Director - Office of Civil Rights Diversity and Inclusion

Rockville, Maryland
Sep 26, 2020
Sep 30, 2020
Executive, Director
Full Time


This position is located within Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Office of Civil Rights Diversity and Inclusion (OCRDI) in Rockville, MD.

The selectee for this position may be eligible for annual performance bonuses and performance based pay adjustments.

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The Director, Office of Civil Rights and Diversity Inclusion (OCRDI) is responsible for overseeing programs that protects and serves the rights of all HRSA employees and applicants to positions at HRSA, as well as applicants, recipients and beneficiaries of federal funds awarded by HRSA by enforcing federal laws, policies and practices prohibiting discrimination. The Director also works to promote diversity and inclusion in the HRSA workforce. In this capacity, the incumbent serves as a key advisor to the HRSA Administrator on a variety of equal opportunity and civil rights issues impacting the agency's complex and diverse workforce and programs. The Director, OCRDI will design and direct programs, policies, and procedures based on rules, regulations, laws and Executive Orders governing equal opportunity, civil rights, affirmative action and human resources. This will include the development and implementation of policies and procedures that effectively identify, correct and prevent systemic equal opportunity problems and resolve issues alleging class or institutional discrimination.

The Executive will serve as the key advisor to the HRSA administrator on equal employment and civil rights issues with responsibility for overseeing the formulation, implementation and management of the equal opportunity, civil rights, and diversity and inclusion activities for the agency.

The executive will direct the implementation of the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans With Disabilities Act, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, as they apply to the agency and recipients of HRSA funds.

The executive will direct the agency's EEO complaints system, including oversight, early resolution activities, recommendations for final agency decisions and settlement negotiations with the Office of General Counsel, complainant's counsel and agency management officials.

As Director OCRDI, the executive will oversee efforts to identify and remove barriers to meaningful access for both HRSA's workforce and external customers, including management of the reasonable accommodation program and disability services.

As principal advisor to and spokesman for the Administrator, the executive will provide leadership and direction in establishing and maintaining agency-wide equal opportunity, civil rights and diversity management policies to meet agency mission within the context of appropriate laws.

The executive will develop, implement, and monitor the agency's annual mandatory reporting including the Management Directive 715 Report, Disabled Veterans Affirmative Action Program Report and the Federal Equal Opportunity Recruitment Program Report, including the collection and analysis of related data.

The executive will serve as the focal point in the agency for equal opportunity, civil rights and diversity management activities, maintaining awareness of the Administrator's objectives and exercising analytical judgment to anticipate problems and issues that may arise.

The executive will assure that program needs are met in response to program changes or as a result of shifting emphasis and direction.

The executive will serve as the agency liaison with the Department and other Federal agencies, State and local governments, and other organizations related to equal opportunity, civil rights and diversity management matters. The executive will also represent the agency in dealings with Equal Opportunity Commission.

The executive will establish and maintain effective relationships and participate in meetings and conferences with top level agency, Departmental and Congressional officials and governmental counterparts to ensure appropriate perspectives are included in the development of agency goals and policies.

The executive will manage and advise on a wide variety of recruitment and employment programs designed to enhance the diversity of the HRSA workforce through establishing networks with professional minority and women's organizations committed to public health.

The executive will collaborate with the agency's Deputy Administrator and key agency officials in formulating and developing short and long range plans, objectives, initiatives and recommendations to eliminate practices that hamper the recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce, and to eliminate discriminatory actions that affect training and development for those in the workforce with special needs.

The executive will develop and recommend policies and priorities designed to implement the letter, spirit and intent of the Office of Personnel Management, the HHS Office of Civil Rights, and HHS requirements under Executive Orders and Equal Employment Opportunity and civil rights legislation and related regulatory guidance.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U. S. Citizenship is required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • All male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service.
  • Public financial disclosure report required.
  • Status applicants must submit a copy of their most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which verifies status.
  • All initial appointments to an SES position are contingent on approval from OPM's Qualifications Review Board unless the selectee has successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program.
  • One-year probationary period is required unless previously completed one year in the Senior Executive Service.
  • The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521 requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a financial disclosure statement, SF-278, prior to assuming the SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment.



To qualify for this position, your resume must state sufficient experience to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are applying.

