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Job Title:  General Counsel, ES-905
Agency:  Broadcasting Board of Governors
Job Announcement Number:  ERB-13-02

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$119,554.00 to $165,300.00 / Per Year
Monday, February 25, 2013 to Monday, April 22, 2013
Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)
1 vacancy in the following location:
District of Columbia, DC United StatesView Map
All Qualified Applicants (Federal/Non-Federal, Status/Non-Status)



• Persons newly selected for appointment to an SES position must have their managerial qualifications approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
• The selectee will be required to complete an Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
• Veterans preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.




The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), an independent federal agency, is an exciting, multi cultural organization that encompasses all U.S. civilian international broadcasting. The BBG is comprised of the Voice of America, which delivers high quality, multimedia programming in 44 languages to audiences worldwide; the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (Radio and TV Marti); the International Broadcasting Bureau, which provides transmission, administrative, and other support services; and three grantee organizations - Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty; the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa), and Radio Free Asia. Our staff of dedicated professionals serves as an example of a free and independent media, reaching a worldwide audience with news, information, and relevant discussions.

The Full Performance Level:  Senior Executive Service



  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Selectee will serve a one-year probationary period.
  • A pre-employment drug test is required for a non-BBG applicants.
  • Relocation expenses may be paid.


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  • The incumbent serves as the General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer to the nine-member Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and to the Director, International Broadcasting Bureau, rendering timely and authoritative legal opinions, oral and written, on a broad range of complex legal issues and problems requiring knowledge and experience in diverse legal areas.
  • Fosters and promotes Agency business objectives in a proactive manner, analyzes problems and offers reasoned recommendations; handles all matters confidentially, and as necessary, facilitates collegial resolution of disagreements over policy or courses of action from a legal perspective.
  • Promotes Board and Agency maintenance of the highest standards of legal and ethical behavior, effectively balancing the dual imperatives of Agency performance and integrity.
  • Advises on matters relating to governance; ensures that the Board understands their legal rights, options, and responsibilities and that relations between the Board and the Agency management team proceed smoothly and professionally.
  • Participates with the Board, the IBB Director, and other high-ranking officials in overall policy formulation, analysis, and program planning for the Agency.
  • Drafts or reviews proposed legislation affecting the Board's relationships with the entities it oversees, including the Federal and grantee organizations.
  • In coordination with the Deputy General Counsel, provides direction to a professional and technical staff of attorneys, paralegals, and administrative personnel.


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To be qualified, applicants must possess the Executive Core Qualifications for the Senior Executive Service and the Professional/Technical Qualifications required for the position.


The applicant must file a separate narrative response for each ECQ.  In responding to each ECQ statement, please structure your responses in terms of a specific problem or goal (CHALLENGE); the environment in which you worked to tackle the problem or goal (CONTEXT); the specific actions taken (ACTION); and the outcome from such actions (RESULTS).  Please provide at least two (2) examples for each area, where practical.  The total response to all ECQs MUST NOT EXCEED 10 PAGES.  For additional information on ECQ’s beyond the information provided in this document, go to website

ECQ 1. Leading Change:  This core qualification involves the 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.  Competencies: Creativity & Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision.


ECQ 2. Leading People: This core qualification involves the 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.  Competencies:  Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building.


ECQ 3. Results Driven: This core qualification involves the 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.  Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility.


ECQ 4. Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. 

Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management.


ECQ 5. Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, or international organizations to achieve common goals.  Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating.



The applicant must file a separate narrative response for each PTQ and must cite examples in support of their response.

Essential (Mandatory)

  • Graduation from an American Bar Association accredited law school and current possession of an active bar membership in good standing which permits the practice of law in the United States.
  • Experience in a senior legal position in an organization with demonstrated proficiency in analyzing complex and novel legal problems and formulating solutions by application of sound and thorough legal analysis.
  • Expert research and writing skills to ensure that written opinions have sound precedent value and can withstand scrutiny by opposing interests.
  • Demonstrated ability to think broadly and strategically, including the ability to translate long term goals and objectives into short term tactical plans and operational activities.
  • Knowledge of comprehensive and relevant Federal laws and court decisions, Comptroller General Decisions, and similar policies and procedures related to a broad range of administrative functions such as contracting, personnel, security, as well as radio, television and digital media communications.
  • Broad knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of journalism and mass communications.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide legal advice and opinions at the executive level, including experience in conveying complex legal information in an easily understood way to a Board of Directors whose knowledge base of the subject in questions may be limited in scope.


  • Comprehensive knowledge of the mission, function, goals, organizational structure, and operations of the Broadcasting Board of Governors and its entities.


  • Persons newly selected for appointment to an SES position must have their managerial qualifications approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
  • Selectee will serve a one-year probationary period.
  • The selectee will be required to complete an Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
  • As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System.  or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.


Drug Test:  A pre-employment drug test is required for a non-BBG applicant selected for this position.  Appointment is contingent upon a negative drug test.



The Office of Human Resources will do a preliminary qualifications screening.  The applications determined to be qualified will be reviewed by the Executive Resources Board and the best qualified candidates will be forwarded to the selecting official.  The executive qualifications of the selected candidate must be approved by the Qualifications Review Board at the Office of Personnel Management.


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The Federal Government offers exceptional benefits to employees, including opportunities for training and advancement, health Insurance, vacation and sick leave, life insurance, long term care insurance, retirement benefits, flexible spending accounts, and public transportation subsidies.  The link below provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal Employees:


If successful applicant is a current Federal employee, he or she must be willing to enter the Senior Executive Service. If the successful applicant is an Agency Foreign Service employee, he/she will be retained on their Foreign Service appointment.


PLEASE NOTE: Current career senior executives, Qualification Review Board (QRB) certified graduates of an SES candidate development program, and individual with SES reinstatement eligibility may be considered noncompetitively for appointment to this position if they meet the mandatory professional/technical qualification requirements.  Proof of noncompetitive eligibility is required (SF-50 or QRB certification).




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All applications must be submitted by: Monday, April 22, 2013

To begin click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at and click on "Application Status". Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your resume, questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX, document your responses to the questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire and use the official FAX coversheet found here. You must also cite Vacancy Identification Number 834831.

After you complete and submit the online resume, you will receive a "Confirmation of Submission" message stating that your online resume has been successfully submitted. If you do not receive this message, please submit again as this indicates that your resume has not been received.  


NOTE: Submission of a resume alone IS NOT a complete application. This position requires the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described previously. Please carefully review the complete job announcement and the "How to Apply" instructions. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials, by 11:59 P.M. on  Monday, April 22, 2013, will result in your not being considered for employment.


Applications will not be accepted if submitted using Government franked envelopes.








Step 2

A resume which fully documents your experience and education as they relate to the position being advertised.

Detailed evidence of your possession of the Executive Core Qualifications.

Detailed evidence of your possession of the Professional/Technical Qualifications.
Current or former Federal employees must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.



Karen Wren
Phone: (202)382-7524
Fax: (202)382-7541
Agency Information:
Broadcasting Board Governors
330 Independence Avenue SW
ATTN Office of Human Resources
Room 1543 Cohen Building
Washington, DC
Fax: (202)382-7541


Once the your application is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or  interviews are required you will be contacted.

View Occupational Questionnaire


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