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Job opening: Attorney Advisor

Salary: $155 700 - 183 500 per year
Published at: Aug 31 2023
Employment Type: Full-time
This position is in the Enforcement Bureau (Enforcement Bureau), Office of the Field Director (OFD), Federal Communications Commission (FCC) located in Washington, DCRELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE PAID.   THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT MAY BE USED TO FILL ADDITIONAL POSITIONS WITHIN 90 DAYS.


The position of Field Counsel is located in the FCC's Enforcement Bureau, Office of the Field Director. The Incumbent must provide a high level of original, creative analysis and legal interpretation to complex enforcement matters and formulation of policy positions and regulatory matters to the Field Director and the professional staff of the Enforcement Bureau field on legal matters pertaining to assigned legal issues and enforcement activities. Participates in the development of long-range goals and objectives for the Field on complex legal issues of significant public importance. Is responsible for proper interpretation of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, the Commission Rules and all Commission’s policy; evaluates current and potential legal issues; and initiates original research and investigative analysis. Exercises full responsibility for the development, presentation, and completion of proceedings. Uses legal expertise in researching precedents and advises on appropriateness of enforcement actions and/or recommendations for alternative approaches. Assignments encompass complex enforcement matters and often are subject to strict statutory time constraints. Incumbent must quickly assess the legal and policy implications involved in each case, determine Commission and Bureau objectives, and confer with, and provide assistance to the Regional staff in devising strategies to best implement those objectives. Develops criteria for implementation of Commission legal decisions for the EB field. Based on comprehensive knowledge of legal and policy implications of decisions, presents guidelines for enforcement actions. Drafts, reviews and approves sanctions. Conducts settlement negotiations on behalf of the Commission within approved parameters. Prepares records, pleadings, and other necessary documents in litigation proceedings to which the Commission and Bureau are a party. Duties require a high order of legal draftsmanship including the ability to relate engineering considerations to the legal issues, to evaluate divergent points of view, and to present findings and recommendations in a clear and concise fashion. Maintains close working relationships with staff of the EB field and Bureau in order to exchange information needed to accomplish the field’s functions. Incumbent must discuss, explain, defend, and promote Commission policies in contacts with representatives of foreign governments, state law enforcement authorities, regulatees, and private attorneys. Keeps abreast of developments affecting regulatory matters by reviewing court and Commission decisions, professional publications, and trade press. As assigned, reviews notices of proposed rulemaking, proposed Commission orders, and decisions initiated by the Bureau’s other Divisions to ensure policy consistency. Represents the Bureau in conferences with representatives of industry and government to resolve their concerns and/or present the Commission position on enforcement matters. Participates in discussions with Bureau management concerning policy objectives and initiatives, legal issues, and implementation of policy. Provides authoritative and expert advice and information on matters to other staff and managerial personnel both within the EB field and in the industry. This position is critical sensitive and a Top Secret clearance is required for this position so that the incumbent is granted access to classified material and classified intelligence data that is relevant information to the responsibilities assigned to this position. The position oversees, develops and implements National Security issues, programs and policies at the regional level. In addition, the incumbent manages the following: providing support to other governmental units, investigating non-government communications matters and issuing sanctions. The incumbent works closely with the United States Attorney’s Office and DOJ in assisting with on-going cases. Activities often involve National Security operations (including military) and international operations.


  • Bar Membership Documentation Required Upon Selection.
  • Education-Transcripts Required Upon Selection.
  • US Citizenship.
  • Serve a probationary period of one year, if applicable.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
  • Financial disclosure statement may be required upon assuming the position.
  • Current FCC employees must provide SF-50 verifying grade & status
  • SF-50 Documenting One Year of Time in Grade Required
  • Drug Testing Required.
  • Security Clearance Required


Applicants 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. Professional law experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. In order to be deemed as "BEST QUALIFIED" candidates must meet both the educational requirements AND the Specialized Experience. A. Education 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.  NOTE-If you do not provide a transcript at the time of application, a transcript will be required to be provided at the time of selection. AND B. Specialized Experience Applicants must have a minimum of 4 years of professional law experience, one year of specialized experience which must be equivalent to at least the GS-14 in the Federal service. For this position, specialized experience includes the following: For GS-15: Applicants must possess at least four 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 includes the following: Working on highly complex rule making, enforcement, policy or other legal proceedings; Reviewing and editing policy statements, position papers, legal briefs, memoranda or other decision documents; Representing an organization or client and communicating its policy and/or legal position, and Providing expert advice on complex legal and/or policy matters. PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE:  Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


Refer to Educational requirements outlined within the "Qualifications" section.


  • Address Federal Communications Commission 45 L Street NE Washington, District of Columbia 20554 United States
  • Name: Susan Jordan
  • Phone: 202-418-0268
  • Email: [email protected]


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