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 Housing and Civil Enforcement Section (HCE or Section) enforces civil rights laws designed to protect persons from illegal discrimination in housing, lending, zoning and land use, and places of public accommodation. These laws include the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination in all types of housing transactions; the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, which prohibits patterns or practices of discrimination by financial institutions in all types of lending; Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination in places of public accommodation; the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, which prohibits state and local government land use and zoning practices that discriminate against or impose substantial burdens on religious institutions; and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, which provides certain legal protections for military service members. In enforcing these laws, the Section conducts investigations, brings lawsuits and monitors compliance with court orders and settlements. The Section's work involves private and public entities, including landlords, financial institutions, and local jurisdictions.
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.
There are several Deputy Chief positions in the Section. The Deputy Chiefs are responsible for developing and supervising investigations, litigation and compliance monitoring under the statutes enforced by the Section. Currently, two of the Deputy Chiefs handle primarily matters involving claims related to lending discrimination, and the other Deputy Chiefs (including one vacant position) handle these responsibilities for matters arising under the range of statutes enforced by the Section. Each Deputy Chief supervises the activities of Section trial attorneys and other staff in these activities, and assists the Section Chief in personnel supervision, staff development and administrative management of the Section. The Deputy Chiefs also assist the Section Chief in developing enforcement policies, strategies, and priorities. In addition, the Deputy Chiefs conduct outreach to public interest and non-governmental civil rights organizations, and organize and conduct training programs as appropriate.
Applicants must possess a J.D. from an American Bar Association accredited law school, be an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction), and possess a minimum of five (5) years of post-professional law degree experience. Applicants also must have strong demonstrated qualifications in the following areas: academic achievement; substantive knowledge and expertise in the laws, rules and regulations applicable to the work of the section or substantively similar laws, rules and regulations; written and oral communication skills; the ability to analyze complex issues; skill and experience working collaboratively and productively with others; organizational skills; professional judgment; initiative; and the ability to excel in a fast-paced, demanding environment. In addition, applicants must have outstanding professional references and demonstrated supervisory and leadership ability, as well as skills that will allow them to coordinate effectively with other components in the Division and the Department.
The following qualifications are preferred but not required: (1) significant federal court experience; and (2) substantial experience developing or litigating federal civil rights cases. Judicial clerkships (especially in federal court), law review, moot court, clinical experience, and skill and experience working cooperatively and productively with a range of people, such as charging parties, witnesses, respondents, disadvantaged or disenfranchised groups, opposing counsel, judicial or administrative officials, advocacy groups, law enforcement personnel, and the staff of other federal or state governmental agencies are also preferred.
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/410456000
Questions about this position may be directed to Harry Vickers at 202-514-3934 or Harry.Vickers@usdoj.gov.