NAVFAC Southwest

  • San Diego, CA, USA

Build a meaningful career as part of a team that supports Navy and Marine Corps installations through delivery of public works services, planning, engineering/design, construction, real estate, environmental services, and acquisition/disposal of facilities and real estate in a six state area on the West Coast.

Why Work at NAVFAC Southwest?

NAVFAC Southwest’s civilian employees are our single most valuable asset. Success in our mission is vital to the Department of the Navy so we need energetic, committed, and motivated individuals to join our team. We value a strong work-life balance with:

  • Flexibility in the work schedule/telework options (position dependent)
  • Sick, vacation, and federal holiday hours off (hours vary dependent on tenure)
  • Group Medical, Dental, Life Insurance plans
  • Federal 401k comparable Retirement Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)
  • Career Progression & Professional Development Opportunities
  • Access to gyms and recreational areas/equipment
  • Time Buy-Back for prior military service
  • Leave Donation Program for emergency situations
  • Civilian Employee Assistance Programs to help with identifying childcare and personal support needs
  • Employee Referral Bonus Program



$111,195 - $148,572 yearly
NAVFAC Southwest
Oct 16, 2018
Full time
There is an anticipated vacancy for an attorney to serve as Associate Counsel (Environmental/Real Estate) in the Office of Counsel, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest (NAVFACSW). This GS-14 position is located in San Diego CA. The NAVFAC Southwest Office of Counsel is comprised of 19 attorneys and two support staff and has an extremely busy and varied workload covering the full range of OGC practice, including acquisition, environmental law, civilian personnel and labor law, real estate, fiscal law, utilities, public private venture housing, litigation, the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts, and ethics/standards of conduct. The Associate Counsel (Environmental/Real Estate) will be part of a team of eight environmental and real estate attorneys in the NAVFACSW Office of Counsel. The Associate Counsel delivers legal services to the Command's senior clients regarding the full range of command environmental and real estate matters, including environmental cleanup and restoration, environmental compliance relating to air, water and hazardous waste, environmental planning, real property acquisition and outgrants, condemnation, and the Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) program. The Associate Counsel is the NAVFAC SW attorney primarily responsible for provision of environmental/real estate legal services to NAVFAC SW's team supporting the Marine Corps. The Associate Counsel (Environmental/Real Estate) reports to the Senior Associate Counsel for Environmental and Real Estate. The Associate Counsel (Environmental/Real Estate) works closely with the Senior Associate Counsel and NAVFACSW Counsel on matters of great visibility and importance to the Command; works closely with command personnel assigned to Marine Corps matters and with Marine Corps attorneys; consults with attorneys across the NAVFACSW area of responsibility; and frequently coordinates directly with attorneys across the Department of the Navy, Department of Defense, and other federal agencies. To be eligible for selection, an applicant must have  at least three-and-one-half years of successful legal experience, a substantial portion of the experience in federal environmental law and real estate law . Experience in other areas of NAVFAC's legal practice is desirable, but not required. Familiarity with OGC and NAVFAC and familiarity with and experience working with the Marine Corps also is desirable. Applicants will be evaluated on: 1) The depth and quality of their relevant legal experience, training and expertise, including academic credentials; 2) Their written and oral communication, analytical, and advocacy skills; 3) Their ability to work independently and as part of a team; and 4) Their interpersonal skills, including their ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with senior clients, fellow attorneys, and command customers. Applicants with a record of making significant contributions to the advancement of the DON OGC or equivalent Office of the General Counsel or Law Firm/Office beyond the day to day legal practice are desired. The successful applicant must: - have graduated from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association; - be an active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia; and - be admitted to practice before a state or federal court. U.S. citizenship is a requirement of the position, and the successful applicant must be able to obtain and maintain a SECRET security clearance. Occasional travel may be required. To apply, applicants must submit: A resume; A letter that addresses the applicant's qualifications and reasons for his/her interest in this position; Two legal writing samples (not exceeding 10 pages each - the sample may be a part of a longer document); Their two most recent performance appraisals, if available; and The names and telephone numbers of at least three references (other than current supervisors) who may be contacted. Applicants should clearly indicate if they do not want us to contact their current supervisor. The cover letter should also address the applicant's projected availability. Current federal government employees should indicate their present GS and step level or equivalent grade and salary. If the successful applicant is not currently a member of the Department of the Navy Office of the General Counsel, processing of the hiring action can only commence after submission of those items identified in the "Instructions for New OGC Attorneys" (see Careers section of Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must specifically claim such eligibility in their cover letter, identify the basis for the claim, and include supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty or other supporting documentation) with their submission. Not all veterans are preference eligible. For a summary of time periods, campaigns, and conditions that entitle an applicant to preference eligibility, please visit and There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference for attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of the Navy Office of the General Counsel considers veterans' preference eligibility a positive factor in the attorney hiring process. Applicants who do not claim and do not provide adequate supporting documentation for veterans' preference will not receive the positive factor consideration. The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy or gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. Reasonable Accommodation Links: Schedule-A-Hiring-Authority Legal and Regulatory Guidance Links: Financial suitability Link: Social security number request Link: al-security-number/ Privacy Act Link: Signature and false statements Link: Selective Service Link: New employee probationary period Link: Relocation expenses may be paid, but are not guaranteed. If relocation expenses are a requirement, the applicant should state their requirement for this expense in the application package. Permanent Change of Station (PCS) allowances may be authorized but are not guaranteed. Applicants selected for an interview will be notified of the decision to pay or not pay PCS allowances. Job Type: Full-time Salary: $111,195.00 to $148,572.00 /year License: American Bar Association (Required)             Jiro Yamamoto  Team SoCal