This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:Equal Opportunity Specialist/Test Coordinator

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Offices, Boards and Divisions

Job Announcement Number:13-CRD-004 (MPP)

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$62,467.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, February 22, 2013 to Friday, March 15, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0360-11/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

Applicants will be accepted from current and former competitive service Federal employees, VEOA and people under special hiring authorities.

JOB SUMMARY:

 

The Department of Justice is the principal federal agency charged with enforcing federally-protected civil and constitutional rights. The Civil Rights Division's (Division) mission comprises two prongs: (1) vigorous enforcement of the criminal laws prohibiting civil rights abuses, including 'color of law' violations by state officers, trafficking in humans, conspiracy to violate federally-protected rights, and criminal interference with housing rights; and (2) defending individuals' federal civil rights through a panoply of means including civil litigation, consent orders, settlements, technical assistance, public outreach, and education programs.

The Housing and Civil Enforcement Section has responsibility for enforcing several federal civil rights laws including: the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination in all types of housing transactions; the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, which prohibits discrimination in all types of lending; Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination in places of public accommodation; the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, which prohibits state and local government land use and zoning practices that discriminate against or impose substantial burdens on religious institutions; and the Service members Civil Relief Act, which provides certain legal protections for military service members.

Division offices are ideally situated near metro stations or other public transportation, and are conveniently accessible to restaurants, museums and other Washington, D.C. area attractions. Most jobs in the Division offer alternative work schedules and other family friendly opportunities. Most employees who commute by public transportation are provided a transit subsidy benefit.

 

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • You must submit your application by 11:59 pm EST on the closing date.
  • Filling this position is subject to funding availability.

DUTIES:

This position will require frequent travel.
This position is located in the Housing and Civil Enforcement Section of the Civil Rights Division. The incumbent is responsible for planning, coordinating, conducting, and analyzing fair housing and public accommodation tests at locations throughout the United States. Testing investigations, as identified by the Housing and Civil Enforcement Section, are initiated to determine compliance with the Fair Housing Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, and Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Potential testing projects are identified by section management, with input from test coordinators.  The incumbent performs the following duties and responsibilities on a regular and recurring basis:
• Designs, and when needed for an individual testing project, modifies all forms necessary for the completion of the assigned testing project.
• Coordinates tester interviews and training.
• Designs and establishes the appropriate structure for each investigation.
• Makes necessary arrangements for on-site support needs such as temporary housing, transportation, training facilities, and office space.
• Monitors the conduct of testers and ensures that preliminary testing, actual tests and any necessary follow-up tests are complete in a timely manner.
• Provides testimony, if needed, at deposition or at trial regarding all aspects of the testing investigation.
• Demonstrates strong interpersonal skills when working with other Section employees, test coordinators, and testers.
• Performs other duties as assigned. 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Basic Requirements: Applicants must possess significant experience coordinating fair housing testing investigations; strong organizational, writing, and oral communication skills; demonstrated ability to work independently as well as cooperatively; and demonstrated professional judgment.

Preferred Qualifications: In addition to the Basic Requirements listed in the announcement, the following qualifications are preferred: relevant educational background; experience utilizing mapping software, managing computer databases and performing legal research; fluency in Spanish.

 

The quality of the specialized experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of the occupation and which is typically related to the work of the position to be filled.

To qualify for the GS-11 level: You must have at least one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-9 Federal grade level.  This experience may include planning and conducting investigations, preparing reports or other documents to be used in the course of an investigation, utilizing mapping software, managing computer databases, performing research related to assigned investigations, demonstrating strong inter-personal skills, and making recommendations regarding assigned investigations.  OR

Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.
To qualify for the GS-12 level: You must have at least one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-11 Federal grade level.  This experience may include planning and conducting investigations, preparing reports or other documents to be used in the course of an investigation, utilizing mapping software, managing computer databases, performing research related to assigned investigations, demonstrating strong inter-personal skills, making recommendations regarding assigned matters, and demonstrating strong organizational skills.  The incumbent may have served as the team lead on assigned projects.
To qualify for the GS-13 level: You must have at least one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-12 Federal grade level.  This experience may include independently planning and conducting investigations that may be complex in nature, preparing reports or other documents to be used in the course of an investigation, utilizing mapping software, managing computer databases, performing research related to assigned investigations, demonstrating strong inter-personal skills, and demonstrating strong organizational skills.  The incumbent will have served as the team lead on assigned projects.


 

You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.

