal and/or nonprofit setting, with demonstrable success in change implementation. The new Deputy Executive Director will be an experienced manager who excels at supporting, mentoring, and motivating staff; developing structures and processes that facilitate efficient and effective communication across leadership and teams within an organization; and supporting teams that work closely with individuals who have experienced trauma.

TO APPLY

More information about IRAP may be found at: https://refugeerights.org/.

This search is being conducted with assistance from Callie Carroll, Allison Kupfer Poteet, Hallie Dietsch and Javier Garcia of NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position should be sent to: [email protected]profitprofessionals.com. In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.

IRAP believes that diversity is critical to fostering a strong workplace and serving our clients well. We strongly encourage applications from people with lived experiences in the communities that we serve, members of other marginalized communities, and individuals whose identities are underrepresented in the legal profession.

Legal Service Director / U.S. Legal Director (International Refugee Assistance Project)

The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) works through a robust network of staff, pro bono attorneys and law students to fill a major gap in access to legal aid for refugees, asylum seekers, and other displaced people. IRAP has become the first advocacy organization to provide comprehensive legal representation to refugees throughout the registration, protection and resettlement processes. As fear, division, hatred, and economic uncertainty persist in the global consciousness and manifest in discriminatory policies, speech, and actions, individuals across the world must respond by demanding and upholding commitments to justice. IRAP is leveraging its volunteers and resources to fight back and ensure that we continue to uphold the humanitarian tradition of welcoming those who need refuge.

IRAP’s Legal Services Department is growing in response to the increased demand to protect those whose rights are being threatened and is now seeking nominations and applications for the positions of Legal Service Director and U.S. Legal Director, both within its Legal Services Department.

Since its founding in 2008, IRAP has used legal aid, litigation and advocacy to protect and advance the rights of refugees, both domestically and internationally; the organization has also remained committed to developing the next generation of human rights attorneys through its work with law students. The global turn against refugee resettlement coupled with IRAP’s highly effective model has led to a period of rapid expansion to meet new levels of demand. In the past two years, IRAP’s annual budget has increased from $2 million to $9 million, and over the past six years, its staff has grown from ten to seventy-five.

Reporting to IRAP’s Executive Director, Becca Heller, the Legal Services Director will lead a team of five talented program directors who oversee the work of over 40 staff. The Legal Services Department focuses on protecting the rights of refugees, and the Director will provide critical strategic partnership to the Executive Director as IRAP navigates this new phase of growth. The Legal Services Director will provide direct supervision to the U.S. Legal Services Director, Middle East Director, Director of Pro Bono, the Director of Complementary Pathways and the Intake and Legal Information Director. S/he/they will oversee staff based in New York City, Jordan, Lebanon, and remotely around the world.

IRAP’s US Legal Services team assists individuals navigating the refugee recognition, resettlement, and visa application processes through their mentorship of pro bono teams, in-house representation, and legal information and pro se materials. Reporting to IRAP’s Legal Services Director, the U.S. Legal Services Director will lead a team of talented attorneys, intake caseworkers, and legal assistants who provide individual legal assistance to refugees and other displaced people around the world. Once hires are completed, the Director will supervise 14 IRAP staff and support a national pro bono network of over 1,000 attorneys and law students.

The ideal candidates will demonstrate a deep connection to IRAP’s mission to use legal advocacy to find safe places to live and safe passage for the world’s most persecuted individuals. They will be an inclusive, passionate leaders committed to combatting inequitable policies impacting refugees and other displaced people and to delivering the highest quality legal and advocacy services. They will be a experienced managers who excel at supporting, mentoring, and motivating legal staff; developing processes that facilitate the efficient and effective delivery of direct legal services by staff and volunteer lawyers; and leading teams that work closely with individuals who have experienced trauma. The Directors be decisive, keenly analytical leaders and thinkers who will build and support healthy culture around prioritization, team communication and decision making. Both the Legal Services Director and U.S. Legal Services Director must have law degrees and be admitted to practice law in the United States.

These searches are being conducted by Meredith Horton, Allison Kupfer Poteet, Hallie Dietsch, and Javier Garcia of the national search firm NPAG. For more information, full position descriptions and instructions on how to apply, please visit the links below.

https://nonprofitprofessionals.com/current-searches-all/irap-ld

https://nonprofitprofessionals.com/current-searches-all/irap-usld

Call for Papers, ESIL Research Forum of the European Society of International Law

The 2020 ESIL Research Forum will take place on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 April 2020 at the Department of Law, University of Catania, Italy.

The ESIL Research Forum is a scholarly conference that promotes engagement with research in progress by members of the Society. It has a small and intensive format. The Forum targets scholars at an early stage of their careers. Approximately 15-25 paper submissions will be selected. During the Forum,selected speakers will receive comments on their presentations from members of the ESIL Board and invited experts.

The 2020 Research Forum addresses the topic:

“Solidarity: The Quest for Founding Utopias of International Law”

Solidarity is a founding utopia of international law. It has long appeared in the legal discourses of leading international law scholars as a value and political concept incorporated into international legal norms and evidenced in multilateral and bilateral treaties as an essential condition of interstate cooperation. As a principle of international law, it is mostly identifiable through the trust and confidence shown by states to one another in order to reap the mutual benefits of cooperation. In a broader sense, it also reveals a highly ambiguous ethical ideal –not extraneous to the ‘civilizing mission’ –of a world order of interdependent states and communities addressing shared needs in a spirit of global cooperation and mutual responsibility. In response to the new global challenges faced by today’s international legal system, solidarity has acquired a special prominencewith unprecedented developments in various fields of international law (e.g. trade law, environmental law, humanitarian law, disaster law, health law) while its utopian dimension has been stressed and expanded towards new directions.

