This position is located in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) of the United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM) an independent Federal Agency of the U.S. Government. The attorney incumbent serves as a Supervisory Associate General Counsel in the Litigation Practice Group which handles the Employment Law, Labor Law, and Litigation practice within the OGC. The Agency is led by a Chief Executive Officer and a multimember Board, which includes the Secretary of State.Learn more about this agency
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***NOTE: Vacancy announcement closing date has been extended until December 7, 2019.
The Supervisory Attorney Advisor oversees the work of people providing definitive legal advice on the employment and labor law aspects of actions by the Agency. The Litigation Practice group also provides definitive legal counsel on the general litigation risk of Agency actions, and serves as the Agency lead for all litigation (including administrative hearings and proceedings) impacting the agency; attorneys in this group serve as lead agency counsel in litigation to which the Agency is a party.
PRACTICE OF LAW AT THE USAGM (IN GENERAL): The practice of law at USAGM is unique within the federal government. The USAGM is primarily a news organization, meaning that all USAGM OGC attorneys gain expertise in providing legal support to an international media organization, 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 handles the multitude of legal issues that most government law offices encounter, including federal employment and labor law; federal contracting; appropriation and fiscal law; grant law; and FOIA and ethics.
DUTIES FOR THIS POSITION: The Litigation Practice Group serves as the Agency lead for all Agency litigation, and provides definitive legal advice on employment and labor law aspects Agency actions. The Group also advises on litigation risks associated with the many often complex actions the Agency undertakes in its unique role operating and overseeing a major global media organization. Duties for the Supervisory Attorney-Advisor (Associate General Counsel for Litigation) position include, but are not limited to:
- Supervises attorneys and legal staff within the Practice Group and manages Group assignments and activities, including managing resources and budget.
- Ensures members of the Practice Group have sufficient resources for their caseloads.
- Ensures coordination between all legal advice relating to litigation, employment, and labor law matters.
- Improves Agency practices and posture regarding all employment and labor law litigation and contracting, including bid protects.
- Liaises between the USAGM; the Justice Department, and the Department of State on all legal matters relating to overseas litigation.
- Evaluates caselaw, new and proposed legislation and regulation, and executive branch policies and practice, to identify those that may impact the litigation posture or risk, or personnel practices of the Agency and its collateral entities and their respective missions.
- Drafts or reviews Agency policies and procedures relating to personnel, labor, staffing and authorities and functions which carry litigation risk.
- Serves as lead agency legal counsel to render advice, prepare opinions, recommendations, and represent the Agency in administrative hearings, court cases, and arbitrations;
- Develops the strategy and proposed actions and coordinating with individuals within and outside the Agency, as necessary.
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