[nfbwatlk] Seattle U.S. Dept. of Education Office for Civil Rights EOS 09/12 vacancy announcement (not yet up on USA Jobs)

Nightingale, Noel Noel.Nightingale at ed.gov
Fri Feb 26 12:08:50 CST 2010


Link:
http://jobsearch.edhires.ed.gov/getjob.asp?JobID=86377665&AVSDM=2010%2D02%2D19+00%3A03%3A00&Logo=0&sort=jt&pg=1&sorder=d&jbf574=EDEC&lid=18612&FedEmp=Y&vw=d&brd=3876&ss=0&FedPub=N&cy=US

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Equal Opportunity Specialist (MPP)

SALARY RANGE: 50,628.00 - 95,444.00 USD per year OPEN PERIOD: Friday, February 19, 2010 to Thursday, March 04, 2010
SERIES & GRADE: GS-0360-09/12 POSITION INFORMATION: Full-time Permanent
PROMOTION POTENTIAL: 12 DUTY LOCATIONS:   2 vacancy(s) in one of the following locations:   Seattle, WA
WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:   AREA OF CONSIDERATION:SEATTLE COMMUTING AREA. Applications will be accepted from current permanent Federal employees or former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility; applicants eligible under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) or Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP); preference eligibles or veterans who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after substantially completing an initial three year term (VEOA); and applicants who are eligible under special employment hiring authorities (i.e., Schedule A, VRA, 30% disabled veterans, Peace Corps/Vista, etc.).

JOB SUMMARY:
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is looking for the best and brightest to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation.  If you are a highly-motivated, creative individual who would like to work for an agency that establishes policies on federal financial aid for education, distributes as well as monitors those funds; collects data on America's schools and disseminates research; focuses national attention on key educational issues; and prohibits discrimination and ensures equal access to education, ED is the place for you!

You will have responsibility for participating on a civil rights compliance & enforcement team that supports the mission of the U.S. Department of Education and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Strategic Plan.  OCR ensures compliance 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, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act (Section 9525 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001) and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and their implementing regulations in school districts, colleges and universities through
compliant investigations and compliance reviews.

KEY REQUIREMENTS:
This position requires overnight travel, 1 to 5 nights per month.

Additional Duty Location Info:  Seattle, WA

MAJOR DUTIES:
Incumbent performs a variety of civil rights compliance activities including conducting complaint investigations and is responsible for each phase of the case through resolution. The incumbent reviews the allegations, identifies the pertinent data, interviews witnesses, develops the legal theories and investigative plan. Plans and conducts complete on-site investigations. Compiles interviews reports, conducts statistical analyses, organizes, evaluates and presents all relevant case information, drafts Investigative Reports and Complaint Resolution Letters. Conducts compliance reviews of the policies and practices of selected recipient institutions with respect to the requirements of appropriate statutes. Monitors the plan where Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has accepted the compliance plan from a recipient institution to correct conditions of noncompliance. Provides technical assistance in the form of information and related services to Education Department (ED) recipients and other parties, regarding their civil rights responsibilities and rights.

Bilingual fluency with the ability also to read, speak and write Spanish is desired.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
(GS-9)

2 years of graduate education. OR

A master's degree or equivalent degree. OR

One year of specialized experience that equipped the applicant with
the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform
successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or
related to the work of the position to be filled.  This experience
must be equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal government.
Examples of such experience may include: providing support to senior
staff in conducting investigations; gathering facts related to a
problem or issue, analyzing them, and making recommendations for
resolution; participating in investigations, including collecting
records and conducting interviews; compiling interview reports;
conducting statistical analyses; conducting intake analyses;
organizing, evaluating, and presenting information relevant to an
issue; writing reports and letters; assisting in monitoring
resolution agreements; and providing information and assistance to
customers to resolve problems. OR

Combination of education and experience.

(GS11)

Three academic years of graduate education.  OR

A doctoral or equivalent degree.  OR

One year of specialized experience that equipped the applicant with
the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform
successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or
related to the work of the position to be filled.  This experience
must be equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal government.
Examples of such experience may include: conducting most phases of an investigation; participating in resolution activities; participating in on-site investigations; conducting parts of compliance reviews; assisting in monitoring the resolution of agreements; identifying data pertinent to an investigation; conducting interviews; reviewing complaints to determine whether to proceed; and drafting reports and resolution letters. OR

Combination of education and experience.


