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Supervisory Attorney Advisor (Civil Rights)

Hiring Organization
Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
Hiring Office
Office for Civil Rights
Job ID
810 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), is responsible
for ensuring that recipients of federal financial assistance from the DOJ are not engaged in prohibited discrimination.
The OCR ensures that no person, based on race, national origin, color, sex, religion, disability, or age is excluded from
participation in, denied the benefits of, subjected to discrimination under, or denied employment in connection with any
activity, program, or service receiving federal funding. The primary objective in accomplishing this mission is to secure
prompt and full compliance with all civil rights laws and regulations so that needed federal financial assistance may
commence or continue.

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


This position serves as a Deputy Director and has responsibility for the development, coordination and evaluation of programs to ensure that recipients of Federal financial assistance from OJP comply with applicable civil rights laws, regulations, guidelines, and Executive orders.

Supervisory and/or Managerial Responsibilities
Supervises a group of employees performing work at the GS-15 level and below. Provides administrative and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the unit. Provides technical expertise to the OCR employees and assigned staff, and directly oversees a number of OCR personnel. Provides training for OCR staff to ensure standard practices support the overall success of the OCR. Communicates program and management goals to OCR staff, identifies targeted results/outcomes, and advises on the establishment of timeframes. Allocates and adjusts resources in response to workload and priority changes and plans, organizes, and assigns OCR work. Ensures OCR compliance with DOJ's policies, including OJP Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) program. Implements policy set by the OCR Director and assists the OCR Director in applying the policies consistently in the OCR. Reviews processes and practices for efficiency and utility, implementing improvements in a continuous improvement process.

Performs the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff members, which are clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system. Observes workers' performance; demonstrates and conducts work performance critiques. Provides informal feedback and periodically evaluates employee performance. Resolves informal complaints and grievances. Develops work improvement plans, recommending personnel actions as necessary. Provides advice and counsel to workers related to work and administrative matters. Effects disciplinary measures as appropriate to the authority delegated in this area. Reviews and approves or disapproves leave requests. Assures that subordinates are trained and fully comply with the provisions of the safety regulations.

Prepares Legal Reports and Opinions on Civil Rights Matters
Create reports on OCR's program performance based on formal, organically created measures. Provides information briefings to the OCR Director, the OJP Assistant Attorney General, and DOJ senior management on OCR performance and cases. Ensures effective communication with OJP senior leadership to ensure urgent and compelling matters are addressed and appropriately elevated as needed. Independently conducts investigations or negotiations, plans an approach, and develops completed decisions, reports, briefs, opinions, contracts, or other products affiliated with difficult civil rights issues affecting a significant segment of public interest.

Serves as Agency Liaison for Legal Issues Regarding Civil Rights Law
Serves as an OCR primary point of contact for complainants and external agencies and participates in workgroup or intra/inter agency meetings or public forums related to complaint investigations or strategic initiatives. Addresses civil rights cases or legal problems that have the effect of substantially broadening or restricting the activities of an agency. Is responsible for recognizing when matters under discussion are of such precedent-setting nature or of such importance that recommendations must be cleared with superiors before being made public.

Confers or negotiates with top administrative personnel in DOJ OJP, private industry, or state, local, or foreign governments on important legal and policy questions pertaining to civil rights law. Advises and assists congressional committees and their staffs in drafting legislation, or gives expert testimony before congressional hearings on legislative proposals pertaining to civil rights matters. Delivers briefings and presentations affiliated with civil rights law at seminars and other outreach programs for the agency. Facilitates meetings and post-meeting question and answer sessions on civil rights matters. In the course of regular business, the incumbent establishes and maintains effective working relationships with recipients of federal financial assistance, State governments, law enforcement organizations, and important stakeholders.



Applicants must:

  1. Possess a J.D. or LL.B. degree from an accredited law school,
  2. Be an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction), AND
  3. Have a minimum of 4 years of post J.D./LL/B legal experience which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Supervisory and/or civil rights experience is preferred, but not required. 

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Application Process

To apply for this position, you must complete the online application via USAJOBS and submit the supporting documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

USAJOBS Vacancy Announcement: 

Link to USAJOBS vacancy announcement (JP-21-049): USAJOBS - Job Announcement

Required Documents:

  1. Cover Letter,
  2. Resume,
  3. Responses to the online questions,
  4. Writing Sample (5-10 pages),
  5. Unofficial law school transcripts (degree conferred must be reflected; official transcripts will be required if selected).
  6. Proof of bar membership in good standing (any U.S. jurisdiction),
  7. Veterans' Preference Documentation (if applicable; see below for more information).

A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 06/21/2021 to receive consideration.

Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the eligibilities and qualifications listed on the announcement. If you are found to be basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your resume and application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.


$144,128 to $172,500 per year

Number of Positions
25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Relocation Expenses

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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, 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, 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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This and other vacancy announcements can be found under Attorney Vacancies and Volunteer Legal Internships. The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement. Such posting and/or dissemination is not an endorsement by the Department of the organization or group disseminating and/or posting the information.

Updated June 10, 2021