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General Counsel, Vacancy 13-063

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

General Counsel, Vacancy 13-063

Office of Cable Television (OCT), Office of General Counsel 
Salary Range: LX-2--$106,086-$113,300*
 
The mission of the DC Office of Cable Television (OCT) is to: (1) regulate the provision of "cable service" in the District of Columbia (as that term is defined by the District's cable television laws); (2) protect and advance the cable service-related interests of the District and its residents; and (3) produce and cablecast live and recorded video and other programming by way of the District's public, educational and government (PEG) cable channels.
 
OCT regulates the District's cable service providers by enforcing applicable federal and District cable television laws and regulations (including existing District Cable Franchise Agreements); OCT establishes cable franchise agreements between cable service providers and the District, and ensures compliance with those franchise agreements; OCT works to facilitate harmonious relationships between District cable service providers and their customers by mediating disputes and enforcing applicable customer service regulations; OCT facilitates open access to the District government through the operation of its government cable channels:  TV-13, the District of Columbia Network (DCN) and its educational cable channel, District Knowledge Network (DKN); OCT works to create and maintain an economic and regulatory environment that promotes competition in the cable television industry in the District; and, OCT works to attract the deployment and maintenance of advanced cable services in the District.
 
The General Counsel will assist OCT in its mission to: (i) regulate cable television in the District of Columbia and (ii) manage and produce live and recorded video and other programming cablecast on PEG cable channels TV-13, DCN and DKN. The General Counsel is the District government’s chief cable television regulatory officer and is responsible for enforcement of the District’s franchise agreements with Comcast, Verizon, RCN, the District’s cable customer service regulations as well as the review of any other applications for a cable or open video system franchise submitted to the District.  The successful candidate must keep abreast of developments in federal cable law as they apply to the District and its residents. The General Counsel manages one attorney, a paralegal, a consumer services manager, and a cable inspector. The General Counsel also works directly with the agency’s Executive Director, Programming Director, and Operations Director.  
 
The General Counsel handles a variety of matters, including:   (i) drafting legislation, regulations and Council testimony, District government agency reports to the Mayor and letters to the cable operators and District residents, (ii) negotiating and drafting memoranda of understanding with other District agencies, (iii) participating in meetings with Council members, staff and officials in the Executive Office of the Mayor, (iv) attending regular oversight meetings with Comcast officials, (v) researching the District  federal and local laws on cable television and municipal programming matters, (vi) working with OCT’s consumer services manager and cable inspector on cable television customer service issues and related consumer inquiries, (vii) assisting OCT’s senior management team on various agency-related legal issues and (viii) managing the agency’s handling of risk management issues, FOIA requests, and agency performance management issues.  
 
A successful candidate for this position must have a J.D. degree; a working knowledge of the operations of District government; knowledge of District and federal cable television, communications and media laws; supervisory experience; effective interpersonal skills; and, excellent research and writing expertise. The selected candidate must be a resident of the District of Columbia, or must move to the District within 180 days of the appointment and remain a District resident as long as he/she holds the position.
 
This position is outside of the Collective Bargaining Unit. Candidates for the position may also be subject to a background check.  Open until filled.  Screening of applicants will begin on April 11, 2014.
 
*Salary in this range will be based on applicable rules, regulations and guidelines.