Deputy General Counsel

Washington, D.C
May 04, 2021
May 11, 2021
Full Time


You will be an agency leader responsible for carrying out the overall mission of the Commission. The Deputy General Counsel position is designated as SES, General. EEOC structures its SES positions into position levels. This is a position level one with an initial onboarding salary range of $188,367 - $199,300 per year. Exceptions to the salary cap may be considered in certain circumstances. SES employees are eligible to receive performance-based bonuses and salary adjustments.
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  • Interprets and implements enforcement policies established by statutes, regulations, guidelines and directives issued by the Commission and General Counsel.
  • Interprets and implements management and personnel policies established by statutes, regulations, EEOC Orders and directives issued by the Chair and General Counsel.
  • Formulates and oversees the implementation of the Commission's litigation enforcement program in the federal trial and appellate courts.
  • Presents the Commission' s litigation positions to the Solicitor General of the United States in Supreme Court litigation.
  • As the Deputy General Counsel, the incumbent takes an active role in the formulation of major enforcement plans and policies which have an impact on public affairs or the Commission's litigation program
  • Incumbent communicates with and maintains contacts with officials of other federal departments or agencies such as the Solicitor General of the United States or the Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights division at the Department of Justice
  • Develops, presents and weighs options for the implementation of management and enforcement policies established by the Commission, Chair and General Counsel.
  • As set forth in EEOC Management Directive 110, in the absence of a General Counsel, the Deputy General Counsel acts as General Counsel.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Suitable for Federal government as determined by background investigation
  • Newly appointed SES members must serve a 1-year probationary period
  • Public Financial Disclosure (OGE-278 filing within 30 days is required)
  • Must have a current BAR License in Good Standing


As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, you must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability; and that is directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Technical Qualifications (TQs) listed under "How You Will Be Evaluated." Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-14/15 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations.

To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must have earned a professional law degree (J.D. or LL.B.) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, be an active member of a Bar, and you must possess all of the mandatory Executive Core Qualifications and Technical Qualifications listed below. These qualifications would typically be acquired through education, experience, and training which reflect progressive development and achievement in managing a comprehensive business program in a complex organization. An individual's total experience and education 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.

Senior Executive Core Qualifications:

ECQ1 - 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. Leadership Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking and Vision.

ECQ2 - 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. Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others and Team Building.

ECQ3 - 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 risk. Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving and Technical Creditability.

ECQ4 - Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial and information resources strategically. Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Technology Management and Human Capital Management.

ECQ5 - 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. Leadership Competencies: Influencing/Negotiating, Oral Communication, Partnering and Political Savvy.

NOTE: Responses to ECQs must not exceed 10 pages typed in 12-point font.

Technical Qualifications (TQ): In addition, all applicants must submit a written narrative response to the following TQ(s). Please give examples and explain how often you used your skills, the complexity of the knowledge possessed, the level of people you interacted with, the sensitivity of the issues you handled managing a large public or private sector organization that administers complex, rules-based benefits or services, etc.
  • Extensive knowledge of recognized administrative principles, policies, and practices on implementing and advising complex procedures and techniques utilized in effective program planning and administration on the laws enforced by the EEOC.
  • Demonstrate extensive knowledge of current laws, regulations and adjudication procedures related to equal employment opportunity cases in the public sector, including interpreting and analyzing facts in cases that involve hearings, arguments, litigations, offers of settlement, rulings on motions, pre-hearing conferences, subpoenas, briefs and final decisions.
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate persuasively on behalf of the agency and to provide guidance and support to high level officials in interagency deliberations and/or testifying before Congress regarding public sector lines of effort.
  • NOTE: Responses to TQs must not exceed 2 pages per TQ, for a total of 6 pages.

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

    Example of ECQ statements are available at

    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.


    This position has a basic education requirement listed under the Qualifications section of this announcement.

    Additional information

    You will be required to apply and maintain a government travel card.

    Background Investigation: This position requires that a background investigation be conducted and favorably adjudicated in order to establish security eligibility.

    FinancialDisclosure: 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 (OGE-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.

    Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required by P.L. 104-134 to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.

    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.

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

    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 being hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.

    Selective Service: Male applicants born after 12/31/1959, who are required to register with the Selective Service under section 3 of the Military Selective Service Act, must be registered (or must have registered at the time they were required to do so) in order to be eligible for appointment. For more information, visit the SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM web site at .

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

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify Jennifer Blank, the servicing Human Resources Specialist, either by e-mail at or by telephone at 202-663-4302. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users may contact us via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.

    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.

    Applicants are required to submit a narrative statement for each Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) listed and each Technical Qualification (TQ). 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 TQ, and you do not need to submit an ECQ narrative.

    All other applicants are required to respond to all ECQs and TQs, addressing each ECQ and TQ separately. Please give a complete and detailed answer for each qualification. Please keep in mind each ECQ and TQ 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 ECQs and/or TQs is also considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. As a result, you will be rated as "INCOMPLETE".

    How you will be evaluated:
    The servicing Human Resources Specialist will forward all minimally qualified applicants to be evaluated by an Executive Resources Board (ERB) rating panel of senior managers to determine the degree to which they possess the executive core and professional/technical qualifications, and best qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check. The ERB rating panel will make recommendations on best qualified candidates to the appointing authority. Applicants will be evaluated on the quality and extent of their total accomplishments, experience, the ECQs, and the TQs.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    1. Resume

    2. For current Senior Executives or individuals with SES reinstatement eligibility: Submit your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that documents your career appointment status in the SES.

    3. For current Federal employees: Submit your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that documented your current tenure, position title, series and grade level.

    4. If you successfully completed the SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM, please provide a copy of your certificate. All required documentation must be provided on or by the closing date of the vacancy (if applicable).

    5. ECQ narrative responses should be attached under "Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)".

    6. TQ narrative responses should be attached under "Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs)".

    7. Current or Former Political Appointees (if applicable) - please note on your resume and attach an SF-50. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. 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 this information to the HR Office.

    8. Proof of current and active Bar Association Membership in good standing. During the initial review of applications, the Agency will accept photocopies of BAR Membership Cards or screenshots providing proof of active membership in a BAR Association that reflects the bar's jurisdiction or territory, the attorney's full name, bar number, date of admission, and bar status (i.e. active, inactive, retired, etc.).

    9. Copy of one recent Legal Writing Sample, not to exceed 10 pages.

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

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