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Supervisory Attorney Advisor (Chief, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity), GS-0905-15

Hiring Organization
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
Hiring Office
Office of Director, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity
Job ID
15-EXC-372-VAE
Location:
99 New York Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20226 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The mission of the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity is to provide timely and high quality complaint processing while promoting a discrimination-free work environment through early resolution, education and training.

In the position of Chief EEO, responsible for managing the EEO functions of the complaint processing, complaint counseling program, and complaint investigation. Ensures actions comply with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other relevant anti-discrimination laws and regulations. Also, manages EEO programs related to employment discrimination, including programs for the prevention of sex and gender identity discrimination, age and other non-merit factor discrimination. Responsible for administration and supervision of the Reasonable Accommodation program. Maintains confidential relationship with the Director and Deputy Director and provides expert advice on significant and sensitive issues affecting the Bureau and EEO programs.

As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.

Job Description

Supervises a group of employees performing at the GS-15 and below levels. Provides administrative and technical supervision necessary to accomplish the duties of the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (OEEO). Oversight of the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaints processing program including EEO counseling, acceptance and dismissal of formal complaints, EEO investigations, and reasonable accommodation requests in accord with program mandates and responsibilities.

Manages the ADR process consistent with the Department of Justice ADR policy and applicable laws and regulations.

Provides guidance and advice to the Director and Deputy Director on EEO programs and responsibilities including reasonable accommodation.

Works with the Director and Deputy Director in setting strategic goals and objectives for the organization. Renders advice and assistance on staff management and operational issues such as accomplishing program goals, improving service delivery, and overcoming operational weaknesses.

Confers and liaisons with officials of other Federal agencies, external and internal contacts and represents the bureau at conferences and meetings concerning EEO issues.

Qualifications

All applicants must possess professional law degree (J.D. or LL.B) .

In addition, all applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing (any state or territory, or the District of Columbia).

Applicants must have at least six years of specialized experience as a practicing attorney and must have served one (1) year at the next lower grade level (GS-14) in the Federal service.

Specialized Experience is defined as experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position.

Specialized experience for this position includes:

Ability to demonstrate a broad knowledge of employment discrimination law; ADR laws, rules and procedures; rules and regulations of the EEOC, DOJ, and bureau in order to advise senior management, executive staff, attorneys and others regarding the merits of discrimination complaints.

Ability to direct subordinate supervisor(s) and staff and have a thorough knowledge of investigative techniques, procedures and employment discrimination law including Federal statutes, court decisions, administrative rulings, regulations and to analyze the effect upon the Bureau.

Ability to serve as legal advisor on difficult and substantive legal problems affecting differing components of multiple related programs.

Ability to communicate orally and in writing with officials at the highest levels within the Bureau, DOJ and the community.

Must provide a writing sample (no more than 15 pages).

Application Process

All applications and resume must be submitted on-line through USAJOBS.

Applications must be received by August 26, 2015, the closing date of this announcement.

Vanessa Evans, Human Resources Specialist (Compliance), at (202) 648-8826.

Required Documents

(1) Resume showing relevant experience and a writing sample (15 page limit).
(2) Veterans' Preference documentation (Member copy 4 or Service Copy 2 of DD-214, Revised October SF-15, VA letter), if applicable.
(3) Unofficial law school transcript(s). Official transcript(s) will be required prior to your first day.
(4) Individuals with disabilities - for more information and proof required see http://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp.
(5) Performance Rating Summary Page

Prior to selection, the candidate may be required to provide an original copy of any supporting/validating documentation as well as other documentation to verify their eligibility, including proof of active bar membership in good standing. All required materials must be uploaded using the supporting documentation instructions described in the announcement. Failure to provide the required documentation by the closing date of this announcement will result in elimination of further consideration for this position.

No formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include the information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documents (e.g., DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documents to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documents required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit OPM website, https://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15,which lists the types of 10-point preference and required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documents associated with service-connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

If you have questions: Feel free to contact Dell Mara Lovell, Human Resources Officer, E-mail Dell.Mara.Lovell@usdoj.gov with questions regarding the application process.

Salary

$126,245.00 - $158,700.00 Per Year.

Number of Positions
1
Travel
Occasional travel is required.
Relocation Expenses
Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.

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Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit based factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:  The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. See list of DPOCs.   

Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that their retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

USAO Residency Requirement:  Assistant United States Attorneys must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

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Updated April 7, 2016