Associate General Counsel for Administrative Law

US Government Other Agencies and Independent Organizations Washington, DC
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This position is located in the Administrative Law Division, Office of the General Counsel. The Division provides legal advice to the Commissioners, and the agency's Bureaus and Offices, on a broad range of communications and general law issues.


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Serves as Associate General Counsel and Chief of the Administrative Law Division, having responsibility for planning, directing and coordinating all phases of the work of the Division in the functional areas of research and policy, administrative law, rules and procedure, public access and general law. Directs, through subordinate senior staff, the work of professional and non-professional employees.

Develops plans for accomplishment of Division functions. Determines scope and extent of programs to be undertaken within overall mission and proportion of total resources to be devoted to individual activities, considering workload, priorities and urgent budget requirements. Establishes policies and priorities for the Division, determining resource requirements and justifying same. Continuously evaluates progress of operations through discussion with subordinates and review of reports and documents. Takes action to adjust priorities and resources to meet urgent needs and to improve the effectiveness of operations.

Directs, through subordinates, the work of functional areas within the Division. Assigns new functions and provides policy and priority guidance. Disseminates Office and Commission policy to subordinates. Provides definitive decisions on legal and other problems raised by subordinates in their program areas. Initiates and directs special studies in problem areas and on matters of major legal and regulatory significance. Coordinates work of the Division with other elements of the Office of General Counsel on matters of mutual concern, e.g., hearings, investigations, rulemakings.

Makes oral presentations at Commission meetings and participates as Office of General Counsel representative in a wide variety of internal and external conferences and meetings pertaining to the development and execution of Commission policies and procedures.

Confers with industry representatives, licensees, applicants, members of Congress, other government agencies, etc., to discuss and advise on application of rules, regulations and policies, testimony to be developed, former decisions of the Commission, problems encountered in considering matters of mutual concern. Many of these problems involve matters of a confidential and highly controversial nature, and incumbent must distinguish between legitimate representations and those that are invalid. Under these circumstances, incumbent is obligated to serve the interests of the public without compromising the position of the Commission.

Serves as advisor to the General Counsel on matters within assigned functional areas. Provides definitive interpretations of rules and regulations and initiates rulemaking appropriate to functions. Directs preparation of reports, studies and data for presentation to the Commission, congressional committees and others.

Establishes performance standards for and evaluates work of subordinate supervisors, reviewing appraisals of other employees. Determines appropriateness of and initiates promotions, reassignments and disciplinary actions and awards. Recommends new employees. Determines organization structure and assigns duties to positions. Counsels employees on major personnel problems. Recommends need for and schedules formal training, insuring that orientation and on-the-job training are provided where appropriate. Applies Equal Employment and affirmative action policies in all phases of personnel management.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel to off-site meetings and conferences as needed.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply This job is open to… Current Federal Employees and SES Reinstatement Eligibles.

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0905 Attorney

* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* Bar Membership in Good Standing Required

* Education-Transcripts Required

* Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI clearance

* Must submit a financial disclosure statement upon assuming the position.

* Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.

* Serve a probationary period of one year, if applicable.

Note: Those applicants currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service appointment, who are eligible for reinstatement into the Senior Executive Service, or who have successfully completed a Senior Executive Service Candidate development Program approved by OPM, need not submit a narrative statement covering each of the Executive Core Qualifications However those applicants must address the Mandatory Technical Competencies.


Applicants must provide detailed evidence of possession of each of the Executive Core Qualifications and Mandatory Technical Competencies listed below to assist reviewing officials in determining the best qualified candidates to be referred to the selecting official. FAILURE TO MEET OR ADDRESS ANY ONE OF THE MANDATORY TECHNICAL OR EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATION (ECQ) STANDARDS WILL ELIMINATE A CANDIDATE FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION. For more information on ECQs, refer to the OPM Guide to Senior Executive Service (SES) Executive Core Qualifications available on-line at: OPM SES ECQ Guide.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES (MTCs): All candidates must submit a narrative statement addressing each of the following Technical Competencies.

1. Experience that demonstrates an ability, knowledge and skill in analyzing legal and policy implications of a wide range of communications, statutory, administrative, and constitutional law issues which includes an extensive comprehensive and relevant knowledge of Federal, State, local laws and court decisions, Comptroller General decisions, and similar policies and procedures.

2. Experience that demonstrates an ability to analyze and identify legal risks associated with complex regulatory actions and to draft and edit memoranda or other legal documents persuasively addressing those risks.

3. Demonstrated knowledge of how the legal, technical and policy issues associated with the telecommunications industry are integrated in rulemaking and policy recommendations.

4. Substantial knowledge and experience with the principles and practices as well as the administrative laws, regulations and policies applicable to the administration of a Federal agency in order to analyze and recommend improvements in management and operational policies and procedures.


ECQ 1 - Leading Change: Ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ 2 - Leading People: Ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

ECQ 3 - Results Driven: Ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

ECQ 4 - Business Acumen: Ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5 - Building Coalitions/Communication: Ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.


You must meet the minimum basic educational requirements for Attorney positions. Applicants must possess a law degree (J.D. or LL.B) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member of the bar in good standing of a state, territory, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a federal court of general jurisdiction.

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