The Department of Justice is the principal federal agency charged with enforcing federally-protected civil and constitutional rights. The Civil Rights Division's mission comprises two prongs: (1) vigorous enforcement of the criminal laws prohibiting civil rights abuses, including 'color of law' violations by state officers, trafficking in humans, conspiracy to violate federally- protected rights, and criminal interference with housing rights; and (2) defending individuals' federal civil rights through a panoply of means including civil litigation, consent orders, settlements, technical assistance, public outreach, and education programs.
The work of the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices (IRUEP) can be divided into three major areas: (1) protecting U.S. citizens and legal immigrants from employment discrimination based upon national origin and citizenship or immigration status, unfair documentary practices during the employment eligibility verification process, and retaliation through enforcement, (2) preventing unlawful discrimination through outreach, and (3) providing advice and counsel on policy issues affecting the civil rights of U.S. citizens and immigrants.
Division offices are near the Metro transportation system or other public transportation, and are conveniently accessible to restaurants, museums and other Washington, D.C. area attractions. Most jobs in the Division offer alternative work schedules and other family friendly opportunities. Most employees who commute by public transportation are eligible for a transit subsidy benefit. KEY REQUIREMENTS
Background and/or Security Investigation required.
You must submit your application by 11:59 pm EST on the closing date.
Filling this position is subject to funding availability. DUTIES:
This position is located in the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) within the Civil Rights Division. The incumbent will review the charges assigned to them and determine whether OSC has jurisdiction over the allegations and be responsible for investigating charges of discrimination and work under tight statutory and other internal deadlines. As such, the incumbent performs the following duties and responsibilities:
Reviews information contained in charges of discrimination filed by individuals or developed from other sources·
Prepares memoranda summarizing the facts and law to determine whether an investigation of alleged or possible violations of the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. §1324b, is warranted.
Conducts such charge or independent investigations as assigned.· Prepares detailed memoranda summarizing the facts and law and recommending either dismissal or a full investigation of the charge.
Conducts full investigations of charges and prepares memoranda recommending either dismissal or a finding of reasonable cause to believe the anti-discrimination provision has been violated.
During review and investigation of charges, incumbent collects and evaluates relevant documentary, statistical and testimonial evidence, including identifying and interviewing charging parties, third party witnesses, and employers' officials, managers and supervisors.
Performs legal research of relevant statutes and case law precedents impacting assigned investigations, and assists attorneys in litigation and complex investigations.
Contributes to the OSCs outreach and education mission, which may involve responding to incoming calls to the OSCs employer and employee hotline, and presenting via webinar or in person to audiences of employers and/or employees describing rights and responsibilities available under the statute that the OSC enforces. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
To qualify for the GS-11: You must have at least one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-9 level in the Federal service. This experience includes, but is not limited to, assisting a higher level specialist in conducting investigations on a single issue, conducting routine compliance reviews, preparing reports of findings, making recommendations on proceeding with investigations, public speaking experience or experience educating the public, and performing routine legal research.
Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.
To qualify for the GS-12: You must have at least one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-11 level in the Federal service. This experience includes, but is not limited to, planning or conducting investigations, interviewing or eliciting information from potential victims, collecting and interpreting data to discover patterns of possible discriminatory activities, writing comprehensive factual summaries, public speaking experience or experience educating the public, performing legal research, and negotiating resolutions.
To qualify for the GS-13: You must have at least one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-12 level in the Federal service. This experience includes, but is not limited to, independently planning or conducting complex or highly sensitive investigations, interviewing or eliciting information from potential victims, collecting and interpreting data to discover patterns of possible discriminatory activities, preparing comprehensive factual and legal reports, performing legal research, public speaking experience or experience educating the public, negotiating settlements and drafting recommendations for further actions or charges if settlement fails.
All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see www.ed.gov .
You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
The resume you submit for this position will be reviewed to determine whether your experience is sufficient to meet the specialized experience requirements as outlined in this announcement. Your resume must reflect that you possess the competencies listed below. Candidates who are found best qualified in accordance with established ranked will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.
NOTE: Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications for this position will be contacted to prepare a written narrative for each of the competencies below. Your responses to the statements below will be evaluated to determine your rating.
Comprehensive knowledge of and skill in interpreting and applying the Immigration and Nationality Act, with emphasis on the provision prohibiting unfair immigration-related employment practices, and/or Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended.
Ability to independently plan, organize, manage and conduct investigations with minimal supervision and to adapt specialized investigation methods and techniques to different factual situations.
Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively orally.
Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively in writing.
Ability to analyze and apply relevant laws, regulations and cases to specific facts established through investigations.
Ability to communicate proficiently, both orally and in writing, in Spanish. (Preferred, but not required.) BENEFITS:
The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .
Foreign Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.
The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .
Selective Service : If you are a male born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See www.sss.gov .
In addition to applying through competitive procedures certain individuals with disabilities may be considered non-competitively under a Schedule A hiring authority. To qualify for employment under Schedule A, an applicant must provide proof of disability and certification of job readiness. As proof of disability and certification of job readiness, applicants may provide records, statement, or other appropriate information issued from a licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician or other medical professional duly certified by a State, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory to practice medicine); a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (i.e., State or private); or an Federal agency, State agency, or an agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits. Proof of disability and certification of job readiness must be included in the application package.
Veterans Preference : If you are entitled to veterans preference, you should indicate the type of veterans preference you are claiming on your résumé. Your veterans preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.
For 5-point veterans preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
For 10-point veterans preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and the other required documentation identified on the SF-15 to support your preference claim.
The materials you send with your application will not be returned.
Relocation expenses have not been authorized.
Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security check. Continued employment is also contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background investigation, adjudicated by the Department of Justice.
Selectees who are not currently employed by the Offices, Boards and Divisions of the Department of Justice will be required to submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.
One or more positions may be filled from this announcement if identical vacancies occur 90 days from the date of the issuance of the certificate.
The Civil Rights Division participates in the E-verify program.