Job Overview

Summary

The Department of Education’s mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.  Our employees are responsible for:

  • Establishing policies on federal financial aid for education, and distributing as well as monitoring those funds.
  • Collecting data on America's schools and disseminating research.
  • Focusing national attention on key educational issues.
  • Prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education.

This position is in the Senior Executive Service (SES), a small elite group of senior government leaders who possess a diverse portfolio of experience and the strong skills required to lead across organizations.  As a member of the SES you will be charged with providing strategic leadership and upholding a commitment to public service that transcends loyalty to a specific agency mission or individual profession.  You will be expected to influence the direction of innovation and transformation of the federal government and lead the next generation of public servants.  Your pay increases and bonuses will be based entirely on performance results.

Duties

The Enforcement Director provides expert policy and legal advice on the agency's civil rights enforcement program to the Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary and provides direction to Regional Office Directors to ensure that enforcement and compliance efforts are consistent with Department policy and support the mission of the Department.  The Office for Civil Rights operates under the jurisdiction of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments 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 1990, and the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act and their implementing regulations.
The Enforcement Director provides leadership and legal guidance in the enforcement of civil rights in education programs that receive Federal financial assistance, as well as public educational entities regardless of whether they receive Federal financial assistance, including the investigation and resolution of the agency's annual case load, and proactive compliance activities such as compliance reviews policy/educational outreach and technical assistance activities. The candidate for the position also provides advice to the Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary in the planning of priority issue activities. The incumbent will work directly with the Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary to develop OCR's Strategic Enforcement Plan which supports the mission of the agency by setting long and short-term goals and objectives for effective civil rights enforcement and will provide legal direction to the regional offices in the formulation of strategies and plans to accomplish those activities.  Additionally, the incumbent directly supervises four Regional Office Directors, providing leadership and sound legal guidance in the development and execution of regional enforcement dockets (proactive compliance activities).  The incumbent is also responsible for assessing and adjusting docket priorities to meet changing needs of the Department.  Among other things, the incumbent also reviews investigative plans, compliance decisions, case resolution agreements, proposed enforcement actions, and litigation, ensuring that they are legally supportable; comply with the statues of implementing regulations that OCR enforces; are based upon relevant policy and case law; and, are consistent with the goals and objectives of the Assistant Secretary.