A former FCC colleague just sent me a copy of a job announcement from NTIA and asked me to publicize it. An organization is only as good as its people. So while working at NTIA may not be "heaven on earth", there are a lot of challenging problems there and some people may find the pay scale attractive.
The jobs that started this are a pair of GS 13/14 positions ($79,397 - 121,967/year) which included the usual federal fringe benefits. (Note individuals a few years from retirement with prior civil service or military time may get huge retirement benefits in proportion to time worked from taking such a job.)
If you want to look at it more and possibly apply online, surf over to USAJOBS. You will oddly get a list of all openings in the Commerce Department, but enter NTIA in the "refine" box, and you will zoom into the 15 jobs presently open at NTIA, including these two. Applications close January 22.
Vacancy Ann.#: NTIA-OSM-2008-0010 (DEU)
SALARY RANGE: 79,397.00 - 121,967.00 USD per year
OPEN PERIOD: Thursday, December 20, 2007 to Tuesday, January 22, 2008
SERIES & GRADE: GS-0855-13/14
POSITION INFORMATION: Competitive Service Full-Time, Permanent
PROMOTION POTENTIAL: 14
DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy - Washington DC Metro Area, DC
RELOCATION EXPENSES: Will be paid.
The Strategic Planning Division is looking for a creative, innovative
individual with superb technical, communication, decision making, and problem solving skills who are knowledgeable in the exciting field of spectrum management. We are seeking individuals capable of producing new ideas and technical solutions to the communications challenges our country is facing in the 21st century. As an Electronic Engineer, you will participate on critically important project teams to interpret, recommend changes, and develop policies to address the ever-changing radio communication environment both nationally and internationally. You will have many opportunities to contribute to the team, and also to excel individually.
Reports directly to the Chief of the Strategic Planning Division.
Overall responsibilities of the division include: 1)Serves as a Project
Lead with full responsibilities for planning, organizing and executing
strategic planning activities for spectrum management as it relates to
the division's strategic planning program. This will include various
technical analyses, planning, coordination, process improvement and
policy formulation activities to develop the broad-
range recommendations associated with the subject of achieving the
efficient and effective management and use of the radio spectrum to
assure spectrum access for the 21st century, 2) Provides technical
advice and management support of both government and contracted
support personnel required to meet operational objectives relating to
strategic planning and long-term strategies of the Division, 3) Conducts outreach and coordinates work performed by division within and outside NTIA, 4) and implements these recommendations within the Federal government's policy and decision-making processes for capital planning and investment control to achieve success in carrying out the President's spectrum policy for the 21st century. In addition, the incumbent furnishes advice, project reviews, and assistance to senior-level policy and decision-makers within NTIA regarding the matter of strategic plans and future architectures for
spectrum management and is required to establish, coordinate and maintain a continuous liaison with senior-level representatives located within and outside the Federal government
At present, there are no high paid jobs available at FCC for outsiders. FCC is always hurt badly by continuing resolutions due to the nature of its budget and that probably explains the lack of vacancies. I suspect more will show up in the Spring. If interested, surf over to FCCJobs.