The 2020 ESIL Research Forum aims to inspire thoughtful reflections on the genealogy of international solidarity by focusing on the actors, norms and processes influencing its evolution over time. Beyond the search for definitions, the scope of the Forumis to explore transformations and practical manifestations of this longstanding principle in the international legal community. Special attention will be given to international solidarity as interpreted by international and domestic courts and tribunals and to the analysis of some key areas where solidaristic paradigms have led to either positive outcomes or controversial repercussions.

Preference will be given to proposals in one of the following areas:

1.The historical boundaries of international solidarity

2. Solidarity and private law analogies

3.The invention of European solidarity

4. A human rights-based solidarity? Universal vs regional approaches

5. Peace and security: solidarity and the United Nations

6. International solidarity in emergency situations

7. Social solidarity economy and sustainable development

8. Civil society and transnational solidarity

9. International solidarity and burden-sharing: migration and refugee law

10. International solidarity and current trends: populism, nationalism vs multilateralism

Abstracts (of no more than 750 words) should be submitted to [email protected] by Monday 30 September 2019. Please include the following information with your abstract: your name, affiliation, email address, whether you are an ESIL member, plus a one-page curriculum vitae.

Successful applicants will be notified by email by 4 November 2019. Complete paper drafts will be required by 19 February 2020. Papers may in due course be published in the ESIL SSRN Conference Paper Series.

All those who take part in the Forum are expected to be ESIL members at the time of their participation.

Selected speakers will be expected to bear the costs of their own travel and accommodation. Some ESIL travel grantsand ESIL carers grantswill be available to offer partial financial support to speakers who have exhausted other potential sources of funding.

Speakers will be informed of several hotels that offer preferential rates to Research Forum participants. Lunch will be provided on both days, and a dinner for presenters, commentators and ESIL Board members will be hosted on the evening of Thursday 23 April 2020.

Attorney, Compliance Unit, National Security Agency

Responsibilities

The National Security Agency (NSA) Office of General Counsel (OGC) is seeking highly motivated, skilled attorneys to join its expanded Compliance team of dedicated, professional attorneys advising NSA personnel and senior leadership on end-to-end compliance matters. Become involved in the earliest stages of operational technology development to ensure legal compliance issues are addressed; advise operational and compliance professionals in response to discrete regulatory questions and audits of NSA intelligence programs; team with NSA personnel and legal counterparts at the Department of Justice and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to ensure NSA's overseers are fully informed of regulations, procedures and policies that support oversight of NSA's intelligence activities. Through work on the legal Compliance team, you will gain unique insight into inner-workings of NSA's technical operations and how its signals intelligence authorities are applied.

The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect our nation. The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense. The offense collects, processes and disseminates intelligence information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to sensitive of classified national security information.

The NSA OGC is an elite team of lawyers who provide legal advice to the Agency as it carries out its primary missions and all of its support functions. As a valued member of OGC, you will be performing critical work ensuring that Agency operations comply with the law while also protecting both our national security and our civil liberties.

Description of Position

The responsibilities of a Compliance Unit Attorney at the NSA can include:

- Advising the Agency on legal matters involving a particular subject matter (e.g., ensuring compliance with constitutional, statutory, regulatory, procedural, and policy requirements for intelligence operations)

- Analyzing proposed changes to legislation, programs, policies, regulations, or plans to determine impact on the Agency

- Representing the Agency's official position in legal and legislative proceedings, including proceedings before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

- Representing the Agency in interactions with outside customers, DoD, Congressional representatives, foreign partners, or the general public

- Conferring with/educating clients, customers, or stakeholders on legal or policy issues

- Determining the legal sufficiency of documents

- Drafting legal briefs, pleadings, etc.

- Making legal determinations in accordance with laws, regulations, professional standards, or Agency policies and procedures

Skills

The ideal candidate is a highly-motivated and qualified attorney with three years minimum experience, with excellent oral and written communication skills, a desire for continual learning, possesses problem-solving, analytic, and interpersonal skills, and is:

- detail-oriented

- customer and results oriented

- able to adjust to changing situational requirements

- able to build relationships across the Agency and with external stakeholders

- able to manage multiple tasks with competing timelines and deliverables

Experience and knowledge of law in one or more of the following areas is required:

- intelligence operations

- complex litigation

- national security law

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

This is a full-time position, Monday through Friday.

On-the job training, Internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee.

Position Summary

The Office of General Counsel (OGC) is the exclusive NSA component responsible for providing legal services to all NSA elements. The Office of General Counsel protects NSA's interests concerning the legal and regulatory authorities, requirements, entitlements, obligations and oversight requirements under which the Agency operate.

Qualifications

Salary Range $99,172 - $152,352 (Senior)

*The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.

Entry for Grade 13 is with a Professional Law Degree (LLB or JD).

Degree must be a Professional Law Degree (LL.B. or J.D.) and requires active membership in the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia.

Grade 13: Must have in excess of 2 years of relevant experience. Relevant experience as determined by the Office of the General Counsel (or the Office of the Inspector General for positions in the OIG) must be professional legal experience that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. See DoD Instruction (DoDI) 1442.02 for exceptions to the grade-level standards. Active membership in the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia is required.

Entry for Grade 14 is with a Professional Law Degree (LLB or JD).

Degree must be a Professional Law Degree (LL.B. or J.D.) and requires active membership in the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia.

Grade 14: Must have in excess of 3 years of relevant experience. Relevant experience as determined by the Office of the General Counsel (or the Office of the Inspector General for positions in the OIG) must be professional legal experience that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. See DoD Instruction (DoDI) 1442.02 for exceptions to the grade-level standards. Active membership in the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia is required.

Salary Range: $137,849 - $166,500 (Expert)

*The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.

Entry for Grade 15 is with a Professional Law Degree (LLB or JD).

Degree must be a Professional Law Degree (LL.B. or J.D.) and requires active membership in the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia.

Must have in excess of 3 years of relevant experience. Relevant experience as determined by the Office of the General Counsel (or the Office of the Inspector General for positions in the OIG) must be professional legal experience that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. See DoD Instruction (DoDI) 1442.02 for exceptions to the grade-level standards. Active membership in the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia is required.

