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 Disability Rights Section (Section or DRS) works to achieve equal opportunity for people with disabilities in the United States by implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Through its multi-faceted approach toward achieving compliance with the ADA, this Section works to make this goal a reality. The Section's enforcement, certification, regulatory, coordination, and technical assistance activities, required by the ADA, combined with an innovative mediation program and a technical assistance program, provide a cost-effective and dynamic approach for carrying out the ADA's mandates. The Section also enforces the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) and carries out responsibilities under Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act, and Executive Order 12250.
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 participate as a member of a primarily non-litigating team in DRS with responsibility for the following:
- drafting, developing and publishing regulations that implement the disability nondiscrimination obligations of title II (State and local government programs and services) and title III (public accommodations) of the ADA, including assisting with the development of accessibility guidelines promulgated by the U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board);
- providing legal and policy guidance to other federal officials within the Department and other federal agencies about the nondiscrimination requirements of the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504);
- coordinating the other federal agencies' promulgation of regulations that implement Section 504; preparing biennial reports to the President and Congress on the status of the federal government's implementation of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act concerning accessible electronic and information technology;
- responding to requests from State and local governments to certify the equivalency of submitted accessibility codes to the ADA Standards for Accessible Design (ADA Standards) and providing technical assistance to private sector organizations that develop model accessibility codes and standards;
- assisting with the provision of technical assistance about the ADA to State and local governments, businesses and other public accommodations, and to members of the public; and
- providing disability rights training to other federal agencies.
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-J.D. legal or other relevant experience commensurate to the grade level of eligibility, as shown below. Applicants must possess strong interpersonal, communication and legal writing skills, sound professional judgment, the ability to work independently and as an active participant on project-focused teams, and be able to excel and produce a sound work product in a highly demanding environment. Given the nature and volume of the work of DRS, applicants must be knowledgeable of titles II and III of the ADA, including the ADA implementing regulations, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. The applicant must also be knowledgeable of, and have experience applying, the Administrative Procedure Act in the context of the federal rulemaking process.
At least 1.5 years - GS-13 ($90,823 to $118,069 per annum)
At least 2.5 years - GS-14 ($107,325 to $139,523 per annum)
The following qualifications are preferred, but not required: (1) expertise drafting and developing federal regulations for notice-and-comment rulemaking; (2) experience analyzing and interpreting regulations that implement nondiscrimination obligations on the basis of disability and preparing technical assistance materials, policy documents and training programs about these obligations; and (3) knowledge of, and familiarity with, the ADA Accessible.
The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time Zone) on Friday, April 10, 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/ViewDetails/397624000