Nightingale, Noel Noel.Nightingale at ed.gov
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About the Office: The Civil Rights Division<http://www.justice.gov/crt/index.php> (Division) of the Department of Justice, created by the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The Division is primarily responsible for enforcing federal statutes and executive orders that prohibit, among other things, unlawful discrimination in education, employment, housing, police service, public accommodations and facilities, voting, and federally funded and conducted programs. The Division also has jurisdiction to enforce constitutional prohibitions on certain conduct by law enforcement agencies and public residential institutions, such as health care and correctional facilities.

The Disability Rights Section<http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/drs/> (DRS or Section) works to achieve equal opportunity for people with disabilities in the United States by implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in over seven million places of public accommodation, including all hotels, restaurants, retail stores, theaters, health care facilities, convention centers, parks, and places of recreation (Title III), in all activities of over 80,000 state and local governments (Title II), and in employment practices of state and local government employers with 15 or more employees (Title I). The ADA also establishes architectural accessibility requirements for new construction and alterations of buildings and facilities covered under Title II and Title III, which generally include all nonresidential buildings and facilities. The experienced attorneys selected for these positions will be dedicated to the Section's work pursuant to the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control ("HCFAC") Program, with an emphasis on the Section's matters that seek to enforce compliance with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act, as interpreted by the Supreme Court in Olmstead v. L.C., 527 U.S. 581 (1999). More specifically, most of the incumbents' work will be devoted to investigating and litigating matters involving the unnecessary segregation or the risk of unnecessary segregation of individuals with disabilities.

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Number of Opportunities: 3 - Full Time Excepted Service

Application Period: Applications are being accepted from Wednesday, May 07, 2014 to 11:59 PM (ETZ) on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.

Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: Trial Attorneys are responsible for screening and developing new matters, conducting systemic investigations, and complex litigation addressing all aspects of the Section's Olmstead enforcement activities. These duties include, but are not limited to:

* Conducting investigations, litigation, and negotiations regarding the Section's Olmstead enforcement docket;
* Working with managers to develop and establish strategies and priorities for Olmstead enforcement;
* Working independently, and also with team members, in investigating and litigating cases; and
* Conducting outreach, training and technical assistance, as needed.

Specifically, the core duties and responsibilities are to gather facts through a variety of sources, develop investigations and compliance reviews, interview witnesses, conduct case law research, analyze data and evidence with major responsibility for electronic discovery, draft written recommendations for investigation and/or other specific enforcement action, litigate (including all pre-trial and litigation motions practice and discovery actions, including electronic discovery), negotiate and monitor settlement agreements and consent decrees, and draft briefs, including Statements of Interest.

Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. or LL.M professional law degree from an American Bar Association accredited law school, be an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction), and possess the minimum years of post-professional law degree experience commensurate to the grade level of eligibility, as shown below. Applicants must be able to engage in complex litigation and demonstrate superior oral and written communication skills (including strong advocacy skills); possess excellent academic and professional credentials, and outstanding professional references. Applicants must also demonstrate exceptional interpersonal skills and professional judgment, and be able to excel in a highly demanding environment.

* At least 2.5 years - GS-14 ($106,263 to $138,136 per annum)
* At least 4 years - GS-15 ($124,995 to $157,100 per annum)

Preferred Qualifications: Given the nature and volume of this work, the Section generally seeks candidates with significant experience in complex litigation and a dedicated commitment to public service and/or civil rights. Applicants with one or more of the following qualifications are preferred: (1) extensive civil trial experience; (2) extensive federal civil litigation experience; (3) experience with complex investigations; (4) demonstrated commitment to public service through employment or volunteering; (5) demonstrated commitment to civil rights and or human rights issues; (6) substantive knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 and GINA and other applicable law; or (7) judicial clerkship experience.

How You Will Be Evaluated: Applicants will be evaluated relative to the qualifications set forth above and other job-related skills, experience and qualifications set forth in their application materials and consistent with merit system principles applicable to hiring for career positions with the Department of Justice.

Salary Information: $106,263.00 to $157,100.00 / Per Year

Location: Washington, D.C.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Travel: Travel may be required two or three times a month and may include weekend travel.

Submission Process and Deadline Date: You must submit your application so that it will be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time Zone on the closing date of the announcement. Please refer to the "How To Apply" section at this link:

Question may be directed to Diane Turner at 202-514-3934 or Diane.M.Turner at usdoj.gov<mailto:Diane.M.Turner at usdoj.gov>.

Benefits: The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacations, 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 eligible federal employees: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourcesCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc.

Internet Sites: This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at: http://www.justice.gov/careers/legal/attvacancies.html.

For more information about the Civil Rights Division, visit the Civil Rights Division's web page.

Department Policies:

Equal Employment Opportunity: The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any non merit factor. The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice.

Reasonable Accommodations: This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities: The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements. Applicants with targeted/severe disabilities include those applicants who are deaf or blind, have missing extremities, partial or complete paralysis, epilepsy, severe intellectual disability, or psychiatric disability, and little people/applicants with dwarfism. Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority. Individuals with targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to resume at benderconsult.com<mailto:resume at benderconsult.com> and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line. Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com<http://www.benderconsult.com>. Individuals with targeted/severe disabilities are also encouraged to submit their resumes to the Division by emailing them to CRT.Specprogvacancies at usdoj.gov<mailto:CRT.Specprogvacancies at usdoj.gov>. Applicants with questions about this process may contact the Division's Disability Point of Contact (DPOC) at (202) 514-3934.

Suitability and Citizenship: It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment. Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys' Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. citizens are extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf<http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf> for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting documents). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service-connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

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The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement. Such posting and/or dissemination are not an endorsement by the Department of the organization or group disseminating and/or posting the information.

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