How To Apply - External

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***PLEASE NOTE: U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate. NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations. All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph.

This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility.

Please note that you may be asked a series of questions depending on the position you apply for. Your responses will be used as part of the screening process of your application and will assist in determining your eligibility for the position. Be sure to elaborate on experiences in your resume. Failure to provide the required information or providing inaccurate information will result in your application not being considered for this position. Only those applicants who meet the qualifications for the position will be contacted to begin employment processing.

Please Note: Job Posting could close earlier than the closing date due to sufficient number of applicants or position no longer available. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

DCIPS Disclaimer

The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.

Attorney, National Security Agency

Responsibilities

The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect our nation. The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense. The offense collects, processes and disseminates intelligence information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to sensitive classified national security information. The NSA Office of General Counsel (OGC) is seeking superior applicants with experience in practice areas such as litigation, national security law, cybersecurity, government contracts, administrative law, and government ethics, among others, who are interested in joining its elite team of lawyers who provide legal advice to the Agency as it carries out its missions. At NSA OGC, you will analyze cutting-edge technical and intelligence issues and will frequently provide legal advice that relates to high-profile current events affecting our national security. Attorneys working in NSA OGC apply their expertise, skills, and education to solve a variety of challenges not found in the private sector or at any other government agency. You will have the opportunity to make a global impact on a daily basis as you work with other top caliber professionals at the highest levels of the Agency and across the U.S. Government. This critical work ensures that Agency operations comply with the law while also protecting both our national security and our civil liberties.

Because the twin missions of NSA - signals intelligence and information assurance - encompass counterterrorism and cybersecurity, two of the most important and dynamic challenges our Government faces today, there is rarely a typical day for an NSA attorney. We are routinely presented with exciting and novel legal issues at the intersection of technology and law.

In tackling these challenges, our attorneys work directly with senior officials at the Department of Justice's National Security Division, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Council at the White House, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the Department of Defense, as well as other agencies in the Executive Branch and relevant committees of Congress.

NSA attorneys work in a highly classified setting and are entrusted with tremendous responsibility as they advise the Director and other senior leaders at the Agency on a diverse and complex spectrum of issues related to gathering the foreign intelligence information needed to fight international terrorism, espionage, transnational crime, and narcotics, to defeat foreign cyber adversaries trying to steal national secrets, and to provide intelligence support to critical military overseas tactical operations, all while protecting our civil liberties and ensuring strict compliance with the Constitution and our laws. Because the NSA is a Department of Defense agency, our attorneys have a unique opportunity to be directly involved in national security operations working alongside military and civilian colleagues, as well as to interact with the private sector in cybersecurity and other matters.

In short, many OGC attorneys say they can't imagine working in a more exciting and important position. NSA OGC has several exciting and challenging career opportunities available in a range of legal practice groups that provide advice in the areas of: Intelligence Law; Information Assurance & Cyber Security Law; Legislation; Litigation; Acquisition, Research & Technology Law; Law & Policy; and Administrative Law & Ethics.

Description of Position

The responsibilities of an Attorney at the NSA can include:

- Advising the Agency on legal matters involving a particular subject matter (e.g., intelligence operations, procurement, research and development, information security, patents, security matters, legislation, employment/personnel issues, ethics)

- Analyzing legislation, programs, policies, regulations, or plans to determine impact on the Agency

- Representing the Agency's official position in legal and legislative proceedings

- Representing the Agency in interactions with outside customers, DoD, Congressional representatives, foreign partners, or the general public

- Conferring with/educating clients, customers, or stakeholders on legal or policy issues

- Determining the legal sufficiency of documents

- Advising the Agency on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Privacy Act (PA), or Federal Records Act (FRA) questions

- Drafting legal briefs, pleadings, etc

- Making legal determinations in accordance with laws, regulations, professional standards, or Agency policies and procedures

Skills

The ideal candidate is a highly-motivated and qualified attorney with a minimum 3 years of legal experience, excellent oral and written communication skills, a desire for continual learning, possesses problem-solving, analytic, and interpersonal skills, and is:

- detail-oriented

- customer and results oriented

- able to adjust to changing situational requirements

- able to build relationships across the Agency and with external stakeholders

- able to manage multiple tasks with competing timelines and deliverables

Experience and knowledge of law in one or more of the following areas is required:

- intelligence operations

- procurement - research and development

- information security

- information management (to include FOIA, PA and FRA issues)

- environmental law

- patents

- telecommunications

- security matters

- legislation

- employment/personnel issues

- ethics

- litigation

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

This is a full-time position, Monday through Friday.

Position Summary

The Office of General Counsel (OGC) is the exclusive NSA component responsible for providing legal services to all NSA elements. The Office of General Counsel protect NSA's interests concerning the legal and regulatory authorities, requirements, entitlements, obligations and oversight requirements under which the Agency operate.

Qualifications

Salary Range $99,172 - $152,352 (Senior)

*The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.

Entry for Grade 13 is with a Professional Law Degree (LLB or JD).

Degree must be a Professional Law Degree (LL.B. or J.D.) and requires active membership in the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia.

Grade 13: Must have in excess of 2 years of relevant experience. Relevant experience as determined by the Office of the General Counsel (or the Office of the Inspector General for positions in the OIG) must be professional legal experience that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. See DoD Instruction (DoDI) 1442.02 for exceptions to the grade-level standards. Active membership in the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia is required.

Entry for Grade 14 is with a Professional Law Degree (LLB or JD).

Degree must be a Professional Law Degree (LL.B. or J.D.) and requires active membership in the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia.

Grade 14: Must have in excess of 3 years of relevant experience. Relevant experience as determined by the Office of the General Counsel (or the Office of the Inspector General for positions in the OIG) must be professional legal experience that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. See DoD Instruction (DoDI) 1442.02 for exceptions to the grade-level standards. Active membership in the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia is required.

