Supervisory Attorney-Advisor

Washington, D.C
Jan 28, 2022
Feb 05, 2022
Full Time

As a Supervisory Attorney-Advisor GS-0905-15, your typical work assignments may include the following:

Under the direction of the Chief and Principal Deputy Chief, the Deputy Chief, Telecom will be responsible for overseeing the work of attorneys and technical experts in the Telecom Unit. The attorneys in FIRS handle a wide range of complex and highly sensitive matters involving security of telecommunications services and other foreign investment and corporate matters. Specifically, FIRS attorneys provide advice and guidance to DOJ leadership, including the Assistant Attorney General for National Security, the Intelligence Community, and other Executive Branch agencies on national security and law enforcement concerns arising from foreign presence in the domestic telecommunications infrastructure as well as concerns arising from foreign acquisitions of U.S. businesses in the telecommunications sector. Such guidance involves written analysis and may include the drafting and negotiation of national security agreements to mitigate national security risks arising from telecommunications licenses, or in some circumstances recommendations to deny licenses. When DOJ has adopted mitigating measures, such as national security agreements between DOJ and foreign-owned businesses, FIRS attorneys are also responsible for ongoing engagement with companies to monitor the subsequent compliance with those agreements. FIRS's work is often done in coordination with other DOJ components, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Civil Division, as well as other departments and agencies, such as members of the Intelligence Community, and the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Commerce, Department of State, and the Executive Office of the President.

The Deputy Chief, Telecom will establish program emphasis, develop ongoing operating policies and guidelines, communicate policies and priorities, and determine and implement internal organization practices, training, and improvements as part of staff management. The Deputy Chief, Telecom will also represent the Department in interagency policy meetings germane to telecom security law, policies, and practices, and serve as the first-line attorney for cross-cutting telecom security matters. The Deputy Chief, Telecom will also manage FIRS communications with senior Division leadership related to Telecom Unit matters.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • Must complete a Background Investigation to include drug testing
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable
  • Applicants may require a trial period for this position.
  • You will be 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.
  • Applicants may require a one-year supervisory probation period.
  • Situational/ad hoc telework may be approved with supervisory approval.


Required Qualifications : Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, Territory, or the District of Columbia, and have at least 5 years of post-J.D. professional experience to be qualified at the GS 15 level. Applicants must also have superior academic credentials, writing and analytic skills, and have significant experience in either national security or telecommunications law (preferably both). Applicants must also be able to qualify for the highest and most sensitive security clearances.


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 .

Additional information

Department Policies:

Equal Employment Opportunity: The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, pregnancy, status as a parent, or any other non-merit-based factor. The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement .

Reasonable Accommodations: This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities: The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements. Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department's Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. See list of DPOCs .

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: 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.