Chief, Special Litigation Section

Special Litigation Section
Attorney
Washington, DC 20530
United States
15-SES-CRD-004
About the Office: 

The U.S. Department of Justice 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 Section Chief to lead the Special Litigation Section in its work to protect civil rights in the following areas: 1) the rights of people who interact with state or local police or sheriffs' departments; 2) the rights of people in state or local institutions, including: jails, prisons, juvenile detention facilities, and health care facilities for persons with disabilities; 3) the rights of individuals with disabilities to receive services in their communities, rather than in institutions; 4) the rights of youth involved in the juvenile justice system; 5) the rights of people to have safe access to reproductive health care clinics; and 6) the rights of people to practice their religion while confined to state and local institutions. The Section can also act on behalf of people at risk of harm in these areas.

Job Description: 

As Section Chief, responsibilities include:

Managing directly and through subordinate supervisors, a staff of approximately 70 lawyers, non-lawyer professionals and support staff.

Managing the development of the Section's enforcement strategy and implementation plan. Initiating, directing, and reviewing investigations that arise from complaints regarding violations of the applicable federal statutes (42 U.S.C. §§ 1997, 14141, 12132, 3789d, 2000b, 2000cc and 18 U.S.C. § 248(c)).

Overseeing the preparation, review, and editing of legal memoranda, complaints, other pleadings, discovery requests and responses, motions, briefs, proposed consent decrees and other legal documents. Overseeing all aspects of pretrial discovery and motion practices to ensure the development of testimonial and documentary evidence for trial. Personally handling the most sensitive and difficult cases. Intervening in significant cases brought by private litigants.

Reviewing and evaluating the work of experts, consultants and court-imposed monitors.

Meeting, coordinating, and fostering good working relationships with the United States Attorneys' Offices, other DOJ components, and other partner agencies.

Consulting and advising the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division and the Deputy Assistant Attorneys General. Coordinating with the Division's other litigation Section Chiefs and Deputy Chiefs as appropriate.

Resolving cases through settlement agreements, consent decrees, or litigation.

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.

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:
A proven 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.

Demonstrated experience litigating cases and negotiating settlements.

(2) Mandatory Technical Qualifications:
Must have extensive experience working with one or more of the applicable statutory provisions.

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.

(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.

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.

Salary: 
$121,956.00 to $183,300.00 / Per Year
Travel: 
The position requires significant travel.
Application Process: 

You must submit your application so that it will be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time Zone on the closing date of the announcement.

Please refer to this link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/397337200 and review the "How To Apply" section and vacancy announcement in its entirety to ensure proper application procedures are followed.

Questions about this position may be directed to Harry Vickers at 202-514-3934 or Harry.Vickers@usdoj.gov

Application Deadline: 
Friday, April 24, 2015
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses are not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
1
Updated April 7, 2016

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