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Job Title:  Chief - Policy and Strategy Section
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Offices, Boards and Divisions
Job Announcement Number:  13-SES-CRD-001

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$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year
Monday, July 15, 2013 to Monday, August 05, 2013
Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Are you interested in a rewarding and challenging career opportunity? Join the U.S. Department of Justice!

The U.S. Department of Justice is the principal federal agency charged with enforcing federally protected civil and constitutional rights. The Civil Rights Division (Division) is primarily responsible for enforcing federal statutes and executive orders that prohibit, among other things, unlawful discrimination in education, employment, housing, police services, public accommodations and facilities, voting, and federally funded and conducted programs. The laws that the Division enforces also prohibit conduct by law enforcement agencies, as well as conditions in public residential institutions, such as health care and correctional facilities, that violate the constitution.

The Policy and Strategy Section (Section) in supporting and coordinating the policy work of the Division and providing a focal point for proactive policy development and legislative proposals. These include the development and analysis of policy matters relating to the Division's enforcement authority and the pursuit of legislative and regulatory priorities. The Section also reports on the policy and enforcement initiatives of the Division by convening roundtables and conferences and preparing ongoing analyses and assessments that are memorialized and disseminated in reports and strategy documents.

Selection is subject to budgetary consideration. If an external applicant is tentatively identified for this position, an exception to the Department-wide hiring freeze must be received before an offer can be made. No exemption is required if an internal applicant is tentatively identified for the position.

Division offices are near the Metro transportation system 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 eligible for a transit subsidy benefit.


  • You must submit your application by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time Zone.
  • You must be a United States citizen.
  • You must meet all of the minimum qualifications for the position.
  • Resume and supporting documents are required (See "Required Documents").
  • One-year SES probation period may be required.


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As Chief, the successful candidate will direct the activities of the Section by overseeing a staff of attorneys, a policy analyst and a legal support employee who are responsible for advising the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights on a variety of legal matters concerning civil rights issues, and assisting in the development of the Division's position on legislation, initiatives and other matters of interest to the component. The Section is responsible for a wide range of special projects and is the Division's point of contact and/or coordinator for a variety of crosscutting issues relating to Congressional inquiries, legislative initiatives, the development of regulations and policies, and strategic planning.

Consult and advise the Assistant Attorney General (AAG) for Civil Rights, and Deputy Assistant Attorneys General (DAAGs), and other Department of Justice officials with respect to all matters that fall within the purview of the Section. Advise and consult with the AAG and DAAGs on policy issues, including strategic priorities for the Division, legislative initiatives to advance civil rights goals, and communications with civil rights stakeholders. Report on the status of all matters within his/her Section. Prepare advice with proper regard for timeliness and base advice on extensive research, pertinent factual and legal analysis, appropriate staff work, recommendations from interested federal agencies, and due regard for considerations of justice as well as the needs and concerns of client agencies and their programs. Serve on request as a liaison between the Division and the civil rights offices of other agencies. Provide current, relevant information and opportunities for agencies to respond to civil rights matters affecting them. Serve as a liaison between the Division and its stakeholders, soliciting input on policy and enforcement priorities and communicating about Division accomplishments. Plan, supervise, administer, and review the work performed by attorneys, professional and legal support personnel. Exercise leadership of programs and motivates employees to incorporate vision, strategic planning, and elements of quality management into the full range of the Section's activities. Encourage creative thinking and innovation and influence others toward implementing new or cutting-edge programs and processes. Perform the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised.


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Required Qualifications:

Please see "How You Will Be Evaluated" for qualifications information. Read this vacancy announcement in its entirety to ensure proper application procedures are followed.

Specialized Education:

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

Specialized Licensing:

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.


The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required by law to review the executive qualifications of each new career appointee to the Senior Executive Service (SES) prior to appointment. To be considered for this position, you must submit a written statement addressing the five (5) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) listed below. Failure to address both the mandatory technical/professional qualifications and the ECQs as set forth below will adversely affect your chances for selection.

You must submit a separate narrative statement that addresses each of the Technical Qualifications (TQs) and Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) related to this position; limit your responses to no more than one page for each TQ/MTQ. Unless you are a current Senior Executive Service (SES) career appointee, a former SES member having reinstatement eligibility, or an OPM-certified graduate of an approved SES Candidate Development Program, you must also submit a separate narrative statement (10-page limit) addressing each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) related to all positions in the SES. You must address how you have demonstrated progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined in this job announcement. Qualified candidates typically gain experience of this nature at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations. For examples and guidance on writing effective ECQ narrative statements, you are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications. You must use the Challenge- Context- Action- Result (CCAR) model when describing your accomplishments.

