Attorney Advisor (General) (0905)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Aug 13, 2022
Closes
Aug 20, 2022
Hours
Full Time
Duties

The incumbent works on complex legal issues or other matters, including international telecommunications authorizations under section 214 of the Act, submarine cable licenses under the Cable Landing License Act of 1921 and Executive Order No. 10530, and foreign ownership issues under section 310 of the Act. The incumbent serves as an Attorney Advisor rendering authoritative legal advice, assistance, and support to management of the Telecommunications and Analysis Division and International Bureau as well as other agency officials on complex legal issues or other matters that can influence a wide range of agency activities in the telecommunications industry or the public related to Commission statutes, rules, or regulations. The incumbent also provides legal advice on international telecommunications-related rulemakings, and other authorization/licensing initiatives, projects, issues and policies as they apply to international telecommunications carriers. The incumbent typically reports directly to the Division Chief and Deputy Division Chief(s). The incumbent typically performs one or more of the following duties:
  • Responsible for handling complex or significant telecommunications issues, including compliance with statutes, regulations, treaties, and agreements. Provides substantive advice, interpretation, and opinions on a wide range of legal and policy matters, investigations, reports, congressional inquiries, and other issues without clearly applicable precedents.
  • Drafts, interprets, and applies regulations, orders, opinions, or other legal instruments. Independently plans and organizes work, investigates facts, searches legal precedents, drafts necessary legal documents, and develops conclusions and recommendations. Determines approaches to be used and interprets policy on the incumbent's own initiative. Completed work is assumed to be accurate and reviewed only for an overall standpoint in terms of feasibility or effectiveness in meeting requirements or expected results.
  • Performs extensive and complex legal, historical, and factual research and renders advice in the absence of legal precedents relative to cases that are complex. Where legal precedents and principles do not exist, the work often requires extensive research from several diverse, non-traditional, and voluminous sources. Researches various issues related to the case or legal problem and drafts the team position for that issue. Decisions as to legal conclusions are made independently based upon the facts and the relevant legal authorities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Bar Membership Documentation Required Upon Selection.
  • Education-Transcripts Required Upon Selection.
  • US Citizenship.
  • Suitable for employment as determined by a background investigation.
  • Serve a probationary period of one year, if applicable.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
  • Financial disclosure statement may be required upon assuming the position.
  • Drug Testing Required.
  • Security Clearance Required


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.

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 and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

In order to be deemed as "BEST QUALIFIED" candidates must meet both the educational requirements AND the Specialized Experience.

A. 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.

NOTE-If you do not provide a transcript at the time of application, a transcript will be required to be provided at the time of selection.


AND

B. Specialized Experience

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Specialized experience is experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience in or equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service.

FOR THE GS-12 LEVEL: In addition to meeting the basic educational requirement, you must possess a minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 in the Federal service. For this position, specialized experience includes the following:
  • Experience drafting legal memoranda, letters, orders, and/or documents that reflect sound legal analysis;
  • Experience interpreting and analyzing rules, regulations and policies;
  • Experience working as part of a team to address a legal issue; and
  • Experience interacting with individuals at all levels of authority.

  • FOR THE GS-13 LEVEL: In addition to meeting the basic educational requirement, you must possess at least two years of professional law experience and at least one year of that experience must be at or equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. For this position, specialized experience includes the following:
  • Experience explaining, justifying or defending a legal position or decision;
  • Experience writing legal memoranda, letters, order, and/or other documents that reflect complex legal analysis and recommendations;
  • Experience interpreting and analyzing rules, regulations and policies; and
  • Experience interacting with individuals at all levels of authority.

  • FOR THE GS-14 LEVEL: In addition to meeting the educational requirements, you must possess at least three years of professional law experience and at least one year of that experience must be specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service. For this position, specialized experience includes the following
  • Experience writing complex rulemakings, such as Report and Orders, Notices of Proposed Rulemaking, Declaratory Rulings and/or other legal documents, that reflect sound legal analysis and recommendations;
  • Experience analyzing legal issues including weighing implications, identifying potential problems and proposing solutions to international telecommunications issues, such as section 310 foreign ownership, international section 214 authorization, submarine cable landing licensing, and/or other telecommunications matters;
  • Experience communicating with senior managers or officials within or outside an organization to provide expert legal advice to resolve complex issues; and
  • Experience collaborating with other individuals with diverse viewpoints to resolve legal and policy issues.


  • PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Education

    Refer to Educational requirements outlined within the "Qualifications" section.

    Additional information

    EEO Policy Statement

    Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement

    Veterans Information

    Legal and Regulatory Guidance

    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.


    - If applicable, you will be required to serve a trial period of one year.

    - In order for you to be employed at the FCC, there are certain Commission and Federal laws governing the financial interests of you and members of your immediate family. If selected for the position, you must submit a financial disclosure statement upon assuming the position.


    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.

    *NOTE-This position is in the bargaining unit. The exclusive representative is NTEU Chapter 209.