• Associate General Counsel

    Posted Date 1 month ago(11/12/2018 2:08 PM)
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  • Overview

    We are currently seeking an experienced, dynamic and collaborative professional to serve as a Associate General Counsel within our Office of General Counsel team.  Reporting to the Deputy General Counsel you will:

    • provide counsel in the areas of telecommunications and administrative law, with emphasis on the FCC Universal Service Fund. 

    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 Associate General Counsel will respond to Congressional or GAO inquiries regarding the USF programs.  Among others, your responsibilities will include the following:

    • Counsel various business units within USAC on the administration of the Universal Service Fund (USF) programs, including identifying and analyzing novel issues and promoting measures to ensure program integrity and program success. Handling appeals of USAC decisions.  Experience with administration of federal programs is desirable.  Knowledge of the Universal Service Fund is desirable.
    • Additional duties include providing advice concerning contracts and commercial transactions, preparing or reviewing agreements for the procurement of goods.
    • Stay abreast of orders issued by the FCC regarding the USF programs, and present to the USAC business units summaries of such orders and summaries of action to be taken by USAC pursuant to such orders.
    • Ensure compliance with all federal, state and local laws affecting USAC operations. Identify and anticipate potential legal issues and propose solutions to complex situations raising difficult legal and operational concerns. 
    • Effectively communicate, both in writing and orally, with internal clients, the FCC, and external contacts concerning legal matters.
    • Interact and engage with FCC staff on numerous matters, including contracts, audits, enforcement of contribution requirements, 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 Office of General Counsel Division. 

    • You have a Juris Doctorate from an accredited college or university.
    • You have 6 – 8 years of general legal experience, including administrative law or grants management, contracts, and corporate law.
    • You have excellent writing and analytical skills.
    • You have outstanding legal, communications (including writing) and analytical skills.
    • You have outstanding legal analysis and advice.
    • You can prepare and present information to staff in a formal and informal setting.
    • You have worked in teams, task forces, etc.
    • You can direct/coordinate work among teams, groups, etc.
    • You have developed and/or created new or more effective ideas, approaches, etc.
    • You have developed and/or created methods, procedures, training, etc.
    • You have developed and formulated short-range plans/decisions.
    • You can analyze and develop solutions to problems.
    • You have managing various projects, work, etc.
    • You can provide outstanding customer service.
    • You can develop and maintaining positive customer rapport.
    • You have computer skills.
    • You have organizational skills.
    • You have excellent interpersonal skills.

    The following skills are desired:

    • You have telecommunications law experience.
    • You have experience with the federal Universal Service Fund Programs (i.e., Schools and Libraries, Rural Health Care, High Cost and Lifeline).
    • You have in-house or government experience.
    • You have experience with grant or subsidy programs.
    • You have litigation experience.

    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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