Open & closing dates
08/07/2018 to 08/21/2018
$114,590 to $164,200 per year
Pay scale & grade
GS 14 – 15
Full-Time – Full Time
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
Federal employees – Competitive service
Current or former competitive service federal employees.
Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
Federal employees who meet the definition of a “surplus” or “displaced” employee.
Federal employees – Excepted service
Current excepted service federal employees.
Individuals who have graduated from an accredited educational institute or certificate program within the last 2 years or 6 years for Veterans.
Individuals with disabilities
Family of overseas employees
Family members of a federal employee or uniformed service member who is, or was, working overseas.
Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista
National Guard & Reserves
Current members, those who want to join, or transitioning military members.
Native Americans or Alaskan Natives with a tribal affiliation.
Internal to an agency
Current federal employees of this agency.
This position is located in the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Office of Native Affairs and Policy Washington DC.
RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE PAID.
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The position is in the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Office of Native Affairs and Policy. Incumbent in this position: Serves as a senior attorney advisor to the Chief and Deputy Chief, on all policy matters. Provides expertise on Tribal issues and ensures that the Commission’s telecommunications regulatory policies with respect to federally-recognized American Indian Tribes, Alaska Native Villages, Hawaiian Home Lands, and other Native Communities are implemented and met. Provides expert advice to the Office Chief on legal issues affecting broad policy matters; and evaluates current and potential policy issues; and initiates original research and investigation analysis. Keeps abreast of legal developments affecting Tribal governments and Tribal lands by reviewing court and Commission decisions, professional publications, and trade press; researching legislative, decisions, opinions and regulation. Based on such knowledge, reviews agenda items and other documents (e.g., draft proposals) prepared for the Office Chief’s signature or concurrence. Drafts materials, remarks, or speeches for the Office Chief, Deputy Chief, and Bureau Chief for presentations to Tribal governments, Native communities, industry groups, and other professionals and governmental groups – providing legal analysis and Tribal policy relevance in covering current communications matters of interest and importance. Represents the Office Chief and interfaces with Congress and Tribal, Federal, state, and local government officials, in consumer and industry meetings, discussions, policy forums, etc., addressing changes in Bureau/FCC initiatives and their impact on American consumers, Tribal governments, Native communities, Tribal lands and the telecommunications industry. Reviews legislative and rulemaking proposals, position papers, correspondence and agenda items originating in the various Offices/Bureaus; evaluates policy implications, legal or factual adequacy, completeness and comprehensiveness of coverage. Works on matters and items that directly influence FCC policymaking and regulatory developments.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
Open to all U.S. Citizens. Individuals who typically apply for positions under other authorities may also apply competitively to this position. (e.g. VRA, Schedule A, Peace Corps, Students, Recent Graduates, Military Spouses, National Guard, Indian Preference, Land Management, Family of Overseas Employees, Federal Employees, Agency Employees, ICTAP) Non-citizens may be eligible for this excepted service position under certain circumstances.
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Conditions of Employment
- Bar Membership Required
- Background Investigation will be required.
- Must submit a financial disclosure statement upon assuming the position.
Please note your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the vacancy questions. Your resume is an integral part of the process for determining if you meet the basic qualifications of the position and determining if you are to be among the best qualified.
QualificationsApplicants must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
For GS-14: Applicants must posses at least three years of professional law experience and at least on year must be equivlent to the GS-13 lsvel in the Federal Service.
For this position, specialized experience must include the following:
1. conducting in-depth legal research: preparing complex legal documents;
2. developing research strategies for legal issue;
3. writing documents including briefs, research memorandum and report summaries with anslysis and;
4. making oral presentations, communicating research results, and defending legal positions.
Specialized Experience: For GS-15: Applicants must possess at least three years of professional law experience and at least one year must be equivalent to the GS-14 level in the Federal Service.
For this position, specialized experience must include the following:
1. Interpreting laws, statutes, regulations and/or rulemaking documents on telecommunications or tribal issues;
2. analyzing legal issues including developing strategies, weighing implications, identifying potential problems and proposing solutions;
3. developing and editing policy statements, position papers, and other decisional documents;
4. and providing legal advice on policy matters to all levels of authority.
PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.
You must meet the minimum basic educational requirements for Attorney positions. Education requirements include: a professional law degree JD, LL.B., and/or LL.M.
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THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT MAY BE USED TO FILL ADDITIONAL POSITIONS WITHIN 90 DAYS.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
All candidates will be considered without regard to political or religious affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, nondisqualifying physical or mental handicap, age, or any other nonmerit factor. THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.
All applicants will be rated on the extent and quality of experience and education relevant to the duties of the position. Applicants who do not respond to the application questions and/or do not submit a supporting resume will be rated ineligible. Please note your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the vacancy
There are several parts to the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application including:
1. the core questions
2. the vacancy questions
3. supplemental documentation (e.g., DD-214, SF-50, SF-15, and transcripts.
4. your resume.
Applicants will be rated ineligible, if they do not respond to job specific questions provide supplemental documents and submit resume. For more information, please click on Rating Process.
You will be evaluated for this position on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs):
- Knowledge of the policies, rules and regulations, and relevant case law.
- Knowledge of research strategies and techniques to research complex legal, policy and Tribal issues.
- Ability to communicate orally on issues related to in-depth legal research.
- Ability to communicate in writing in order to produce legal documents
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Background checks and security clearance
Public Trust – Background Investigation
***ALL SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE FCC’S HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. ONCE YOU APPLY TO THIS VACANCY YOU WILL BE PROMPTED BY THE SYSTEM TO EITHER UPLOAD DOCUMENTS OR PRINT FAX COVERSHEETS – THE FAX NUMBER WILL BE LISTED ON THIS SHEET. IF FAXING, ALL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED SHOULD BE FAXED SEPARATELY ON THE FAX COVERSHEET PROVIDED. ONCE FAXED, YOU SHOULD RECEIVE AN EMAIL CONFIRMATION WITHIN AN HOUR. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE AN EMAIL CONFIRMATION, YOUR FAX HAS NOT
BEEN SUCCESSFULLY RECEIVED AND YOU SHOULD FAX AGAIN.
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO FAX THE REQUIRED Documentation, CONTACT THE HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE AT 418-0130 PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.***
Hardcopy Supplement Documents Required:
Employees must provide a legible hardcopy Personnel Action, SF-50, that verifies your status and highest permanently held grade along with your most recent annual performance appraisal.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from
schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
To apply to this announcement go to the website: https://fcc.usajobs.gov
Your application, including resume, all supplemental documents, registration information and answers to job specific questions must be received no later than midnight U.S. Eastern time of the closing date. For more information on applying federal jobs, please check this webpage
If applying online poses a hardship, please contact the Federal Communications Commission’s Human Resources Office at (202) 418-0130 during business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time) prior to the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
Qualified applicants may be further reviewed and rated by Subject Matter Experts to determine the validity of on-line question.
Agency contact information
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, SW
District of Columbia
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Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications to determine your ranking. The best-qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome.
Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
- Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Legal and regulatory guidance
- Financial suitability
- Social security number request
- Privacy Act
- Signature and false statements
- Selective Service
- New employee probationary period
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply,
Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.