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Job Title:  Equal Opportunity Specialist-GS-260-11/12
Department:  National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities
Agency:  National Endowment for the Arts
Job Announcement Number:  NEA-TR-14-1068616 (DEU)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$63,091.00 to $98,305.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 to Saturday, March 22, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
United States Citizens


The National Endowment for the Arts, an independent Federal agency and the official arts organization for the United States government, supports the advancement of artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation. We are motivated by the vision of a Nation in which the arts enrich the lives of all Americans and enhance the livability of communities. If you share our vision, please consider joining us.

This position is located at the National Endowment for the Arts, in the Office of the Chairman, Civil Rights Office, in Washington, DC.

This position is being advertised concurrently with NEA-(TR)-14-1068624 (MP), using Merit Promotion procedures.

If you are a status applicant (current permanent Federal employee or former permanent Federal employee with competitive reinstatement eligibility), or are eligible under a special appointing authority and you are selected under this vacancy, you may be subject to serving a new one-year probationary period.

This is a great opportunity to join a mission-driven organization with a generous benefits package; paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, health and life insurance, and excellent retirement package.

Salary Information:  GS-11: $63,091 - $82,019 per annum; GS-12: $75,621 - $98,305 per annum.

First time hires to the Federal government salaries are normally set at the beginning of the salary range listed.

Visit our website at for more information about the NEA.

The following link will provide information on how to prepare a resume for Federal positions




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  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Relocation expenses ARE NOT authorized
  • Suitable for Federal employment; determined by a background investigation
  • Males born after 12-31-59 MUST be registered for Selective Service


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As the Equal Opportunity Specialist you will be responsible for the following tasks: 

·         Review Title VI external civil rights complaints of discrimination against the NEA, its recipients and sub-recipients and determines if the complaint falls within the jurisdiction of the Civil Rights Office.  Recommend and draft next steps for the Director. 

·         Provide technical assistance to recipients for adherence to civil rights requirements. 

·         Review Endowment policies, practices and procedures, program guidelines, flyers, etc., for the purpose of determining conformity with applicable nondiscrimination laws and regulations.   

·         Manage the NEA’s informal equal employment opportunity (EEO) complaint program.  Serve as the Agency’s lead EEO Counselor, works with the collateral duty counselor(s), and attempts the settlement of workplace disputes.  

·         Prepare external annual reports including EEOC Form 462 and MD-715, HHS Age report, and the No FEAR Act.


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To qualify for this position, applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the (GS-09) performing duties such as:  providing technical guidance to employees and customers on Title VI Civil Rights and EEO Laws, regulations, policies; draft or write documents for supervisors/directors; and manage and maintain personal or sensitive information within an office setting. OR  A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related  OR a combination of education AND/OR experience as outlined in the vacancy announcement.


To qualify for this position, applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the (GS-11) performing duties such as: developing and analyzing civil rights complaints; provide technical assistance to customers to answer general compliance questions; process civil rights (title VI) complaints; mediate and/or diffuse difficult people and/or situations; and work with internal and external stakeholders regarding their involvement in the investigative/counseling process for civil rights and EEO cases.

Applicants must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by  Saturday, March 22, 2014.   

If you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you ARE required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or list of completed course work, which includes semester hours earned and/or grade received, by Saturday, March 22, 2014 or you will be disqualified from further consideration.

Education: GS-11 only: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related  OR a combination of education AND/OR experience as outlined in the vacancy announcement.

Foreign Education:  You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: 


The questionnaire has been developed in line with the following competencies and/or knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs):

·         Research & Analysis

·         Civil Rights Principles

·         Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)

·         Interpersonal Communication


Once the application process is complete, a review of the resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your online questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.  If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.  Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of two categories:  Best Qualified and Highly Qualified. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.  The online questionnaire will take you approximately 20 minutes to complete.


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The NEA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal emplyees at


Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation of management to promote the employee selected at some future date.

Males born after 12-31-1959 MUST be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see –

If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration.  The proof includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty station.  To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority of this vacancy, you must earn a minimum score of 85 (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference) on the rating criteria for this position.

A background investigation will be required for this position.  Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

Veterans Preference: If claiming 5- point veteran preference you MUST submit a DD-214.  If you are claiming 10-point veteran preference you MUST submit an SF-15, Application for 10-point Veterans’ Preference AND all other required documents in order to be granted the preference.  All documents must be received by Saturday, March 22, 2014.  Additional information on veterans’ preference is available at:

If you are selected for this Federal position, you will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.  Failure to answer all questions truthfully and completely or providing false statements on the application may be grounds for not hiring you or dismissing you after you begin work, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment (U.S. Code, Title 18, Section 1001).

The application contains information subject the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 U.S.C. 552a).  The information issued will be used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. Section 3302 and 3361.

Recruitment methods and selection procedures will based solely on merit after fair and open competition, and will be made without regard to political, religious, or labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex,  national origin, non-disqualifying disability, sexual-orientation or age.

EEO Policy Statement:

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:

Veterans Information:

Legal and Regulatory Guidance:


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on the closing date of the announcement Saturday, March 22, 2014.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the online questionnaire.  Please ensure you click Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link and click UPDATE APPLICATION in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.   The Vacancy ID is 1068616. 2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you are unable to apply online, you must FAX your resume, questionnaire, and supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX (, document your responses to the questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and fax all six pages of the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.  


The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

1.    A complete Resume (which includes hours worked, starting/ending dates (month and year), and if Federal employment - series, pay plan and grade).

2.    A complete Online Questionnaire

3.  Other Supporting Documents:

·         College transcript(s), if qualifying on education

·         Veteran Documents, (if applicable, a DD-214, SF-15, VA Letter, etc.)

·         ICTAP/CTAP documents (if applicable)

·         Miscellaneous (as required by position)


Phone: (202)682-5474
Fax: (202)682-5666
Agency Information:
National Endowment for the Arts
The Nancy Hanks Center
1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Suite 223
Washington, DC
20506 Fax: (202)682-5666


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  We will evaluate your resume and your responses to the online questionnaire to determine if you are among the Best Qualified for the position.  Candidate with the highest scores may be referred for further consideration.  If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview.  If you are referred for further consideration you will be notified each time your name is sent to a hiring official.  You will receive notice via email, once the evaluation process is completed (generally 30-45 days).

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EEO Policy Statement | Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement | Veterans Information | Legal and Regulatory Guidance