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Attorney-Advisor

Hiring Organization
Civil Rights Division (CRT)
Hiring Office
Disability Rights Section
Location:
Washington, DC 20530 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The Civil Rights Division (Division) of the Department of Justice (Department), 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) enforces civil rights laws designed to protect persons with disabilities from illegal discrimination in employment, public services, and public accommodations and services operated by private entities. The Section conducts investigations, brings lawsuits, and monitors compliance with court orders and settlements. The Section also promulgates regulations to interpret and implement the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and develops sub-regulatory guidance explaining the requirements of the ADA. The Section provides technical assistance to the general public, to State and local governments, to private entities covered by Title III, and to persons with disabilities, and operates the ADA Information Line, the ADA Mediation Program, and the ADA website, ADA.gov.

As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.

Job Description

This is a non-reimbursable full-time detail opportunity not to exceed 10 months. The detail may be extended if all parties are in agreement. Attorneys already employed in the Federal Government on permanent positions and serving on appointments with no time limitation are eligible to apply. Interested candidates should be available to start the detail within approximately two weeks of selection.

Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: The responsibilities for the attorneys selected under this announcement will focus on the Division's policy making (including rulemaking and administrative law) efforts under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Attorney Advisors will work with the team that is charged with drafting, developing and publishing regulations that implement the disability nondiscrimination obligations of the ADA. The team is currently working on regulations governing the accessibility of websites for public accommodations and state and local governments, as well as regulations governing movie captioning and audio description in movie theatres and the implementation of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.

Qualifications

Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school, be an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction), and possess at least one year of post-professional law degree experience. Applicants must possess excellent legal writing skills, strong interpersonal 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 demanding environment.

Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge of titles II and III of the ADA, including the ADA implementing regulations, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act is preferred. Knowledge of rulemaking processes and administrative law is also preferred.

Application Process

How to Apply: Interested Federal Government attorneys should submit: (1) a resume; (2) your most recent permanent appraisal; and (3) a cover letter describing your interest in the detail. Applications must be e-mailed to: crt.vacancies-DRS@usdoj.gov (please put the word “DETAIL” in the subject line.

Salary

Current Federal Government salary will be paid.

Number of Positions
Two
Travel
Occasional travel is required.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses and other travel allowances will not be paid by the Division.

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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 race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit based 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. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

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 disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. 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 must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-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. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.

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 their retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

USAO Residency Requirement:  Assistant United States Attorneys must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

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This and other vacancy announcements can be found under Attorney Vacancies and Volunteer Legal Internships. The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement. Such posting and/or dissemination is not an endorsement by the Department of the organization or group disseminating and/or posting the information.

Updated April 7, 2016