Chief, Policy and Strategy Section

Attorney
Washington, DC 20004
United States
16-CRD-SES-008
About the Office: 

The U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ" or "Department") is the principal federal agency charged with enforcing federally protected civil and constitutional rights. The Civil Rights Division ("CRT" or "Division") is primarily responsible for enforcing federal statutes and executive orders that prohibit, among other things, unlawful discrimination in education, employment, housing, police services, public accommodations and facilities, voting, and federally funded and conducted programs. The laws that the Division enforces also prohibit conduct by law enforcement agencies, as well as conditions of public residential institutions, such as health care and correctional facilities, that violate the constitution.

The Division is seeking a managing attorney to serve as the Chief of the Policy and Strategy Section ("POL" or "Section"). POL is responsible for researching, developing, and recommending CRT positions on related civil rights policy issues, initiatives, legislation and other matters of interest to the Division in support of this mission. In particular, the Section concentrates on advancing the enforcement work of the Division by efforts other than affirmative litigation, particularly in areas at the intersection of the responsibilities of the Division's other sections. This work may include the development of legislative and regulatory policies, of sub-regulatory guidance, and of engagement and outreach strategies to expand the impact of the Division's enforcement work. The Section also serves as the Division's point of contact and/or coordinator for the review and clearance of a wide range of proposals and documents in the Office of Management and Budget clearance process, including legislative initiatives, regulations and policies in which the Division has equities.

Job Description: 

As Chief, the successful candidate will support and coordinate the policy work of the Division by providing a focal point for proactive policy development and legislative proposals.  Responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing the development, recommendation, and execution of civil rights policy initiatives that fall within the purview of the Section.
  • Identifying potential policy issues of interest to the Division and bringing them to the attention of the appropriate Deputy Assistant Attorney General ("DAAG").  Making recommendations to DAAGs regarding policy issues and projects assigned to the POL Section.
  • Coordinating the Section's participation in a wide array of federal working groups addressing issues that fall within the purview of the Section, including those involving criminal justice, disability/Olmstead, and education issues.
  • Meeting, coordinating, soliciting input from, and fostering good working relationships with the United States Attorneys' Offices, other DOJ components, federal agency partners, and civil rights stakeholders.
  •  Advising and consulting with the Attorney General, the Deputy Attorney General, and the Associate Attorney General, reporting on the immediate status of civil rights policy matters that fall under the Section's areas of oversight. ·
  • Advising and consulting with the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights and the DAAGs.  Coordinates with the Division's other Section Chiefs and Deputy Chiefs as appropriate.
  • Speaking at meetings and conferences to educate other governmental agencies, industry, and/or the public about the work of the Section.  Meeting and conducting outreach to community organizations and other interested parties.
  • Serving as the rating or reviewing official for evaluations.
Qualifications: 
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required by law to review the executive qualifications of each new career appointee to the Senior Executive Service (SES) prior to appointment. To be considered for this position, you must submit a written statement addressing the five (5) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) listed below at section 3. Failure to address both the mandatory technical/professional qualifications and the ECQs as set forth below will adversely affect your chances for selection. Current members of the career SES, former career SES members with reinstatement eligibility, and OPM/QRB certified candidates need not address the ECQs.

You must submit a separate narrative statement that addresses each of the Technical Qualifications (TQs) and Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) related to this position; limit your responses to no more than one page for each TQ/MTQ. Unless you are a current Senior Executive Service (SES) career appointee, a former SES member having reinstatement eligibility, or an OPM-certified graduate of an approved SES Candidate Development Program, you must also submit a separate narrative statement (10-page limit) addressing each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) related to all positions in the SES. You must address how you have demonstrated progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined in this job announcement. Qualified candidates typically gain experience of this nature at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations. For examples and guidance on writing effective ECQ narrative statements, you are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications. You must use the Challenge- Context- Action- Result (CCAR) model when describing your accomplishments.

(1) Technical Qualifications:

    • Ability to manage a complex organization and tackle challenging organizational issues.
    • Ability to manage a diverse workforce that includes lawyers, non-lawyer professionals, and support staff.
    • Ability to establish and implement an organizational vision, develop a strategic plan and implement strategic change, develop and advance policy initiatives, and build coalitions and identify opportunities for collaboration, both within the organization and outside the organization, to enforce the applicable statutory provisions effectively.
    • 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 a large-scale organization's mission, programs and projects.
    • Demonstrated experience supervising, developing, or resolving issues through effective oral and written communication.
    • Ability to consult and provide advice on complex legal and technical issues.

      (2) Mandatory Technical Qualifications:

      • Extensive experience working with civil rights statutes as they relate to the policy and objectives of the organization's mission.

      (3) Executive Core Qualifications:

      • Leading Change: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. Leadership Competencies for ECQ-1: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision.
      • Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. Leadership Competencies for ECQ-2: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building.
      • Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. Leadership Competencies for ECQ-3: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility.
      • Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Leadership Competencies for ECQ-4: financial management, human capital management, technology management.
      • Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other federal agencies, state and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. Leadership Competencies for ECQ-5: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating.

      The following fundamental competencies underlie the five ECQs, which should be incorporated into your responses to the ECQs and not as separate statements:

      • Interpersonal Skills: Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.
      • Oral Communication: Makes clear and convincing oral presentations. Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed.
      • Integrity/Honesty: Behaves in an honest, fair, and ethical manner. Shows consistency in words and actions. Models high standards of ethics.
      • Written Communication: Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.
      • Continual Learning: Assesses and recognizes own strengths and weaknesses; pursues self-development.
      • Public Service Motivation: Shows a commitment to serve the public. Ensures that actions meet public needs; aligns organizational objectives and practices with public interests.
          Salary: 
          ES-905, $123,175.00 to $185,100.00 / Per Year
          Travel: 
          Some travel may be required.
          Application Process: 
          The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time Zone) on Monday, October 24, 2016. Please submit your application through USAJOBS. The list of required documents can be found in the USAJobs announcement.

          If you do not already have an account, please create a USAJOBS account before applying Create an Account. You will be able to upload your resume and supporting documents and complete your profile prior to applying.

          1. Once you have an account, apply to the USAJOBS vacancy: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/452040400
          Application Deadline: 
          Monday, October 24, 2016
          Relocation Expenses: 
          Not Authorized
          Number of Positions: 
          1
          Updated October 16, 2016

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