Equal Employment Manager ((DE/CR))

Washington, D.C
May 26, 2019
May 28, 2019
Full Time


The position is located in the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), Office of the Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary for Administration, Office of Civil Rights (OCR), Washington, DC. The selected candidate will serve, on a temporary basis, as the Equal Employment Manager, Decennial Census Program. The Decennial Census EEO Program is responsible for administering discrimination complaint systems under the provisions of various EEO acts, laws, and regulations.

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The individual selected for this position will:
  • Provide advice and assistance on all Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and civil rights enforcement issues impacting the Department.
  • Identify and develop both short and long-term planning objectives and exercise all aspects of supervisory authority to include, but not limited to, selecting, reassigning, evaluating and promoting subordinate employees.
  • Provide leadership and direction in the formulation and execution of all Departmental complaint and compliance programs of nondiscrimination and provides direction to bureau EEO staff in developing and administering EEO and civil rights compliance programs.
  • Conduct and/or initiate analytical studies of problem situations to alleviate adverse conditions which may affect mission accomplishment, and provide leadership and management for new program initiatives and/or demonstration efforts which will enhance and advance program effectiveness.
  • Serve as staff consultant and advisor to the OCR Director, field EEO officers and key managers concerning EEO discrimination issues, program objectives and adjudication results.

This Job Opportunity Announcement (JOA) may be used to fill other Supervisory Equal Employment Manager GS-0260-15 positions within Office of Civil Rights in the same geographical location with the same qualifications and experience.

This JOA is being advertised concurrently with OS/OCR-2019-0001 under Merit Promotion. Applicants that wish to be considered under merit promotion must apply separately to that vacancy.

NOTE: The appointment to a TERM position does not confer eligibility for promotion or reassignment to other positions.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
15 - This position does not have promotion potential.


Conditions of Employment

  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (www.sss.gov).
  • A one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period may be required.

SECURITY CLEARANCE: This position requires a PUBLIC TRUST/BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION. Any required investigations and clearances must be completed before the selectee can be placed in the position.

Applicants must meet ALL application requirements, to include a complete online resume, by 11:59 p.m. EASTERN TIME ZONE (ETZ) on the closing date of this announcement. Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


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.

To qualify for the GS-15:

Specialized experience: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need not have been in the federal government. For this position, specialized experience is experience:
  • Providing advice and assistance in the administration of discrimination complaint systems established by a variety of Federal acts and regulations, Executive Orders, and departmental orders.
  • Serving as a supervisor/consultant/advisor to staff members engaged in performing duties associated with a wide variety of Federal discrimination regulations and complaints systems.
  • Developing, implementing, and ensuring compliance with an organization's nondiscrimination complaint and compliance programs.
  • Performing analytical and evaluative studies to assess the effectiveness of current Federal EEO and/or administrative operations and policies in order to identify/improve critical or continuing program needs.
  • Providing equal employment consulting services in a variety of areas to include civil rights enforcement issues, resolving potential systemic problems, program requirements, and adjudication issues.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .


This position and/or series does not have an educational requirement.

Additional information

This is a TERM position, made for an initial period of 2 years. The appointment may be extended up to 6 months, after the completion of the 2 years. Permanent competitive career or career-conditional employment cannot be acquired through a term appointment. Term employees are eligible to participate in most of the benefit programs available to permanent federal employees, e.g., the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB), Federal Employees Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI), Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) and the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP).

CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/. .

CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
  • A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a directed geographic relocation outside of the local commuting area; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice).
  • A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", noting current position, grade level, and duty location;
  • A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
  • Any documentation from your bureau/operating unit that shows your current promotion potential.

  • ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
  • A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a directed geographic relocation outside of the local commuting area; notice of disability annuity termination; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a work-related compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement.
  • A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade/band level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;
  • A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
  • Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

  • The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities:

    VRA & VEOA - http://opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp

    30% or more disabled veteran - http://opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp

    Persons with disabilities - http://www.opm.gov/DISABILITY/

    CTAP - http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.

    ICTAP - http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/

    The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze." However, your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best qualified candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

    How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job.

    The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
    • Knowledge of the principles and concepts of the field of Federal equal employment opportunity including a thorough knowledge of relevant laws and legal principles, sociological implications, and history of the field.
    • Knowledge of supervision and personnel practices and procedures in order to carry out responsibilities and to plan/integrate work schedules to meet unit needs.
    • Ability to ensure implementation and verification of nondiscrimination complaint and compliance programs.
    • Skill in fact finding, analysis, problem solving, writing, and consulting to identify problems and recommend solutions within assigned organizational components.
    • Consulting skills to assist leadership in identifying, defining and solving equal opportunity systemic problems and civil rights enforcement issues.

    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    Required Documents: A complete application consists of the following:
      • Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume should list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. For work in the Federal service, please include the grade level for the position(s). Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire. Your resume should also indicate your citizenship and if you are registered with the Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59.
      • If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service or other valid proof of eligibility (i.e., statement of service that shows service dates AND character of service). If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference see http://www.opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp#VeteransEmploymentAct1998 .
      • Active Duty Service Members-- You must submit a statement of discharge/certification of release or an official written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date the announcement closes. Enlisted Record Briefs and military identification do NOT qualify as official documentation. If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm the discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not be considered for this job opportunity under Veteran Preference procedures. To gain access to your DD-214 online please visit http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records
      • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable, (see other information.)

    You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient. FAILURE TO SUBMIT (VIA FAX OR ATTACHMENT) THE APPLICABLE DOCUMENTS MAY EXCLUDE YOU FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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