Attorney-Adviser (Civil Rights-Legislation) at United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division

United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division


Mid Level

Washington, DC, USA

$103.690 - $172.500

08 Nov → 08 Dec

Job Description

The SVI coordinates with components within the DOJ and in other federal agencies to build a comprehensive legal support and protection network focused on civil rights and assisting servicemembers, veterans, and their families.

Due to COVID-19, if selected, you may be expected to telework for an undefined period under the Department’s evacuation authority, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Employees in this status may be notified of a requirement to report in person to the component workplace with an advance notice of not less than 30 days. Prior to a requirement to report to the workplace, employees may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the component’s telework policy.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021, or before appointment or onboarding with the agency, if after November 22. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement.

Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within 60 days.

Possessing the minimum post law degree legal experience does not guarantee the applicant will be selected at that grade level.

GS-13 - minimum 1.5 years post-JD legal experience
GS-14 - minimum 2.5 years post-JD legal experience
GS-15 - minimum 4 years post-JD legal experience

Preferred Qualifications:
The following demonstrated qualifications are preferred but not required: experience working on federal policy and/or legislation, including experience working in Congress and/or in the Executive Branch; substantive knowledge and work experience in two or more areas of federal civil rights law enforced by the Division.

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. 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 disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department's Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. See list of DPOCs.

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. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee's Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is 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. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates who have lived outside the United States for two or more of the past five years will likely have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department Security Staff. The two-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement.

Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.

Job Responsibilities

  • Developing legislation, regulations, policy, and technical assistance that advances the policy and strategic civil rights mission of the Division.
  • Analyzing and responding to requests for review of proposed legislation, regulation, and policy proposals.
  • Coordinating with other Justice Department components - including U.S. Attorney's Offices - and agencies on implementing the Division's enforcement, strategic, and policy initiatives.
  • Engaging in education and outreach activities and strategies to internal and external stakeholders about important civil rights issues and Division priorities.
  • Advising leadership on the development, recommendation, and execution of assigned Division strategic and policy initiatives.

Requirements / Qualifications

  • Applicants must possess a J.D. or LL.B professional law degree from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school, be an active member of the bar in good standing of the bar of any state or territory, or the District of Columbia, and possess the minimum years of post professional law degree experience commensurate to the grade level of eligibility. Applicants must have demonstrated academic achievement; substantive knowledge and work experience in at least one area of federal civil rights law enforced by the Division; experience drafting and/or interpreting federal laws, rules, and regulations; strong written and oral communication skills; ability to analyze complex issues; outstanding skill and experience working collaboratively and productively with others; strong organizational skills; solid professional judgment; demonstrated initiative; and the ability to excel in a fast-paced, highly demanding environment.

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