Supervisory Attorney Advisor

District of Columbia, D.C
Jan 27, 2022
Feb 03, 2022
Full Time

Serves as Deputy Chief of the Policy and Licensing Management 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 government partners responsible for protecting the nation's communications infrastructure.

Portfolio. The Policy and Licensing Management Division develops and administers rules, regulations, and policies to support public safety entities - including law enforcement, fire and emergency medical first responders, Public Safety Answering Points, and emergency operations organizations - to protect the welfare of life and property and to safeguard the nation's security.

The Deputy Chief oversees an inter-disciplinary team comprised of legal and engineering subject matter experts who develop and implement the Commission's initiatives to strengthen the nation's emergency warning systems, i.e., warnings sent over cell phones, broadcast television, and radio. The Deputy Division Chief's core responsibility will be to serve as the Division's primary manager responsible for the development of recommendations for improving emergency warning systems to benefit the public. These technically complex systems provide timely and life-saving information to the public that makes communities safer. Emergency warnings are used nationwide when hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and other disasters occur. AMBER warnings, one category of wireless emergency messages, are credited with the safe return of more than 97 missing children. The Deputy Chief works closely with the Bureau's Deputy Bureau Chief responsible for emergency warning matters and with senior-level staff within the FCC and other federal agencies to ensure that the Commission's rules and policies are responsive to the public's need for swift and effective emergency warnings. The Deputy Chief's duties may also include public safety and homeland security projects as directed by the Division Chief, close coordination with the Bureau's Cybersecurity and Communications Reliability Division, and maintenance and development of information technology systems.

The Deputy 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 Paperwork Reduction Act, the Freedom of Information Act, the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Commission's rules and decisions and court decisions affecting the Division's activities. The Deputy 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 Bureau, and other FCC Bureaus and Offices.

Management Functions. The Deputy 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 Chief assists the Division Chief in establishing priorities and strategies for the Division, including Division administration. He or she determines resource requirements, especially for assigned portfolio, and presents those requirements to the Division Chief for fulfillment. The Deputy Chief is responsible for the professional development of staff under his or her supervision.

Stakeholder Engagement. The Deputy 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 public safety needs. The Deputy Chief serves as a point of contact for the Division's relationship with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Weather Service, other federal, state, tribal, territorial, and local governments, emergency management officials, service providers, and industry associations. He or she convenes and participates in meetings with agency staff members, broadcast and wireless industry representatives, trade associations, standards-setting bodies, and public safety stakeholders to discuss and promote public safety and homeland security.


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship.
  • Suitable for employment as determined by a background investigation.
  • Serve a trial period of one year, if applicable.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
  • If selected you must submit a financial disclosure statement.
  • Bar Membership Documentation Required Upon Selection.
  • Education-Transcripts Required Upon Selection.

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.

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.


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.

In order to be deemed as "BEST QUALIFIED," candidates must meet both the educational requirements AND the Specialized Experience.

A. 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.

NOTE-If you do not provide a transcript at the time of application, a transcript will be required to be provided at the time of selection.


B. Specialized Experience

Applicants must have a minimum of four years of professional law experience, and a minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 in the Federal service. For this position, specialized experience includes the following:

(1) Supervising and/or managing a multi-functional staff responsible for line/staff functions and activities;

(2) Conducting legal research and interpreting law, policy and regulation related to communications, administrative, public safety/homeland security, and/or emergency warning matters;

(3) Providing advice to senior officials on complex legal, regulatory, and/or policy matters involving communications, administrative, public safety/homeland security, and/or emergency warning matters;

(4) Drafting, reviewing, editing and delivering complex legal and policy documents, briefing materials, technical reports, assessments, plans, and/or proposals;

(5) Conducting oral presentations of plans, proposals, legal, and technical analysis to a variety of audiences, including senior leadership; and/or

(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.


Refer to Educational requirements outlined within the "Qualifications" section.

Additional information

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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.