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 managing attorney to serve as the Principal Deputy Chief in the Employment Litigation Section (ELS or Section). The ELS enforces, with respect to state and local government employers, the provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 2000e (Title VII), which prohibit employment practices that discriminate on the basis of color, race, sex, national origin and religion, as well as retaliation. The ELS enforces, with respect to private, state and local government employers, the provisions of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994, as amended, 38 U.S.C. 4301 (USERRA), which prohibit employers from discriminating or retaliating against an employee or applicant for employment because of such person's past, current or future military obligation, and requires the prompt reemployment of service members upon their return from military duty. The ELS also may defend the United States and/or federal agencies in lawsuits that challenge the constitutionality of the federal government's disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) contracting programs, and has responsibility for litigation enforcing Executive Order 11246, which prohibits discrimination by federal contractors and subcontractors.
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.
As Principal Deputy Chief, the successful candidate will assist the Section Chief in planning and directing a nationwide program to enforce the federal civil rights laws prohibiting employment discrimination by state and local employers. The incumbent will also assist the Section Chief in enforcement of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.
Advising the Section Chief on personnel, overall management planning, litigative program development, budget, and other matters; and participating in the decisional process relating to these subjects. Supervising - both directly and through subordinate managers and supervisors - attorneys, professional, and legal support personnel.
Supervising various administrative tasks, including evaluating attorneys.
Overseeing the preparation, review, and editing of 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.
Meeting, coordinating, and fostering good working relationships with the United States Attorneys' Offices, other Department of Justice (DOJ or Department) components, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Labor, federal regulatory agencies, and other partner agencies.
Coordinating with counsel for private litigants in cases in which the Government intervenes; conferring with the United States Attorneys' Offices at all important stages of litigation; and meeting with the public (and their delegations), law enforcement entities, and others.
Consulting with and advising on an emergency basis DOJ officials at the highest echelon, reporting on the immediate status of civil rights matters that fall under the Section's areas of oversight.
Consulting with and advising the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights and the Deputy Assistant Attorneys General. Coordinating with the Division's other litigation 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 ELS. Meeting and conducting outreach to community organizations and other interested parties.
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.
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.
Completed applications must be submitted by fax (202-514-6603) or electronic mail (crt.vacancies-ELS@usdoj.gov). Please do not submit applications for employment via postal delivery. You must include the job announcement number (15-SES-CRD-001) in the subject line of your email or on the cover page of your fax.
Please refer to this link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/392923400 and review the 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