1) Technical Qualifications:

  • A proven ability of managing a complex organization and tackle challenging organizational issues.
  • Ability to manage a diverse workforce that includes lawyers, non-lawyer professionals, and support staff.
  • Ability to establish and implement an organizational vision, develop a strategic plan and implement strategic change, develop and advance policy initiatives, and build coalitions and identify opportunities for collaboration, both within the organization and outside the organization, to enforce the applicable statutory provisions effectively.
  • Ability to communicate effectively on complex legal and technical issues, both orally and in writing, including the ability to advocate successfully with diverse stakeholders, external partners and individuals or groups having differing and often conflicting interests, on matters related to the successful execution of a large-scale organization’s mission, programs and projects.
  • Demonstrated experience supervising, developing, or resolving issues through effective oral and written communication.
  • 2) Mandatory Technical Qualifications:

  • Extensive experience working with civil rights statutes as they relate to the policy and objectives of the organization's mission.
  • 3) Executive Core Qualifications:

  • Leading Change: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. Leadership Competencies for ECQ-1: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision.
  • Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. Leadership Competencies for ECQ-2: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building.
  • Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. Leadership Competencies for ECQ-3: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility.
  • Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Leadership Competencies for ECQ-4: financial management, human capital management, technology management.
  • Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other federal agencies, state and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. Leadership Competencies for ECQ-5: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating.
  • The following fundamental competencies underlie the five ECQs, which should be incorporated into your responses to the ECQs and not as separate statements:

  • Interpersonal Skills: Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.
  • Oral Communication: Makes clear and convincing oral presentations. Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed.
  • Integrity/Honesty: Behaves in an honest, fair, and ethical manner. Shows consistency in words and actions. Models high standards of ethics.
  • Written Communication: Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.
  • Continual Learning: Assesses and recognizes own strengths and weaknesses; pursues self-development.
  • Public Service Motivation: Shows a commitment to serve the public. Ensures that actions meet public needs; aligns organizational objectives and practices with public interests.


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    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 eligible fedeal employees.


    An initial SES career appointee is subject to a one-year SES probationary period.

    If the Division does not receive the requested application materials, applicants will be evaluated solely on the information available and may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. The application materials will not be returned.

    Direct Deposit:

    All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

    Relocation Expenses:

    The Civil Rights Division will not authorize relocation expenses.


    The position requires extended hours and some travel.

    Security Requirement:

    The Civil Rights Division participates in the E-Verify Program.

    Initial appointment is conditioned upon satisfactory pre-employment security adjudication, including fingerprinting, credit and tax checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to the favorable adjudication of a background investigation.

    Internet Site:

    This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found here.

    Department Policies:

    The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any non merit factor. The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department 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 of Justice. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Applicants with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations – such as application materials in an alternate format, a sign language interpreter or assistance attending an interview – should contact the Division's Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator: Susan Crawford at (202) 307-1378; see also Civil Rights Division Process for Requests for Reasonable Accommodations by Individuals with Disabilities dated May 28, 2010.

    It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment. Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys' Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. citizens are extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15 - Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed. Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service-connected disabilities or receipt of non-service-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).


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    You must submit your application so that it will be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time Zone on the closing date of the announcement.

    Completed applications must be submitted by fax (202-514-6603) or electronic mail ( Please do not submit applications for employment via postal delivery. You must include the job announcement number (13-SES-CRD-001) in the subject line of your email or on the cover page of your fax.

    Questions may be directed to Harry Vickers at 202-514-3934 or


    Your application package must include your:

    • résumé
    • narrative statement addressing each of the TQs and MTQs (limit to one page per TQ/MTQ)
    • narrative statement addressing each of the ECQs (10-page limit)
    • current performance appraisal (if none exists, a statement to that effect)

    In addition, current career SES members and former SES members who have reinstatement eligibility to the career SES should submit a Standard Form 50 showing career SES status; OPM-certified SES Candidate Development Program graduates should submit a copy of their Qualifications Review Board (QRB) certificate.


    Harry Vickers
    Phone: (202)514-3934
    Agency Information:
    US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division
    Human Resources Office
    950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
    Suite 3200 Bicentennial Building
    Washington, DC


    An Executive Resources Board (ERB) will evaluate you based on your responses to the TQs, MTQs and ECQs, as well as the quality and extent to which your application shows that you possess the knowledge, experience and skills required for this position, as defined above. After conducting the initial round of interviews of high-qualified individuals, the ERB will refer the top applicants to the selecting official for consideration. If selected for this position, you must be certified by an OPM independent Qualifications Review Board (QRB) as a prerequisite for final selection, unless you are a current SES career executive, are eligible for reinstatement based on prior career service in the SES, or have successfully participated in and graduated from an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program.

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