Salary Range: $137,849 - $166,500 (Expert)

*The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.

Entry for Grade 15 is with a Professional Law Degree (LLB or JD).

Degree must be a Professional Law Degree (LL.B. or J.D.) and requires active membership in the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia.

Must have in excess of 3 years of relevant experience. Relevant experience as determined by the Office of the General Counsel (or the Office of the Inspector General for positions in the OIG) must be professional legal experience that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. See DoD Instruction (DoDI) 1442.02 for exceptions to the grade-level standards. Active membership in the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia is required.

How To Apply - External

To apply for this position, please click the 'Apply' button located at the top right of this posting. After completing the application for the first time, or reviewing previously entered information, and clicking the 'Submit' button, you will receive a confirmation email. Please ensure your spam filters are configured to accept emails from [email protected]

***PLEASE NOTE: U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate. NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations. All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph.

This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility.

Please note that you may be asked a series of questions depending on the position you apply for. Your responses will be used as part of the screening process of your application and will assist in determining your eligibility for the position. Be sure to elaborate on experiences in your resume. Failure to provide the required information or providing inaccurate information will result in your application not being considered for this position. Only those applicants who meet the qualifications for the position will be contacted to begin employment processing.

Please Note: Job Posting could close earlier than the closing date due to sufficient number of applicants or position no longer available. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

DCIPS Disclaimer

The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.

2020 Congressional Nuclear Security Fellowship

Overview

The Nuclear Security Working Group’s Congressional Fellowship program provides highly qualified up-and-coming national security professionals with an opportunity to spend a year working in the United States Congress.



Responsibilities

Fellows are treated as a member of the staff and are assigned responsibilities and duties based on the needs of the office. Typical Fellow responsibilities include: preparing senior staff and Members/Senators for hearings, meetings, and briefings; Sharing their expertise on a range of national security issues, as requested by their supervisors; Answering constituent inquiries; Contributing to the priorities of their Members/Senators, under the direction of senior office staffers. Fellows are also encouraged to forge professional relationships with colleagues with an interest in nuclear/national security issues from both sides of the aisle and deepening their professional relationships with the Washington policy community.

Stipend Award

Fellows are awarded a stipend of up to $80,000 based on past experience. Fellows also receive an annual travel allowance to facilitate travel to professional meetings and their Member’s district or state. Fellows receive their stipends as independent contractors, are not eligible for benefits and are not considered employees of the George Washington University or the Congress.

Timeline

The fellowship begins in January 2020 and runs through December 2020. Fellows agree to work for the full calendar year. Applications for the 2020 fellowship are due September 30, 2019. Selected applicants will be interviewed by NSWG staff in the Fall. Applicants will then interview with House and Senate host offices who will extend final fellowship offers.

More info on eligibility and application requirements can be found on our website: https://nuclearsecurityworkinggroup.org/fellowship/

Special Assistant to the Founder, #NatSecGirlSquad

Part-Time. 10-15 hrs / week at $15 an hour. Academic credit also available.



#NatSecGirlSquad, a start-up committed to competent diversity in national security and defense is hiring a part-time Special Assistant (SPECAS) to the Founder. This role, requiring 10-15 hours a week at $15/hr, is ideal for a graduate student with previous work experience, non-traditional undergraduates with work service or military service. This is not a research position and is therefore likely not appropriate for PhD candidates. #NSGS is happy to assist the right candidate with securing academic credit from their institution, in addition to pay.



Desired Start Date: Early September 2019



Duties and Responsibilities

The SPECAS will be responsible for a combination of the following tasks on a weekly basis:

  • Inbox and calendar management. Respond to member inquiries and general schedule requests in a timely manner
  • Maintain online events calendar, organize event RSVPs, send confirmations and updates as appropriate
  • Confirm identity of individuals requesting membership; Maintain and update member newsletter database and Slack channel access
  • Process new member orders and member renewals
  • Assist in formatting monthly newsletter
  • Schedule approved tweets from #NSGS twitter account

Expectations

  • Commit to upholding the values and ethos of #NatSecGirlSquad as articulated in the mission statement and code of conduct
  • Sign and abide by the terms and spirit of a non-disclosure agreement
  • Respect the privacy and protect the personal information of community members at all times

Characteristics, Skills, and Requirements

  • A laptop with regular, secure internet access
  • Organized, detail-oriented with strong short-term memory
  • Excellent written communication skills, particularly for business emails and briefing purposes
  • Familiarity with Gmail, Google Calendar, WordPress, and Twitter
  • Able to set and meet deadlines and communicate progress on tasks without regular prompting
  • Comfortable asking clarifying questions

Minimum Expected Experience

  • Managing an inbox/communication on behalf of an organization, club, or busy individual
  • Formal or informal event planning for groups in a professional or academic
  • Demonstrated track record as a trustworthy and discrete team player

To apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected] with “Your Name, Part-Time SPECAS” in the subject line. Both documents should clearly demonstrate your relevant experience. #NSGS membership is not required. This position is open to all qualified people regardless of gender identity.

Policy Fellowship for Technologists, Aspen Tech Policy Hub

At the Aspen Tech Policy Hub, we take tech experts, teach them the policy process through an in-person fellowship program in the Bay Area, and encourage them to develop outside-the-box solutions to society’s problems. We model ourselves after tech incubators like Y Combinator, but train new policy thinkers and focus the impact of their ideas. We’re building new ideas for policymaking — every fellow must complete one practical policy output during their time with us — and an alumni base of technologists who understand policy and want to engage with it.



Before applying, please carefully review the fellowship details, eligibility, and Frequently Asked Questions below, and/or click here to download the details and instructions. Please take your time and fill out the application thoughtfully; we recommend writing and editing drafts before transferring them to the application form. No decisions will be made about any applications before the August 15 application deadline.



