This position is located in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC), U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM). Associate General Counsel for Litigation, will serve as head of the Agency's litigation division. Position will provide expert legal guidance related to litigation and other legal risks for USAGM, which oversees international news organizations. Oversees the Voice of America (VOA), Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks, and Radio/TV Marti.Learn more about this agency
Duties include, but are not limited to:
Manage and oversee the Litigation Unit of the General Counsel. Supervise two or three Assistant General Counsels for litigation issues, and any additional paralegal or contractor support. Directly handle cases and litigation, as well. Supervisory and related managerial duties will occupy less than 25 percent of the incumbent's time.
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). Research and resolve unprecedented legal questions pertaining to pay, benefits, and status within a federal executive agency, requiring experience and technical analysis of agency authorities and other relevant statutory and regulatory requirements.
Address litigation issues related to a transition to a digital first strategy, including issues related to workforce restructuring. Develop practices that balance employees' free speech rights, while avoiding journalists taking positions in their social media or other outside activities, which undermine the agency's credibility and reputation and bring to bear media law experience with incorporating the best practices of professional journalism to enforce the "highest professional standards".
Leverage expertise and knowledge of the legal rules and requirements in litigation, legal risk management, and employment and labor law, to advise on courses of action which may be subject to challenge (or have been challenged) under Title 5 of the United States Code, including the Merit Systems Protection Board; the Equal Employment Opportunity Act; the Federal Labor Relations Act; Title 22 of the United States Code; and protections relating to media and freedom of press.
Assess and advise on litigation and employment law risks in developing a refining framework to accommodate a cadre of five hundred or so personal service contractors (this in in concert with Assistance General Counsel for Operations who handles contracting law aspects of PSCs).
Advise (along with Associate General Counsel for Operations) on developing a nuanced legal regime to accommodate our unique operations.
Coordinate with internal senior executives and technical experts on behalf of the GC and Deputy GC on highly complex and sensitive crosscutting issues, including with the Chief Risk Officer, Chief Information Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Director of Security, Human Resources Director, Chief Strategy Officer, and agency component executives, ensuring that joint efforts are informed by advanced legal analysis and principles.
Represent the agency's proposals for addressing its challenges to White House officials, congressional staff, and other external stakeholders, synthesizing highly technical information, and communicate, verbally and in writing, in a manner that is compelling and clear to diverse audiences.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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