Associate Legal Counsel

Washington D.C.
Jun 21, 2017
Jul 24, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is composed of a highly motivated and diverse team dedicated to the agency's mission - to eradicate employment discrimination and promote equal employment opportunity. Come join us and make a difference.

This position is in the Office of Legal Counsel. The incumbent serves as Associate Legal Counsel for the Office. The incumbent fully participates in directing, supervising, and managing the full range of program and administrative activities of the Office. This is the senior career executive for the Office of Legal Counsel. The incumbent oversees the development of regulations, Enforcement Guidance, Compliance Manual chapters, Commission Decisions, and other policy documents for Commission approval, and provides staff support to the Commission in the performance of its functions under Executive Order 12067. The incumbent oversees legal advice provided on ethics and fiscal matters, and on the Freedom of Information Act, the Government in the Sunshine Act, and the Privacy Act, and oversees defensive litigation. The incumbent also oversees the development of resource documents and legal memoranda, and supports the Legal Counsel in the role of principal legal advisor to the Chair, the Commissioners, and Commission staff.

  • Occasional Travel
  • You may be expected to travel for this position.

  • No

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must register with the Selective Service
  • Suitable for Federal government as determined by background investigation
  • Qualifications include both general management skills and characteristics that are applicable to all SES positions AND technical responsibilities specific to the position. Applicants must have substantive experience which provides a good basic knowledge of the principles of organization, management and administration, and substantive specialized (operating administrative and managerial) experience in a type of work or a combination of functions directly related to this position.

    To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess the five Executive Core Qualification (ECQs), the Technical Qualifications and other qualifications, if applicable.

    Executive Core Qualifications: With the exception of current and former CAREER SES and SESCDP graduates who have been QRB certified, applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) describing accomplishments that would satisfy the ECQs. You must address each ECQ separately not to exceed 2 pages per ECQ. You are required to respond to all ECQs. Failure to do so will result in an "ineligible rating". When responding to each ECQ, you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of this position by submitting narrative responses in which you detail your experience in each of the ECQs. Your examples should be clear and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts. OPM's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications can assist you in writing an effective SES application. In particular, please note that the Challenge-Context-Action-Result Model that is recommended and very helpful when preparing your ECQ narrative responses. The Guide is available on OPM's website at:

    Applicants must utilize the Challenge-Context-Action-Result (CCAR) Model when writing Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ). Use two examples of relevant experience for each ECQ being sure your experience matches the ECQ criteria.

    Challenge -Describe a specific problem or goal.

    Context - Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to address a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale).

    Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge.

    Result - Give specific examples of measures/outcomes that had some impact on the organization. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

    ECQ1 - Leading Change: The ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. Leadership Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking and Vision.

    ECQ2 - Leading People: The ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others and Team Building.

    ECQ3 - Results Driven: The ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risk. Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving and Technical Creditability.

    ECQ 4 - Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial and information resources strategically. Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Technology Management and Human Capital Management.

    ECQ 5 - Building Coalitions: The ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. Leadership Competencies: Influencing/Negotiating, Oral Communication, Partnering and Political Savvy.

    Technical Qualifications (TQ): All applicants, including current/former CAREER SES and SESCDP QRB certified graduates, must submit written statement (narrative format) of accomplishments that would satisfy the technical qualifications. You must address each technical qualification separately. You are required to respond to all of the technical qualifications. If you fail to do so, you will be rated ineligible. TQ submissions must be limited to two pages per TQ.

    1. Knowledge of, and practical experience with, the application of laws, rules, regulations, and procedures regarding equal employment opportunity or other areas which involve protection and advancement of individuals' social and economic opportunities.

    2. Ability to oversee and coordinate the development of legal work products, including the determination of policy decisions.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic, religious, spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from an accredited institution, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia and must be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction) in good standing.


    -Include special assignments and non-Federal experience (e.g., details, task forces, committees, private sector, volunteer) if they are relevant to an ECQ.
    -Include awards that relate specifically to an ECQ.
    -Quantify your accomplishments.
    -Address the fundamental competencies over the course of the complete ECQ narrative.

    Each accomplishment must be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities; the scope and complexity of the programs, activities, or services you managed; program accomplishments; policy initiatives undertaken; level of contacts; the sensitivity and criticality of the issues you addressed; and the results of your actions. You should use action oriented leadership words to describe your experience and accomplishments (e.g., led the development and implementation of?..) and quantify your experience wherever possible to demonstrate your accomplishment (e.g., number of employees supervised; size of budget managed; amount of money saved, etc.)

    Public Trust - Background Investigation


    -Provides day-to-day direction to the five Assistant Legal Counsels in the performance of their duties.
    -Oversees personnel management functions in the Office.
    -Oversees drafting of new or amended regulations, policy documents, and resource documents for Commission approval.
    -Develops legal memoranda and provides advice regarding Commission-enforced statutes, ethics and fiscal matters, the Freedom of Information Act, the Government in the Sunshine Act, and the Privacy Act.
    -Oversees defensive representation in litigation brought by parties external to the Commission.
    -Oversees legal sufficiency reviews of a wide variety of Commission documents, as well as contracts and procurement actions.
    -Provides advice, information, and other relevant assistance to headquarters and field offices on a variety of policy and legal issues.
    -Provides assistance and information, subject to Commission guidance, to Federal departments and agencies with respect to interpretation and application of Federal equal employment opportunity laws, orders and policies.
    -Coordinates the preparation of comments and communications to other Federal agencies on proposed regulations and procedures related to interpretation and enforcement of equal employment opportunity laws, regulations, and executive orders.
    -Meets with high level officials of the Commission, other government officials, congressional staff, notable members of the private bar, and leaders of stakeholder groups regarding Commission policies and complex or sensitive legal matters.
    -Communicates Commission policies and positions to senior government officials, to the media, and to a wide variety of stakeholder groups.
    -The Associate Legal Counsel serves as Acting Legal Counsel in the absence of the Legal Counsel.

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