Regulatory Counsel, Government Affairs
The Regulatory Counsel (Counsel) will identify and analyze legal and policy issues for Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) member companies and prepare compelling data and written materials to support WIA’s positions. This position will direct and conduct in-depth and complex legal research on authorities and precedents on points of law, review position papers on controversial issues, policy statements and guidance, rulemaking proceedings, public notices, briefing materials, data requests, and memorandum or reports outlining the facts and legal issues.
- Supports all internal team members and departments following the Association mission and values while promoting Association culture
- Monitors and analyzes government legislative, regulatory and executive initiatives related to wireless infrastructure
- Prepares and presents briefings on legal and policy matters of significant importance pertaining to communications law or administrative law, proposing approaches to these matters and advising on the advantages and disadvantages of each approach
- Develops specific policy positions and interventions by working with member committees and related industry coalitions
- Drafts proposed legislation, regulatory comments, position papers, issue briefs and media articles
- Represents the association’s positions before policy makers, industry members and the general public regarding wireless infrastructure by planning and executing
- Essential Training/Certifications:
- Licensed attorney in good standing of the bar of U.S. state or territory
- 3-5 years of experience preferably with knowledge of wireless infrastructure industry
- Experience as lobbyist/government affairs staffer, preferably with an association desirable
- Electronic filing systems such as FCC’s ECFS
- Legislative and judicial databases: Lexis, WestLaw, Thomas, etc.
- Significant communication skills (written, verbal and non-verbal formats); showcasing clear and concise manner
- Ability to respond to legislative changes, development of alternative legislative approaches, and political developments
- Well-developed sense of customer/client service; builds strong business and stakeholder relationships
- Demonstrative abilities in collaborative team building and consensus
- Exceptional analytical and critical thinking skills
WIA is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/assignment, citizenship, pregnancy or maternity, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state or local law.
Interested qualified applicants please submit a resume and writing sample to email@example.com with the subject Regulatory Counsel, Last Name, First Name.
WIA Legal Externship/Internship Program
The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) seeks a legal intern or extern to work in its Government Affairs Department during spring, summer, and fall semesters. WIA is the principal organization representing the companies that build, design, own and manage telecommunications facilities throughout the world. Its over 230 members include carriers, infrastructure providers, and professional services firms.
WIA’s Government Affairs Department is highly collaborative. We work together on a diverse array of projects that require a firm grasp of the telecommunications field. We expect interns/externs to participate actively in these projects, and we value substantive contributions to our team.
Scope of Work
- Work with Government Affairs Department to effectively communicate the interests of WIA members to local, state, and federal officials.
- Conduct general legal research on issues affecting the wireless infrastructure industry.
- Assist in the execution of a federal legislative strategy on Capitol Hill.
- Assist in representation of WIA and member companies before executive agencies, including the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”).
- Gain practical experience in communicating the interests of an industry to government officials.
- Develop an understanding of the issues affecting the wireless telecommunications industry generally, and the wireless infrastructure industry specifically.
- Refine oral and written advocacy skills by attending meetings and drafting written documents, such as ex parte presentations before the FCC, letters to localities concerning siting laws, and comments in open proceedings before the FCC.
- Current law student.
- Relevant coursework in communications law and related fields.
- Membership and participation on a law journal, moot court, or leadership of other student organization preferred.
Interns have an opportunity to receive a stipend (commensurate with experience); externs receive law school course credit. Interested, qualified applicants please submit a resume, writing sample and transcript to firstname.lastname@example.org.