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; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

All competitive candidates for SES positions with the Federal Government must demonstrate leadership experience indicative of senior executive level management capability. To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show in your resume that you possess the Fundamental Competencies, five Executive Core Qualifications, and the Mandatory Technical Qualifications listed below. Evidence of this experience must be incorporated into your five page resume . Separate narratives for the Executive Core Qualifications and Mandatory Technical Qualifications will not be accepted or considered. Typically, experience of this nature is gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service, or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations.

Fundamental Competencies:
Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation.

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 risks.
  • Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
  • 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.
  • It is STRONGLY recommended that you visit the following Office of Personnel Management (OPM) webpage for more information regarding the Fundamental Competencies and ECQs. SES Core Qualifications Overview

    If selected, you will be required to complete an ECQ package by drafting narratives for each of the ECQs for submission and certification by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in order to be placed in this position. If you are currently serving in a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), you will not need to draft the ECQs.

    Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs):

    This position also requires that you possess MTQs that represent knowledge, skills, and abilities essential for success in this role. The following MTQs must be evident in your resume.
  • Demonstrated experience implementing effective and efficient agency strategies and plans that address reasonable accommodation, accessibility and the discrimination statutes, including case management and customer service.
  • Demonstrated skill establishing and maintaining effective cooperative working relationships with senior federal officials as well as those in private industry to achieve goals for a national program.
  • Demonstrated expert ability to deliver presentations or briefings to senior officials on issues that may be considered controversial or subject to significant public scrutiny.
  • Demonstrated expert knowledge of civil rights, diversity, inclusion, EEO and general employment laws and regulations.

  • Education

    This position does not have an education requirement. Please do not send transcripts.

    Additional information

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

    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 contact either HRSA's Office of Human Resources at (301) 443-3780 or by email: or HRSA's Reasonable Accommodation programs at (301) 443-2538 or by email: . You must contact the Reasonable Accommodations Program prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Hours of operation: Monday through Friday 7:30AM to 4:00PM EST (except Federal holidays).

    Click here for information on " Federal hiring for individuals with disabilities ".

    Conditions of Employment:
  • Security and Background Requirements: If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.
  • E-Verify: HRSA participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their social security numbers.
  • Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
  • Creditable Service: A newly appointed or reappointed employee may receive service credit for annual leave for prior work experience directly related to the duties of the position being filled. The use of this service credit is at the discretion of the selecting official and must be finalized prior to selectee's entrance on duty. For more information, please click here.
  • Financial Disclosure: This position requires you to file a public or confidential financial disclosure report prior to receiving a final offer letter as well as within 30 days of your appointment. This will require you to report information such as recent sources of income, financial interests you hold, and outside activities you participate in, as well as similar information from a spouse or any dependent children. If you have questions, please contact your HRSA Ethics Advisor at supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. Telework eligibility may be discussed during the interview process.
  • HHS inspires public confidence by maintaining high ethical principles, and all Federal Government employees are subject to the conflict of interest statutes and regulations, including the Standards of Ethical Conduct , that govern activities with outside organizations and reporting financial holdings. The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521 also requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-278 , prior to assuming the SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:
  • Minimum requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You may be found 'not qualified' if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we may rate you as ineligible.
  • Rating: A panel of Senior Executives will review your application and evaluate your qualification for this position based on the information in your application. Your application will be rated, based on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of this position. Interviews will be at the discretion of the panel and/or selection official.
  • Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application will be referred to a selection official for consideration and possible interview.
  • Veteran's Preference does not apply to the SES.

    Equality is held as one of the most important values at HHS. Selection for this, and any other position, will be based solely on merit. HHS does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, age or membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    All applicants are required to submit and/or complete the following documents to be considered for the position:
    • Resume that contains your full name, address and phone number, and does not exceed the five (5) page limit;
    • Cover Letter (optional); and
    • Online Assessment Questionnaire . To preview the assessment questionnaire, click here:

    Applicants who are currently, or were previously, Federal employees must also submit:
  • An SF-50 showing your current or former civil service status; and
  • Proof of OPM Qualifications Review Board certification (OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Program graduates), if applicable.
  • NOTE: Documents submitted that are not listed in the Required Documents section of this announcement will not be considered or forwarded to the rating panel or selecting official.

    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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