Job Overview


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

The U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ" or "Department") is the principal federal agency charged with enforcing federally protected civil and constitutional rights. The Civil Rights Division ("CRT" or "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 of public residential institutions, such as health care and correctional facilities, that violate the constitution. The Division is seeking a managing attorney to serve as the Chief of the Educational Opportunities Section ("EOS Section" or "Section"). The EOS Section enforces Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, and religion in public schools and institutions of higher learning; the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974, which, among other things, requires states and school districts to provide English Language Learner students with appropriate services to overcome language barriers; and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Section also plays a significant role in enforcing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin by recipients of federal funds), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex by recipients of federal funds), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability by recipients of federal funds). The Section may intervene in private suits alleging violations of education-related anti-discrimination statutes and the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution.

CRT 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.


As Chief, the successful candidate will plan and direct a nationwide program to enforce the federal civil rights laws and executive orders prohibiting discrimination against students on the basis of sex, national origin, language barrier, religion, or disabilities. Responsibilities include:

  • Managing directly and through subordinate supervisors, a staff of approximately 35 lawyers, non-lawyer professionals and support staff.
  • Directing and reviewing investigations, negotiations, and litigation arising from complaints and compliance reviews concerning matters affecting the laws enforced by the EOS Section.
  • Overseeing the preparation, review, and filing of complaints, other pleadings, discovery requests and responses, motions, briefs, proposed consent decrees and other legal documents. Overseeing all aspects of pretrial discovery and motion practices to ensure the development of testimonial and documentary evidence for trial. Intervening in significant cases brought by private litigants.
  • Resolving cases through settlement agreements, consent decrees, or litigation.
  • Advising the Office of the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights regarding appropriate Division and Department positions on educational civil rights policies, regulations, and guidance of the Department and other federal agencies.
  • Meeting, coordinating, and fostering good working relationships with the United States Attorneys' Offices, other DOJ components, the Department of Education, and other federal agencies.
  • Consulting and advising the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights and the Deputy Assistant Attorneys General. Coordinating with the Division's other Section Chiefs and Deputy Chiefs as appropriate.
  • Speaking at meetings and conferences to educate other governmental agencies, industry, and/or the public about the work of the EOS Section. Meeting and conducting outreach to community organizations and other interested parties.
  • Coordinating with counsel for private litigants in cases in which the Government intervenes; conferring with the United States Attorneys' Offices at all important stages of litigation; and meeting with the public (and their delegations), educational entities, and others.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel will be required.

Relocation Authorized

  • No