(GS-12)

One year of specialized experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.  This experience must be equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal government.  Examples of such experience may include: planning and conducting all aspects of an on-site investigation; conducting compliance reviews of the policies and practices of organizations; conducting negotiations to achieve a resolution; monitoring resolution plans; providing testimony in an administrative hearing or court action; and providing information and assistance to customers to resolve problems.

TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENT:
All status candidates must have been in grade GS-7 for at least 52
weeks for the GS-9.
All status candidates must have been in grade GS-9 for at least 52
weeks for the GS-11.
All status candidates must have been in grade GS-11 for at least 52
weeks for the GS-12.

APPLICANTS MUST MEET QUALIFICATIONS AND TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT.

PROMOTION OPPORTUNITY: Applicant(s) selected may be promoted without further competition to the next higher grade upon meeting qualifications requirements and achieving a high degree of performance at the lower grade. However, there is no guarantee that this will happen; the journeyman grade is indicated just for the purpose of informing applicants what the possibilities of growth may be.
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(THIS POSITION MAY BE FILLED FROM VARIOUS SOURCES AS EITHER A GENERAL ATTORNEY (CIVIL RIGHTS), GS-905-9/11/12 IN THE EXCEPTED SERVICE OR EQUAL OPPORTUNITY SPECIALIST, GS-360-9/11/12 IN THE COMPETITIVE SERVICE AS DESCRIBED IN THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.)

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants will be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position.  Applicants who meet the qualification requirements will be further evaluated on their responses to the on-line announcement questions.  Eligible applicants will receive a numerical rating based on their responses to the application questions for this position submitted on-line via EdHIRES.ed.gov.  These responses must be substantiated by your on-line resume.  Applicants who do not respond to the application questions may be rated ineligible. To preview questions please click here.

BENEFITS:

The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.  The following web addresses are provided for your
reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.

Retirement Program - Almost all new employee are
automatically covered by the Federal Employees
Retirement System (FERS).  FERS is a three-tiered
retirement plan.  The three tiers are:  Social
Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, and Thrift
Savings Plan.  For additional information visit:
http://opm.gov/retire/index.asp

This link provides an overview of the benefits
currently offered to Federal employees.
http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/ei61.asp

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is a
great place to work.



In addition to the regular benefits offered
to federal employees, ED offers the following
benefits to its employees (PLEASE NOTE THAT NOT
ALL OF THE BENEFITS LISTED BELOW MAY BE AVAILABLE
FOR THIS SPECIFIC VACANCY AND/OR LOCATION):




Transit Benefit and Metro Subsidy - ED
provides a transit benefit to all employees who utilize mass transit
options as their primary source of transportation.




Ongoing Training and Development/Career
Development - ED has a world class training
facility that offers many career development
courses as well as access to a number of
undergraduate and graduate courses and
certificate programs.




Federal government benefits can be viewed at
the Office of  Personnel Management website at
www.opm.gov.
Specific websites are listed below for the
major benefits programs.




Federal Employees Health Benefits Program
(FEHB):
http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/index.asp



There are many other benefit programs that
make the Federal Government a model employer and
a top ranking career choice.  The following is a
list of additional programs offered by many of
the agencies including ED:




Incentive Awards:

http://www.opm.gov/perform/honorawd.htm


OTHER INFORMATION:
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Candidates may be asked to fill out a Declaration for Federal Employment (Optional Form 306).  Individuals selected for positions will be required to certify that their application materials are accurate when they enter on duty.

Applications will not be accepted from non-status candidates.  Non-status candidates are those individuals who do not have competitive status such as: reinstatement eligibility, transfer eligibility from another government agency, etc.  Except for disabled individuals, non-status candidates must be in the area of consideration.
Competitive status is not required if applicant is a disabled individual who may be eligible for appointment under a special Schedule A appointing authority in the excepted service.  Applicants
who meet this provision may apply even if they are outside the area of consideration.

Applicant(s) selected for this position is subject to a background check to verify that he or she has not defaulted on any loan funded or guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants found to be in default will be contacted to make arrangements for repayment prior to being made an official offer of employment.

Any male applicant who was born after December 31, 1959, and who is subsequently selected for this position must certify that he is registered for the military selective service by the date he
is to enter on duty.  False certification may result in termination after appointment.

Additional selections may be made within 90 days of the opening date of this announcement should vacancies occur.

Relocation Expenses will not be paid.

THIS AGENCY PROVIDES REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS TO APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES.  IF YOU NEED A REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION FOR ANY PART OF THE APPLICATION AND HIRING PROCESS, PLEASE NOTIFY THE
AGENCY.  THE DECISION ON GRANTING REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS WILL BE ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS.

