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Legal Assistant

Department: Legal and Regulatory Affairs
Reports To: Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Legal and Regulatory Affairs
Employment Type: Non-exempt
Classification: Full-time
Education Level: Four-year degree
Years of Experience: 0-3 years
Travel Requirements: n/a

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Position Summary

Responsible for assisting the attorneys in the Legal department carry out their varied work in a timely and efficient manner. It primarily will involve helping attorneys in their preparation of frequent legal filings at federal agencies and conducting legal and other research. The position also will involve assisting other work of the legal department and providing administrative support within the department, including document management.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

Conduct legal research and general research about communications industry and broadcasting.

Assist attorneys in preparing and filing pleadings at the Federal Communications Commission and other agencies.

Provide support for federal court litigation.

Assist in preparing required NAB reports.

Oversee department’s document management system.

Assist attorneys in preparing materials for and responding to inquiries from NAB member stations about legal issues.

Other duties as assigned.

Core Competencies

Interpersonal Relationships/Interactions
Demonstrates a genuine interest and sensitivity in the thoughts, opinions, values and needs of co-workers and customers and views differences in these areas as both inevitable and acceptable. Avoids speaking, writing or doing other things that could be seen as disrespectful, exclusionary, discriminatory or offensive in nature. Deals with others in a professional manner. Recognizes and shows respect for the strengths and contributions of others. This is in clear contrast to behaviors that leave people feeling that their thoughts, opinions, values and needs are of little interest or are somehow inappropriate and unacceptable; a tendency to habitually say, write or do things that are disrespectful to individuals who are not present or who are otherwise unaware what has been communicated; and/or a strong tendency to notice and recognize missed expectations and failures.

Position-specific Competencies

Adaptability
Adjusts quickly and effectively to changing conditions and demands. Discusses change as a necessary and inevitable aspect of organizational life as well as an opportunity to learn new things. Has a similar view and approach to potentially stressful situations or with conflicting demands. Invests personal energy toward accepting and adapting to change that others use toward resisting or resenting it. This is in contrast to those who tend to react to negatively about change and whose productivity and relationships with others suffer as a result. Those who fail to demonstrate flexibility tend to continue in a direction that is no longer relevant or productive, express regrets when things are not as they used to be and show distinct sgns of stress while others are already swimming in the direction of the tide.

Communication
Communicates effectively and appropriately. Uses good judgment as to what to communicate to whom and to when as well as the best way to get that accomplished (written, verbal). Speaks in a clear and credible manner, selecting the right tone for the situation and audience. Provides appropriate feedback when needed. Listens to others and allows them to make their point. This is quite different than those who tend to select the wrong means of communicating, or who communicate information to inappropriate people. It also contrasts with those whose messages are not clear or lack credibility, as well as those who demonstrate poor listening skills and are unreceptive to feedback.

Organization Skills
Handles multiple assignments and priorities yet still fulfills all commitments. Readily accepts new responsibilities and adapts well to changes in procedures. Gives appropriate priorities to various work demands. Follows through on commitments. Values the time of others by: coming prepared to meetings, being on time, responding to emails and communications in a timely manner. This is quite different from those who struggle to stay focused when faced with multiple priorities; focus only on one or two job priorities while neglecting others; and/or hesitate, complain or refuse to accept new procedures or assignments.

Problem Solving
Takes a proactive approach to anticipating and preventing problems. Uses logic and methods to solve difficult problems resulting in effective solutions. Seeks a variety of resources and data as part of the problem solving process. The majority of the decision made result in correct and accurate results. Decides whether solving the problem should involve others. This differs from those who are not proactive, typically get surprised when problems occur, attempt to solve problems without the right mix of people involved, push too quickly for solutions or generate solutions that are not viable.

Job Knowledge
Possesses sufficient job skills and knowledge to perform the job in a competent manner. Is able to demonstrate skills and knowledge in day-to-day situations. Demonstrates a high level of dependability in all aspects of the job; an understanding of the link between one's own job responsibilities/performance and overall organizational goals. This is distinctly different from those individuals who lack sufficient job skills or knowledge to meet job requirements or who have the skills and knowledge, yet struggle to apply them to day-to-day situations on the job.

Customer Focus
Personally demonstrates that external or internal customers are a high priority. Identifies customer needs and expectations and responds to them in a timely and effective manner. Anticipates and prevents delays or other things that can adversely affect the customer. Consistently acts with the customers in mind. Establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect. Keeps customers informed about the status of pending actions. This is in sharp contrast to behavior patterns that tend to disappoint customers, leave them feeling forgotten and unimportant or that otherwise result in unmet needs or expectations.

Internal/External Relations

Internal Relations:
Maintains effective relationships with NAB staff.

External Relations:
Maintains effective relationships with external partners.

Additional Requirements

Experience as a paralegal/legal assistant is preferred but not required.

Experience or interest in the communications industry, technology and/or broadcasting is preferred but not required.

Proficient in MS Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel).

 

Please email your cover letter with salary range and resume (PDF documents only) to HR@nab.org. You may fax it to (202) 775-2983 if you prefer. Please include the title of the position that you are applying to in the subject line of your email or fax cover sheet. Incomplete applications may not be considered. We require all applicants to provide cover letters and resumes in portable document format (PDF). Microsoft Word documents will not be opened or reviewed.

The National Association of Broadcasters is a trade association that advocates on behalf of free, local radio and television stations and also broadcast networks before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the Courts.

NAB is an equal opportunity employer.