Chief, Employment Litigation Section

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
May 02, 2021
Closes
May 07, 2021
Function
Executive, Chief
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The Chief of the Civil Rights Division's (CRT's) Employment Litigation Section (ELS) manages the activities and personnel of ELS. ELS enforces Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 2000e (Title VII), and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994, as amended, 38 U.S.C. 4301 (USERRA).
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Responsibilities

As Chief, the successful candidate is responsible for:
  • Supervising, directly and through subordinate supervisors, approximately 60 attorneys, civil rights analysts, and support employees;
  • Planning, developing and supervising a nationwide program regarding the enforcement of Title VII, USERRA and Executive Order 11246, as well as the defense of lawsuits that challenge the constitutionality of the federal government's DBE contracting programs; and targeting or otherwise directing the resources of ELS to maximize the impact of ELS' work;
  • Supervising all investigations, all pre-complaint activity, all post-complaint litigation, all voluntary resolutions of matters and lawsuits, and all policy issues attendant to the enforcement program;
  • Developing litigation based upon charges referred by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission pursuant to Title VII and by the Department of Labor pursuant to USERRA;
  • Consistent with ELS' enforcement program, intervening or participating as amicus in cases in which the government has an interest; and coordinating with counsel in such cases;
  • Consulting and advising the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights and other Department officials regarding employment discrimination issues and cases; as directed, personally performing special assignments of importance; and personally directing the preparation and trial of important cases and the handling of important matters;
  • As appropriate, conferring and coordinating with the chiefs of other sections in the Civil Rights Division and with the U.S. Attorneys; and overseeing the handling of U.S. Attorney cases related to employment practices;
  • Working with other federal agencies to improve government-wide enforcement of employment discrimination laws;
  • Conducting outreach to stakeholders and stakeholder organizations, to further the effectiveness of ELS enforcement program objectives;
  • Exploring non-litigation approaches to resolving identified concerns; and
  • Performing other duties as assigned.


Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
00

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualify for this position.
  • You must provide the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).
  • You must complete a background investigation to include pre-employment drug testing. Continued employment is contingent upon successful completion and adjudication of your background investigation.
  • You must have a Juris Doctorate degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be an active member in good standing of the bar of a state or territory of the US, the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
  • Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
  • Applicants seeking initial career appointment to the Senior Executive Service are subject to a one-year probationary period.
  • Veterans' preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service.
  • 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.
  • A public Financial Disclosure report will be required annually.


Qualifications

Only experience obtained by closing date of this announcement will be considered.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required by law to review the executive qualifications of each new career appointee to the Senior Executive Service (SES) prior to appointment. To be considered for this position, you must submit a written statement addressing the five (5) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) listed below at section 3. Failure to address both the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) and the ECQs as set forth below will adversely affect your chances for selection.

Current members of the career SES, former career SES members with reinstatement eligibility, and OPM/QRB certified candidates need not address the ECQs.

You must submit a separate narrative statement that addresses each of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) related to this position; limit your responses to no more than one page for each MTQ. Unless you are a current Senior Executive Service (SES) career appointee, a former SES member having reinstatement eligibility, or an OPM-certified graduate of an approved SES Candidate Development Program, you must also submit a separate narrative statement (10-page limit) addressing each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) related to all positions in the SES.

You must address how you have demonstrated progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined in this job announcement. Qualified candidates typically gain experience of this nature 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. For examples and guidance on writing effective ECQ narrative statements, you are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications . You must use the Challenge - Context - Action - Result (CCAR) model when describing your accomplishments.

Mandatory Technical Qualifications:

MTQ 1 - Extensive experience working with one of more of the applicable statutory provisions (i.e., Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994, as amended, 38 U.S.C. 4301 (USERRA); the federal government's disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) contracting programs, and Executive Order 11246.
MTQ 2 - Demonstrated experience managing a complex organization, a diverse workforce (including lawyers, non-lawyer professionals, and support staff), and challenging organizational issues while enforcing the law.
MTQ 3 - Demonstrated experience communicating effectively on complex legal and technical issues through oral and written communication, including the ability to advocate successfully with diverse stakeholders, external partners and individuals or groups having differing and often conflicting interests, on matters related to the successful execution of a large-scale organization's mission, programs and projects.

Executive Core Qualifications:
  • 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. Leadership Competencies for ECQ-1: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision.
  • 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. Leadership Competencies for ECQ-2: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building.
  • 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. Leadership Competencies for ECQ-3: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility.
  • Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Leadership Competencies for ECQ-4: financial management, human capital management, technology management.
  • 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. Leadership Competencies for ECQ-5: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating.


Education

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from a a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. (Provide the month and year in which you obtained your degree and the name of the College or University from which it was conferred/awarded.)

Additional information

DOJ offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits .

The Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) of the selectee who is not a current or former career Senior Executive employee (Title V) must be approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) before appointment. In addition, individuals entering the Senior Executive Service for the first time are subject to a one-year probationary period. Applicants who have completed the Candidate Development Program (CDP) and have had their ECQs certified by OPM must provide a copy of their certificate as part of their application.

EEO Policy Statement: The Department of Justice does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, age, disability (physical or mental), genetic information, status as a parent, sexual orientation, marital status, political affiliation, or any other impermissible factor. The complete DOJ EEO Statement/Policy is found at: http://www.justice.gov/jmd/eeos/08-eeo-policy.pdf .

Reasonable Accommodation
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Legal and Regulatory Guidance
  • 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.


How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Please see Application Requirements for specific instructions. The resume should demonstrate the necessary level of management skills, characteristics, qualities, specialized knowledge, and technical competence that would indicate successful performance in the SES. This evidence must include clear and concise examples that emphasize the applicant's level of responsibilities, scope, and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives, and level of contacts.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
Yes

Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

Applicants who fail to submit all information and documents (i.e., resume, Performance Appraisal and other documents as applicable) WILL NOT receive consideration for this position.

If you are a current career member of the SES, or are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have completed an SES Candidate Development Program and obtained Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board certification, you can apply to be considered non-competitively.

SES NON-COMPETITIVE APPLICANTS: Proof of SES non-competitive eligibility is required. Proof consists of:

(1) an SF-50 showing your status as a:
  • current Career SES appointee,
  • former Career SES appointee with career SES reinstatement eligibility, or
  • current or reinstatement eligible Career SES-equivalent executive who is/was employed in a Federal government agency that has an interchange agreement with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) allowing for movement between the agency's SES-equivalent personnel system and the SES. NOTE: This applies only to current or reinstatement eligible Career SES-equivalent executives of the Government Accountability Office, the Transportation Security Administration, or the Office of the Inspector General of the United States Postal Service.
OR

(2) a certificate of completion from an OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Program (SES CDP). NOTE: This applies only if your ECQ's have been approved by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB) through the SES CDP.

To be considered non-competitively, you must submit your resume only, and other documents, as applicable. You must submit your application so that it will be received by 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on the closing date of the announcement. YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE NON-COMPETITIVE CONSIDERATION IF YOU FAIL TO SUBMIT PROOF OF NON-COMPETITIVE ELIGIBILITY.

CURRENT CIVIL SERVICE EMPLOYEE APPLICANTS: You must submit an SF-50 that shows your current position title, series, grade and rate of basic pay as well as Tenure Group. This document may be used to determine your eligibility to be considered under this announcement.

**Note for Current and/or Former Political Appointees: Effective January 1, 2010, OPM must authorize any employment offers we make to current or former (within the last 5 years) political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-Career SES employees in the executive branch. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose that to the Human Resources Office within your application package.

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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