• Assistant General Counsel

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(4/6/2018 3:29 PM)
    # of Openings
  • Overview

    We are currently seeking two experienced, dynamic and collaborative professionals to serve as Assistant General Counsel within our General Counsel team.  Reporting to the Deputy General Counsel you will:

    • Serve as counsel in general corporate governance and commercial transactions, including technology licensing transactions, procurements, contract management and litigation, and provide administrative law on FCC rules and regulations and bankruptcy.

    This is an outstanding career opportunity for an individual interested in a genuine professional challenge in support of a public-spirited mission.


    Working in a creative and fast-paced environment, the Assistant General Counsel will ensure compliance with all federal, state and local laws affecting USAC operations. Among others, your responsibilities will include the following:

    • Provide counsel on the administration of the USF programs (e.g., Rural Health Care), including identifying and analyzing novel issues and promoting measures to ensure program integrity and program success.
    • Identify and anticipate potential legal issues and propose solutions to complex situations raising difficult legal and operational concerns.
    • Work on corporate law related matters (e.g., litigation, contracts, procurement, intellectual property, and bankruptcy).
    • Communicate, both in writing and orally, with internal clients, the Board, and external contacts concerning employment, immigration, and other corporate and programmatic matters.
    • Interact and engage with FCC staff on numerous matters, including contracts, audits, enforcement and programmatic issues.
    • Other specific duties as assigned

    About You


    The successful candidate will excel at operating in a diverse and fluid environment, and will be crucial for the success of the GC Division.

    • You possess a Juris Doctorate from an accredited college or university.
    • You have 3 to 4 years performing duties similar to those listed above.
    • You have the ability to exercise sound legal and business judgment.
    • You have a proactive approach and strong follow up skills.
    • You have excellent oral and written communications skills, including the ability to prepare and deliver information concisely orally and in writing.
    • You have strong analytical and legal research skills.
    • You have 3 or more years of general legal experience, including contracts, corporate governance and administrative law.
    • You are licensed to practice law in Maryland, Virginia and/or DC.

    The following is desired:

    • You have experience with telecommunications law.
    • You have experience with the federal Universal Service Fund Programs (i.e., Schools and Libraries, Rural Health Care, High Cost and Lifeline).
    • You have experience with working with a Board of Directors.

    About USAC

    Through its administration of the $10 billion Universal Service Fund (USF) programs on behalf of the FCC, USAC works to promote the availability of quality services at just, reasonable and affordable rates and to increase access to advanced telecommunications services throughout the nation. Specifically, the USF programs provide funding for the expansion of telecommunications and broadband access to rural communities and health care facilities, schools and libraries across the country, and low income households. Through program administration, auditing, and outreach, USAC works with contributors, service providers, and program beneficiaries to achieve the program goals articulated by the FCC for each of these programs.


    The FCC has reformed the USF to support further investment in and access to evolving broadband infrastructure, making the programs a primary vehicle to support this critical national priority. USAC, as the administrator of the USF, plays a critical role in supporting the ambitious vision to ensure that all citizens in the United States have access to high-speed broadband. The organization has approximately 500 employees with an operating budget of more than $200 million. USAC works in close partnership with the FCC and other federal and state partners to support the achievement of the USF program goals.


    USAC administers the USF programs—High Cost, Lifeline, Rural Health Care, and Schools and Libraries. USAC strives to provide efficient, responsible stewardship of the programs, a key national asset in making important telecommunications and Internet services available to consumers, health care providers, schools, and libraries throughout the United States. The program divisions are supported by additional USAC personnel in Finance, General Counsel, Information Systems, Internal Audit, the Enterprise Program Management Office and Human Resources. Consistent with FCC rules, USAC does not make policy for or interpret unclear provisions of statutes or the FCC’s rules.


    Universal service is paid for by contributions from telecommunications carriers, including wireline and wireless companies, and interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol providers, including cable companies that provide voice service, based on an assessment of their interstate and international end- user revenues. These contributions are most typically passed through to consumers through a universal service fee line item on their telephone bills.


    Additional information on USF programs can be found at: http://www.usac.org/about/about/who-we- are/default.aspx


    USAC offers a comprehensive benefits package, ongoing professional development opportunities, including vacation and sick leave.


    USAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Only principals will be accepted. No agencies please.


    To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume, click the “Apply For This Job Online” button.


    USAC employees are passionate about our mission. Our work contributes to the success of all Americans. We’ve worked together to build a culture that is collaborative, ambitious, outcome-oriented, and feedback-focused.



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