Director, Office of Civil Rights

Washington, D.C
Feb 28, 2021
Mar 04, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


OCR ensures EEO for the Department's employees and job applicants, non-discrimination and accessibility in Departmental programs, encourages resolution of disputes at the lowest level, and enhances awareness of the benefits of diversity of the Department's employees and customers. The incumbent will exercise forward-thinking and creativity to lead the Department in designing and implementing innovative programs to assess and improve EEO policies, processes, procedures, and systems

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The Director, OCR serves as the primary official and advisor to the CFO/ASA and DASA and other key officials on all aspects of equal opportunity, nondiscrimination, and civil rights. The Director, OCR also serves as a confidential source of information, advising on the manner in which programs are being implemented; advises on the impact of new regulations and policies; and represents the Department in coordinating activities with other agencies. In carrying out these responsibilities, the Director, OCR will:

Provide administrative direction and support in every area involving internal or external communications, including responses to customer, Congressional inquiries, FOIAs, the EEOC 462 Report, the MD-715 report, the No FEAR ACT report to Congress, the Age Discrimination Report, etc.

Develop, direct, and coordinate throughout the Department, programs, policies and activities to insure the effective fulfillment by the Department and all its element of its responsibilities involving federal employment of individuals with disabilities, anti-harassment program, reasonable accommodation program, barrier analysis focused on access to executive level positions, and compliance with EEOC's management directives.

Oversee the planning, development, and implementation of processes and procedures that tracks and monitors the status of Department programs and initiatives.

Prepare and manage the Department's response to various internal and external reports to include the gathering, consolidating, analyzing, and verification of data gathered; as well as the accountability for the Department's responses.

Develop program policy recommendations and monitor and evaluate the implementation of approved recommendations, ensuring Department programs are in compliance with EEO policy and regulation.

Advise and assist the operating units in the performance of their EEO and civil rights responsibilities.

Develop and administer evaluation programs to determine the effectiveness of all Department operating units in the area of EEO and civil rights; report the results of such evaluations to the head of the operating unit; and make recommendations for improvement including recommendations for corrective action by these officials.

Work closely with the Office of Human Resources Management, including as necessary establishing coordinating procedures and policy development, to insure unified implementation of Federal and Department requirements and programs.

Advise the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration and Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary for Administration on any violations of Civil Rights or EEO statutes, Executive Orders, or regulations over which the Department has jurisdiction and for which legally sufficient corrective action has not been initiated, and recommend correction action.

Represent the Department and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration and the Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary for Administration with other Federal agencies, including the EEOC, Department of Justice, Department of Health and Human Services, and Department of Labor, and with states, municipalities, labor unions and other public and private groups on matters concerning equal opportunity, nondiscrimination, and civil rights.

Maintain liaison with and solicit the views of organizations that advocate equality for persons with disabilities, minorities, women and other representative groups within and outside the Department on matters relating to civil rights and equal opportunity.

Develop statements of goals and periodic reports of achievements against the goals, for the responsibilities of the Office of Civil Rights.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Position may require some travel (25% or less)

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Subject to pre-employment and employment random drug testing.
  • Public Financial Disclosure (SF-278 filing within 30 days is required).
  • Incumbent maybe subject to geographic mobility.

Applicants are required to submit a narrative statement for each mandatory Professional/Technical Qualification (PTQ) and each mandatory Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) listed. If you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and had your ECQs certified by OPM, then you only need to address each mandatory PTQ, and you do not need to submit an ECQ narrative.

All other applicants are required to respond to all ECQs and PTQs, addressing each ECQ and PTQ separately. Please give a complete and detailed answer for each mandatory qualification. Please keep in mind each ECQ and PTQ are unique qualifications. Therefore, duplicate responses are not sufficient in determining if you meet that specific qualification. Do not enter "Refer to Resume" to explain your answer. Applications directing the reader to search within the application or to "See Resume" are considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Failure to submit a narrative statement or address any of the mandatory ECQs and/or PTQs is also considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. As a result, you will be rated as "INCOMPLETE".

