Closing Date: 5th July, 2022

Description:

Summary:
The incumbent serves as a General Attorney in the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR). The office operates under the jurisdiction of Title VI of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Acts of 1975, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Boy Scouts of American Equal Access Act, and their implementing regulations.

Duties:
APPLICANT LIMIT: This vacancy announcement is limited to the first 150 application received and will close at 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the day that we receive the 150th application, or at 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the listed closing date, whichever occurs first.

NOTE: Applicants who applied under previous announcement OCR-HQ-2022-0068 need NOT to reapply.

We encourage you to read this entire vacancy announcement prior to submitting your application.

As a General Attorney, GS-0905-11/12, you will:
  • Make civil rights compliance determinations and ensure that complaints and proactive enforcement activities are processed in accordance with the Assistant Secretary's directives, regulations, policies, case law and conform to established case-processing procedures.
  • Participate in most aspects of complaint and proactive enforcement investigations including on-site investigations.
  • Conduct legal research and serve as a legal and policy advisor to team members on complex factual and legal issues related to the investigation, negotiation, resolution of complaints, and compliance reviews and directed investigations the acceptance and monitoring of resolution agreements.
  • Assist in the development of the agency's legal position, prepare evidentiary materials and witnesses where compliance is sought through the referral to the Department of Justice for the initiation of court litigation or through the initiation of administrative enforcement proceedings.
  • Duties described above is at the GS-11 level. The GS-12 level will perform with more complexity and less supervision.

Requirements:
Conditions of Employment:
  • Relocation will not be paid.
  • You may be subject to serve a one-year trial period.
  • Males 18 and over must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this vacancy 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. We will consider all qualifying experience, including any volunteer experience.

Qualifications:
Minimum Qualifications Requirements for GS-11:
  • Is an active member in good standing in the Bar of a State, Territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. You must be a member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar.

AND

One year of professional legal experience at the level of difficulty and responsibility at the next lower grade level or equivalent.

AND

Specialized Experience for the GS-11
One year of experience in either federal or non-federal service that is equivalent to at least a GS-09 performing two (2) out of three (3) of the following duties or work assignments:
  • Experience working with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title 11 of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act.
  • Experience with oral and written communications to assist with civil rights compliance determinations and complaints.
  • Experience with analyzing and resolving legal problems.
  • OR

EDUCATION (see Education Requirement section of the announcement)

Minimum Qualifications Requirements for GS-12:
A. Is an active member in good standing in the Bar of a State, Territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. You must be a member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar.

AND

B. Has obtained the first professional law degree or training which is permitted in some states in lieu of attendance at the law school
AND

Two years of professional legal experience at the level of difficulty and responsibility at the next lower grade level or equivalent.

AND

Specialized Experience for the GS-12
One year of experience in either federal or non-federal service that is equivalent to at least a GS-11 performing two (2) out of three (3) of the following duties or work assignments:
  • Experience working with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act.
  • Experience with investigative, analytical, negotiation, mediation and resolution techniques.
  • Experienced in oral and written communications to analyze and resolve legal problems.

Education:
You may meet the minimum qualification of this position by meeting the following education options.

GS-11:
  • Second professional law degree (LL.M.) which requires one full year of graduate study; OR
  • The applicant's record shows superior law student work or activities

Foreign Education:
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must submit a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, please click Foreign Education.

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