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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
GSA, Office of Civil Rights
Position Title:
Equal Employment Specialist
Open Period:
02/08/2018 - 02/22/2018


GS - 0260I 13
USD $75,628 - USD $98,317
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full-time
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Location Negotiable After Selection, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Angela Speight


Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All U.S. Citizens and Nationals
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
About the Agency

As a Senior Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist, you will be responsible for fact finding, analysis, writing, and application of equal employment opportunity principles to resolve complex systemic problems of broad scope, researching and analyzing legal issues related to the processing of EEO complaints of employment discrimination. In addition, you will conduct mediation, negotiation and consulting activities while administering and evaluating the Affirmative Employment Program to include advising agency officials of equal employment opportunity policies and practices enforced by the agency’s equal employment program.

This position is located in Office of Civil Rights (OCR) U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) but may be remotely filled.

OCR is responsible for ensuring an inclusive agency free from unlawful discrimination through active engagement, training and compliance with Civil RIghts laws.

GSA has been repeatedly named as one of the 'Best Places to Work' in the Federal Government'. LEARN MORE about why you should choose GSA.

You will have access to many benefits including:
  • Health insurance (choose from a wide range of plans)
  • Life insurance coverage with several options
  • Sick leave and vacation time, including 10 paid holidays per year
  • Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k) plan)
  • Flexible work schedules and telework
  • Transit and child care subsidies
  • Training and development
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Long-term care insurance
  • Training and development
We are currently filling one vacancy, but additional vacancies may be filled as needed.

Concurrent MP Vacancy Announcement

If you are eligible under Merit Promotion, you may also apply under Vacancy Announcement #1800223ASMP-01.  You must apply separately to each announcement to be considered for both.
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Occasional travel for meetings and travel purposes.


A Senior Equal Employment Specialist:

  • Serves as an expert on issues related to civil rights, and the development and implementation of an interagency civil rights compliance program for the Disposal of Real Property for a Public Purpose. Coordinates, plans and conducts on-site compliance reviews.
  • Provides legal and technical advice to management on the equal employment opportunity, affirmative employment and/or equal employment programs to ensure that the internal equal opportunity program's policies and goals are consistent with legal and statutory requirements, current case law and agency policy and procedures.
  • Participates or leads special projects or studies, work groups, task forces and panels, special inquiries (congressional) focusing on policy making and shaping the future direction of agency programs while publishing those which embrace new knowledge on subjects of far reaching interest, unprecedented problems, unclear and/or controversial matters and prepares final agency decisions (FAD) for complaints received for the Nondiscrimination in Federal Financial Assistance Programs and Nondiscrimination in Federally Conducted Programs.
  • Assists in the development of programs and operations that assist in the elimination of discriminatory practices and policies in the workplace, in Federally conducted programs and activities, and in Federally assisted programs and activities and is responsible for managing the agency's Environmental Justice efforts.
  • Applies EEO laws, rules, regulations, policies, alternative dispute resolution methods, the legal system and the processes through which disputes of a legal or factual nature are resolved.
  • Designs or assists in the design of automated discrimination complaints tracking systems and develops management reports on agency complaint processing.
  • Represents agency on inter-agency work groups, committees, special interest work groups and training sessions which deal with Federal equal employment opportunity policies which impact on internal agency policies.   
  • Assists with the development of EEO/Affirmative Employment training programs for EEO management and other employees in conjunction with the Training and Employee Development Division.
  • Conducts impartial investigations, gives technical assistance to Commission officials, facilitates settlement agreements, recommends proposed dispositions, coordinates administrative hearings, and prepares FADs.
  • Assists with developing and maintaining an agency wide pre-complaint counseling program by conducting pre-complaint counseling, intake screening, and pre-investigative analysis of pre-complaints of discrimination which lead to informal resolution.

Qualifications and Evaluations

If selected, you must meet the following conditions:
  • Receive authorization from OPM on any job offer you receive, if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a Schedule A, Schedule C, or non-career SES political appointee
  • Serve a one year probationary period, if required.
  • Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 2 investigation level)
  • Have your identity and work status eligibility verified if you are not a GSA employee.  We will use the Department of Homeland Security’s e-Verify system for this. Any discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.
  • Complete a financial disclosure report to verify that no conflict, or an appearance of conflict, exists between your financial interest and this position
Key Requirements:
  • US Citizens and National (Residents of American Samoa and Swains Island)
  • Meet all eligibility criteria within 30 days of the closing date
  • Meet time-in-grade within 30 days of the closing date, if applicable
  • Register with Selective Service, if you are a male born after 12/31/1959
  • Education Requirements:
    We will use a method called Category Rating to assess your application.  Here’s how it will work:
    • You will be scored on the questions you answer during the application process, which will measure your possession of the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities:
    1.  Knowledge of the principles, concepts, legal requirements, and methodology of the Equal Employment Opportunity(EEO) program.     

