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, that violate the constitution.
The Office of Employment Counsel (OEC) is responsible for ensuring that all Division personnel programs, policies, and practices comply with applicable laws, rules and regulations, including but not limited to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the merit system principles and prohibited personnel practices set forth in 5 U.S.C. §§ 2301-2302. The OEC is responsible for reviewing Division (and, in some cases Department or federal government-wide) personnel policies and practices for compliance with applicable federal law and recommending necessary changes, as well as coordinating with the Professional Development Office and Human Resources to ensure that all Division managers and employees receive training regarding their rights and responsibilities under applicable equal employment opportunity, merit system principles and prohibited personnel practices laws, rules and regulations.
CRT offices are near the Metro transportation system or other public transportation, and are conveniently accessible to restaurants, museums and other Washington, D.C. area attractions. Most jobs in the Division offer alternative work schedules and other family friendly opportunities. Most employees who commute by public transportation are eligible for a transit subsidy benefit.
The core duties of the Chief Employment Counsel include:
Provides legal advice and counsel to the Office of the Assistant Attorney General (OAAG), Division management and human resource staff regarding the full range of employment matters, including, but not limited to, hiring and other personnel policies, disciplinary and other adverse personnel actions, formal and informal equal employment opportunity related complaints, grievances, and requests for reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.
Works proactively with managers and employees to resolve employment related disputes informally through mediation; and, as necessary and appropriate, represents the OAAG and/or Division managers in administrative and court proceedings in connection with complaints and grievances involving current and former Division employees and applicants.
Serves as the Division’s primary point of contact with other federal agency components, such as the Department’s Equal Employment Opportunity Office and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), on matters involving complaints by or the conduct of current and former Division employees and applicants.
More broadly, advises on and/or consults with others within the Department and at other federal agencies regarding prospective Division and/or Department employment-related policies, practices, laws, rules and regulations.
Applicants must possess an extensive knowledge and expertise in federal equal employment opportunity (EEO) laws, rules and regulations, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Rehabilitation Act and merit system principles. Applicants also must have strong interpersonal, leadership, organizational, editing and writing, and oral communication skills.
You must submit a separate narrative statement that addresses each of the Technical Qualifications (TQs) listed below.
- Knowledge and experience in federal employment law.
- Knowledge and experience in the practice of litigation before administrative forums, and in the negotiation and execution of settlement agreements.
- Ability to communicate effectively on complex legal and technical issues, both orally and in writing, including the ability to advocate successfully with diverse stakeholders, external partners and individuals or groups having differing and often conflicting interests, on matters related to the successful execution of an organization's mission, programs and related to federal employment law.
- Experience supervising a staff that includes attorneys.
Specialized Education and Licensing:
You must be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar.
You must submit your application so that it will be received by 11:59pm (Eastern Time Zone) on the closing date of the announcement. Please refer to the "How To Apply" section at this link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/400863800
Questions about this position may be directed to Harry Vickers at 202-514-3934 or Harry.Vickers@usdoj.gov.