Attorney Advisor (General) – Washington D.C.

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Summary

This position is located in the Office of General Counsel. Please note that the duty station for this position will be based upon the city and state where the selected candidate currently lives/resides however eventual onsite, full-time presence will be required at the FCC Headquarters Office in Washington, DC.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT MAY BE USED TO FILL ADDITIONAL POSITIONS WITHIN 90 DAYS.

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Responsibilities

This position is located in the Office of General Counsel, Immediate Office. The General Counsel serves as the principal advisor to the Commission in all matters of law and related policy. Incumbent functions primarily as Special Counsel for regulatory matters.

Major duties include but are not limited to:

1) Serves as Special Counsel and legal advisor to the General Counsel. Incumbent deals with complex and controversial policy issues, advises the General Counsel on legal policy options, and works closely with the General Counsel in formulating agency policy, taking into account Congressional concerns, concerns of other Government agencies, the interests of the public and the regulated industries, and the philosophy/views of the Commission and the General Counsel.

2) Thoroughly researches all facets of an issue, including developing documentation, legal analysis, and other information to ensure the existence of a coherent policy consistent with the overall goals of the Commission.

3) Develops legal and policy options on matters of critical importance, including cases of first impression, and is charged with the responsibility of assuring that these options are fully brought to bear on the work of the Commission.

4) Independently drafts, reviews, edits, and produces briefs, memoranda, Commission orders, policy statements, special reports, etc. on domestic and international topics, with particular sensitivity to complex legal issues, the Commission's philosophy and goals, and the interests/concerns of Congress, other agencies, the public, and regulated industries.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
15 – The full promotion potential of this position is GS-15

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Bar Membership Required.
  • Must submit a financial disclosure statement upon assuming the position.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
  • Suitable for employment as determined by a background investigation.
  • Serve a probationary period of one year, if applicable.
  • US Citizenship.

Please note your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the vacancy questions. Your resume is an integral part of the process for determining if you meet the basic qualifications of the position and determining if you are to be among the best qualified.

Qualifications

Applicants must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Applicants must meet both professional law experience and specialized experience.

Professional law experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position to be filled.

Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

To Qualify for the GS-14: Applicant must possess at least three years of professional law experience. Applicants for the GS-14 grade level must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-13 grade level in the Federal service.

Examples of specialized experience include: Experience analyzing, developing, and implementing legal and policy options on complex matters such as broadband; experience thoroughly researching all facets of an issue, including developing documentation, legal analysis, and other information to ensure the existence of a coherent policy consistent with the overall goals of the Commission; experience developing legal and policy options; experience drafting, reviewing, editing, and producing memoranda, Commission orders, policy statements, special reports, etc.; experience monitoring program and policy initiatives of other Bureaus/Offices and other agencies (e.g., NTIA, Department of Justice) active in the communications field.

Education

You must meet the minimum basic educational requirements for Attorney positions. Education requirements include: a professional law degree JD, LL.B., and/or LL.M.

Additional information

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

All candidates will be considered without regard to political or religious affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, nondisqualifying physical or mental handicap, age, or any other nonmerit factor. THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

All applicants will be rated on the extent and quality of experience and education relevant to the duties of the position. Applicants who do not respond to the application questions and/or do not submit a supporting resume will be rated ineligible. Please note your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the vacancy
questions.

There are several parts to the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application including:

1. the core questions
2. the vacancy questions
3. supplemental documentation (e.g., DD-214, SF-50, SF-15, and bar certificate); and
4. your resume.

Applicants will be rated ineligible if they do not respond to job-specific questions, provide supplemental documents, and submit resume. For more information, please click on Rating Process.

You will be evaluated for this position on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics (KSAOs):

  • Skill in written communication in order to develop complex legal documents.
  • Skill in oral communication.
  • Knowledge of administrative law and other statutes and regulations that would be applicable to the FCC, including the Communications Act of 1934, Administrative Procedure Act, Freedom of Information Act, Ex Parte/Sunshine Rules, Sunshine Act, Privacy Act, Paperwork Reduction Act, Congressional Review Act, Data Quality Act, Peer Review Guidelines, Federal Register Procedures, Federal Records Act, Administrative Appeals, and other FCC regulations and procedures.
  • Ability to research and analyze legal issues and present the results of that research.
  • CTAP/ICTAP: To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, you must meet the well-qualified standards for the position. A well-qualified applicant must satisfy the following criteria: In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, including selective factors, education, and experience requirements, the applicant must be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry.

    Please click on the following link for more information on CTAP/ICTAP https: www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ctap_guideline.pdf

    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Other

    Drug test required
    No

    Required Documents

    ***ALL SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE FCC'S HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. ONCE YOU APPLY TO THIS VACANCY YOU WILL BE PROMPTED BY THE SYSTEM TO EITHER UPLOAD DOCUMENTS OR PRINT FAX COVERSHEETS – THE FAX NUMBER WILL BE LISTED ON THIS SHEET. IF FAXING, ALL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED SHOULD BE FAXED SEPARATELY ON THE FAX COVERSHEET PROVIDED. ONCE FAXED, YOU SHOULD RECEIVE AN EMAIL CONFIRMATION WITHIN AN HOUR. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE AN EMAIL CONFIRMATION, YOUR FAX HAS NOT BEEN SUCCESSFULLY RECEIVED AND YOU SHOULD FAX AGAIN.

    IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO FAX THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION, CONTACT THE HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE AT 418-0130 PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.***

    Supplement Documents Required:

    Employees must provide a legible Personnel Action, SF-50, that verifies your status and highest permanently held grade along with your most recent annual performance appraisal.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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