Attorney-Advisor (General) (GS-905)

US Federal Communications CommissionWashington, District of columbiaFull TimeRemote


Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Media Bureau, Industry Analyst 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.


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 the licensing, regulation, and transfer of broadcast radio and television stations, multichannel video distributors, and satellite radio/television providers. The matters addressed may include but are not limited to the following:

    • Analyze comments and draft portions of matters related to competition, compliance with the Commission’s structural ownership rules, and other compliance issues in conjunction with assignment and transfer applications;
    • Research issues and draft portions of periodic reports to Congress on the competition in the radio, television, or cable markets;
    • Review of media transactions to consider the potential economic harm or benefit arising from transactions, as well as the transaction’s compliance with the FCC’s rules, policies, and statutes, as well as research, analysis, and drafting of Commission documents regarding the same;
    • Research and drafting of portions of Commission rule making or adjudicatory decisions; legal issues, marketplace analysis, industry studies or report to Congress, and compliance with Commission regulations and policy;
    • Coordination with other Bureau’s/Offices (e.g. Office of General Counsel, Office of Economics and Analytics, and Enforcement Bureau) on issues such as novel legal issues, marketplace analysis, industry studies or reports to Congress, and compliance with Commission regulations and policy.

The coordination, research, and drafting of documents may involve complex fact patterns and present policy and decisional questions of first impression, as well as interpretation and application of Commission precedent. The legal work requires research and comprehensive analysis, as well as superior drafting and communication skills.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

14

  • Job family (Series)

    0905 Attorney

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  • Requirements

    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.

    Other:
    • 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.

    • If applicable, you will be required to serve a trial period of one year.

    • In order for you to be employed at the FCC, there are certain Commission and Federal laws governing the financial interests of you and members of your immediate family. If selected for the position, you must submit a financial disclosure statement upon assuming the position.

    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 to 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

    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.

  • Benefits

    Benefits

    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. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    The FCC offers a wide range of employee benefits, including:

    Health Insurance
    Life Insurance
    Dental & Vision Insurance
    Flexible Spending Accounts
    Long-Term Care Insurance
    Holidays and Leave
    Retirement
    Thrift Savings Plan
    Transit Benefit
    Alternative Work Schedule
    Telecommuting

    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.


Help

This job is open to

  • Individuals with disabilities

  • Federal employees - Excepted service

    Current excepted service federal employees.

  • Recent graduates

    Individuals who have graduated from an accredited educational institute or certificate program within the last 2 years or 6 years for Veterans.

  • Land & base management

    Certain current or former term or temporary federal employees of a land or base management agency.

  • Military spouses

  • Native Americans

    Native Americans or Alaskan Natives with a tribal affiliation.

  • National Guard & Reserves

    Current members, those who want to join, or transitioning military members.

  • Family of overseas employees

    Family members of a federal employee or uniformed service member who is, or was, working overseas.

  • Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista

  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

  • Special authorities

    Individuals eligible under a special authority not listed above, but defined in the federal hiring regulations.

  • Veterans

Clarification from the agency

Open to all U.S. Citizens. Individuals who typically apply for positions under other authorities may also apply competitively to positions open to all U.S. Citizens. (e.g. VRA, Schedule A, Peace Corps, Students, Land Management, Military Spouses, National Guard, Indian Preference, Family of Overseas Employees, Federal Employees, Agency Employees, etc. Non-citizens may be eligible for this excepted service position under certain circumstances.)

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