ATTORNEY ADVISOR

Employer
USAJobs
Location
District of Columbia, D.C
Posted
Sep 28, 2022
Closes
Oct 06, 2022
Hours
Full Time
Duties

The incumbent serves as an attorney working primarily to support the Commission's efforts to ensure equal employment opportunities in industries regulated by Commission. The incumbent is responsible for providing authoritative legal advice to the Division Chief, Deputy Division Chief, and other supervisors concerning highly complex and controversial, policy-oriented enforcement issues including, but not limited to, those impacting equal employment opportunities.

The incumbent works on highly complex legal cases. These cases typically involve complicated factual situations where clear precedents are not readily available or apparent. These are often characterized by one or more of the following: (1) extremely complex, difficult issues requiring a high order of legal endeavor with the incumbent often having to balance conflicting interests; (2) matters that can have an important impact on major industry parties whose economic position affects major private and public interests; (3) matters of intense public interest and impact. The incumbent applies rigorous critical thinking and analysis skills to solve problems, make recommendations to supervisors, and executes tasks needed to complete investigations and issue legal actions. Decisions about legal conclusions based upon the facts and the relevant legal authorities are made in conjunction with the supervisor, with the incumbent playing a critical role in (1) identifying, (2) researching, and (3) communicating accurate, timely, and appropriately detailed information to support well-reasoned legal conclusions and informed decision-making at all levels.

In carrying out his or her duties, the incumbent (1) makes findings of fact based on investigations; (2) researches applicable law and policy; (3) prepares charging documents (Notices of Apparent Liability, Citations and Forfeiture Orders) for Commission approval; (4) negotiates settlements with targets of Division investigations where appropriate and; (5) devises and implements policies to advance the Commission's enforcement goals and objectives.

The incumbent is responsible for the proper interpretation of the Communications Act, the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and the Commission's rules, regulations, and policies, including, but not limited to those impacting equal employment opportunities. The incumbent therefore keeps abreast of legal developments affecting enforcement issues and broadcast and/or telecommunications regulatory matters by reviewing court and Commission decisions, professional publications and trade press, relevant Congressional actions, and regulations of other agencies.

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.
  • Current FCC employees must provide SF-50 verifying grade & status.
  • Current/former federal employees must provide SF-50 to verify grade, status


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.

ALL CURRENT/FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES AND CURRENT FCC EMPLOYEES MUST provide a legible Personnel Action, SF-50, that verifies your status and highest permanently held grade. If an SF-50 is not submitted, the application will be rated as ineligible.

CURRENT FCC EMPLOYEES-To request a copy of your SF-50 please send an email to PersonnelRecordsRequest@fcc.gov

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

Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14/15 in the Federal service. For this position, specialized experience includes the following:

For GS-14: Applicants must possess at least three years of professional law experience and at least one year must be equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal Service. For this position, examples of specialized experience includes:
  • Conducting legal research on federal statutes, rules, and regulations relating to providers of communications and/or telecommunications services;
  • Preparing comprehensive legal documents;
  • Analyzing, interpreting, and presenting findings and recommendations on complex legal issues;
  • Interacting with individuals at all levels of authority.

  • For GS-15: Applicants must possess at least four years of professional law experience and at least one year must be equivalent to the GS-14 level in the Federal Service. For this position, examples of specialized experience includes:
  • Providing legal advice and guidance on federal statutes, rules, and regulations relating to providers of communications and/or telecommunications services;
  • Preparing comprehensive legal documents including reviewing and editing documents drafted by others;
  • Analyzing, interpreting, and presenting findings and recommendations on complex legal issues;
  • Making oral presentations, communicating legal research results, and defending legal positions at all levels of authority;
  • Interacting with individuals at all levels of authority.


  • 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.

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