Washington, D.C
Dec 01, 2022
Dec 02, 2022
Full Time

The incumbent provides authoritative legal advice to the Division Chief and Deputy Division Chiefs, Division staff, senior bureau management and staff and Commission officials on legal matters pertaining to assigned enforcement issues and activities. Is responsible for proper interpretation of the Communications Act of 1934 as amended, and the Commission rules and regulations and policies; provides expert advice on legal issues affecting policy matters; evaluates current and potential policy issues; initiates original research and investigative analysis and makes recommendations and plays an integral role in the final determination of policy decisions.

Conducts legal review and analysis of issues affecting enforcement policy under consideration. Uses legal expertise in researching precedents and advises on the appropriateness of actions or makes recommendations for alternative approaches. Reviews draft policy statements, proposed Commission decisions, proposals for the formulation or modification of regulations or enactment of new regulations, draft legislation, position papers, letters of inquiry, audit reports and other documents. Reviews resource materials cited or relied upon by Division attorneys in formulating recommendations and confers with Division, Bureau and Commission staff to ensure consistency with established precedent, Commission goals and objectives and with other Commission initiatives and actions.


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.

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 in the Federal service. For this position, specialized experience includes the following:
  • Analyzing complex legal issues affecting federal regulatory matters and interpreting statutes, regulations and/or rule-making documents;
  • Directing and conducting in-depth, complex factual investigations and/or legal research on controversial and complex issues and producing decisions recommendations based on such investigations and research;
  • Drafting, reviewing, and editing complex legal documents such as briefs, memorandum, and orders;
  • Making oral presentations before a variety of audiences; communicating legal research results and defending legal positions;
  • Supervising attorneys and other staff with varying skill sets and diverse areas of expertise.

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.

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