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 Contracting, Media, and Global Operations Practice Group which provides legal advice on federal acquisition; intellectual property; appropriation law and grants; international agreements and MOUs; and other functions necessary for operating a federal agency and an international media organization.Learn more about this agency
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.
PRACTICE OF LAW AT THE BBG (IN GENERAL): The practice of law at 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 contracting; federal employment and labor law; 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.
Duties for the Supervisory Attorney-Advisor (Associate General Counsel for Operations) position include, but are not limited to:
Provide appropriate direction to and oversight of a legal staff of assistant general counsels and legal support professionals .
Ensure the provision of top notch and definitive legal advice and support for all legal matters within the scope of the Operations Practice Group, which includes:
1. federal acquisition and contract law;
2. intellectual property (licensing, copyright, trademark) and media law;
3. appropriation/fiscal law;
4. federal grant law;
5. legislation (drafting and interpretation of legislation)
6. drafting and negotiating international agreements and overseas leases;
7. foreign and international law matters;
8. export controls and sanctions impacting overseas operations; and
9. inspector general investigations.
- Principally responsible for coordinating all agency legal services and advice within the scope of the Operations Practice Group, and working directly with the Practice Group and OGC leadership to help Agency Leadership think strategically about our practices and posture to improve legal outcomes in operational law matters.
- Directly handle and provide legal advice to agency clients, including agency leadership, senior management, and journalists around the world.
- Manage 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 workloads.
- Evaluate 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.
- Provide timely, clear, and succinct recommendations to the General Counsel about legal issues and other matters and proposed courses of action; in general, communicate complex legal advice quickly, succinctly, and clearly, and write very well.
- Quickly operationalize directives from the General Counsel; successfully delegate responsibility on a routine basis, while ensuring the outputs resulting from delegated tasks are of a high quality.
- Ensuring that the incumbent and their team provide excellent customer service. Listen to and understand client goals, needs, and preferences. Communicate legal advice to clients in a professional manner, including in a kind understanding, patient, and non-judgmental way that recognizes the inherent information asymmetry between attorney and client. Operate with a "getting to yes" mindset. Provide advice in terms of options and risks without substituting the attorney's own policy or risk preferences for those of their client.
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This job is open to…All U.S. Citizens
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