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Announcement Number:
TN-19-ED-00090-EX
Hiring Agency:
Department of Energy
Position Title:
Supervisory Attorney-Adviser (Civil Rights)
Open Period:
05/17/2019 - 06/03/2019

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
GS - 0905 15
Salary:
USD $137,849 - USD $166,500
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
GS-15
Duty Location(s):
1
in
Washington DC, DC, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Patricia Bledsoe
202-287-5252
Patricia.Bledsoe@hq.doe.gov

Overview

Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
U.S. Citizens
Security Clearance Required:
Not Required
Appointment Type
Permanent
Marketing Statement:

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is responsible for developing and administering departmental policies, practices, and procedures under Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and related statutes and Executive Orders which prohibit discrimination in the Federal Government and in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.  OCR also oversees and administers the Equal Employment Opportunity complaints.

Summary:

This position is located with the U.S. Department of Energy, Office Economic Impact and Diversity, Office of Civil Rights and Diversity in the Office of Civil Rights.  A successful candidate in this position will serve as the Chief, Civil Rights Division, responsible for Civil Rights functions for the DOE Headquarters and serviced organizations and field sites nationwide. 

Supervisory Position:
Yes
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Yes

You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.

Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Travel required for approximately 20% of the time to attend meetings or conferences.

Duties

As an Attorney-Adviser (Civil Rights), you will:



  • Serve as the Chief for the Civil Rights Division and will be responsible for developing and administering department policies, practices, and procedures under Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and related statutes and Executive Orders that prohibit discrimination in the Federal Government and in programs and activities receiving Federal financial assistance. You will also oversee and administer the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaints and supervise a group of attorneys and civil rights professionals.

  • Supervise the Civil Rights staff in the Civil Rights Division, including attorney advisors and counselors.  Ensure timely and efficient coordination and execution of the office mission, including budget management, administrative actions, time and attendance.  Evaluate employee performance and prepare appraisals; provide appropriate incentive awards; handles all types of disciplinary actions; resolves conflicts and attends to morale and organizational climate issues; monitors work status; diagnose and consult on problem areas relating to implementation and goal achievement; evaluate program work results and impacts; recommend training need, asses overall effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity; and assess the performance of the staff.

  • Serve as an expert advisor and make determinations on highly sensitive or complex questions and issues involving Civil Rights and Equal Opportunity law and related matters.  These interpretations and opinions are characterized by problems of a sensitive or novel nature for which the only available guides may be agency regulations, policies and fundamental principles of law and legal procedures.  The work is characterized as highly complex legal questions and decisions, which require for their resolution sophisticated research and evaluation of information, and the balancing of conflicting interests. 

  • Serve as the Civil Rights Division representative in conferring and negotiating with top officials within and outside of the Department of Energy, including private business, and state and local governments, on important legal and policy questions, often serving on intra-agency task forces. 

  • Coordinate with the Deputy Director, Personnel Officer, Budget Officer, and other relevant stakeholders to allocate program resources, and priorities, delegate authority, and review and evaluate program activities; make critical technical and program management decisions.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:


You must submit an unofficial or official transcripts by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.  NOTE: Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position.  If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to entering on duty.


Current Bar license must be in good standing.


Proof of Bar Membership must be submitted to receive consideration.


This position is in the Excepted Service.


If selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure, OGE-450 form upon entry into the position and annually thereafter.


First-time supervisors are required to complete a one-year probationary period, if not previously completed in a competitive or other excepted service position.

Key Requirements:
  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.
  • May be required to complete a one year supervisory probationary period.
  • Resume and question responses must be submitted online.
  • Required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure, OGE-450 Form.
  • Education Requirements:

    EDUCATION:


    This position has positive education requirement.


    Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience may not be used for this grade level.


    This position requires a law degree from a school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and membership in a state Bar, the District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.


    Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.


    Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.


    Additionally, you must demonstrate membership in a state Bar, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico.

    Evaluations:
    The Department of Energy uses an application tracking system to evaluate the responses you provide in the applicant assessment questionnaire to place you into an initial quality category via OPM's Category Rating procedures. Then, the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will conduct a quality review of your application and supporting documentation to ensure you have been placed into the appropriate quality category.

    Your application is rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education (when applicable), and training as described in your resume and applicant assessment. Your credentials are measured against the established duties of the position at the grade level(s) being advertised.

    The quality categories are usually defined as "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified", and "Qualified", although they may differ slightly based on individual agency policy.

    If you are eligible for career transition assistance plans such as ICTAP or CTAP, you must meet the definition of "well qualified" which is defined as having a score of 85 or better.

    If you are a Veteran Preference eligible candidate, you will be listed at the top of whichever quality category your rating places you in. CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest category for all positions except professional and scientific positions at GS-9 and higher.

    If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.
    Qualifications:

    BASIC REQUIREMENTS:


    The following Basic Qualification Requirements must be met before applicants are eligible for further consideration: Applicants will be evaluated to determine if they meet the minimum qualification requirements and on the extent to which their application shows possession of the following requirements.


    Education: Successful completion of a full course of study in school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and have a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.)

    AND

    Bar Membership: Currently a member in good standing (as defined by the pertinent bar) of the bar or a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.


    In addition to the basic requirements, you must also meet the specialized experience described below:


    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:  Specialized Experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. 

    A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:
     Experience providing direction or guidance related to compliance activities under Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1967, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2008; Advising and making determinations on highly sensitive or complex questions or issues involving civil rights and equal opportunity law and related matters; Serving as the representative in conferring or negotiating with officials, private business, or state and local government on important legal and policy questions; and coordinating with relevant stakeholders to allocate resources, set priorities, delegate authority, or review and evaluate program activities.


    Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!



    1. Knowledge of laws, regulations, procedures, policies and directives governing Federal Equal Employment Opportunity under Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and related statutes and Executive Orders that prohibit discrimination.

    2. Knowledge of EEO complaint intake and processing procedures, including Management Directive 715, Management Directive 110, and related statutes, policies and EEOC guidance.

    3. Knowledge of organization structure, including the functions of subordinate organizations and their missions.

    4. Knowledge of personnel management requirements to determine impact of personnel management policies and practices.


    "Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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.

    CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

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

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
    Review our Benefits
    Other Information:

    The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



    • New employees to the Department of Energy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify

    • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.

    • If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.

    • This position is not in the Bargaining Unit.

    • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.

    • Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation.

    • All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.


    EEO Policy: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/EEO_Policy_Statement
    Reasonable Accommodation Policy:  https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Reasonable_Accommodation_Policy_Statement
    Veterans Information: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Veterans_Information  
    Telework:  www.telework.gov
    Selective Service Registration: http://www.sss.gov/

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    To be considered for this position, you must submit your complete application no later than 11:59pm U.S. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement. If you do not submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the online application system will not allow you to finish! Requests for extensions will not be granted, so please begin the application process allowing yourself enough time to finish before the deadline. Our online application system displays a countdown timer at the top of the screen for your reference. 

    For your security, your session in our online application system will "time-out" if you are inactive for a certain period of time. We recommend that you preview the assessment questions before you apply and prepare all of your information prior to beginning the application. If you do get "timed-out" you will have to log back in to USAJOBS and re-visit the vacancy announcement, you can then click "Update Application" to finish where you left off.

    Steps to submit a complete application:
    1. Click the "Apply Online" button. If you are not already logged in, you will need to do so.
    2. You must have a complete resume associated with your USAJOBS account. Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded resumes and instead require that you submit a USAJOBS-formatted resume using the Resume Builder.
    3. You will be prompted to select a resume and any documentation you have attached to your USAJOBS account before you are transferred to the Department of Energy's online application system. Please be aware that any document you select before being transferred to our system, will not automatically be received. You must take steps to download your documents from USAJOBS during the "Documents" step within our online application system (see Step 6).
    4. If you are a first-time applicant to the Department of Energy, you'll be asked to register an account first. If you are a returning applicant, you will skip this step and go straight to the application portion.
    5. You must respond to all applicant assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.
    6. You will then be asked to upload additional supporting documentation. If you selected documents from USAJOBS prior to being transferred to our application system (Step 3), you will need to click the "USAJOBS" link to complete the transfer process. These documents ARE NOT automatically transferred! It is ultimately your responsibility to make sure all required documents are either faxed, uploaded, or transferred from USAJOBS successfully. If you are unsure that your documents went through, please contact the HR Specialist listed on the announcement BEFORE the vacancy closes.
    7. After reviewing your submission in the final step, you must click "Submit Application" at the bottom of the page. If you leave the application before clicking Submit, your application will not be received.
    If your resume does not support the responses in your application questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.


    NEED HELP?
    • If you experience any difficulties with the online application process (anything after you have clicked the 'Apply Online' button): contact the HR Office listed on this announcement between normal business hours. If you are receiving any kind of error message, please be ready to provide a screenshot or at a minimum, the error message text and number. If necessary, we will put you in touch with the technical support number if we are unable to assist you personally. 
    • If you need help with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account password/profile issues, or Resume Builder): please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center and select a topic of inquiry. Or, you may reach out to USAJOBS directly for support, by visiting the USAJOBS Contact Us page. We regret that we are unable to support any issues with USAJOBS, as this service is not maintained by the Department of Energy.
    • If you are experiencing a significant hardship which hinders your ability to apply online please contact the HR Office listed on this announcement during normal business hours to discuss your situation.
    Required Documents:

    Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants.  If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.

    ALL APPLICANTS: You must submit a resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.



    • Your resume should list all work experience (paid and unpaid); you must list the full name and address of the each employer.

    • For all types of work experience, you should indicate the start and end dates (include month, day, and year); you must also list the average number of hours per week that you worked.

    • For paid work experience, please indicate your starting salary for each position and the highest salary you earned (if different).

    • Your resume should also include any education and training you have completed (list the program title, subject area, number of hours completed, and completion date).

    • For more information about what to include in your resume, please view this USAJOBS Resume Tutorial video on YouTube.


    Most DOE offices will allow you to submit a resume in the format of your choice (as an attached document or as a USAJOBS Resume Builder format). However, some offices may require one specific format. You will be notified at the time you click 'Apply Online' which type of resume is acceptable.  It is important that you are complete and thorough in your resume. If any of the above information is not included in your resume, we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.

    Specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy: Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. Please see the Education section for more information.

    Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214 Member #4 Copy, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.

    Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.

    Displaced Federal employees who qualify for CTAP/ICTAP: If you are a former Federal employee who was displaced due to a Reduction-in-Force (RIF) or surplus by some other means, please submit a copy of the separation letter or RIF notice from your agency. To be selected under I/CTAP, you must still be found well-qualified for this position. Please see the OPM Guide to Career Transition for more information.

    Next Steps:

    After each step in the recruitment process, your status will be updated in our application tracking system. Once this happens, if you have elected to receive e-mail updates, you will be notified through your USAJOBS registered e-mail address. If you have not elected for e-mail updates, you can review your current application status in USAJOBS at any time. Please check that your USAJOBS profile contact information is current and correct each time you apply to a job--this will ensure we are able to contact you as quickly as possible.

    In addition to changing your status online, we will send you e-mail notifications at each major step in the process, to include: application received, eligible or not eligible, referred or not referred, selected or not selected.