Attorney-Advisor (General) (GS-905)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
District of Columbia, D.C
Posted
Oct 20, 2021
Closes
Oct 28, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Media Bureau, Video Division, Washington, D.C.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

FCC is currently teleworking on a full time basis. If/when mandatory telework should end, you will be required to report to Washington, DC FCC Headquarters.

THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT MAY BE USED TO FILL ADDITIONAL POSITIONS WITHIN 90 DAYS.

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Responsibilities

The incumbent must possess a working knowledge of media policy, law, and regulation. Incumbent drafts a wide variety of documents including agenda items, staff decisions, briefing papers, notices of proposed rulemaking, reports and orders, memoranda, and public notices related to television licensing, transactional and broadcaster reimbursement issues. The matters addressed may include but not limited to the following:
  • Analyze comments and draft portions of matters related to multiple ownership waivers and other compliance issues in conjunction with assignment and transfer applications;
  • Analyze and draft appropriate documents related to broadcaster compliance with rules in conjunction with the license renewal application process.
  • Coordinate with participating Bureau's/Offices (e.g. Office of General Counsel, Wireless Bureau, Consumer & Government Affairs Bureau and the Office of Managing Director) on issues such as novel legal issues, broadcast auctions, reimbursement payments, consumer outreach.

The documents may involve complex fact patterns and present policy and decisional questions of first impression. The legal work requires research and comprehensive analysis. The incumbent conducts special studies, if necessary and prepares memoranda or other documents concerning legal, policy, technical, or legislative matters related to services and proceedings handled in the Media Bureau.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Bar Membership Required
  • US Citizenship
  • Education-Transcripts Required
  • Serve a probationary period of one year, if applicable.
  • Must submit a financial disclosure statement upon assuming the position.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.


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.

Qualifications

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 the 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.

Specialized Experience: Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal service. For this position, specialized experience includes the following:

For GS-905-11: Possess a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) or LL.B from an accredited ABA law school and possess active bar status in good standing.

For GS-905-12: Possess a minimum of one year of professional law experience and at least one year must be equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal Service. For this position, professional experience includes the following:
  • Conducting in-depth legal research;
  • Drafting legal documents; and
  • Providing input regarding the resolution of legal issues.

For GS-905-13: Possess at least two years of professional law experience and at least one year must be equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal Service. For this position, professional and specialized experience includes the following:
  • Conducting in-depth legal research;
  • Preparing complex legal documents;
  • Developing research strategies for legal issues;
  • Writing documents such as briefs, research memoranda and report summaries with analyses and recommendations; and
  • Making oral presentations and communicating research results.

For GS-905-14: Possess at least three years of professional law experience and at least one year must be equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal Service. For this position, professional and specialized experience includes the following:
  • Interpreting communication laws, statutes, regulations and/or rulemaking documents;
  • Analyzing legal issues including weighing implications, identifying potential problems and proposing solutions;
  • Writing documents to include briefs, issue papers, and report summaries with analyses and recommendations; and
  • Representing an organization and communicating its policy and/or legal position.

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.

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.

Additional information

EEO Policy Statement

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement

Veterans Information

Legal and Regulatory Guidance

As required by Executive Order 14043 , Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the agency, if after November 22. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement.

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 non-merit 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 a 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 and the ability to resolve unique and controversial issues.
  • Skill and demonstrated experience in conducting in-depth legal research and analysis.
  • Ability to communicate orally.
  • Ability to communicate in writing to develop moderate or complex legal documents such as issue papers, reports, and other memoranda.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

***ALL SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE FCC'S HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. ONCE YOU APPLY TO THIS VACANCY YOU WILL BE PROMPTED BY THE SYSTEM TO EITHER UPLOAD DOCUMENTS OR PRINT FAX COVER-SHEETS. THE FAX NUMBER WILL BE LISTED ON THIS SHEET. IF FAXING, ALL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED SHOULD BE FAXED SEPARATELY ON THE FAX COVER-SHEET PROVIDED. ONCE FAXED, YOU SHOULD RECEIVE AN EMAIL CONFIRMATION WITHIN AN HOUR. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE AN EMAIL CONFIRMATION, YOUR FAX HAS NOT BEEN SUCCESSFULLY RECEIVED AND YOU SHOULD FAX AGAIN.

IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO FAX THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION, CONTACT THE HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE AT 202-418-0130 PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.***

Supplemental Documents Required:

Current Federal employees should submit a copy of their most recent annual performance appraisal;

Veterans must submit a legible copy of form DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," or an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference, plus the proof required by that form. Please refer to OPM's VetGuide for further information about veterans' preference at
http://www.opm/veterans/html/vetguide or click on VetGuide

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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