Federal Communications Commission Attorney Advisor (Division Chief) in Washington, District Of Columbia
This position is located in the Federal Communications Commission, Enforccement Bureau, Spectrum Enforcement Division.
Relocation expenses will not be paid.
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The incumbent plans and directs the Division functions. Considers Commission and Bureau policy, workload, and priorities to establish Division priorities. Advises the Bureau Chief and Deputy Bureau Chief on matters having policy implications or significant impact on Division or Bureau activities.
The incumbent stays abreast of legal developments affecting enforcement matters by reviewing court and Commission decisions, legislation, professional publications, and trade press, with a particular focus on wireless spectrum and equipment technical and legal developments. Researches legislation, decisions, opinions, regulations, and advances in communications network, systems, and equipment technologies.
The incumbent plans, directs and supervises the conduct of special and highly complex projects of major legal and regulatory significance, as assigned by the Bureau Chief or Deputy Bureau Chief. Such projects include preparation of reports for Congressional committees and the review of legislation uniquely related to the functions of the Division, review and development of recommendations concerning the disposition of matters arising under the Freedom Of Information Act, the Privacy Act, and the Commission's implementing rules.
The incumbent also directs the coordination of Division activities with the Office of General Counsel, and other Federal agencies and departments such as the Federal Trade Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Department of Justice.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
Employees of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). (Internal Employees/Agency Employees Only).
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Conditions of Employment
- Education and Bar Membership Required.
- Serve a trial period of two years, if applicable.
- Must submit a financial disclosure statement upon assuming the position.
- FCC Employees Only.
In order to be considered for this position, applicants must:
- Currently be employed in the Federal Communications Commission in positions serving under career, career conditional, or excepted service (Schedule A appointments under authority 213.3102(d)-Attorneys) appointments.
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 in order to be considered for this position. Candidates must have held the next lower grade or have equivalent education and/or experience in the normal line of progression for this position for a least one year.
General Experience: None
Selective Factor: None
Professional law experience: 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 to be filled.
Specialized Experience: Specialized experience is experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which 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.
For GS-15: Applicants must possess at least four years of professional law experience and at least one year must be equivalent to the GS-14 level in the Federal Service. For this position, examples of specialized experience includes:
- Overseeing and supervising a subordinate staff;
- Providing legal advice and analysis in highly complex enforcement, rulemaking or policy proceedings;
- Preparing, reviewing and editing decisional documents, including notices of apparent liability for forfeiture, forfeiture orders, consent decrees, rulemaking items, policy statements, position papers and other decisional documents;
- Providing legal guidance to attorneys and other professionals.
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.
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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 questions.
There are several parts to the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application including:
- the core questions
- the vacancy questions
- supplemental documentation (e.g., DD-214, SF-50, SF-15, transcripts); and
- 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):
- Skill in communicating effectively in writing to produce a variety of legal documents.
- Ability to analyze legal and policy issues.
- Ability to explain complex or controversial information to diverse audiences.
- Skill in researching legal data.
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Background checks and security clearance
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- 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 COVERSHEETS - THE FAX NUMBER WILL BE LISTED ON THIS SHEET. IF FAXING, ALL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED SHOULD BE FAXED SEPARATELY ON THE FAX COVERSHEET 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 418-0130 PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.*
Supplement Documents Required:
Employees must provide a legible Personnel Action, SF-50, that verifies your status and highest permanently held grade along with your most recent annual performance appraisal.
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.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
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How to Apply
To apply to this announcement go to the website: https://fcc.usajobs.gov
Your application, including resume, all supplemental documents, registration information and answers to job specific questions must be received no later than midnight U.S. Eastern time of the closing date. For more information on applying federal jobs, please check this webpage https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/MainPage
If applying online poses a hardship, please contact the Federal Communications Commission's Human Resources Office at (202) 418-0130 during business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time) prior to the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
Qualified applicants may be further reviewed and rated by Subject Matter Experts to determine the validity of on-line question.
Agency contact information
Federal Communications Commission 445 12th Street, SW Washington, District of Columbia United States
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Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications to determine your ranking. The best-qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome.
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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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Legal and regulatory guidance
- Financial suitability
- Social security number request
- Privacy Act
- Signature and false statements
- Selective Service
- New employee probationary period
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/493789900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 03/14/2018 to 03/28/2018
Salary: $134,789 to $164,200 per year
Pay scale & grade: GS 15
Work schedule: Full-Time - Full Time
Appointment type: Permanent