Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist

Washington, D.C
Jun 08, 2021
Jun 12, 2021
Full Time


As a Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist at the GS-0260-13, you will be part of Equal Employment Opportunity,Office of Personnel Management. If selected, you will be responsible for providing counseling to employees at informal complaints, conducting comprehensive reviews and evaluation studies of management policies and practices. Provides guidance to other counselors and assures appropriate coordination. Prepares EEO reports required of the EEOC and/or other OPM programs.
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  • Facilitates resolution of difficult and emotionally charged problems, to obtain agreement and/or necessary action on the part of managers concerning employment policies and negotiate changes in established policies and practices.
  • Assist with identifying weak practices and policies within the agency that need reinforcing or modifying to provide a better diverse workforce.
  • Provides guidance and mentoring to lower-graded EEO Specialist.
  • Informs managers of program emphasis, priorities and goals to instruct them in improving their recruitment in compliance with program plans.
  • Conducts and/or Participates in the development of EEO training of supervisors, managers and employees to ensure awareness of responsibilities, program goals and objectives, and OPM EEO policy.
  • Ensures that EEO Program reports and other requested information are submitted to the Director as required.
  • Reviews issues involved in EEO complaints in order to identify substantive matters reflecting patterns or practice, supervisory attitudes, or other problem areas that result in denial of equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities.
  • Refers EEO discrimination complaints and takes appropriate measures to direct to appropriate EEO office in accordance with regulatory guidelines and procedures.
  • Conducts studies, and workforce analyses to identify systemic equal employment problems, under-representation in professional series or agency policies and practices that have a impact on employees with disabilities and job applicants.
  • Responds to Congressional inquires, and other actions/proposals that affect the employment of individuals with disabilities within The guidance and policy interpretation provided pertains to areas of accommodation, employment.
  • Serve as OPM?s Disability Program Manager and oversee the Special Emphasis Program Managers (SEPs), Complaints Processing Program and EEO diversity initiatives with heavy emphasis on resolving systemic issues.
  • Program coordination to achieve EEO and affirmative employment program objectives of the OPM
  • Drafting merit final agency decisions.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • Complete the initial online assessment and USAHire Assessment, if required


For the GS 13: Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service that includes: Ability to oversee the EEO programs, direct changes or corrective action, and recommend decisions on significant/controversial issues, to make the most effective use of resources to achieve program objectives, and to determine the training needs of collateral duty personnel. Must have knowledge of automated data processing and pertinent software in order to maintain and analyze statistical data on the civilian work force and employment matters relating discrimination. Evaluating complaints of discrimination for the acceptance or dismissal of claims under federal anti-discrimination statues and regulations; Counseling employees alleging EEO complaints; Drafting merit final agency decisions; Providing advice and assistance to the workforce on all aspects and stages of EEO complaint processing in the federal sector.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

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.


Additional information

Relocation expenses will not be paid. Current OPM employees may qualify as an exception.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies across OPM.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information

If you are a veteran and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.
If you are a veteran and you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference click here .

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see https://www.sss.gov/Home/Registration ).

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

For Category Rating: Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume 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. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of the three quality categories: Qualified, Well Qualified, or Best Qualified. Qualified Category = Does not exceed the basic qualifications requirements described in the "Qualifications" section of this announcement. Well Qualified Category = Meets the basic qualifications requirements described in the "Qualifications" section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the Critical Competencies defined below. (This category must be met to be considered under ICTAP procedures) Best Qualified Category = Meets the basic qualifications requirements described in the "Qualifications" section of this announcement and excels in the Critical Competencies defined below. 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):
  • Equal Employment Law
  • Partnership and Collaberation
  • Written and Oral Communication

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 eligible within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent or higher will be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).

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 with a score of 80 or above based on the competencies listed above; 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 .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness , Credentialing

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Your Resume showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed.
  • Other supporting documents:
    • Cover Letter, optional
    • Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g. DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service; Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within 120 days; SF-15 Form and related documentation; VA letter.)
    • Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable (e.g. 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
  • 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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