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 Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (Section or OSC) enforces the anti-discrimination provision (§ 274B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. § 1324b. This federal law prohibits: 1) citizenship status discrimination in hiring, firing, or recruiting; 2) national origin discrimination in hiring, firing, or recruiting; 3) document abuse (unfair documentary practices during the employment eligibility verification, or Form I-9, process); and 4) retaliation or intimidation.
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.
The incumbent of this position will be part of the OSC's management team and will report directly to the Deputy Special Counsel.
The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
(1) supervise investigations, litigation, and negotiations, including helping staff strategize over cases;
(2) analyze legal issues and make enforcement-related recommendations, or guide others in making such recommendations;
(3) handle some of the Office's most difficult and complex cases, if necessary;
(4) help to develop the Office's policy on immigration-related employment issues and interact with officials within the Department and at other agencies regarding such issues; (5) draft and deliver outreach presentations;
(6) create and provide enforcement-related training;
(7) provide guidance and leadership to attorneys, equal opportunity specialists, paralegals, and support staff;
(8) assist the Deputy Special Counsel, in conjunction with other management team members, with budget reports, outreach strategies, case management systems, and other reports, as needed; (9) ensure that the staff knows, understands and complies with Department and Division priorities, objectives, and rules;
(10) participate in human capital decisions, including those regarding hiring, promotions, assignments, awards, and training;
(11) and handle special projects related to the mission of the Section as assigned by the Deputy Special Counsel.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from an American Bar Association accredited law school, be an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction), and have a minimum of eight (8) years of post-J.D. legal experience. Applicants should also possess strong organizational, writing, and oral communication skills; federal or administrative court litigation experience; demonstrated ability to work independently and cooperatively on investigation or litigation teams; demonstrated professional judgment; experience developing and conducting complicated investigations or cases involving violations of federal law; and experience supervising litigation teams.
The following qualifications are preferred but not required: Substantive expertise in employment discrimination law and/or immigration law; experience developing policies related to anti-discrimination or immigration issues; experience preparing and conducting training programs, particularly related to the enforcement of anti-discrimination or immigration laws; law review; and judicial clerkships.
The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time Zone) on Wednesday, April 08, 2015.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:
1. Cover Letter
3. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
4. Writing sample of no more than ten pages (a brief or comparable analytic legal exposition that is your work product)
5. Veterans' Preference Documentation, if applicable
6. Sch A documentation, if applicable
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