Washington, D.C
Jan 27, 2022
Jan 30, 2022
Full Time

  • Works on policy, rulemaking, and legal issues at the highest level of responsibility on projects involving extraordinarily complex and challenging legal, factual, and policy issues. Incumbent must provide a high level of original and creative analysis, interpretation, and formulation of policy positions and regulatory provisions on a fundamental basis. These matters often require balancing conflicting interests and can affect major private and public interests.
  • Drafts Commission- and Bureau-level rulemaking and adjudication decisions, briefing sheets and options memos for Bureau and agency management, and talking points and presentations for active projects.
  • Acts as a principal attorney on projects with the assistance of lower-level attorneys and other professionals. Exercises full responsibility for the development, presentation, and completion of projects. Duties require a high order of legal draftsmanship including the ability to relate economic and engineering considerations to legal and policy issues, to evaluate divergent points of view, and to present findings and recommendations clearly and concisely.
  • Reviews proposed legislation, changes in regulations, questions of law, administrative policy, staff reports, and other Commission relevant documents and develop independent, objective comments, critiques and recommendations.
  • Keeps abreast of legal developments affecting mobile radio services by reviewing court and Commission decisions, congressional actions, professional publications, and trade press; researches legislation, decisions, opinion, and regulations.
  • Participates in meetings and conferences within and outside the agency on technical matters regarding mobile radio services.
  • Reviews rulemaking and orders originated by other Bureaus and Offices to ensure that mobile radio services issues are considered.
  • Reviews resolutions of licensing and re-licensing matters to ensure they are legally and factually adequate, complete, comprehensive, internally consistent and in conformance with existing policy and precedent.


Conditions of Employment

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

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 the experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position to be filled. Specialized Experience is an experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience in or equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service.

In order to be deemed as qualified, candidates must meet both the educational requirements and the specialized experience requirements as outlined below.

A. Education

A professional law degree JD, LL.B., and/or LL.M.

If transcripts are not submitted at the time of application, they must be furnished upon selection.

B. Specialized Experience

GS-15 Professional: Applicant 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 performing the following specialized experience.

GS-15 SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING: Providing legal advice and guidance on federal statutes, rules, and regulations relating to providers of communications and/or telecommunications services; preparing comprehensive legal documents including reviewing and editing documents drafted by others; analyzing, interpreting, and presenting findings and recommendations on complex legal issues; making oral presentations, communicating legal research results, and defending legal positions at all levels of authority, and interacting with individuals at all levels of authority.

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.

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.