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    This position is located in the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), Program Legal Group (PLG). 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. OCR also enforces the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act.

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    Responsibilities

    APPLICATION LIMIT: This vacancy announcement is limited to the first 50 applications received and will close at 11:59PM Eastern Time on the day that we receive the 50th application, or at 11:59PM Eastern Time on the listed closing date, whichever occurs first.  

    We encourage you to read this entire vacancy announcement prior to submitting your application.

    PLG attorneys provide policy and legal guidance and information to the Assistant Secretary and the civil rights compliance and enforcement program that supports the missions of the Department and OCR, and OCR's Strategic Plan.

    As a General Attorney (Civil Rights), GS-0905-13, you will be responsible for:

    • Performs or participates in a variety of activities related to providing legal services and policy guidance for OCR under the various legal authorities.
    • Reviews the Department's and other agencies' proposed regulations and proposed legislation that may affect OCR's regulations and enforcement activities to ensure conformance with civil rights requirements. Assignments may involve legal and policy matters of moderate complexity. As appropriate, prepares memoranda or assists other components in preparing comments on proposed regulations or legislation that may affect compliance with civil rights requirements. Assignments may involve legal and policy matters of moderate complexity.
    • Assists Enforcement Division staff in interpreting legal standards and regulations and in applying OCR policy in the conduct of complaint investigations compliance reviews, proactive compliance activities, monitoring and other compliance related activities.
    • Develops and presents training to team members on issues of moderate complexity, statutory and regulatory standards, changes in case law, new policy decisions, investigatory techniques, negotiation skills and other case development issues.    

    As a General Attorney (Civil Rights), GS-0905-14, you will be responsible for:

    • Serves as a legal and policy advisor to the Assistant Secretary (AS), the Deputy Assistant Secretaries (DAS's), the Enforcement Directors (EDs), the PLG Director and Deputy Director, and serves as an expert resource for other managers within OCR. In conjunction with the Enforcement Divisions, formulates responses to policy-related requests of significant complexity from the Secretary, Congress, and other individuals or organizations. Provides legal and policy advice to other OCR components in preparing such responses.

    • Develops or reviews, as requested by the Assistant Secretary or the Enforcement Divisions, policy issuances, legal standards, legal memoranda, guidelines, and proposed regulations pertaining to civil rights compliance, the conduct of investigations and compliance reviews, and the provision of technical assistance, identifies the need for new or revised legal standards and policies. Reviews the Department's and other agencies' regulations and proposed legislation to determine the potential effect on OCR's regulations and enforcement activities and to ensure conformance with civil rights requirements. Develops policy issuances, guidelines, and legal standards for OCR Enforcement Divisions the Department, recipients of Federal financial assistances and the general public. Assignments may involve legal and policy matters of significant complexity.

    • Develops and presents training, training materials and manuals and presents training to team members and other OCR staff on significant policy and legal issues, complex statutory and regulatory standards, changes in case law, new policy developments, and other related matters.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Some travel by car and air may be required.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    14

  • Job family (Series)

    0905 Attorney

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/522271600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.