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 Disability Rights Section (DRS or Section) works to achieve equal opportunity for people with disabilities in the United States by implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in over seven million places of public accommodation, including all hotels, restaurants, retail stores, theaters, health care facilities, convention centers, parks, and places of recreation (Title III), in all activities of over 80,000 state and local governments (Title II), and in employment practices of state and local government employers with 15 or more employees (Title I). The ADA also establishes architectural accessibility requirements for new construction and alterations of buildings and facilities covered under Title II and Title III, which generally include all nonresidential buildings and facilities. The experienced attorneys selected for these positions will be dedicated to the Section's work pursuant to the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control ("HCFAC") Program, with an emphasis on the Section's matters that seek to enforce compliance with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act, as interpreted by the Supreme Court in Olmstead v. L.C., 527 U.S. 581 (1999).
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 Attorneys selected for this position will be responsible for screening and developing new matters, conducting systemic investigations, and complex litigation addressing all aspects of the Section's Olmstead enforcement activities. These duties include, but are not limited to:
-Conducting investigations, litigation, and negotiations regarding the Section's Olmstead enforcement docket;
-Working with managers to develop and establish strategies and priorities for Olmstead enforcement;
-Working independently, and also with team members, in investigating and litigating cases; and
-Conducting outreach, training and technical assistance, as needed.
Specifically, the core duties and responsibilities are to gather facts through a variety of sources, develop investigations and compliance reviews, interview witnesses, conduct case law research, analyze data and evidence with major responsibility for electronic discovery, draft written recommendations for investigation and/or other specific enforcement action, litigate (including all pre-trial and litigation motions practice and discovery actions), negotiate and monitor settlement agreements and consent decrees, and draft briefs, including Statements of Interest.
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 the minimum years of post-professional law degree experience commensurate to the grade level of eligibility, as shown below. Applicants also must have strong, demonstrated qualifications in the following areas: academic achievement; written and oral communication skills; the ability to analyze complex issues; skill and experience working collaboratively and productively with others; organizational skills; professional judgment; initiative; and the ability to excel in a fast-paced, demanding environment. In addition, applicants must have outstanding professional references.
-At least 1.5 years-GS-13 ($90,823 to $118,069 per annum)
-At least 2.5 years-GS-14 ($107,325 to $139,523 per annum)
-At least 4 years-GS-15 ($126,245.00 - $158,700 per annum)
The following qualifications are preferred but not required: (1) civil trial experience and negotiations; (2) extensive federal civil litigation experience; (3) experience with complex investigations; (4) substantive knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 and other applicable law; and (5) experience conducting outreach to a broad array of stakeholders. 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.
The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time Zone) on Friday, July 31, 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
To apply for this position, see page at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/409230800.