The Civil Rights Division (Division) of the Department of Justice, created by the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The Division is primarily responsible for enforcing federal statutes and executive orders that prohibit, among other things, unlawful discrimination in education, employment, housing, police service, public accommodations and facilities, voting, and federally funded and conducted programs. The Division also has jurisdiction to enforce constitutional prohibitions on certain conduct by law enforcement agencies and public residential institutions, such as health care and correctional facilities.
The Federal Coordination and Compliance Section (FCS or Section) ensures that all federal agencies consistently and effectively enforce civil rights statutes and Executive Orders that prohibit discrimination in federally conducted and assisted programs and activities.
Division offices are near metro transportation systems or other public transportation, and are conveniently accessible to restaurants, museums and other D.C. area attractions. Most jobs in the Division offer alternative work schedules and other family friendly opportunities are available. Most employees who commute by public transportation are provided transit subsidy benefits.
Additional positions may be filled from this vacancy announcement.
The incumbent selected for this position will be responsible for the following duties: providing legal counsel and technical assistance to federal civil rights offices; conducting administrative investigations under Title VI and the Safe Streets Act, including investigations involving access to the courts and other recipients of DOJ financial assistance; negotiations; developing and/or providing training, including through use of technologies; legal research and writing; developing or working on proactive and reactive policy approaches to Section civil rights goals; and/or some limited opportunities for litigation.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from an American Bar Association accredited law school, be an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction), and possess the minimum years of post law degree experience commensurate to the grade level of eligibility, as shown below. Applicants must also demonstrate exceptional interpersonal skills and professional judgment, and be able to excel in a highly demanding environment. Given the nature and volume of the work of the Federal Coordination and Compliance Section, applicants must have expertise in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, including one or more of the following: pre-litigation investigations and negotiations, litigation, training, technical assistance, and policy development.
At least 4 years - GS-15 ($126,245 to $158,700 per annum)
The following qualifications are preferred but not required: Expertise in drafting and analyzing regulations, rules, manuals, or policy documents concerning prohibitions against race, color, and national origin discrimination in federally-assisted programs and activities.
The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time Zone) on Monday, March 23, 2015.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:
1. Cover Letter
3. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
4. Writing sample of no more than ten pages (a brief or comparable analytic legal exposition that is your work product)
5. Veterans' Preference Documentation, if applicable
6. Sch A documentation, if applicable
To apply for this position, see page at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/PrintPreview/395542100