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Job Title:  General Attorney, GS-905-14
Department:  Department Of Education
Agency:  Office for Civil Rights
Job Announcement Number:  OCR-HQ-2013-0007

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

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$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Monday, January 07, 2013 to Friday, August 23, 2013
Full time - Permanent
FEW vacancies - Washington, DC, US  View Map

This announcement is open to all U.S. citizens. 


This is an Excepted Service position.  The job will be filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.  Applicants selected for an excepted service position are subject to a one-year trial period.




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.



  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You must successfully complete a background security investigation.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.


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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.




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Basic Requirements:

You must be a graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.

Proof of admission to the Bar of the highest court of a state, territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and current membership in such Bar as would permit the practice of law. You must be a member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar.

You must have one year of specialized experience at a level closest to the work of the job that has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities, required to successfully perform.  Typically, we would find this experience must have been at a level of difficulty to that of an attorney at the grade level immediately below that being filled (i.e., the experience must be equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal government for consideration for the GS-14).


For appointment at the GS-14 level:The GS-13 requirement plus one additional year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to that of an attorney at the grade immediately below the one being filled.


The first professional law degree (LL.B or J.D.), can constitute the required advanced educational attainments, provided the applicant's record shows superior law student work or activities as demonstrated by one of the following:


Academic standing in the upper third of the law school graduating class; or


Work or achievement of significance on law school's official law review; or


Special high-level honors for academic excellence in law school, such as election to the Order of the Coif; or


Winning of a moot court competition or membership on the moot court team which represents the law school or in competition with other law schools; or

Full-time or continuous participation in a legal aid program as opposed to one-time, intermittent, or casual participation; or


Significant summer law office clerk experience (law clerk work which entailed legal research, brief writing, or negotiating in areas relevant to the work described in the description of the duties for this vacancy); or


Other equivalent evidence of clearly superior achievement.




You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required, and on the extent to which your application demonstrates that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with this position as defined below. Please be sure to give examples in your resume and explain how often you used these skills, the complexity of the knowledge you possess, the level of people you interacted with, and the complexity and sensitivity of the issues you handled.



You must be a graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of a bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.



Applicants must have: 


(1). Progressively responsible legal experience through knowledge of civil rights laws and regulations.


(2). Excellent analytical, communication, teamwork, and writing skills.







You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications requirements, and the extent to which your application demonstrates that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with this position. When describing your knowledge, skills, and abilities, in your resume, please be sure to give examples and explain how often you used these skills.   The following areas will be considered in the evaluation: 


1. Ability to produce written documents in a clear, concise, persuasive and technically correct manner.


2. Ability to communicate orally in a clear, concise, and persuasive manner.


3. Knowledge of civil rights and constitutional law, particularly as it relates to education.


4. Ability to perform legal tasks within stringent time frames to meet program objectives.

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The Department of Education offers a comprehensive benefits package including paid vacation and sick leave, federal holidays, health and life insurance, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), including the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). Click on Benefits to find out more about federal benefits.


Why Work at ED?

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is a great place to work. For more detailed information regarding our various work sites, please click on the link below: Work Site Locations


As an ED employee, you will benefit from our family-friendly work environment. As part of our commitment to maintain a productive balance between work and home, we offer excused leave for Parent/Teacher Conferences (3 hours); excused leave for annual health screenings (4 hours); and matching leave for community volunteer service. Other incentives such as Telecommuting and Alternative Work Schedules also may be available to you.


ED offers positions that are fair and competitive in compensation; developmental opportunities to exhibit teamwork and goal-oriented projects to enrich your federal career.


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Applicants selected for positions are subject to a background check to verify that he or she has not defaulted on any loan funded or guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants found to be in default will be contacted to make arrangements for repayment prior to being made an official offer of employment.




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You must submit your resume for this job online by selecting the 'Apply Online' button at the bottom of this announcement. Please note: your online resume is not be a complete application. Be sure to carefully read this announcement for additional information that is required and how it should be submitted.  However, merely submitting a resume is not a complete application.


You MUST submit a Resume/Application to be considered for this position.

If you are selected for an interview, during the interview, you must submit a  Photocopy of Current Membership in such BAR as would permit the practice of law. Membership must be in good standing. If you fail to submit the required documentation as specified above, your application for the position will not be considered.


Ronni Beccles
Phone: 202-453-6412
Fax: 202-479-6745
Agency Information:
400 Maryland Ave. S.W.
Attn: Human Resources Services
Washington, DC
Fax: 202-479-6745


Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications. We expect to make selections within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement. Candidates will be notified of the outcome.

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