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This position is located in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), an independent Federal Agency of the U.S. Government. Under the broad direction of the General Counsel (GC), the incumbent manages the Litigation Practice Group which handles the litigation, employment, and labor law practice within the OGC.
The Agency is led by a Chief Executive Officer and a multi-member Board, which includes the Secretary of State. The incumbent's role includes providing legal advice to these senior officials; to the head of the Voice of America and other major international news-media organizations; and journalists and staff around the world. An overview of our office's exciting practice, and the duties of this position are provided in the next section (under "Responsibilities").
INTRODUCTION TO AGENCY: The BBG operates one of the world's largest news media networks, bringing news, information, and relevant discussions to a weekly audience of over 278 million people worldwide, in over 100 countries in over 60 languages via radio, television, Internet, and social media. The BBG network is comprised of five major international broadcasters: the Voice of America (VOA), Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio and Television Marti, Radio Free Asia, and the Middle East Broadcast Networks. Our networks carry out a shared mission vital to U.S. national interests: "to inform, engage, and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy." Our agency is unique in the federal government: we create, produce, and broadcast news around the world. We do so for people whose governments limit or block their people's access to a free press, or who simply lack sources of reliable news on events in their own countries, the United States, or around the world. A statutory firewall ensures that Agency has editorial independence, meaning our news is free from any partisan or political interference, and adheres to the "highest professional standards" of journalism. We develop and utilize cutting edge software and IT tools to get through the firewalls of countries like Iran and China which seek to block their people's access to news and information.
NOTE: THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT HAS BEEN AMENDED TO CHANGE THE POSITION TITLE; AND TO PROVIDE CLARIFICATION AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION "UNDER CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT" AND "QUALIFICATIONS". (JANUARY 9, 2017).
PRACTICE OF LAW AT THE BBG (IN GENERAL): The practice of law of BBG is unique within the federal government.
- The BBG is primarily a news organization, meaning that all BBG OGC attorneys gain expertise in the practice of media law, supporting journalists operating around the globe. In that regard, OGC deals with those matters that impact all media organizations, including intellectual property and licensing; transmission of our content via terrestrial antenna, satellite, internet, and social media; and press freedom and first amendment issues.
- We are also a government agency and so our practice also deals with the multitude of legal issues that any government law office deals, including federal employment and labor law; federal contracting; appropriation and fiscal law; grant law; and FOIA and ethics.
- We operate around the world, which means that we routinely deal with matters of foreign law and international law, including matters foreign labor law, foreign litigation; trade and economic sanctions; and international agreements.
- Finally, our agency is also officially part of the United States Foreign Policy community. We work closely with the State Department and their Legal Adviser's office on many matters, and in many instances with National Security Council and other aspects of the White House.
- In coordination with the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel, the incumbent provides appropriate direction to and oversight of a legal staff of assistant general counsels and legal support professionals who carry out the Agency's litigation, employment, and labor law practice.
- Ensure the provision of top notch and definitive legal advice on the employment and labor law aspects of actions by the Agency, and general litigation risk of Agency actions.
- Ensure the provision of top notch litigation support (including administrative hearings and proceedings) to Agency clients in litigation involving or impacting the agency.
- Principally responsible for coordinating all agency legal services and advice relating to litigation, employment, and labor law matters, and working directly with the Practice Group and OGC leadership to help Agency Leadership think strategically about our practices and posture to improve litigation outcomes.
- Manages resources and budget for the Practice Group. Responsible for aligning resources within the Practice Group, to ensure that members of the Practice Group have sufficient resources (including time and staff support) for their caseloads.
- Represents the Agency in cases before Federal Courts and administrative bodies that hear and adjudicate cases.
- Evaluates existing, proposed, and new practices and initiatives to identify legal risk those that may impact the operation of the agency and proposes solutions which enable the agency to operate with the necessary flexibility to meets its unique mission.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…All U.S. Citizens
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