This position is located in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC), U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM). The position serves as the Deputy General Counsel to advise and support the agency's General Counsel (GC) and (through or in consultation with the GC) the Agency Leadership (defined to include the Executive Officer (CEO), Deputy Directors, Network Heads, and Division Heads), and oversee the Associate General Counsels for Operations and Litigation.Learn more about this agency
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 include, but are not limited to:
- Serve as a partner with the GC in thinking through legal issues and the operation of the GC office.
- Leverage expertise and that of the Associated GCs to provide advice related to safeguarding the editorial firewall for journalists and providing oversight for the statutory grantees.
- Leverage expertise and knowledge, and that of the Associate General Counsels, of the legal rules and requirements in multiple legal practice areas such as organizational change, agency organic authorities, legal risk management, and US and foreign laws governing media and freedom of press and other areas relevant to the agency's activities.
- Leverage independent expertise and that of the Associate General Counsels to creatively leverage new authorities granted to the agency (under the 2017 NDAA), some of which may come into force in calendar year 2020 (upon appointment of a senate-confirmed CEO).
- Leverage expertise in overseeing lawyers managing new complex legal portfolios dealing with new authorities, such as personal service contracting (PSCs); long term satellite deals and leasing; and management of multiple private, 50l(c)(3) organizations.
- Leverage expertise in dealing with issues related to law enforcement and shield laws; Bivens actions; and OIG criminal and civil investigations.
- Leverage expertise that news organizations bring to bear in enforcing best practices, and directly and through levering the expertise of the Associate General Counsel for Litigation, adopt them to the operation of a federal agency and federal grantees.
- Provide advice on USAGM operations, directly, and leveraging the expertise of the Associate General Counsel for Operations, which include the broadest range of content delivery platforms from shortwave radio to high-tech encrypted live mobile broadcasting that raise highly complex intellectual property questions, both domestic and international.
- Serve as Acting General Counsel or equivalent in the GC's absence, as necessary. (Note: The list is instructive; it is not exhaustive, and the successful candidate need not necessarily have all of these experiences).
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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