Job Overview


Join our Team! The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is looking for the best and brightest to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation.  The mission of the Department of Education is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

The incumbent serves as a General Attorney in the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), Headquarters Office, Program Legal Group (PLG).  The incumbent is responsible for legal and policy advice and counsel to the Director and Deputy Director of the Program Legal Group, the Assistant Secretary (AS), the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, the Deputy Assistant Secretaries (DAS), the Enforcement Directors, and as an expert resource for other managers within OCR.  Formulates responses to policy-related requests from the Secretary, Congress, and other individuals and organizations.  Provides legal and policy advice to other OCR components in preparing such responses.  The office operates under jurisdiction of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1975, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act of 2002, and their implementing regulations.


The incumbent develops or reviews, as requested by the Director, Program Legal Group, the AS (Assistant Secretary), the DAS (Deputy Assistant Secretary), the Secretary or the Enforcement Directors, policies, legal standards, legal memoranda, guidelines, and proposed regulations pertaining to civil rights compliance, the conduct of investigations and compliance reviews, and the provision of technical assistance.  The incumbent identifies the need for new or revised policy standards and policies.  Reviews the Department's and other agencies' regulations, proposed legislation, and policies to determine the potential effect on OCR's regulations and enforcement activities to ensure conformance with the civil rights requirements.  Develops policy, guidelines and legal standards to which recipients of Federal financial assistance must comply.  The incumbent is expected to be able to independently present legal conclusions to high-level officials with the Department as well as outside stakeholders.

GS-14: Performs a broad array of duties relative to legal issues of significant complexity, where factual situations are often complicated and clear precedents are not readily available or apparent.  The incumbent is responsible for the analysis of the legal issues in question, the development of strategy to handle legal issues, and the delivery of the finalized analysis of  legal issues.  The incumbent provides legal advice to senior level agency officials.  Independently completes assignments without preliminary instruction.  The incumbent is usually the lead attorney on a major case or the advisor to a major agency program.

The position is excepted from the competitive service.