Attorney Adviser

Disability Rights Section
Attorney
1425 New York Avenue
Washington, DC 20005
United States
15-ATT-008
About the Office: 

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.

Job Description: 

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.
Qualifications: 

Required Qualifications:

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)

Preferred Qualifications:

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.

Salary: 
GS - 13/14 Promotion Potential: 15 $90,823.00 to $139,523.00.
Travel: 
Occasional Travel/Some travel may be required.
Application Process: 

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
2. Résumé
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

Application Deadline: 
Friday, April 10, 2015
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation Expenses are not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
1 Full-Time
Updated April 7, 2016

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Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:   The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to resume@benderconsult.com and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com.  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  See list of DPOCs.    

Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates who have lived outside the United States for two or more of the past five years will likely have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department Security Staff. The two-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

 

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