Deputy Director, Diversity, Inclusion and Dispute Resolution

Washington, D.C
Aug 23, 2019
Sep 01, 2019
Executive, Director
Full Time


This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Dispute Resolution (ODI/DR). The selectee is an attorney and the Deputy Director, ODI/DR and provides legal advisory services to the Director, ODI/DR. These services specifically include application and compliance with pertinent U.S. Code provisions and the Congressional Accountability Act (CAA).

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At the Architect of the Capitol, we are proud to be ranked as one of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government. Our employees are passionate about AOC's mission to serve Congress and the Supreme Court, preserve America's Capitol and inspire memorable experiences. AOC is a legislative branch agency, the recognized authority for the preservation, maintenance and construction of the world's most iconic treasures and buildings on Capitol Hill. As a global destination for thousands of visitors every day, Capitol Hill intersects history, architecture and art with the birthplace of our nation's laws.

Major Duties

Supervisory and Managerial Responsibilities
  • Assists the Director in performing administrative and technical supervisory functions for subordinates. Assigns duties and evaluates performance. Manages the organizational unit's budget and workload. Develops performance requirements for subordinates and ensures a mutual understanding of the performance standards. Resolves complaints and grievances.
  • Provides leadership to ensure support for equal employment opportunity (EEO) goals and requirements. Practices non-discriminatory and non-retaliatory employment actions and prevents unlawful discrimination or harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, age or disability. Provides for employee skills enrichment through job related coaching, mentoring and training. Will foster a culture of learning, sharing, cooperation and teamwork that improves efficiency and effectiveness throughout the organization.

Legal Advice and Guidance
  • Serves as an Attorney-Advisor to the Director of the ODI/DR and provides daily guidance and advice on a range of issues including EEO-related matters, Congressional responses, investigation-related issues and personnel and business process-related concerns.
  • Will review and receive final approval for all written products issued under the Director's signature and/or for publication.
  • Advises the ODI/DR and outside entities on interpretations of specialized areas of law and assists in planning policies affecting the agency's position; analyzes the facts and legal concerns presented and determines what additional facts are needed and the appropriate legal sources to apply; examines policies, processes, guidelines, technical handbooks and other AOC publications; studies industry and trade practices; researches other government agencies or businesses' technical, professional written works or other reliable sources of information; delivers briefings and presentations at seminars and other outreach programs for the AOC.
  • Facilitates meetings and post-meeting question and answer sessions; acts as attorney in charge of reviewing and recommending policies and developing procedures and regulations to implement new or amended legislation for the agency; reviews new and amended legislation for the agency; ensures policies, procedures, regulations and legislation (guidance) are consistent with the intent of current laws; and ensures agency guidance is administratively sound, efficient and economical in operation.
  • Advises on the applicability of Civil Rights law under the provisions of the rules of the CAA and on all aspects of employment and labor law as applied under the CAA.
  • Conducts investigations of fact on behalf of the AOC. Attempts to mediate and reconcile disagreements between AOC managers and employees complaining of civil rights or employment violations.

Equal Employment Opportunity Program Management
  • Serves as technical expert for ODI/DR on all Conciliation Program, Dispute Resolution (DR) and EEO-related issues, claims, contacts, etc. Oversees all DR activities (e.g., claims, investigations, mediations, climate assessments, etc.,) to ensure that they are fully vetted for accuracy, scope, issues/bases, action plan, etc.
  • Reviews all case analysis and attendant correspondence in response to claims and management referrals. Advises ODI/DR Director, staff and AOC management of potential problems and recommends solutions.
  • Serves as technical expert on AOC's EEO and Reasonable Accommodation policies, the CAA and other applicable EEO law.

Policy Development
  • Is responsible for assisting in the formulation and administration of policies affecting the mission of the AOC. Specifically assists in the development, evaluation and implementation policy for AOC-wide programs; performs legal research to prepare in-depth analyses, arguments, briefs and analytical documents on a variety of areas of law; provides legal opinions and final advisory statements; provides advice on policies and assists in developing the procedures and regulations implementing new or amended legislation for the AOC; ensures that the policies, procedures and regulations are consistent with the intent of the law and are administratively sound, efficient and economical in operation.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You must be able to pass a drug test.
  • You must possess an active State Bar membership.
  • You must meet the definition of specialized experience.
  • Must possess a J.D. or LL.B. degree from a law school accredited by the ABA

This position requires active membership in good standing of the Bar of the highest court of any State or the District of Columbia.


You must meet the United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements (including specialized experience and educational requirements) for the advertised position. You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on the OPM web site at: OPM qualification standards

Minimum Federal Qualification Requirements:

Must possess a J.D. or LL.B. degree and be an active member in good standing of the bar of a State, Territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

In addition, the following Specialized Experience is required:

Specialized experience : is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level.

