Position Information

Attorney Advisor

This position is located in the Telecommunications and Analysis Division, International Bureau in Washington, DC

Relocation expenses will not be paid.


The incumbent serves as an expert on rules, regulations and policies related to international telecommunications, including the licensing of international facilities and services, assignment or transfer of control requests, and foreign ownership analysis under Section 310 of the Act.  The incumbent keeps abreast of developments affecting international telecommunications authorizations, submarine cable landing licenses, and transfers of control and assignments of such authorizations and licenses.  The incumbent works on cases or legal issues of extreme complexity, including international telecommunications authorization/licensing matters and foreign ownership issues under section 310 of the Act.  Such cases require a high level of legal expertise and the ability to balance conflicting interests.  The incumbent interprets the Communications Act and other relevant statutes, FCC policies, rules, regulations, international treaties, relevant case law, legal precedents, and other legal authorities.  Writes Reports and Orders, Notices of Proposed Rulemaking, Petitions for Consideration, Federal Register Summaries, memoranda and other legal documents and advises on statutes, regulations, Executive Orders, and directives. The incumbent must ensure that documents are legally and factually adequate, complete, comprehensive, internally consistent and in compliance with existing policy, precedent, and relevant decisions.  Legal documents must reflect sound analysis and recommendations and/or decisions and requires for their solution a high degree of original legal endeavor in order to obtain a balance of conflicting interests. The incumbent acts as one of the Division’s primary legal counsel on rulemakings or other Commission proceedings, or in adversarial proceedings.  The incumbent represents the Division in conferences and/or meetings with representatives of industry and government to discuss and resolve their concerns and/or present the Commission position on various Division matters. Performs other duties as assigned.


Position: Attorney Advisor
Organization: Federal Communications Commission's
Location: Washington,  DC 
United States
Salary: $86,335 to $157,709
Posting Start Date: 11/10/2020
Date Posted: 11/10/2020
  • Education and Bar Membership Required

  • US Citizenship.

  • Suitable for employment as determined by a background investigation.

  • Must submit a financial disclosure statement upon assuming the position.

  • Serve a probationary period of one year, if applicable.

  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.

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.


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.

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.

The Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) are programs designed to afford selection priority to well-qualified Federal employees who meet the definition of a “surplus” or “displaced” employee.

To be eligible for consideration under CTAP, you must be a current FCC employee who has received an official notice stating that your position is no longer needed, or that you will be separated by reduction in force (RIF).

To be eligible for consideration under ICTAP, you must be one of the following:

Be a displaced Federal employee and have a current duty station within the local commuting area of this vacancy. You must submit a copy of the appropriate documentation such as a RIF separation notice, a letter from OPM or your agency documenting your priority consideration status with your application package.

The following categories of candidates are considered displaced Employees:
•    Current or former career or career-conditional (tenure group I or II) competitive service employees who: 1. Received a specific RIF separation notice; or 2. Separated because of a compensable injury, whose compensation has been terminated, and whose former agency certifies that it is unable to place; or 3. Retired with a disability and whose disability annuity has been or is being terminated; or 4.  Upon receipt of a RIF separation notice retired on the effective date of the RIF and submits a Standard Form 50 that indicates "Retirement in lieu of RIF", or 5. Retired under the discontinued service retirement option, or 6. Was separated because he/she declined a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area.
•    Former Military Reserve or National Guard Technicians who are receiving a special Office of Personnel Management (OPM) disability retirement annuity under section 337 (h) or 8456 of title 5 United States Code.
•    Be applying for a position at or below the grade level of the position from which you have been separated.  The position must not have a greater promotion potential than the position from which you were separated.
•    Have a current (or last) performance rating of record of at least fully successful or equivalent. This must be submitted with your application package. (This requirement does not apply to candidates who are eligible due to compensable injury or disability retirement.

•    Occupy or be displaced from a position in the same local commuting area of the position for which you are requesting priority consideration.

Status: This listing expires on: 1/9/2021
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Organization Information
Federal Communications Commission's
Cheryl Williams

Washington,  DC 20554
United States
(202) 418-0497
(202) 418-1498
Cheryl Williams