Job Title: General Attorney (Civil Rights), GS-905-9, 11, 12Job Announcement Number: OCR-HQ-2014-0010
Department: Department Of Education
Agency: Office for Civil Rights
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/ Per Year
Monday, March 10, 2014 to
Monday, March 24, 2014
SERIES & GRADE:
Full time -
WHO MAY APPLY:
This announcement is open to all U.S. citizens.
ONE OR MORE VACANCIES MAY BE FILLED THROUGH THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.
The salary shown in this announcement is for the Washington, DC location. The salaries for the other duty locations will be different. You can view salaries for the other locations at www.opm.gov
About the Agency
You will have the responsibility for participating on a civil rights compliance and enforcement team that supports the mission of the Department of Education and the Office for Civil Rights' (OCR) Strategic Plan. This position is located in a regional civil rights office. OCR 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 their implementing regulations.
- You must be a U.S. Citizen.
- Must complete a background investigation and fingerprint check.
- Must complete a one-year trial period.
- Relocation expenses WILL NOT be paid.
- This position requires some travel.
DUTIES:Back to top
As a General Attorney, you will participate in all aspects of complaint investigations including on-site investigations, including analyzing factual issues, collecting data, interviewing all witnesses and others who may have bearing on a case. Serves as a legal and policy advisor to team members on complex factual and legal issues related to the investigation, negotiation, resolution of complaints and compliance reviews and the acceptance and monitoring of corrective action agreements. Assists in the conduct of enforcement actions through judicial or administrative litigation. Conducts legal research and analysis of state statutes and state agency regulations, policies and guidelines where conflicts may exist between State and Federal law. Develops and recommends alternative approaches, amendatory language or new provisions for the implementation of state statues, state agency regulations, policies and guidelines to resolve potential or actual conflicts with laws and regulations which OCR enforces. Represents the Department and OCR in negotiating cases. Prepares or assists in the preparation of legal determinations of OCR's jurisdictions over cases. In reviewing cases prior to findings of noncompliance and in recommending cases for enforcement action, works with applicable statutes, regulations and case law; makes initial assessment of the legal sufficiency of a case; determines the validity of any alleged violations; and ensures consistency with established legal standards, policies, and procedures. Develops investigative reports, complaint resolution letters and negotiated settlements. Analyzes strengths and weaknesses of proposed findings based on the evidence gathered, legal research, applicable legal statutes, regulations and guidelines to determine whether the compliance determination is legally supportable. Where compliance is sought through a referral to the Department of Justice for the initiation of court litigation, participates in the development of the Agency's legal position, formulates supporting legal theories, prepares evidentiary materials and witnesses. Studies and reviews the regulations, policies and procedures of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other Federal civil rights enforcement agencies to gain the necessary background knowledge. Assists the attorney in charge with the development of technical assistance materials and reviews such materials to ensure conformity with established legal and policy standards. Conducts legal research and advises on complex issues arising from request for information under the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
For appointment at the GS-9 grade level: Candidates must possess the first professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.).
For appointment at the GS-11 grade level: One year of professional legal experience. The first year of professional legal experience may be substituted as follows:
The second professional law degree (LL.M.) which requires one full year of graduate study; or
The first professional law degree (LL.B or J.D.), 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.
For appointment at the GS-12 grade level, the following qualifications requirements are needed in addition to the GS-11 requirements as stated above:
One year of professional legal experience or advanced educational attainments which clearly indicate the ability to independently perform complex legal work. The educational background should include course work beyond the first professional degree in a field directly related to the work for which he/she is being considered.
For all grade levels (in addition to the above):
You must be a member in good standing of the Bar of a State, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
PROOF OF ADMISSION TO THE BAR MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH APPLICATION.
You must be a graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of the Bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
APPLICANTS MUST MEET ALL QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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. 1. Knowledge of generally accepted legal writing techniques including proper format and structure of various legal documents and ability to conduct legal analysis in a thorough and complete manner. 2. Skill and/or ability to produce written work in a clear, concise, persuasive and technically correct manner. 3. Skill and/or ability to communicate orally with others in a clear, concise, persuasive and technically correct manner. 4. Knowledge of constitutional law and civil rights law and your knowledge of and experience with investigative techniques. 5. Skill and/or ability to perform legal tasks within stringent time frames to meet program objectives.
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HOW TO APPLY:Back to top
HOW TO APPLY: Applications submitted via EdHIRES must be received before midnight eastern time on the closing date of the announcement. No extensions will be granted. If you fail to submit a COMPLETE on-line resume, you WILL NOT be considered for this position. If applying on-line poses a hardship to any applicant, the Servicing Personnel Office listed on the announcement will provide assistance to ensure that applications are submitted on-line by the closing date. Applicants MUST CONTACT the Servicing Human Resources Office PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE to speak to someone who can provide assistance for on-line submission. Requests for extensions will not be granted.
Please carefully read the information provided under the link listed below. The section entitled "How to Apply" provides detailed instructions on faxing your supporting documentation. All required supporting documentation MUST be received by midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement. Although we do not require a specific format, certain information is required to determine if you are qualified. To receive full consideration, you MUST SUBMIT the following information: 1) Resume (submit on-line) 2) You must submit a photocopy of current membership in such Bar as would permit the practice of law. Membership must be in good standing. Be sure work experiences listed on your application include: job titles, duties and accomplishments, employer's name, specify full-time or part-time (list number of hours per week if part-time), beginning/ending employment dates (month/year) and annual salary 3) If you are an individual who wishes recognition of your Veteran's status, you must submit the Member 4 copy of your DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other proof. Veterans with service connected disability and others claiming 10-point preference, must submit Form SF-15, Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, and any associated documentation required by the SF-15. Required Documents
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
Once the announcement is closed, the applications will be referred to the Office for Civil Rights Attorney Evaluation Committee who will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. Management is expected to make a selection as promptly as possible after the closing date of this vacancy announcement. You will be notified if you are selected for an interview.
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