Lead Equal Opportunity Investigator

Washington, D.C
Jul 20, 2021
Jul 23, 2021
Full Time


As a Lead Equal Opportunity Investigator at the GS-1860-13, you will be part of Washington Field Office, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. If selected, you will be responsible for conducting systemic investigations and for coordinating and providing mentoring and supportive services to assigned team members in furtherance of the agency's systemic investigative and litigation efforts.
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  • Team leader for EEOC systemic case investigations and, under the direction of the assigned case supervisor or manager, ensures that the Commission's systemic cases are properly investigated.
  • Communicates assignments to team members, helps and coaches the team to select appropriate investigative techniques and practices, distributes and balances workload in accordance with established priorities.
  • Summarizes and organizes the evidence to identify undisputed facts, respondent's defenses, facts which support or refute the allegations, and evidence which will help in the determination of whether or not a violation has occurred.
  • Provides guidance to lower-graded field investigators, support staff and others with regard to the solution of difficult, complex and/or novel questions related to the application of investigation and conciliation policies and procedures.
  • Develops lengthy, complex, highly technical and detailed data requests which cover multiple issues and bases and requests descriptions of automated personnel systems as well as requests for data in automated format.
  • Participates in the development of training material for systemic case investigations; that is, drafting Commissioner Charges, interrogatories, conciliation agreements and decisions, analyzing data, and formatting reporting requirements.
  • Manipulates computer programs to retrieve and analyze EEO-1 data in a setting requiring the construction of complex labor market areas, as well as the retrieval of parallel Census and other data.
  • Conducts detailed interviews; secures affidavits; collects, obtains and analyzes electronic, documentary, and anecdotal evidence; provides follow-up on leads; examines and evaluates records, and prepares detailed investigative reports.
  • Recognizes the need for statistical evidence to discover the existence of employment discrimination and able to plan for the development of such evidence.
  • Presents complex systemic case information through written and oral communication to a range of audiences including team members, other Commission staff, respondents and their representatives, and the public.

Travel Required

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

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


For the GS-13: You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes experience analyzing, researching, and evaluating employment discrimination laws, regulations, or policies; planning and establishing priorities; and conducting investigations of employment discrimination.

Merit promotion applicants must meet time-in-grade requirement as defined in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F. One year at the GS-12 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS- 13 level.

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.


There is no education requirement for this position.

Additional information

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

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

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, please contact the HR Specialist listed in this vacancy.

All employees of the Federal government are subject to the conflict of interest statutes and regulations including the Standards of Ethical Conduct that govern activities with outside organizations and reporting financial holdings. This position may require the incumbent to complete a confidential financial disclosure report within 30 days of appointment.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the application process is complete, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. Applicants who meet minimum qualification requirements will be certified for further consideration. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

  • Analytical Skill
  • Knowledge of EEOC laws
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Oral and Written Communication
  • Supervisory Skills

All qualified Non Competitive applicants and the best qualified Merit Promotion applicants will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration.

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 eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above based on the competencies listed above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP eligibility. For more information visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

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.
  • Most recent Performance Appraisal required.
  • Cover Letter, optional
  • Please provide a copy of your most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" which shows your appointment eligibility for the position for which you are applying. Your most recent Promotion, Within Rate Increase (WRI/WGI), or Appointment/Conversion SF-50 or Notification of Personnel Action showing you are in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held. Multiple SF-50's may be submitted to demonstrate your highest previous rate and eligibility.*WARNING: An award SF-50 (ex. cash or time off award) may not indicate grade, step and competitive status.
  • Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable
  • Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents will 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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