If you have additional questions, we will host Q&A based webinars on August 7, 2019 (register here) at 12PM PST/3PM EST, and August 14, 2019 (register here) at 10AM PST/1PM EST. For Bay Area residents, we will also host a joint recruitment session with TechCongress from 5pm-7pm on August 7, 2019 at Manny’s (3092 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103). Please sign up here.



Fellowship Details



Incubator fellows will spend a minimum of 2 months with us for mandatory programming, approximately from January 2 to March 6, 2020. See the FAQ below for more details.



This is an intense, full time program, and we expect fellows’ full attention while they are participating. Fellows will be paid a stipend of $1,800/week for 10 weeks to defray their living costs in the Bay Area. (We will provide office space, but fellows will need to find their own housing if they are not already local.) We also have limited funds to assist with relocation to the Bay Area if needed.



During residence, fellows will be required to create at least one practical policy output—for instance, mock legislation, toolkits for policymakers, white papers, op-eds, or an app. Fellows have to propose a possible project in their application for the fellowship, but they are not tied to working on that project once in residence. In fact, we encourage fellows to work together to identify new ideas for projects on arrival. Fellows will also be asked to participate in at least one annual public event in which we reveal the results of the fellowship; these will tentatively held in both Washington DC and San Francisco. Programming to support the development of policy outputs during the fellowship will include:

  • An orientation introducing fellows to the fellowship, to the other fellows, and to the policymaking process;
  • Regular classes exploring what policy is, how to identify problems, defining alternatives, developing relevant outputs, and communicating to stakeholders;
  • Action-oriented practical exercises, such as ‘how to write a policy memo’ or ‘how to give an elevator pitch’, founded on real world problems provided by our partners;
  • Mandatory morning pitch meetings for sharing ideas in progress;
  • Partnerships with experienced policy mentors who can help provide project guidance;
  • Practical resources, including designers, copy editors, legal experts, and communications specialists to facilitate projects; and
  • Evening dinners with top corporate and government policy experts, sharing off the record experiences about how things get done.

To ‘exit’ the program at the conclusion of the fellowship, we will help Hub fellows share their outputs during a meeting with a relevant stakeholder, which could be a federal or state government employee, company employee, standards body, or other stakeholder relevant to the issue. (Travel will be paid if these stakeholders are outside the Bay Area.)

Eligibility

We are looking for people with three key characteristics:

  1. Applicants should have significant professional experience with technology.



    For instance, applicants might work as an engineer, computer scientist, or business executive at a technology company; might be trained as a data scientist or in human-computer interaction; might work at a university or at a think tank studying cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, or the Internet of Things; or might have professional technology experience such as serving as a patent lawyer. Please note these are just illustrative examples; they are not intended to limit eligibility to these categories.
  2. Applicants should show potential to apply their technology experience to affecting policy and social change.



    They should be passionate about solving the world’s problems, and should be able to clearly articulate creative, innovative ideas about the ways in which they want to make a difference and how their experience will help them do that. We are particularly interested in applicants who are passionate about problems in four priority areas:
    1. Cybersecurity;
    2. The effects of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, and quantum computing;
    3. Protecting democracy, combating disinformation or misinformation, and election security; and
    4. Using technology to help at-risk populations or encourage social justice.
  3. Applicants have not yet significantly explored their potential to enact change through policy.



    This is an introductory program to the policymaking process, and applicants with significant past policy experience are likely to be too advanced for this program. While all are welcome to apply, we will prioritize applicants who do not have significant previous policy experience (e.g., a master’s in public policy; past experience working in a policy role)

Other requirements for the program include:

  • Applicant(s) must be at least 21 years of age by the start of the program.
  • Applicant(s) must be fluent in English.
  • Applicant(s) must be able to make a full-time commitment to the incubator process for a minimum of 2 months in early 2020, and be able to reside in person in the Bay Area during that time.
  • Applicant(s) must have legal status to work and reside in the United States.
  • Applicants must have a passion for changing the world, and an interest in learning how technology and policy can work together to achieve change.

Students are eligible to apply, but please note that, due to the requirement for significant professional experience in technology, students without work experience are unlikely to be strong candidates for acceptance. (This being said, this is a pilot program and all assumptions are just that — assumptions. So we urge you to apply and prove us wrong!)

If you are ineligible for the program but still would like to get involved with the Aspen Tech Policy Hub, please email [email protected] or sign up for our listserv.

Research Analyst, Center on the United States and Europe, Brookings Institution

This position and the project it supports are part of the new Global Democracy and Emerging Tech Initiative at Brookings. The Research Analyst works closely with the project directors to conduct in-depth research and manage the implementation of a new project in the Foreign Policy program’s Center on the United States and Europe (CUSE). The core objective of the project is to better prepare for and anticipate future tech-driven threats from state and non-state actors, including but not limited to Russia. The project seeks to inform the policy debate on the implications of emerging technology, close information gaps between the tech and policy communities, generate greater common understanding about artificial intelligence (AI)-driven tools and the threats they pose, and develop an early warning monitoring channel to translate the implications of emerging tech for policy.

Responsibilities

The Research Analyst conducts in-depth research at the intersection of technology and policy and supports the coordination of three project-related workstreams, including: (1) identifying the latest developments in AI and related technologies, establishing processes for monitoring these developments, and producing content designed to inform foreign and public policy; (2) substantively and operationally supporting the research and publication of quarterly policy papers; and (3) coordinating and managing regular convenings with high-level stakeholders in the policy and tech community. S/he identifies how foreign state actors exploit technological tools, in conjunction with other tools and tactics, to undermine democracies. The Research Analyst also plays a key role in building Brookings’s research on artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies and employs technical and analytical skills, including data science, to investigate new and existing ways emerging technologies affect democracy. S/he also works independently to conduct research at the intersection of tech and policy and supports the development of multimedia products that explain new tech developments in a manner that is understandable to non-experts.

