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Job Title:  Attorney Advisor (PU)
Agency:  Federal Communications Commission
Job Announcement Number:  ATTY-WCB-2014-003

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
SALARY RANGE:
$89,924.00 to $138,136.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD:
Friday, May 09, 2014 to Friday, May 23, 2014
SERIES & GRADE:
GS-0905-13/14
POSITION INFORMATION:
Full Time - Permanent
PROMOTION POTENTIAL:
14
DUTY LOCATIONS:
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
All U.S. Citizens
SECURITY CLEARANCE:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
SUPERVISORY STATUS:
No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

This position is located in the Telecommunications Access Policy Division (TAPD or Division) of the Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB or Bureau). TAPD's primary mission is to advance the goals of universal service set forth in section 254 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended by the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (the Act), helping to ensure that consumers in all regions of the nation have access to quality telecommunications and information services at affordable rates. Included in these responsibilities is developing policy for and implementing changes in the high-cost, low-income, schools and libraries, and rural healthcare universal service support mechanisms, as well as issues and policies related to the universal service contribution methodology; addressing the numerous and varied petitions related to the universal service mechanisms; providing policy guidance to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC); and responding to the extremely heavy volume of congressional and general correspondence. TAPD also provides federal staff support for the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service.



 

 

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Bar Membership Required
  • US Citizenship.
  • Serve a probationary period of one year, if applicable.
  • Must submit a financial disclosure statement upon assuming the position.
  • Suitable for employment as determined by a background investigation.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.

DUTIES:

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Works on cases or legal issues of extreme complexity. These are characterized by one or more of the following: (1) extremely complex and difficult issues requiring a high order of legal endeavor often require the incumbent to balance conflicting interests; and (2) matters that can have an important impact on the telecommunications industry whose economic position affects major private and public interests. 

Acts as the primary legal counsel to a significant operating program, or in adversarial proceedings where legal questions posed are of an extremely complex nature. The incumbent will review and approve work of lower grade attorneys.  Participates in administrative or judicial hearings and develops research strategies for legal cases.

Serves as a subject matter expert on Telecommunications Access Policy programs. Provides authoritative advice, review and consultation of such issues to Bureau officials on the Commission’s role in implementing policies and procedures pursuant to section 254 of the Communications Act. Drafts and reviews orders and regulations relating to Universal Service and telecommuncations access matters. Identifies and analyzes challenging situations and works with internal and external stakeholders including, but not limited to, Universal Service Administrative Company, Office of Managing Director, Office of General Counsel, Office of Media Relations, service providers, and state commissions. Investigates matters and assesses the best approach for a legal case. 

Provides policy recommendations to Division and Bureau Management. Conducts comprehensive review of agency rules and policies to determine applicability to Universal Service and other telecommunications access program needs. Analyzes public comment received and makes recommendation for new rules or modification to existing rules.

Prepares agenda items and proposed memorandum opinion and orders; notice of proposed rulemaking, and other decisional documents.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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. 

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 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.


For this position at the GS 13 level, applicants must possess at least two years of professional law experience and at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 in the Federal service.  For this position, specialized experience includes the following:  1) conducting legal research and preparing legal documents; 2) developing research strategies for complex legal issues; 3) writing documents such as briefs, issue papers, rulemaking items or portions thereof, and report summaries with analyses and recommendations; and 4) making oral presentations, communicating legal research results, and defending legal positions.          

For this position at the GS 14 level, applicants must possess at least three years of professional law experience and have a minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 in the Federal service.  For this position, specialized experience includes the following:    1) conducting legal research and preparing legal documents; 2) developing research strategies for complex legal issues; 3) writing complex documents such as briefs, issue papers, licensing orders, rulemaking items, and report summaries with analyses and recommendations; 4) making oral presentations, communicating legal research results, and defending legal positions; and 5) experience providing legal guidance to attorneys and other professionals.           

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work.  You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.


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.

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.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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:

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 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 experience applying legal analysis and research strategies.
Ability to write and prepare agenda items and memorandum opinion, and orders.
Skill in oral expression.
Knowledge of Telecommunications Access Policy programs.
Skill in leading major agency programs/projects.


 

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:

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 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):

Ability to write and prepare agenda items and memorandum opionion, and orders etc.

Skill in oral expression.

Knowlege of and experience applying Telecommunications Access Policy programs.

Skill in leading major agency programs/projects.
To preview questions please click here.


HOW TO APPLY:

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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/Main_Page

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.

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 DOCUMENATION, CONTACT THE HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE AT 202-418-0130 PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.***

Hardcopy Supplement 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

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Zina Ellison
Phone: 202-418-2866
Fax: 202418-2545
Email: Zina.Ellison@fcc.gov
Agency Information:
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC
20554
US
Fax: 202418-2545

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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