Candidates for the GS-14 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower GS-13 grade level in the Federal service.

Examples of specialized experience include the following: (1) Leading professional, technical and administrative team members to foster a culture of learning, sharing, cooperation and teamwork; (2) Experience with a dispute resolution program which included services such as conflict coaching, mediation and group facilitation; (3) Facilitating meetings, discussions and leading formal presentations; (4) Serving as technical expert on EEO and Reasonable Accommodation policies, the Congressional Accountability Act (CAA) and other applicable EEO law; and (5) Conducting investigations of fact to mediate and reconcile disagreements between managers and employees complaining of civil rights or employment violations.


Applicant must possess a J.D. or LL.B. degree and be an active member in good standing of the bar of a State, Territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Special Instructions for Foreign Education :

Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment.

Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part of foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree.

You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing if selected.

Additional information

Welcome Veterans. The Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) gives veterans' preference rights in the legislative branch to certain veterans as applied by the Congressional Accountability Act. Veterans' preference is applied on this vacancy announcement. If you are a veteran and have been separated under honorable conditions, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility; SF-15, if applicable; and Department of Veterans Affairs documentation of disability, if applicable. For more information, please visit OPM vet guide

If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System. If you are exempt from registration under Selective Service Law, you must provide appropriate proof of exemption. Please visit the Selective Service System website for more information.

DRUG TESTING: The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is a Drug Free Workplace. As part of the AOC's suitability assessment, a candidate tentatively selected for a position is required to submit to screening for illegal drug use. Satisfactory completion of a drug test is a condition of employment with the Agency. A candidate must test negative prior to being eligible for appointment into a position. We will schedule, provide, and cover the cost for the drug test.

The selectee(s) under the vacancy announcement for this position is subject to a criminal record check by the U.S. Capitol Police and satisfactory adjudication to be eligible for employment at the Architect of the Capitol.

The Architect of the Capitol is an E-VERIFY Participant. E-VERIFY is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment authorization in the United States. If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the DHS Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" electronic system. For more information on E-Verify, please visit

The Architect of the Capitol is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, genetic information, sexual orientation and/or disability.
This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Moving expenses are not authorized.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Probationary Period- Selectee(s) is subject to the completion of a one-year trial/probationary period, regardless of whether or not a trial/probationary period has been completed previously with the Architect of the Capitol or another Federal agency.

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies in any of the jurisdictions of the Architect of the Capitol.

All application materials become the property of the Architect of the Capitol.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Review your resume and responses carefully. Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your detailed resume and your responses to job specific self-assessment questions.

Your resume will be evaluated based on evidence of your ability to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) for this position, possession of any specialized experience, and how well your background and experience relates to the self-assessment questions in the job announcement. The self-assessment questions relate to the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies:

-- Ability to supervise and lead people toward meeting the agency's and division's vision, mission and goals.

-- Ability to perform legal research to prepare in-depth analyses, arguments, briefs and analytical documents on a variety of areas of law.

-- Skill in developing and delivering oral and written presentations as well as making recommendations on management issues in concise and convincing language.

-- Ability to facilitate meetings and post-meeting question and answer sessions.

-- Ability to review and recommend policies and develop procedures and regulations that are consistent with the intent of the law.

-- Ability to interact with AOC staff, senior staff, officials from other agencies and the general public.

Your responses to the self-assessment questions serve as the basis for your initial rating. You will receive a numerical score based on your responses to these questions. Next, your responses will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information provided in your resume and optional cover letter. Your resume must support your answers to the self-assessment questions. Falsifying your background, education and/or experience is cause for non-selection or disqualification from further consideration.

Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. (Please review the "Required Documents" section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application).

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

The Architect of the Capitol's job application process is designed to ensure that we only ask you for the information that is absolutely needed to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility for the position.

To apply for this position, you only need to submit online the following: a) your resume and 2) answer the online vacancy assessment questionnaire. The online questionnaire contains eligibility and screening questions and other relevant supplemental information. No additional documentation or attachment is required at the time of application.

We ask that you prepare and submit a resume that best describes fully your background experience, skills, abilities, education, training and other relevant credentials. The resume should include dates of employment.

Nothing further is required until it is requested by the staff of the Human Capital Management Division. If additional documentation is required for a position, you will be asked to provide it during the selection process or upon selection. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume.

For example, we may ask you to provide documents such as college transcripts, copy of diploma or proof of Federal employment status. If the position requires a license or certification, we will ask candidate(s) to provide proof at the time of selection.

If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of Veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, the SF-15 plus proof required by that form).

If you fail to provide the required documents, we will withdraw a tentative job offer made and/or remove 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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