Research, Research Support, and Writing (70%)

  • Works with the project directors to design, facilitate, and execute research and analysis on future tech-driven threats from state actors.
  • In coordination with the project director and principal investigators, conducts in-depth research to identify and understand new trends in technology and tracks the policy debate on future tech-driven threats from state actors and the development of potential policy responses.
  • Collaborates with the project director, principal investigators, research assistants and communications team to support the development and implementation of a digital monitoring channel for tracking emerging technologies.
  • Collaborates with the FP and Brookings central Communications teams to envision and design multimedia content (video, audio, text, interactives, visuals) that translates highly technical concepts, tools, and developments into accessible information for policymakers and the general public.
  • Independently maintains familiarity with research on cross-cutting technology and policy issues in order to identify potential authors and paper topics for publication of quarterly policy papers.
  • Substantively and operationally supports the research and manages the publication of quarterly policy papers authored by outside experts, including reviewing and editing publications.
  • Provides research support to the project directors and contributes to the drafting of blogs and articles based on research findings and policy recommendations. May contribute to longer-form co-authored publications and may solo-author short-form content as required.
  • Develops professional relationships with Brookings and external researchers, stakeholders, and other members of the program’s audience as a means of gathering information and soliciting feedback to support and advance research.

Project Management (30%)

  • Works with the project directors and research assistants to conceptualize, plan, develop, coordinate, and implement three high-level workshops in the United States and Europe. The Research Analyst will be expected to attend the workshops, produce summaries, and synthesize the proceedings with the other research activities.
  • Assists in the management of the project to ensure efficient operations and communication and maximum productivity, including by prioritizing the work, determining next steps, preparing for regular check-ins, and contributing to grant report requirements.
  • Works with Brookings offices including Conference Services, Communications, and other research programs to plan, coordinate, and execute private and public meetings and conferences.
  • Conducts other relevant organizational and administrative work as required and participates in other FP and CUSE activities as needed.

Qualifications

Ready to make an impact? In this role, you will support Brookings values of collegiality, respect, inclusion, diversity and community, and bring the following qualifications:

Education/Experience Requirements:

A bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree is preferred. The ideal candidate will have a background in both policy and technology. This may come in the form of dual degrees in a technical field (such as computer science, information technology, machine learning, or related field) and another in social science or public policy (such as political science, international relations, public policy, or a related field), relevant professional experience or expertise in public policy, or vice versa. A minimum of two years of relevant professional work experience is highly desired. Experience in event planning and project management highly desired. Complete English language fluency is required. Must be eligible to work for any employer in the United States.

Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

  • Technical: Must have in-depth knowledge and/or relevant experience in the tech sector, including the ability to monitor and understand developments and trends in emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, distributed ledgers, and/or cryptography. Must be able to translate highly technical information into accessible formats for policy stakeholders and general audiences. Must be able to synthesize technical research and publications and be familiar with modern computing environments and codebases. Must be able to envision and work with communications staff to produce short-form digital content, including video, audio, interactives, and other visuals.
  • Research: Must demonstrate broad knowledge of issues, research sources, and methodologies in artificial intelligence and related technologies, the implications of these technologies on policy, asymmetric threats, and how Russia and other authoritarian governments use these tools. Must be able to apply technical and policy knowledge to help identify specific research topics for this project.
  • Organization: Must be able to lead scholars, professional staff, and outside experts and guide them in carrying out assigned projects. Must be able to plan and execute events in a short timeframe. Must possess excellent organizational skills with a high level of attention to detail. Must be able to work independently and multi-task successfully. Must be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously, including both research and non-research tasks, in a successful and timely manner.
  • Communication: Must have outstanding written and oral communications skills. Must be able to interact professionally and productively with all levels of internal and external stakeholders. Must be able to translate highly technical information into accessible formats for non-technical audiences. Must be able to conceptualize how information and concepts can be communicated in different formats. Must be able to accurately convey instructions, concepts, research summaries, and analysis. Must be able to clearly, accurately, and concisely summarize research for internal use and for publication. Must be able to solo-author short-form content and contribute effectively to longer-form, co-authored publications.
  • Interpersonal: Strong interpersonal skills are required. Must possess poise, tact, discretion, and mature judgement to interact appropriately and professionally in high-pressure environments and with senior, high-level stakeholders.

Additional Information:

What can we offer you? Brookings provides a generous benefit package that is comprehensive and includes both traditional benefits and unique offerings.

Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply.

Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.

Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.

Professional Staff Member/Security Officer, The House Committee on the Judiciary

Job Description:

The House Committee on the Judiciary seeks a Professional Staff Member/Security Officer. Responsibilities include participating in a wide range of oversight projects, assisting in preparation for Committee hearings and markups, providing research assistance, and managing access to the Committee’s secure facility. Ideal candidates should be highly detailed oriented, experience handling large volumes of information, and demonstrated ability to meet precise deadlines. An active security clearance is a plus. The Committee strives to ensure that our staff reflects the diversity of the country’s population; candidates from minority backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. The Committee does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including marital or parental status, sexual orientation, and gender identity), disability, age, or national origin. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Please include in the subject line: PSM/Security Officer.

Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Fellowship, American Red Cross

Job Description:

As one of the nation’s premier humanitarian organizations, the American Red Cross is dedicated to helping people in need throughout the United States and, in association with other Red Cross networks, throughout the world. We depend on the many generous contributions of time, blood, and money from the American public to support our lifesaving services and programs. If you share our passion for helping people, join us in this excellent career opportunity.

Based Washington, DC, with the potential to work remotely, the Clara Barton Legal Fellow is an opportunity to gain real world IHL experience in unpaid year-long position with the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Team at National Headquarters (NHQ) of the American Red Cross. The fellow supports the mission of the Red Cross by working with the IHL Team in promoting humanitarian values through its legal education program.

