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Associate General Counsel for Administrative Law

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Nov 21, 2023

The Associate General Counsel and Chief of the Administrative Law Division is a key member of the OGC management team. The incumbent directs, oversees, supervises, coordinates, and reviews (including through subordinate managers) the work of OGC Administrative Law attorneys and support staff in accomplishing OGC's goals and objectives. The incumbent is responsible for planning, directing and coordinating all phases of the work of the Division in the functional areas of research and policy, administrative law, rules and procedure, public access and general law.

For example, the incumbent working closely with her/his staff in the Administrative Law Division:
  • Participates as a subject matter expert rendering authoritative legal advice and opinions to the General Counsel on a wide range of highly complex communications law, administrative law, general law, First Amendment and other constitutional law issues.
  • Reviews for legal sufficiency all draft Commission decisions, and as appropriate, suggests revisions to strengthen the legal support for those decisions and demonstrate compliance with applicable law.
  • Analyzes Federal and state statutes and regulations, policy statements, court cases, and actions falling within the Administrative Law area to provide well-reasoned and legally sufficient advice. Legal issues often present questions of first impression with far reaching impact due to their novelty, complexity, and the absence of clearly established precedents.
  • Provides critical support to the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsels in advising the Commissioners, Bureau and Office Chiefs, and other agency staff.
  • Meets with industry representatives, licensees, applicants, congressional staff, other government agencies, etc. to discuss the proper application of rules, regulations and policies, many of which involve issues of a confidential and/or highly controversial nature.
  • Establishes policies and priorities for the Administrative Law Division, determining resource requirements and justifying Continuously evaluates progress of operations through discussion with subordinates and review of reports and documents.


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship.
  • Must submit a financial disclosure statement upon assuming the position.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
  • Serve a probationary period of one year, if applicable.
  • Suitable for employment as determined by a background investigation.
  • Drug Testing Required.
  • Top Secret/SCI Clearance Required
  • Bar Membership Required
  • Education-Transcripts Required

This position has been designated as a Testing Designated Position in accordance with the Commission's Drug-Free Workplace Plan. If selected for the position, you will be subject to drug testing prior to employment and periodic random testing after entering on duty.

- 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.


Applicants must provide detailed evidence of possession of each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Mandatory Technical Competencies 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 EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS or MANDATORY TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES WILL ELIMINATE A CANDIDATE FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the ECQs listed below: Interpersonal Skills; Oral Communication; Integrity/Honesty; Written Communication; Continual Learning; and Public Service Motivation. These fundamental Competencies are cross-cutting and should be addressed over the course of your ECQ narratives. See HOW TO APPLY below (concerning narrative requirements) For more information on ECQs, refer to the OPM Guide to Senior Executive Service (SES) Executive Core Qualifications available on-line at: OPM SES ECQ Guide . Leadership Competencies associated with ECQ should be addressed in the narrative associated with the ECQ.

ECQ 1 - Leading Change: Ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

Leadership Competencies: Creativity and Innovation; External Awareness; Flexibility; Resilience; Strategic Thinking; Vision

ECQ 2 - Leading People: Ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management; Leveraging Diversity; Developing Others; Team Building

ECQ 3 - Results Driven: Ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

Leadership Competencies: Accountability; Customer Service; Decisiveness; Problem Solving; Technical Credibility

ECQ 4 - Business Acumen: Ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

Leadership Competencies: Financial Management; Human Capital Management; Technology Management;

ECQ 5 - Building Coalitions/Communication: Ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

Leadership Competencies: Partnering; Political Savvy; Influencing/Negotiating

NOTE: Those applicants currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service appointment, who are eligible for reinstatement into the Senior Executive Service, or who have successfully completed a Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program approved by OPM, need not submit a narrative statement covering each of the Executive Core Qualifications. However, those applicants must address the following Mandatory Technical Competencies.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES: All candidates must submit a narrative statement (as reflected in your answers to the Vacancy Questions or upload as a separate document) addressing each of the following Technical Competencie
  • Experience that demonstrates an ability, knowledge and skill in analyzing legal and policy implications of a wide range of communications, statutory, administrative, and constitutional law issues which includes an extensive comprehensive and relevant knowledge of Federal, State, local laws and court decisions, Comptroller General decisions, and similar policies and procedures.
  • Experience that demonstrates an ability to analyze and identify legal risks associated with complex regulatory actions and to draft and edit memoranda or other legal documents persuasively addressing those risks.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of how the legal, technical and policy issues associated with the telecommunications industry are integrated in rulemaking and policy recommendations.
  • Substantial knowledge and experience with the principles and practices as well as the administrative laws, regulations and policies applicable to the administration of a Federal agency in order to analyze and recommend improvements in management and operational policies and procedures.
  • Comprehensive experience in providing legal advice/counsel to senior leadership on controversial issues of the highest priority/visibility while coordinating, managing, and participating with internal and external teams to meet targets, achieve maximum productivity, and effective service to the public.


You must meet the minimum basic educational requirements for Attorney positions. Applicants must possess a law degree (J.D. or LL.B) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member of the bar in good standing of a state, territory, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a federal court of general jurisdiction.

Additional information

EEO Policy Statement
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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.

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