For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications at

Example ECQ statements are available at


To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess all of the mandatory Executive Core Qualifications and Professional/Technical Qualifications listed. These qualifications would typically be acquired through education, experience, and training which reflect progressive development and achievement in leading and managing a comprehensive program in a complex organization. An individual's total experience must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position. Applicants must meet all of the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


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

Additional information

Background Investigation: This position requires a Secret security clearance and is designated as critical-sensitive, requiring that a background investigation be conducted and favorably adjudicated in order to establish security eligibility.

Financial Disclosure: This position is covered under the Ethics in Government Act, which requires comprehensive financial disclosures from employees. The appointee will be required to file a Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278), within 30 days after his/her appointment, and then annually thereafter.

Qualifications Approval and Probationary Period: Persons newly selected for career appointment to the Senior Executive Service must have their executive core qualifications approved by an Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board and will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

Mobility: Individuals selected for Senior Executive Service positions may be subject to reassignment across geographical, organizational, and functional lines.

Drug Testing: Applicants tentatively selected for employment in any position are subject to designated and/or random pre-employment and employment urinalysis. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment and/or removed from employment with the Department of Commerce.

The materials you send with your application will not be returned.

Veterans' preference is not applicable to positions in the Senior Executive Service.

You will be required to enter your full social security number (SSN) only to initially access and create an account at the OPM USAJOBS website; however, only the last four digits will appear in your resume. Please DO NOT put your SSN on pages within your application package. Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.

Signature - Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.

False Statements - If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired, you may be fired after you begin work, or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

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.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.


How You Will Be Evaluated

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

All applicants will be evaluated by an Executive Resources Board (ERB) rating panel of senior managers to determine the degree to which they possess the mandatory executive core and professional/technical qualifications. The ERB rating panel will make recommendations on final selections to the appointing authority. All applicants will be evaluated on the quality and extent of their total accomplishments, experience, and the ECQs, if applicable, as follows:


ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE: This core qualification involves 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.

(Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision)

ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE: This core qualification involves 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.

(Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building)

ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN: This core qualification involves 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.

(Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility)

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

(Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management)

ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS: This core qualification involves 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.

(Competencies: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating)


PTQ 1 -Demonstrated expert knowledge of EEO principles, laws and regulations, related personnel laws, and other current laws, statues and regulatory provisions relating to EEO, nondiscrimination, and civil rights, in order to lead the identification, assessment, and development of solutions to complex program matters.

PTQ 2 -Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in strategic and operational planning in order to administer major components of an EEO program (e.g. anti-harassment, disabilities, reasonable accommodation, barrier analysis, compliance, adjudication, advocacy or public policy), aligning programs and initiatives to the mission and fostering continued program improvements.

PTQ 3 -Demonstrated extensive experience in directing the development, implementation, and management of EEO/civil rights programs and initiatives that ensures unified execution of policies and procedures, attaining the goals and objectives of a large corporation, government organization, or similar entity.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

In addition to your online application and responses to the ECQs and PTQs, the following documents must be submitted and received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement:

For current Senior Executives or individuals with SES reinstatement eligibility: You are encouraged to submit your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that shows career appointment in the SES.

For current Federal employees: You are encouraged to submit your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that shows your current tenure, position title, series and grade level.

For SES Candidate Development Program (SESCDP) Graduates: You are encouraged to submit your SESCDP OPM-Certification documentation.

Applicants who fail to submit requested documents WILL NOT receive consideration for this position. Application will result in an "Incomplete" rating.

You may be directed to FAX specific documentation to verify information about your civil service status, your education, and/or other information. Please fax with the appropriate cover sheet. Please refer to the fax cover sheet for the fax number. Each document must be dialed and faxed in separately as each sheet includes an identification number, which ensures your document is processed correctly.


Please fax legible documents using the appropriate coversheet. Documents may be faxed at any time during the open period of this announcement by going to http:/

1. Log into MYUSAJOBS

2. Click on "Applications"

3. Locate the vacancy you applied to

4. Under "Applicant Status" column, click on "More Information"

5. Select "View/Generate Fax Cover Sheet" and click "Continue"

Do not submit any additional information that is not required: Extraneous materials such as award certificates will not be considered.

If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed on this vacancy announcement for alternate methods of application.

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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