BBG Watch

The Broadcasting Board of Governors is looking for qualified applicants for the position of General Counsel to BBG and to the Chief Executive Officer and Director of BBG. For up-to-date information check the announcement on USAJOBS website. Salary Range is $123,175.00 to $170,400.00 / Per Year.

General Counsel, ES-905


Agency Contact Information

1 vacancy in the following location:

  •  Washington DC, DC
Work Schedule is Full Time – Senior Executive Service (SES)

Opened Friday 5/27/2016

 Closes Friday 6/17/2016

  • Salary Range

    $123,175.00 to $170,400.00 / Per Year

  • Series & Grade


  • Promotion Potential


  • Supervisory Status


  • Who May Apply

    All Qualified Applicants (Federal/Non-Federal, Status/Non-Status)

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Job Overview


This vacancy has be amended to extent the closing date.

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) is responsible for supervising all broadcasting activities of the Voice of America (VOA), Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB), and its grantees, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), Radio Free Asia (RFA), and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN).

The incumbent serves as General Counsel to BBG and to the Chief Executive Officer and Director of BBG. The incumbent is responsible for providing comprehensive legal advice and services and brings highly specific expertise and broad perspective on matters such as governance, strategy, and litigation exposure and risk.

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), an independent federal agency, is an exciting, multi cultural organization that encompasses all U.S. civilian international broadcasting. The BBG is comprised of the Voice of America, which delivers high quality, multimedia programming in 44 languages to audiences worldwide; the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (Radio and TV Marti); the International Broadcasting Bureau, which provides transmission, administrative, and other support services; and three grantee organizations – Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty; the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa), and Radio Free Asia. Our staff of dedicated professionals serves as an example of a free and independent media, reaching a worldwide audience with news, information, and relevant discussions.

The Full Performance Level:  Senior Executive Service



  • Renders timely and authoritative legal opinions, oral and written, on a broad range of complex legal issues and problems requiring knowledge and experience in diverse legal areas.
  • Fosters and promotes Agency business objectives in a proactive manner, analyzes problems and offers reasoned recommendations; handles all matters confidentially, and as necessary, facilitates collegial resolution of disagreements over policy or courses of action from a legal perspective.
  • Promotes Board and Agency maintenance of the highest standards of legal and ethical behavior, effectively balancing the dual imperatives of Agency performance and integrity.
  • Participates with the Board, the CEO and Director, and other high-ranking officials in overall policy formulation, analysis, and program planning for the Agency.
  • Drafts or reviews Agency policies and procedures relating to its multiple and complex authorities and functions and assures compliance with all pertinent laws and regulations, including, among others, the U.S. International Broadcasting Act of 1994, the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act, the Ethics in Government Act, the Government in the Sunshine Act, the Freedom of Information Act, and the Privacy Act.
  • Assists the BBG CEO and Director with legal questions extending from complex problems of international law arising out of operations in foreign countries to novel problems relating to security, contracts, personnel and other administrative matters.
  • Reviews proposed contracts, memoranda of understanding, and other agreements involving matters pertaining to non-delegable authorities of the Board to assure that such agreements are adequately drawn to protect the interests of the U.S. and the BBG.
  • Provides direction to a professional and technical staff of attorneys, paralegals, and administrative personnel.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • As necessary

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Job Requirements

Key Requirements

  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Selectee will serve a one-year probationary period.


To be qualified, applicants must possess the Executive Core Qualifications for the Senior Executive Service and the Professional/Technical Qualifications required for the position.


The applicant must file a separate narrative response for each ECQ.  In responding to each ECQ statement, please structure your responses in terms of a specific problem or goal (CHALLENGE); the environment in which you worked to tackle the problem or goal (CONTEXT); the specific actions taken (ACTION); and the outcome from such actions (RESULTS).  Please provide at least two (2) examples for each area, where practical.  The total response to all ECQs MUST NOT EXCEED 10 PAGES.  For additional information on ECQ’s beyond the information provided in this document, go to website

ECQ 1. Leading Change:  This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals.  Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. Competencies: Creativity & Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision.

ECQ 2. Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization’s vision, mission, and goals.  Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.  Competencies:  Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building.

ECQ 3. Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations.  Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.  Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility.

ECQ 4. Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management.

ECQ 5. Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, or international organizations to achieve common goals.  Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating.


The applicant must file a separate narrative response for each PTQ and must cite examples in support of their response.

Essential (Mandatory)

  • Graduation from an American Bar Association accredited law school and current possession of an active bar membership in good standing which permits the practice of law in the United States.
  • Experience in a senior legal position in an organization with demonstrated proficiency in analyzing complex and novel legal problems and formulating solutions by application of sound and thorough legal analysis.
  • Expert research and writing skills to ensure that written opinions have sound precedent value and can withstand scrutiny by opposing interests.
  • Demonstrated ability to think broadly and strategically, including the ability to translate long term goals and objectives into short term tactical plans and operational activities.
  • Knowledge of comprehensive and relevant Federal laws and court decisions, Comptroller General Decisions, and similar policies and procedures related to a broad range of administrative functions such as contracting, personnel, security, as well as radio, television and digital media communications.
  • Broad knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of journalism and mass communications.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide legal advice and opinions at the executive level, including experience in conveying complex legal information in an easily understood way to a Board of Directors whose knowledge base of the subjects in question may be limited in scope.

·         In-depth knowledge of U.S. laws and the ability to interpret not only U.S. laws, but foreign laws, as well as international agreements and treaties.

·         Proven ability to provide legal counsel on government contracts and to develop and evaluate new legislative proposals and revisions for a foreign affairs agency.

·         Broad knowledge of international relations and of the foreign policy objectives of the U.S.


  • Comprehensive knowledge of the mission, function, goals, organizational structure, and operations of the Broadcasting Board of Governors and its entities.


  1. OPM Candidate Development Program (CDP) graduates and current Career SES members need only to address the Professional/Technical qualifications and need not respond to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).
  2. You will be required to serve a one-year probationary period unless you have previously completed the probationary period.
  3. You will be paid by direct deposit to a financial organization.
  4. Some travel of all modes of transportation within Continental United States is required.
  5. Security Requirement: Critical Sensitive. Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance.
  6. Veterans’ preference does not apply to positions in the Senior Executive Service.
  7. The selectee will be required to complete the Executive Financial Disclosure in accordance with Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
  8. As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31,1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.


Security Clearance

Top Secret

Additional Information

What To Expect Next

Once the your application is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or  interviews are required you will be contacted.

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The Federal Government offers exceptional benefits to employees, including opportunities for training and advancement, health Insurance, vacation and sick leave, life insurance, long term care insurance, retirement benefits, flexible spending accounts, and public transportation subsidies.  The link below provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal Employees:

Other Information

If successful applicant is a current Federal employee, he or she must be willing to enter the Senior Executive Service. If the successful applicant is an Agency Foreign Service employee, he/she will be retained on their Foreign Service appointment.

PLEASE NOTE: Current career senior executives, Qualification Review Board (QRB) certified graduates of an SES candidate development program, and individual with SES reinstatement eligibility may be considered noncompetitively for appointment to this position if they meet the mandatory professional/technical qualification requirements.  Proof of noncompetitive eligibility is required (SF-50 or QRB certification).

Broadcasting Board of Governors


Phone: (202)382-7524


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