Supervisory Attorney Advisor (Deputy Division Chief)

Washington, D.C
Oct 13, 2021
Oct 15, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Federal Communications Commission, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, Policy and Licensing Management Division.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

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Serves as Deputy Division Chief of the Policy and Licensing Division in the Commission's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (Bureau). As the Commission's primary experts on public safety and homeland security matters, the Bureau's mission is to put public safety first. The Bureau supports public safety and homeland security by developing and implementing policies, consistent with the FCC's statutory authority, to promote access to effective, reliable, and secure communications, and by collaborating with Federal government partners responsible for protecting the nation's communications infrastructure.

The Deputy Division Chief oversees a staff of legal and engineering subject matter experts who develop and implement the Commission's initiatives to strengthen the nation's emergency systems, including Wireless Emergency s (WEA) and the Emergency System (EAS). These technically complex systems provide timely and life-saving information to the public that makes communities safer. These s are used nationwide when hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and other disasters occur. AMBER s, one category of WEA messages, are credited with the safe return of more than 58 missing children. The Deputy Division Chief works directly and extensively with the Bureau's Deputy Bureau Chief responsible for ing matters and with senior-level staff within the FCC and with other federal agencies to ensure that the Commission's rules and policies are responsive to the public's need for swift and effective emergency s. Additional duties include those related to licensing, spectrum management, public safety, and homeland security.

The Deputy Bureau Chief supervises Division staff in the expert application and interpretation of administrative law generally and communications law in particular, e.g., the Communications Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, the Warning, and Response Network (WARN) Act, the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Freedom of Information Act, the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, the Commission's rules and decisions and court decisions affecting the Division's activities. The Deputy Division Chief ensures that all Division work product under his or her supervision is consistent with applicable statutory and regulatory provisions and court and Commission precedent. He or she, as a first-line reviewer, ensures that staff documents are well-reasoned, legally valid and well-written before they are submitted to the Division Chief or Deputy Bureau Chief, other divisions within the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, and other Bureaus and Offices.

The Deputy Division Chief counsels staff and leaders in other Bureaus and Divisions on public safety issues affecting their operations. He or she reviews and evaluates existing and proposed rules and policies to determine whether they adequately address modern ing needs. The Deputy Division Chief serves as a point of contact for the Division's relationship with other federal, state, tribal and local governments, public safety officials and industry associations. He or she convenes and participates in meetings with agency staff members, industry representatives, trade associations, and public safety stakeholders to discuss and promote public safety and homeland security.
The Deputy Division Chief reports directly to the Division Chief and assists the Division Chief in planning, directing and coordinating Division functions related to communications policy, rules, licensing and other homeland security-related activities that affect the public. The Deputy Division Chief assists the Division Chief in establishing priorities and strategies for the Division, including Division administration. He or she determines resource requirements, especially for the ing portfolio, and presents those requirements to the Division Chief for fulfillment. The Deputy Division Chief is responsible for the professional development of staff under his or her supervision.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 2 to 3 times per year, 2-5 days each trip

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Bar Membership Required.
  • Writing sample demonstrating the ability to analyze complex legal issues
  • US Citizenship
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
  • Must submit a financial disclosure statement upon assuming the position.
  • Suitable for employment as determined by a background investigation.

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 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.

To Qualify for the GS-15: Applicant must possess at least four years of professional law experience and at least one year of the experience must be specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service performing the following:

Examples of specialized experience include: 1)supervision of attorneys, engineers and support staff; 2) providing advice to senior officials on policy issues related to public safety and homeland security; 3) representing an organization and communicating the organization's position on policy matters, 4) negotiating disputes with and between regulated entities; 5) reviewing and editing draft documents; 6) developing and implementing strategic plans.

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.

Additional information

EEO Policy Statement Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement Veterans Information Legal and Regulatory Guidance

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

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 Public Safety rules and regulations in order to provide sound, technical legal advice on related Public Safety matters.
  • Ability to communicate in writing in order to develop complex legal documents (i.e., policy statements, legislation, position papers, and rulemaking documents)
  • Ability to communicate orally to diverse audiences.
  • Skill in strategic planning in order to develop strategic and tactical plans.
  • Ability to manage and supervise.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

***Your resume must clearly document how you meet the specialized experience in order to meet the minimum qualification requirements for this vacancy. Some positions require supplemental document(s). All required supporting documents MUST be received by midnight U.S. Eastern Time of the closing date of the announcement, as specified in this announcement. If you do not submit a required document (e.g. transcripts, etc.) your application will be considered incomplete and you will not receive further consideration. Additionally, you may not receive the special consideration, e.g. Vet's Preference, for which you may be eligible without the appropriate supporting documentation. Once you apply to this vacancy you will be prompted by the system to upload the documents. If you are unable to upload the required documentation, contact the HR Specialist listed on the vacancy announcement prior to 5:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.***

Hardcopy Supplement Documents Required:
1. When the area of consideration is "Government-Wide" or "All U.S. Citizens." current Federal employees, including those eligible for noncompetitive transfer or reassignment, must provide a legible hardcopy of Personnel Action, SF-50, that verifies your status and highest permanently held grade along with your most recent annual performance appraisal.
2. If applying for consideration under a non-competitive appointment such as Schedule A, Excepted Service, all documentation establishing your eligibility must be provided.
3. Veterans MUST upload and submit a Member 4 DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" or a "Statement of Active Service". The type of discharge must be annotated. Disabled veterans MUST upload and submit the VA letter and/or Schedule A letter which demonstrates the overall percentage of disability. Any/all documentation verifying or confirming veterans preference or non-competitive eligibility as a veteran must be uploaded and submitted electronically at the time of application.
4. College Transcripts (For Positive Education Required positions and if qualifying based on education and or experience and education.), if applicable.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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