Attorney Advisor (Legal and Policy Advisor)

Washington D.C.
Mar 20, 2019
Mar 20, 2019
Full Time

Occasional travel - To attend conferences or meetings.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • Bar Membership Required
  • US Citizenship.
  • Must submit a financial disclosure statement upon assuming the position.
  • Education-Transcripts Required
  • Suitable for employment as determined by a background investigation.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
  • Background Investigation:
    A background investigation will be required of all new hires to the FCC.  Employees will be required to undergo an investigation based on the new position's risk/sensitivity level if the employee has not been appropriately investigated. The nature of the background check will be based on the risk designation assigned to the position.  The investigation can range from a National Agency Check with Investigation, Minimum Background Investigation, Limited Background Investigation, or Background Investigation.  Continued employment will be subject to the successful completion of the investigation and favorable adjudication.  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.

    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:  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 to be filled.

    GS-15: In addition to meeting the educational requirements, you must possess at least four years of professional law experience and at least one year of that experience must be specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal Service.

    Specialized Experience:  Specialized 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. 

    GS-15: SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING: Developing spectrum policy; Conducting legal research and preparing legal documents; Developing research strategies for complex legal issues; Writing documents to include briefs, issue papers, and report summaries with analyses and recommendations; Making oral presentations, communicating research results, and defending legal positions; Identifying spectrum for new uses across low, mid, and high-band ranges; and Developing a variety of mechanisms for making spectrum available, particularly through re-purposing spectrum for new uses or through frameworks for sharing between incumbent and new users.

    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.

    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.

    -  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.
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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    All candidates will be considered without regard to political or religious affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, nondisqualifying physical or mental handicap, age, or any other nonmerit factor.  THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

    All applicants will be rated on the extent and quality of experience and education relevant to the duties of the position. Applicants who do not respond to the application questions and/or do not submit a supporting resume will be rated ineligible. Please note your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the vacancy questions.  

    There are several parts to the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application including:

    1.  the core questions
    2.  the vacancy questions
    3.  supplemental documentation (e.g., DD-214, SF-50, SF-15, transcripts); and
    4.  your resume.

    Applicants will be rated ineligible, if they do not respond to job specific questions provide supplemental documents and submit resume.  For more information, please click on Rating Process

    You will be evaluated for this position on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs):

    Knowledge of principles of administrative law and ability to analyze and resolve legal and policy issues.

    Skill in conducting in-depth legal and factual research and analysis related to major cases or major government agency programs.

    Ability to write complex and technical information to be included in policy and reports. (we will ask you to perform a writing exercise at the interview)

    Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with individuals and groups.

    Ability to communicate orally. 

    Knowledge of re-purposing spectrum for new uses.


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    Drug test required No

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