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Environmental Law Attorney

The attorney will work on environmental compliance, analyses, and consultation matters in a collaborative and fast-paced work environment, and handle other administrative law accounts as assigned.

  • Full time
  • Starting salary: $80,027 -$172,500
  • Juris Doctor (JD) from an ABA-accredited law school, Active bar membership
  • Active bar membership (any US jurisdiction)
  • US citizenship required (dual-national US citizens eligible).
  • All positions require relocation to the Washington, DC metro area

About the Job

The Office of General Counsel (OGC) of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) provides legal advice and policy counsel to the Director of the CIA (DCIA) and other CIA officers on a variety of legal issues, to include intelligence and national security law; procurement and acquisition law; employment and personnel law; government ethics; fiscal law; general administrative law; privacy and civil liberties, and legislative affairs.

Our office places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives, and encourages applications from qualified individuals from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBTQ individuals, and persons with disabilities.

As an attorney, you will be responsible for:

  • Providing legal advice and policy counsel to CIA leadership on complex areas of law affecting the CIA’s duties and responsibilities under authorities including the National Security Act, the CIA Act, and Executive Orders.
  • Conducting legal research and analysis on sensitive matters.
  • Providing training on a variety of laws and policies affecting CIA personnel.
  • Maintaining productive working relationships with other Intelligence Community elements, federal agencies, congressional committees, and use these relationships to further the mission of the CIA.

As an Environment Attorney, you will work on unique and challenging issues related to environmental compliance and interact with a wide variety of US Government and state agencies and federal and state regulators.  You will also provide legal advice on the Agency’s internal environmental policies and procedures.  You will also cover other administrative law accounts as assigned, such as the occupational safety account.

Who You’ll Work With

At the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), we recognize our Nation’s strength comes from the diversity of its people. People from a broad range of backgrounds and viewpoints work at CIA, and our diverse teams are the reason we can keep our country safe.

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What You’ll Get

Our benefits support every aspect of a working professional’s life, including health and wellness, time off, family, finances, and continuing education. Our programs include highly sought-after government health benefits, flexible schedules, sick leave, and childcare. In some cases, we also offer sign-on incentives and cover moving expenses if you relocate.

As a CIA employee, you’ll also get the satisfaction of knowing your work is part of something bigger than yourself. Our work is driven by one mission: to keep our Nation safe. Every day is an opportunity to enhance U.S. national security.

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Minimum Qualifications

  • Juris Doctor (JD) degree from an ABA-accredited law school
  • Active bar membership from any of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or the US Virgin Islands
  • Minimum of three (3) years of environmental law practice experience
  • Demonstrated experience with major environmental law statutes, including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund), and the National Historic Preservation Act
  • Familiarity with the Occupational Safety and Health Act and standards implemented thereunder, as implemented through E.O. 12196, Occupational Safety and Health Programs for Federal Employees is preferred but not required
  • Demonstrated ability to manage ambiguity by adapting to new demands or information, and handling situations with multiple variables and unknowns
  • Ability to meet the minimum requirements for joining CIA, including U.S. citizenship and a background investigation

Desired Qualifications

All applicants are reviewed for the following competencies:

  • Legal analysis, reasoning and writing, including the ability to quickly integrate and synthesize facts and law to make legally sound decisions in compressed timeframes.
  • Demonstrated expertise on complex legal matters.
  • The ability to work both independently and as a team member in a demanding environment.
  • The ability to exercise sound judgment in challenging situations.
  • Willingness to consider diverse perspectives and ability to navigate changing circumstances.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple work assignments and competing priorities concurrently.
  • Ability to develop and maintain close and collaborative working relationships inside and outside the CIA.

The following are also desired for Environmental Law Attorneys:

  • Experience dealing with environmental permitting, enforcement, and litigation matters.
  • Prior private practice or federal government environmental law experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide well-researched, clear, definitive advice to clients on matters that are both legally and technically complex.

What You’ll Need to Apply

  • A cover letter addressing your environmental law expertise and specifying your qualifications for this position, to include legal analysis and writing skills, interpersonal skills, and impact. Please address why you want to work in this role and what differentiates you from other applicants.
  • Resume
  • Unofficial law school transcripts
  • Legal writing sample not to exceed 10 pages. You may include an excerpt from a longer document and provide a brief synopsis to provide context for your excerpt and redact any names for privacy. Please exclude any non-substantive portions from your submission (Table of Contents, Table of Authorities, etc.).  A writing sample from within the last three years that demonstrates legal analysis on a technical topic is preferred.
  • Three (3) legal references with full names and contact information