Responsibilities:

  • Create and update course materials to be used by volunteer instructors to teach the public about IHL
  • Drafts guidance, procedures and tools to support regions and divisions in the delivery of local IHL programs
  • Serve as liaison for volunteer instructor coordination between NHQ, Divisions, and Regions
  • Conduct IHL CLE/professional training courses
  • Research and maintain CLE accreditation for courses
  • Create promotional materials for use by regions and partners
  • Organize law school workshops in key regional cities/hubs with law school partners.
  • Assist with NHQ hosting of trainings, conferences, meetings, webinars, as required.
  • Conduct research on IHL and policy-related areas and draft memoranda on relevant issues of IHL as needed for program development.
  • Assist with drafting talking points, backgrounders, and potential presentation material to support our IHL networks.
  • Attend briefings/conferences on IHL-related issues and provide updates of key points to IHL team.
  • Assist with content and messaging for social media tools.
  • Train volunteer instructors to deliver IHL course and instruction
  • Assist in researching and creating topic-specific IHL short courses

Qualifications:

  • Recent law school graduate, or lawyer transitioning career field with demonstrated interest in international law and policy
  • Prior knowledge of international humanitarian law or international criminal law
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, impeccable legal research skills
  • Ability to work independently, attention to detail, highly organized
  • Ability to travel up to 20% of the time​

Apply now! Joining our team will provide you with the opportunity to make a difference every day. The American Red Cross is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for the position without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.​

​The American Red Cross is a diverse nonprofit organization offering professional development and a collaborative team spirit environment. To be considered for this position send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to [email protected].

American Red Cross National Headquarters

430 17th St NW,

Washington, DC 20006

Advocacy Counsel, Human Rights First

JOB TITLE: Advocacy Counsel

DEPARTMENT: Advocacy

LOCATION: Washington, DC

REPORTS TO: Director, National Security Advocacy

JOB CLASSIFICATION: Full-Time; Exempt; Non-Union

PURPOSE OF THE JOB:

The Advocacy Counsel is responsible for implementing and contributing to the development of strategies to achieve objectives at the intersection of human rights and national security and other organizational priorities, as needed. The Advocacy Counsel reports to and acts under the direction and guidance of the Director for National Security Advocacy.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conduct research and prepare original analyses, briefs, recommendations, legislation, executive branch documents, advocacy and press materials, talking points, blogs, social media content, amicus briefs, and other materials to advance the organization’s advocacy objectives.

  • Build and maintain relationships and partnerships with colleagues in civil society, the military and other national security-related agencies and departments, issue coalitions and working groups, Hill staff, current and former policymakers, legal and policy experts, journalists, and other stakeholders, in furtherance of organizational objectives.

  • Serve as an expert and spokesperson on Human Rights First’s priority issues, including but not limited to Guantanamo and other aspects of indefinite detention and military trials; policies related to drone strikes and other uses of force; torture and detainee treatment; and wartime counterterrorism frameworks such as the 9/11 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF).

  • Represent the organization at meetings, conferences, workshops, and other external events.

  • Support and assist the Director for National Security Advocacy on critical tasks, including:

    • Setting program objectives and priorities where Human Rights First can make a unique and measurable impact

    • Developing and implementing strategies to achieve national security advocacy objectives

    • Collaborating with the Development Team and Board of Directors to ensure the long-term sustainability of the national security program

    • Drafting funder proposals and grant reports

    • Developing and managing the annual program budget

    • Supervising interns and volunteers

  • As needed, work across issue areas and function as part of campaign teams, special projects, or working groups to advance the organization’s objectives.

  • Other duties as requested based on organizational need.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • J.D. or other advanced degree in public policy, international affairs, human rights, national security, or another relevant field.

  • Experience working in the executive or legislative branches or conducting policy advocacy preferred.

  • Familiarity with U.S. governmental institutions and U.S. and international law related to national security and human rights.

  • Strong legal and policy research skills, including the ability to monitor and analyze relevant national and international legal and political developments.

  • Strong organizational and analytical skills, excellent political judgment, and ability to think strategically.

  • A high degree of initiative; and the ability to thrive and multi-task in a demanding, fast-paced environment.

  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively under pressure and deliver high quality results; to work successfully across organization lines and with a diverse team of colleagues; to work in a variety of U.S. and international settings (including governmental, legal, advocacy and the media).

  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills; demonstrated ability to translate the human rights impacts of issues to a variety of audiences (including policymakers and the media) and effectively edit the written work of others.

  • Demonstrated ability to quickly comprehend, internalize, and demonstrate expertise in complex policy issues.

  • Ability to develop and implement strategies to achieve concrete and measurable outcomes in a politically challenging legislative environment.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively and persuasively interact with the press. Communications experience preferred.

  • Ability to cultivate and maintain relationships with advocacy partners such as senior-level former government officials, retired military leaders, diplomats, or intelligence officials. Outreach and engagement experience preferred.

  • Fluency in English.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Open until filled.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Interested candidates should submit a Resume, Cover Letter, Transcripts, List of references and Writing Sample. All in PDF format.

Only selected applicants will be contacted for phone or in-person interviews. No phone calls, please.

Human Rights First is committed to recruiting, retaining, and developing staff from a diversity of backgrounds, including members of racial and ethnic minorities, LGBT people, people with disabilities, people of all socioeconomic backgrounds, people of all nationalities, and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. We believe that a diverse staff and an inclusive work environment that welcomes a range of perspectives help make our advocacy work stronger and more effective.

Attorney-Advisor, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB)

Job Title: Attorney-Advisor

Agency: Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Salary Range: $99,172 – $156,000/ 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 $156,000.

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, DC

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.

Agency Mission

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 an Attorney-Advisor, working under general supervision in the form of broad policy and program guidance. Attorney-Advisors are expected to accomplish assigned functions on their own initiative, independently formulate requirements, responsibly allocate available resources, and develop, recommend, and monitor implementation of agency policies and procedures. Prior experience related to legal and policy issues implicating privacy, civil liberties, and/or counterterrorism or national security matters is strongly preferred.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Serve as an attorney with limited supervision while gathering factual information, conducting legal and policy analysis, and providing legal expertise to the Board in complex investigations and/or reviews.

