We are currently seeking a dynamic and collaborative professional to serve as a Counsel within our General Counsel team. Reporting to the Deputy General Counsel you will:

  • provide legal advice and counsel to other attorneys in the USAC Office of General Counsel and to internal clients.

This is an outstanding career opportunity for an individual interested in starting a journey into telecommunications law in supporting a public-spirited mission.


Working in a creative and fast-paced environment, the Counsel will research law, investigate facts, and prepare written and verbal analysis and guidance. Among others, your responsibilities will include the following:

  • Research and analyze statutes, regulations, administrative codes, administrative decisions, judicial decisions, and treatises to prepare legal documents, such as briefs, appeal responses, and contracts.
  • Counsel to other members of the USAC Office of General Counsel and USAC business units concerning High Cost, Lifeline, Schools and Libraries, and Rural Health Care programs and the interpretation of rules and regulations related to the Universal Service Fund and the universal service support mechanisms.
  • Research, investigate and analyze audit findings, whistleblower complaints, and USF program compliance investigations.
  • Assist federal government agencies with law enforcement investigations.
  • Other specific duties as assigned.

About You

The successful candidate will excel at operating in a diverse and fluid environment, and will be crucial for the success of the General Counsel Division.

  • You have a Bachelor Degree and/or relevant technical training and certifications.
  • You have a Juris Doctorate from an accredited college or university.
  • You have 6 months to 2 years of directly related experience.
  • You have experience or coursework in telecommunications law, administrative law and/or non-profit law.
  • You have excellent oral and written communications skills, including the ability to prepare and deliver information concisely orally and in writing.
  • You have 1 year of law practice in a law firm, or in a government agency preferred.
  • You have strong analytical and legal research skills.
  • You have proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • You have high initiative, flexibility, proactive approach, and strong follow up skills.
  • You have the ability to exercise sound legal and business judgment.
  • You have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in high-pressure situations.
  • Your attorney license is in good standing and admission to the bar in at least one state or ability to obtain license within six (6) months of employment.

About USAC

Through its administration of the $10 billion Universal Service Fund (USF) programs on behalf of the FCC, USAC works to promote the availability of quality services at just, reasonable and affordable rates and to increase access to advanced telecommunications services throughout the nation. Specifically, the USF programs provide funding for the expansion of telecommunications and broadband access to rural communities and health care facilities, schools and libraries across the country, and low income households. Through program administration, auditing, and outreach, USAC works with contributors, service providers, and program beneficiaries to achieve the program goals articulated by the FCC for each of these programs.

The FCC has reformed the USF to support further investment in and access to evolving broadband infrastructure, making the programs a primary vehicle to support this critical national priority. USAC, as the administrator of the USF, plays a critical role in supporting the ambitious vision to ensure that all citizens in the United States have access to high-speed broadband. The organization has approximately 500 employees with an operating budget of more than $200 million. USAC works in close partnership with the FCC and other federal and state partners to support the achievement of the USF program goals.

USAC administers the USF programsHigh Cost, Lifeline, Rural Health Care, and Schools and Libraries. USAC strives to provide efficient, responsible stewardship of the programs, a key national asset in making important telecommunications and Internet services available to consumers, health care providers, schools, and libraries throughout the United States. The program divisions are supported by additional USAC personnel in Finance, General Counsel, Information Systems, Internal Audit, the Enterprise Program Management Office and Human Resources. Consistent with FCC rules, USAC does not make policy for or interpret unclear provisions of statutes or the FCCs rules.

Universal service is paid for by contributions from telecommunications carriers, including wireline and wireless companies, and interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol providers, including cable companies that provide voice service, based on an assessment of their interstate and international end- user revenues. These contributions are most typically passed through to consumers through a universal service fee line item on their telephone bills.

Additional information on USF programs can be found at: http: www.usac.org/about/about/who-we- are/default.aspx

USAC offers a comprehensive benefits package, ongoing professional development opportunities, including vacation and sick leave.

USAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Only principals will be accepted. No agencies please.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume, click the Apply For This Job Online button.

USAC employees are passionate about our mission. Our work contributes to the success of all Americans. Weve worked together to build a culture that is collaborative, ambitious, outcome-oriented, and feedback-focused.

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