Washington, D.C
Oct 07, 2022
Oct 13, 2022
Executive, Chief
Full Time

The FCC is an independent U.S. government agency responsible for regulating interstate and international communications, implementing and enforcing America's communications laws and regulations, and related technological innovation. Within the FCC, the Enforcement Bureau (EB) is primarily responsible for enforcing the provisions of the Communications Act and the Commission's rules, orders, and various licensing terms and conditions. The EB Investigations and Hearings Division (IHD) investigates potential violations of the FCC's rules across all services regulated by the FCC. IHD cases often involve complex and novel issues of law. As Assistant Division Chief, the incumbent shares in managing, directing, overseeing and supervising the IHD's personnel, actions, issues and activities with emphasis in, but not limited to, telecommunications issues.

The incumbent supervises investigations and resolutions of potential violations of the Communications Act and the FCC's rules to ensure effective and efficient enforcement actions. Subject matters may include, but will not be limited to, rules governing common carriers, the Universal Service Program, broadband funding programs, and FCC auction proceedings. The incumbent assists the Bureau's efforts to identify and analyze business practices that may violate FCC rules and formulates appropriate remedies for such practices. The incumbent also provides advice on improving enforceability of existing and proposed FCC rules.

In coordination with other IHD managers, the incumbent ensures that the Division conducts high quality investigations and provides expert analysis and resolutions to the Bureau, the Commission, Congress, and the public. The incumbent formulates goals and objectives for enforcement investigations and enforcement proceedings. The incumbent also is responsible for determining the resources to be used in support of these investigations and proceedings. The incumbent directly supervises and manages a diverse team of professionals and provides first level review of staff analysis and written product, especially those considered important or precedent-setting.


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


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 requirements.

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.


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-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.


    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.