Time-in-Grade:  Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements for consideration.

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

The resume you submit for this position will be reviewed to determine whether your experience is sufficient to meet the specialized experience requirements as outlined in this announcement.  Your resume must reflect that you possess the competencies listed below.  Candidates who are found best qualified in accordance with established ranked criteria will be referred to the selecting official for consideration. 
NOTE:  Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications for this position will be contacted to prepare a written narrative for each of the competencies below.  Your responses to the statements below will be evaluated to determine your rating.
• Experience working to enforce the Fair Housing Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and/or similar state or local anti-discrimination laws, including experience coordinating fair housing testing.
• Ability to independently design, conduct, and analyze research on population patterns and housing patterns.
• Ability to design, conduct and analyze projects under widely varying conditions.  This includes skill in developing standard testing methodologies, providing directions and guidelines, assembling and reviewing test results, and developing conclusions. 
• Strong oral and written communication skills. 
• Ability to exercise good professional judgment when making quick decisions. 
• Ability to lead a team as well as work with others collaboratively.
 


BENEFITS:

The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Foreign Education:  Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above.  You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.
The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)  provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy.  To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria.  You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application.  Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at:  http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if:  1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy.  To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria.  You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority.  Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.
Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA):VEOA allows eligible veterans to apply and compete for positions announced under merit promotion procedures when the hiring agency is recruiting from outside its own workforce. To be eligible for a Veteran Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) appointment, a veteran must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed three (3) or more years of continuous active military service. If you are applying for a Merit Promotion announcement and wish to be considered under the VEOA, you must submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214, in addition to any other required documents listed on this announcement. When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.
Selective Service:  If you are a male born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  See www.sss.gov.
In addition to applying through competitive procedures certain individuals with disabilities may be considered non-competitively under a Schedule A hiring authority. To qualify for employment under Schedule A, an applicant must provide proof of disability and certification of job readiness. As proof of disability and certification of job readiness, applicants may provide records, statement, or other appropriate information issued from a licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician or other medical professional duly certified by a State, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory to practice medicine); a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (i.e., State or private); or an Federal agency, State agency, or an agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits. Proof of disability and certification of job readiness must be included in the application package.
The materials you send with your application will not be returned.
Relocation expenses have not been authorized.
Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security check.  Continued employment is also contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background investigation, adjudicated by the Department of Justice.
Selectees who are not currently employed by the Offices, Boards and Divisions of the Department of Justice will be required to submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.
One or more positions may be filled from this announcement if identical vacancies occur 90 days from the date of the issuance of the certificate.
The Civil Rights Division participates in the E-verify program.
The Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, politics, marital status, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism. 
The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities and 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. 
The Department provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing specialist listed in the vacancy announcement. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

HOW TO APPLY:

You must submit your application so that it will be received no later than 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of the announcement.   If all required documents are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible.  See “Required Documents” for additional information.

Applicants must either fax or e-mail their application.  Please submit your application via fax at 202-514-6603 or by email to crt.vacancies-HCE@usdoj.gov.  If you are submitting your application via e-mail, please indicate the vacancy announcement number and position title in the subject line. 
If you are unable to fax or email your application, please contact the Human Resources Office at the telephone number listed below, prior to the closing date of the announcement, for alternate application procedures.
Applicants unable to provide their most recent performance appraisal must provide written justification for its absence.
Application mailed using government postage or through an internal federal government mail will not be accepted.


 



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must submit the appropriate documentation in order to be considered under merit promotion procedures, such as:
• Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional).  Applicants should clearly indicate all experience [including dates (month and year) and number of hours spent per week], training, include volunteer work experience, education, and awards relevant to the qualification requirements.  Training or self-development activities must reflect course title, classroom hours completed and date(s). Do not send position descriptions.
• SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows career or career-conditional tenure and copy of most recent performance appraisal is required for current Federal employees.  
• DD-214 from Veterans for consideration under special Veteran appointing authorities, if applicable.
• CTAP/ICTAP documentation, if applicable.
• Non-competitive appointment authority documentation, if applicable.

 


 

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Human Resources CRT Team One
Phone: (202)514-3934
Fax: (202)514-6603
Email: CRT.VACANCIES-HCE@USDOJ.GOV
Agency Information:
U S Department of Justice Civil Rights Division
600 E Street NW
Room 3105
Washington, DC
20004 Fax: (202)514-6603

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed.  After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.  We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of announcement.


Control Number: 336759100
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