The Civil Rights Division (Division) of the Department of Justice (Department), 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 Housing and Civil Enforcement Section (HCE or Section) works to protect some of the most fundamental rights of individuals, including the right to access housing free from discrimination, the right to access credit on an equal basis, the right to patronize places of business that provide public accommodations and the right to practice one's faith free from discrimination. HCE handles the Department's fair lending enforcement responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act (FHA), the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). The Section also enforces the other provisions of the FHA and the SCRA, as well as the land use provisions of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act and Title II of the 1964 Civil Rights.
This is a reimbursable detail opportunity not to exceed 1 year. The detail may be extended if all parties are in agreement.
Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: The responsibilities for the detailee selected under this announcement will include: (1) conducting investigations to assess possible violations of the civil rights statutes mentioned above, including conducting legal and factual research, interviewing witnesses, analyzing data and evidence, and making recommendations as to whether to bring enforcement litigation; (2) handling litigation (both pattern or practice and individual matters referred by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) or other agencies) to redress violations of federal civil rights laws, including preparing legal briefs and memoranda, preparing and responding to discovery requests, conducting extensive document review, identifying and working with expert witnesses, preparing witnesses and participating in depositions, and developing and presenting the government's case in federal court; (3) preparing for and participating in settlement negotiations and mediation on behalf of the Department, 4) monitoring including preparing and negotiating the terms of proposed consent decrees; (and enforcing compliance with judgments and consent decrees; (5) recommending and reviewing private litigation for intervention or amicus participation; (6) conducting outreach to civil rights organizations, state and local governments, industry, and other stakeholders; (7) analyzing and preparing responses to inquiries from the public, testimony, legislative proposals and other written materials; and (8) coordinating as necessary in the execution of the above duties with United States Attorneys' Offices, HUD and other partner agencies.
Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school, be an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction), and possess at least three years of post-professional law degree experience. Applicants must possess experience conducting complicated investigations or cases involving violations of federal law; strong organizational, writing, and oral communication skills; demonstrated ability to work independently or cooperatively on investigation or litigation teams; and demonstrated professional judgment.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience in civil rights enforcement or compliance is preferred. Federal court litigation experience, including experience with complex electronic discovery, is also preferred.
How to Apply: Interested federal employees should submit: (1) a resume; (2) your most recent permanent appraisal; and (3) a cover letter describing your interest in the detail. Applications must be e-mailed to: crt.vacancies-HCE@usdoj.gov (please put the word “DETAIL” in the subject line.