    2. Skill in EEO complaint processing. 

    3. Skill in oral and written communication.

    Your answers to the questions will be used to place you in one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified [If the use of 4 categories is justified, adjust verbiage].
    • We will verify your answers to the questions in your resume.  If your resume doesn’t support your answers, we may lower your score, which could place you in a lower category.
    • Within each category, veterans will receive selection priority over non-veterans.
    If you are eligible under Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan or GSA’s Career Transition Assistance Plan(ICTAP/CTAP), you must receive a score of 85 or higher to receive priority.
    For each job on your resume, provide:
    • the exact dates you held  each job (from month/year to month/year)
    • number of hours per week you worked (if part time).    
    If you have volunteered your service through a National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, Americorps), we encourage you to apply and include this experience on your resume.

    For a brief video on creating a Federal resume, click here

    The GS-13 base salary begins at $75,628 per year.

    If you are a new federal employee, your starting salary will likely be set at the Step 1 of the grade for which you are selected.

    To qualify, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level. Specialized experience is defined as conducting and managing federal-sector EEO investigations and processing formal complaints. Such experience must demonstrate: understanding legal interpretation of discriminatory issues; providing interpretation and making recommendations related to accept/dismiss determinations on formal EEO complaints; performing legal research into case law precedent, statutory and regulatory citations, and published EEOC guidance; and assisting in the formulation of legal arguments in support of procedural complaint decisions.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
    Review our Benefits
    Other Information:
    Bargining Unit status: Not Applicable

    Relocation-related expenses are not approved and will be your responsibility.  

    Travel expenses associated with interviews may be approved. Determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    On a case-by-case basis, the following incentives may be approved:
    • Recruitment incentive if you are new to the federal government
    • Relocation incentive if you are a current federal employee
    • Credit toward vacation leave if you are new to the federal government
    All the information you provide will be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application forms, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.

    Travel expenses associated with interviews may be approved. Determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    You must submit a complete online application including any required documents prior to 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the Announcement. Errors or omissions may result in your not being considered for this vacancy. You can modify/complete your application any time before the vacancy date/time deadline. Simply return to USAJOBS, select the vacancy, and update your application. For more detailed instructions on how to apply, read the Apply for a GSA Job on the GSA website.

    To begin, click the Apply Online button on the vacancy announcement.
    • Sign in or register on USAJobs and select a resume and documents to include in your application.
    • Once you have clicked Apply for this position now, you will be taken to the GSA site to complete the application process.
    • Click the Apply To This Vacancy and complete all steps in the application process until the Confirmation indicates your application is complete. If you click Return to USAJobs or get timed out prior to receiving confirmation, your application will not be submitted and cannot be considered for this vacancy.
    • Note: Review the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section of this announcement to determine which apply to you and must be submitted online. You may choose one or more of the following options to submit your document(s): Upload (from your computer); USAJOBS (click the "USAJOBS" link to complete the transfer process) or FAX (read the “Fax instructions” provided prior to printing the Fax Cover Sheet and faxing your information).
    Need Assistance? If you cannot complete any part of the application process listed above, contact the Human Resources Office/representative listed on the announcement prior to the announcement deadline for instructions on how to proceed. Be sure to receive prior HR approval to deviate from these instructions so that your application will be considered.
    Required Documents:
    ALL required documents must be submitted before the closing date. Review the following list to determine what you need to submit.

    If you are claiming veterans’ preference:
    1. Copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 that shows the dates of your active duty service.  If selected, a DD-214 showing your type of discharge (member 4 copy) will be required prior to appointment.
    2. If you are claiming 10-point preference or derived preference (a spouse, widow or widower, or parent of a deceased or disabled veteran), submit both of the following in addition to the DD-214:  (a) completed SF-15 form; and (b) proof of your entitlement (refer to SF-15 for complete list).
    If you are active duty military - Certification on a letterhead from your military branch that includes your rank, character of service (must be under honorable conditions) & military service dates including discharge/release date (must be no later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted).

    If you are ICTAP/CTAP eligible - submit a, b, and c: (a) proof of eligibility including agency notice; (b) SF-50, and (c) most recent performance appraisal.

    College transcripts: If you are using some or all of your college education to meet qualification requirements for this position, youmust submit a photocopy of your college transcript(s).  If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. For education completed outside the United States, also submit a valid foreign credential evaluation that substantiates possession of the required education.  
    Next Steps:
    After the closing date/deadline:
    1. ELIGIBILITY/QUALIFICATIONS: Applicant eligibility and qualifications are reviewed.
    2. REFERRAL TO MANAGEMENT: Eligible/Qualified applicants are referred to management for review and possible interview.
    3. SELECTION/TENTATIVE JOB OFFER: If a selection is made, a Tentative Offer is extended to the selectee and suitability and/or security background investigation is conducted.
    4. FINAL JOB OFFER: A final job offer is made (typically within 40 days after the closing date/deadline for applications).
    5. FINAL COMMUNICATION TO APPLICANTS: Once the position is filled, we will notify all applicants of their final status. You may check your status by logging into USAJOBS. Go to My USAJOBS and then to Applications.
    Thank you for your interest in working for U.S. General Services Administration!