Civil Rights Program Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Sep 27, 2020
Closes
Oct 02, 2020
Function
Program Manager
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Civil Rights Division's (Division) Disability Rights Section (DRS or Section). As the Civil Rights Program Specialist, you will be responsible for the day-to-day implementation of the Department's interagency coordination responsibilities under Title II of the ADA, Section 504, and Executive Order 12250.
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Responsibilities

  • Providing technical assistance to an assigned group of federal agencies on Section 504 and the ADA, and ensuring novel or other special technical assistance matters are referred to appropriate managers or attorney advisors for resolution;
  • Assisting attorney advisors in providing assistance to other agencies in developing or amending regulations implementing Section 504 or other statutes that affect disability rights;
  • Serving as the Section's expert on the organizational structure, covered programs, enforcement activities, and other areas of the assigned agencies;
  • Representing the Division in public conferences and meetings in connection with the implementation of Section 504;
  • Providing disability rights training for the employees of other agencies and assisting in preparation of training materials for use by other Department officials;
  • Responding to inquiries from federal officials (including members of Congress), or members of the public about issues relating to the Section's activities with respect to all matters assigned;
  • Reviewing incoming citizen complaints and other correspondence relating to federal matters outside the Department's jurisdiction and identifying the appropriate federal agency for referral and follow-up as needed;
  • Coordinating with the Civil Rights Division's Controlled Correspondence Unit to review, assign, and track all correspondence relating to the Section's work from members of Congress and the White House, as well as to the Attorney General; and
  • Performing other related duties as assigned.


Travel Required

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

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
None

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
  • Suitability for Federal employment, determined by background investigation, which includes drug testing
  • May be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period


Qualifications

To qualify at the GS-13 grade level, candidates must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service or other pay system. Applicants must possess the following specialized experience in order to qualify for this position: (1) Providing technical assistance to state and local governments, businesses, or federal agencies, both orally and in writing, regarding their responsibilities under Title II and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as applicable; (2) reviewing technical assistance documents and/or proposed regulations regarding disability rights and providing feedback concerning their effect, clarity, and usefulness; (3) representing the office or component as an expert in meetings, committees, conferences, or working groups regarding disability rights, specifically Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. and (4) providing assistance to people with disabilities regarding disability rights, specifically the Americans with Disabilities Act and/or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

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.

TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet Time-in-Grade requirements of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement. (You must submit your SF-50 that shows Time-in-Grade eligibility and reflects your title, series, and grade. No award SF-50 will be accepted).

All qualifications, education (if applicable), and time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement and clearly documented in your resume.

Education

There is no education substitution for this position.

Additional information

E-Verify Statement: DOJ uses E-Verify, an internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify , including your rights and responsibilities.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Additional information is found at: www.sss.gov .

It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test, which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.

Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation.

Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp .

Schedule A: The Civil Rights Division welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities and is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department. The Civil Rights Division also encourages eligible Schedule A applicants to submit their resumes directly to Sandra Brown by email to Sandra.Brown@usdoj.gov.

DOJ EEO Statement/Policy: http://www.justice.gov/jmd/eeos/08-eeo-policy.pdf

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the announcement has closed, a review of your résumé and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your résumé and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your résumé and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

All qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

Accountability, Customer Service, Interpersonal Skills, Oral communication, Problem Solving, Teamwork, and Writing

The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three" but protects the rights of Veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. Veterans' preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent will be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).

Please Note: Additional selections may be made from this announcement for up to 90 days should additional similar openings occur in this, or any other office within DOJ.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

You must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:
  • Required: Resume, which includes a list of all significant jobs held and duties performed, with dates specified in month and year format, and indicate hours worked per week. If military or civilian, please include your rank and/or grade. 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. (cover letter optional).
  • Required: A complete Occupational Questionnaire
  • Required, Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.
    • Worker's Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR Separation SF-50.
    • Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held.
    • Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held.
  • Required, if claiming Veterans Preference:
    • If you are a Discharged, Non-Disabled Veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character of discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions, as listed on the SF-15. If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives.
    • If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge, you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, & 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.
    • If you are a Disabled Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, or Mother or Spouse of a Disabled or Deceased Veteran, you must submit all additional proof required by the SF-15, and if applicable, a completed SF-15. You may request a copy of your Department of Veterans Affairs letter from www.ebenefits.va.gov or call 1-800-827-1000 to establish proof of disability.

Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.

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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