Chief Engineer

Washington, D.C
Aug 11, 2022
Aug 19, 2022
Executive, Chief
Full Time

The incumbent of this position serves as the Bureau's Chief Engineer and functions as the senior advisor to the Bureau Chief and Deputy Bureau Chiefs on all engineering and technical matters and performs specific assignments such as reviewing highly complex and/or controversial technical proposals and studies related to wireless telecommunications services, overseeing the development and execution of Bureau policy in technical areas, and representing the Bureau and the Commission in discussions with other Federal agencies, industry representatives, congressional staff members, consumer groups, and the general public.


Conditions of Employment

  • Education-Transcripts Required
  • Must submit a financial disclosure statement upon assuming the position.
  • Applicant must be able to obtain and maintain Top Secret Clearance
  • Serve a probationary period of one year, if applicable.
  • US Citizenship.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.

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.


Applicants must provide detailed evidence of possession of each of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) listed below to assist reviewing officials in determining the best qualified candidates to be referred to the selecting official. FAILURE TO MEET OR ADDRESS ANY ONE OF THE MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS WILL ELIMINATE A CANDIDATE FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

Candidates must meet all of the qualification requirements outlined below in order to be deemed as qualified.

In order to be deemed as qualified, applicants must meet both the educational requirements in addition to the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQ's).

A. Education

Degree Professional Engineering. To view qualifying educational requirements and/or combination of education and specialized experience click on the following link:

If you are qualifying based on positive education, please provide a copy of your college transcript. The transcript may be unofficial or photocopy at time of application, but MUST provide the original if selected. Candidates who do not submit a transcript at the time of application will be deemed as ineligible.

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to receive credit towards qualifications. Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:

All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment.


B. Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs)

1. Demonstrated technical and/or policy experience in two or more fields related to wireless engineering, including, at a minimum, RF design and/or wireless broadband network deployment, with exceptional communications skills needed to work with non-technical senior staff.

2. Substantive knowledge and skill advising and consulting with the highest level of management on two or more discrete areas of wireless engineering and spectrum issues, including, at a minimum, RF engineering and/or wireless broadband network deployment, both orally and in writing to negotiate, convince, settle, and resolve controversial issues and actions.

3. Demonstrated technical writing and teaching experience in RF engineering and/or wireless broadband network deployment, as demonstrated by successful publication in one or more Refereed Journals and by either teaching related engineering courses at the post-secondary level or presenting related material at recognized engineering conferences and/or symposiums.

4. Demonstrated sound, mature judgment and ability to relate engineering issues to policy, law, and economics, and to manage engineering issues in accordance with legislative or regulatory guidance, including skills in conveying recommendations through oral and written communications.

5. Expert knowledge and demonstrated experience working with new technologies associated with emerging and innovative communications and spectrum management activities, in order to serve as an agency/ organizational technical authority resolving unique and controversial problems related to wireless telecommunication services, and other telecommunications related services.

6. Previous participation in or familiarity with the standards development process, including, in particular, 3GPP, IEEE, ATIS. Demonstrated ability to understand ongoing standards developments and their implications for Wireless Telecommunications Bureau's (WTB's) and the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC's) policy development and decision-making processes. Improve coordination within the agency and with our federal partners on standards related issues. Enable WTB engineers and attorneys to understand anticipated technology developments and their potential applicability to WTB and FCC rulemakings. Provide greater insight into technology developments on a global scale.

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Before hiring, an agency will ask you to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. The agency will also ask you to sign and certify the accuracy of all the information in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be fined or jailed. If you are a male over age 18 who was born after December 31, 1959, you must have registered with the Selective Service System (or have an exemption) to be eligible for a Federal job.

Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.