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Legal Advisor – Office of Equal Employment Opportunity

Legal Advisors for the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (OEEO) provide legal advice regarding compliance with federal civil rights laws.

  • Full time
  • Starting salary: $121,316 - $172,500*
  • *Higher starting salary possible depending on experience level
  • Juris Doctor (JD) from an ABA-accredited law school
  • Active bar membership (any US jurisdiction)

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.

As a Legal Advisor – Office of Equal Employment Opportunity you are 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, including but not limited to collection of intelligence, employment and anti-discrimination laws, and government ethics.
  • Maintaining productive working relationships with other Intelligence Community elements, federal agencies, congressional committees, and use these relationships to further the mission of the CIA.

You will provide legal advice to the Director of the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (OEEO), OEEO Counselors and Investigators, and Anti-Harassment Program staff on substantive and procedural issues arising in the counseling, investigation, settlement, and mediation of EEO complaints against the Agency and in connection with internal harassment inquiries. You will also draft and edit documents issued in the administrative EEO complaint process such as acceptance and dismissal letters and final agency decisions as well as conduct legal sufficiency reviews of Reports of Investigations. You will regularly communicate with other OGC Attorneys, the EEOC, and outside legal representatives. Furthermore, you will advise management on a variety of diversity and inclusion issues, assist in enduring the federal EEO complaint process complies with federal law and regulations, facilitate training for supervisors, employees, and OEEO staff, and advise on the implementation of civil rights/EEO laws in CIA-wide programs and regulations.

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.

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
  • At least three (3) years of experience in handling federal sector equal employment opportunity cases
  • 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.
  • For Lateral Attorneys, 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.

What You’ll Need to Apply

The following items must be attached to your on-line application (PDF format preferred):

  • Resume
  • Unofficial law school transcripts
  • A cover letter addressing: your legal expertise and knowledge in the area of federal sector equal employment opportunity claims; your legal analysis and writing skills; and your interpersonal skills and impact.
  • 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 is preferred.
  • Three (3) legal references with full names and contact information