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 enforces federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), disability, religion, familial status, national origin, and citizenship status.
The Disability Rights Section works to achieve equal opportunity for people with disabilities in the United States by implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Through its multi-faceted approach toward achieving compliance with the ADA, this Section works to make this goal a reality. The Section's enforcement, certification, regulatory, coordination, and technical assistance activities, required by the ADA, combined with an innovative mediation program, provide a cost-effective and dynamic approach for carrying out the ADA's mandates. The Section also carries out responsibilities under Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act, and Executive Order 12250.
The Disability Rights Section seeks a Supervisory Trial Attorney (Deputy Chief) to manage attorneys and professional staff in enforcing the integration mandate of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The integration mandate requires public entities to administer services, programs, and activities in the most integrated setting appropriate to the needs of qualified individuals with disabilities.
The Deputy Chief will be responsible for duties that include:
- supervising sensitive and complex Olmstead investigations, litigation, and negotiations. In particular, the Deputy Chief will supervise: screening and development of new matters; comprehensive investigations involving in-person visits, witness interviews, experts, data analysis, and preparation of written recommendations, legal analyses, and proposed findings; negotiation, monitoring, and enforcement of settlement agreements; and complex litigation involving extensive discovery, pretrial motions practice, preliminary injunction hearings, trials, and post-judgment enforcement and contempt proceedings;
- reviewing, editing, and approving extensive written work product;
- supervising and mentoring attorneys and other Section staff;
- working with the Section Chief and management team to develop and implement strategies and Olmstead enforcement priorities;
- coordinating with other federal agencies to ensure effective and efficient information sharing and referrals of potential Olmstead matters;
- supervising and conducting outreach activities, including conference presentations, to individuals affected by the work of the Section; and
- undertaking various administrative duties, including evaluating attorneys and staff and performing non-litigating assignments and special projects assigned by the Chief or other officials in the Division.
Due to COVID-19, if selected, you may be expected to telework for an undefined period under the Department’s evacuation authority, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Employees in this status may be notified of a requirement to report in person to the component workplace with an advance notice of not less than 30 days. Prior to a requirement to report to the workplace, employees may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the component’s telework policy.
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 four (4) years of post-professional law degree experience. Applicants also must have strong, demonstrated qualifications in the following areas: academic achievement; written and oral communication skills; ability to analyze complex issues; skill and experience working collaboratively and productively with others; organizational skills; professional judgment; initiative; and ability to excel in a fast-paced, demanding environment. In addition, applicants must have outstanding professional references and demonstrated ability to supervise all aspects of difficult cases and materials, delegate responsibility to staff, handle several difficult or complex cases or matters at the same time, and manage a significant docket and ensure that applicable deadlines are met.
Applicants also must have the ability to motivate and engage employees; the skill to build relationships that create trust, open dialogue, and full transparency; the assertiveness to drive outcomes and overcome adversity; the capacity to create a culture of clear accountability; and the integrity to make decisions based solely on merit. In addition, applicants must have outstanding professional references.
Given the nature and volume of this work, the Section generally seeks candidates with significant litigation experience. Applicants with one or more of the following qualifications are preferred but not required: (1) extensive civil or criminal trial experience; (2) extensive federal civil litigation experience; (3) extensive experience with complex investigations; (4) extensive negotiation skills; (5) skill and experience identifying, developing, and implementing outreach efforts or public presentations; (6) ability to develop and implement effective advocacy strategies and balance competing priorities; and (7) substantive knowledge and expertise in the laws, rules, and regulations applicable to the work of the section relating to Olmstead or substantively similar laws, rules, and regulations. 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.
Possessing the minimum post law degree legal experience does not guarantee the applicant will be selected at that grade level.
- GS-15 - minimum 4 years post-JD legal experience
To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section. Here is the link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/602194100
A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on June 11, 2021 to receive consideration. To begin, click "Apply" to access the online application.
You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.
Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.