  2. Prepare memoranda and make appropriate recommendations to the Board.

  3. Respond in writing and orally to inquiries from Members of the Board regarding the status of investigations and/or reviews, research and analysis, and policy implications of existing and proposed programs and making recommendations to the Board.

  4. Summarize reports received from the intelligence community and other agencies and extract essential information.

  5. 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.

  6. Advise and assist in the identification of issues and recommendations by providing policy advice, conducting research, and carrying out investigations, as required.

  7. Analyze privacy and civil liberties-related issues, national security and counterterrorism programs and assist the Board in understanding how programs operate.

  8. Assist in drafting Board reports evaluating efforts to protect the nation from terrorism 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 responsibilities.

  9. 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.

  10. Utilize superior oral and written communication skills, including the ability to produce clear, logical, and concise products that are targeted to and meet the needs of diverse audiences with different perspectives and objectives, while demonstrating analytical and critical thinking skills, including the ability to identify issues and to develop process improvements, and working effectively and collaboratively with team members and other agency employees.

Educational Requirements

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.

Application Process

Please send the following required documents to [email protected] with the title “Attorney-Advisor”: 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.

Closing Date

A panel will convene to evaluate applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 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.

No Travel Expenses for Interview

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, Travel and Benefits

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.

Attorney, Central Intelligence Agency

The Central Intelligence Agency is seeking highly qualified candidates to join CIA’s Office of General Counsel. We are actively recruiting exceptional attorneys with a wide variety of backgrounds and experience levels. We seek attorneys with experience in areas including government contracts, technology and cyber-related law, national security law, employment, ethics, privacy, litigation, and federal appropriations law, among others. Prior national security experience is welcome but not required. If this opportunity sounds interesting to you, please visit our website for additional information and application instructions.

Associate Vice President, Public Affairs, R Street Institute

Are you a forward thinker? Do you have great ideas about nonprofit branding and communications? Are you inspired by a dynamic work environment and passionate, well-reasoned peers? Do you have a record of getting results and leading dynamic, talented teams? Are you committed to free markets and real solutions? If your answer is unequivocally yes, then the R Street Institute needs you as our Associate Vice President of Public Affairs to oversee our outreach and communications efforts.

This is not a typical communications or government affairs job and the R Street Institute isn’t a typical think tank. This position will focus on managing and leading; it is not a role as our chief media spokesperson or person who does the most outreach on the Hill. This role requires a visionary who can put all of the pieces together to increase our impact and build a great think tank brand.

About us first: We’re a quirky, right-of-center libertarian think tank with a budget of over $10 million, nearly 70 full-time staff and a great work culture that landed us on Washingtonian Magazine’s Great Places to Work list in April 2019. We have offices around the country, although most of our staff are in Washington, D.C. Our staff frequently testifies before Congress and has its work published by the nation’s leading media outlets.

You will be charged with bringing already successful communications and outreach efforts to the next level by building an integrated branding and marketing strategy for us as an institution. This job involves leading a team and integrating our public affairs and outreach strategies to maximize our impact on public policy. In ways consistent with our brand and desired impact, you will strive to improve impact metrics such as testimonies before Congress and op-eds placed in top publications.

Your typical day at R Street may include coordinating with our director of state government affairs to figure out which hearings to target for engagement over the next month, working with our communications and digital heads to ensure that a new advertising campaign on Facebook is consistent with our brand, helping interview a new communications staffer, reviewing progress on a new strategy to increase the number of invited testimonies we give before Congress and helping our commercial freedom team figure out how best to deploy resources for a new effort on birth control access.

Other Aspects of Your Role

  • Oversee the directors of communications, federal and state affairs and, in doing so, the entire government affairs and communications staffs.
  • Serve as chief architect and custodian of R Street’s brand.
  • Coordinate, in concert with team members, communications and legislative educational outreach strategies to spread R Street’s work both federally and at the state level.
  • Oversee efforts to build and manage issue-based coalitions.
  • Assure the timely, high-quality completion of deliverables associated with the communications, federal affairs and state affairs teams.

Skills, Qualifications and Everything Else You Should Have

  • The number one criterion is management experience, especially involving primary responsibility for full-time staff in a public-policy-oriented setting.
  • Experience in communications, outreach and/or public relations.
  • Ability to communicate clear performance expectations and motivate staff to drive results.
  • A passion for mentoring and developing talent.
  • A dedication to producing high-quality outputs that delight our stakeholders.
  • No specific educational background is required, although we expect that most people we select to interview will have at least a bachelor’s degree, and many will have an advanced degree as well.
  • A passion for free markets and limited, effective government.
  • A sense of humor and a desire to grow with a dynamic organization.

We understand that people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational and volunteer experiences. If you believe you have the transferable skills necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of this role, we encourage you to apply. Proven ability to get results can always substitute for formal credentials, but no credentials can substitute for a record of achievement.

This is a full-time job based in Washington, D.C. and requires a daily presence in our office as well as some travel throughout the United States. R Street is growing rapidly but remains a close-knit team.

R Street strives to provide a compensation package superior to those at other think tanks and nonprofits. In addition to a competitive salary, we provide a health insurance option entirely paid by the employer (even for families), wellness benefits, an employer-subsidized mobile phones benefit, 401(k) contributions with up to a four percent match (fully vested from the beginning) and an exceptionally generous vacation policy.

R Street does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, era of military service, gender identity, relationship structure or anything else that's illegal, immoral or stupid to use as a basis for hiring.

We currently plan to accept applications for this job until filled. We will contact ideal individuals for video conference interviews and conduct them on a rolling basis. Following these interviews, individuals will be asked to complete an assessment and we will hold longer in-person interviews in our Washington, D.C. office for selected candidates.

Don’t wait any longer! To apply, please upload a cover letter and resume in Microsoft Word or PDF format.