Legal Specialist/Attorney

Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States


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Requisition Number: 3984

Position Title:

External Description: Legal Specialist/Attorney
Washington, DC, USA Req #3984

Wednesday, August 11, 2021


The Office of the Legal Adviser (L) advises and represents the Department on all international and domestic legal policy issues in connection with U.S. foreign policy and the work of the Department.


The Office of the Legal Adviser (L) advises and represents the Department on all international and domestic legal policy issues in connection with U.S. foreign policy and the work of the Department.

L provides critical support for U.S. Government foreign policies worldwide. The bureau helps to ameliorate and resolve political and humanitarian crises around the globe and is a key component of efforts to fight international terrorism and other threats to U.S. security. L is instrumental in other important areas of work of the Department, including nonproliferation, human rights, the environment, law enforcement, and the rule of law.

L is also an essential partner in supporting the Department's management by providing legal advice on a wide range of matters: the expenditure of assistance and operating funds; the provision of consular services; passport and visa operations and border security; buildings and acquisitions; Department authorities; U.S. diplomatic and consular operations abroad; personnel systems for employees, including the Foreign Service and Civil Service; security of personnel and information technology; privileges and immunities; regulations and directives; domestic and foreign litigation; ethics and financial disclosure; and information law. L manages the U.S. Treaty Program and is responsible for defending and representing the United States before international bodies, such as arbitrations under the North American Free Trade Agreement, Iran Claims Tribunal, and cases before the International Court of Justice.

L's overarching priorities include:

  • Promoting the development of international law and its institutions as a fundamental element of U.S. foreign policy and advancing the rule of law. The United States relies on international law as a means to secure a peaceful world. The rule of law will remain an essential component of U.S. foreign policy initiatives.
  • Providing timely, first-rate legal services on all legal issues, domestic and international, arising in the course of the Department's work. This includes focusing on key foreign policy objectives, as well as the pursuit of managerial and organizational excellence.
  • Developing, conducting and managing the Treaty Program, extraditions, private international law, representing and defending the United States before international legal bodies, claims, and other programs for which L has lead responsibility, so as to meet the highest standards of program management and best serve the foreign policy, security, and public interests of the United States.

Due to developments in litigation, in Congress, and at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) outside of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) 's control, ECA now faces an urgent need to complete significant regulatory reforms in both its Summer Work Travel program and its Au Pair program.

A legal specialist with the credentials of a fully qualified attorney is required to provide research, drafting, and review services in support of these efforts, and potentially to provide legal support for other urgent needs arising from ECA's private sector exchange program. The legal specialist would report to the Assistant Legal Adviser for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. The latter would have final clearance authority on any and all legal documents; the legal specialist would not have that authority.

Duties and Responsibilities of the Legal Specialist

Essential Functions

The legal specialist will:
  • Act as a member of the L/PD team and participate in strategy and planning sessions on the Au Pair, Summer Work Travel, and other private sector exchange ECA efforts.
  • Draft regulations and related documents
  • Review input received from outside entities and become familiar with other external developments
  • Review and edit drafts of Department of Justice legal filings and regulatory and other private sector exchange documents drafted by ECA or other entities
  • Brief clients and attorneys in the Office of the Legal Adviser
  • Conduct legal research on regulatory, litigation, or other matters related to the private sector exchange programs; and other related work as required by the Assistant Legal Adviser of L/PD. (The latter would have final clearance authority on any and all legal documents; the legal specialist would not have that authority.)


The Legal Advisor must have the following skills:

  • Direct knowledge of the litigation process and the rules of Civil Procedure.
  • Direct knowledge of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
  • Direct knowledge of Department of State exchange and public diplomacy programs.
  • One year of experience reviewing documents within the context of ongoing litigation.
  • One year of experience using commercially available forensic document review platform.


One year of experience at the Department of State.


Graduation from an accredited law school, or an accredited paralegal program or 3 years of experience performing paralegal work in the Federal Government.

Security Clearance

A Secret clearance is required for this position.


No travel is anticipated for this position.

Time of Performance:
  • Traditional domestic office hours are 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with a non-reimbursable 45-minute lunch. However, an alternative work schedule, including but not limited to Telework and Alternate Work Schedule, mutually agreed upon by the COR or GTM and the resource may be implemented.
  • This task order may require overtime to be completed when work requirements extend beyond the normal 40 hours per week. All overtime will be pre-approved with a request from the Government Manger to the COR for final approval. Funds must be available for Overtime to be approved and worked.

Identification of Non-Disclosure Requirements:

Contractors must execute and sign non-disclosure agreements when they work with sensitive and/or proprietary information. Forms to be executed and maintained by the Government Task Manager.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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  • Job Family Contracts, Procurement, Legal & Proposal Services
  • Pay Type Salary

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State: District Of Columbia

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