ALL APPLICANTS WILL RECEIVE CONSIDERATION REGARDLESS OF RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, GENDER, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE,
POLITICAL AFFILIATION, UNION AFFILIATION OR NONAFFILIATION, MARITAL STATUS, NON-DISQUALIFYING PHYSICAL DISABILITY, OR ANY OTHER NON-MERIT REASON.

THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (ICTAP)

DISPLACED EMPLOYEES REQUESTING SPECIAL SELECTION PRIORITY CONSIDERATION UNDER THE INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (ICTAP)

If you are a displaced Federal employee you may be entitled to receive special selection priority for one year after separation. To receive this priority consideration you MUST: 1. Submit a copy of the appropriate documentation such as a RIF separation notice, a letter from OPM or your agency documenting your priority consideration status with your application package. The following categories of candidates are considered displaced employees:

A. Current or former career or career-conditional (tenure group I or II) competitive service employees who:

1. Received a specific RIF separation notice or have been separated by RIF; or

2. Separated because of a compensable injury, whose compensation has been terminated, and whose former agency certifies that it is unable to place; or

3. Retired with a disability and whose disability annuity has been or is being terminated; or

4. Upon receipt of a RIF separation notice retired on the effective date of the RIF and submits a Standard Form 50 that indicates "Retirement in lieu of RIF"; or

5. Retired under the discontinued service retirement option; or

6. Received a notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment outside the commuting area or have been removed for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment outside the commuting area.

OR

B. Former Military Reserve or National Guard Technicians who are receiving a special Office of Personnel Management (OPM) disability retirement annuity under section 8337(h) or 8456 of title 5 United States Code.

2. Be applying for a position at or below the grade level of the position from which you have been separated. The position must not have a greater promotion potential than the position from which you were separated.

3. Have a current (or last) performance rating of record of at least fully successful or equivalent. This must be submitted with your application package. (This requirement does not apply to candidates who are eligible due to compensable injury or disability retirement.)

4. Occupy or be displaced from a position in the same local commuting area of the position for which you are requesting priority consideration.

5. File your application by the vacancy announcement closing date and meet all the application criteria (e.g., submit all required documentation, etc.).

6. Be rated well-qualified for the position as listed on the vacancy announcement. (You must receive a score of 85 in comparison with the knowledge, skills, and abilities criteria; or have a score that would place you among the best qualified group of merit promotion candidates.)

HOW TO APPLY:

Application to this announcement requires the online submission of basic applicant information, responses to vacancy specific questions or knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA) questions and submission of supporting documentation (described in the required documents section below).  All application materials will be accepted until midnight Eastern Time on the closing date.  Help in applying online is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time at the number listed in the Contact information section.

NOTE:  Our online application system is 100% compatible with Internet Explorer versions 5.5 and above.  If you are using any other web browser to complete your application you may experience errors, missing text or you may be unable to complete your application on-line.

STEP ONE (On-line Resume):

You must create a user account and at least one Federal resume at USAJOBS.  The information you provide in your Federal resume will become part of your application and will automatically be
transferred to our system when you apply on-line.
1.  Begin the application process by clicking on the [Apply Online] button at the bottom of the announcement.
2.  Log into your USAJOBS account (if you are not already logged in) or create one (if you do not have one established).
3.  Select the resume you would like to submit and click on [Apply for this position now!].  You will now be automatically transferred to our system where you will complete the application
process.

STEP TWO (Personal Information):

1.  Once you have been transferred, follow the on-screen prompts to complete your application. Be certain to read the on-screen instructions thoroughly before continuing.  First, you will be
asked to complete or update your information on file.
2.  If you have already been to our site you will have the option to update your information on file or go directly to the assessment.  We recommend selecting the option to update your information on file each time you apply.  By selecting this option you will be able to verify your data on file is accurate. Additionally, previously faxed supporting documentation is stored within this section and you will be able to review your stored documents and/or print fax cover sheets if you need to submit/re-submit documents.
3.  After completing or updating your information, you will be notified of the announcement types you are eligible to apply to.
Follow the prompts to move through the website, you will be taken to a page containing a list of fax cover sheets for supporting documents.

STEP THREE (Faxing Supporting Documentation):

**CURRENT DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION EMPLOYEES DO NOT NEED TO SUBMIT/FAX SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION UNLESS SPECIFICALLY REQUESTED BY THE SERVICING HUMAN RESOURCES SPECIALIST**

The next step of the application process is to fax all the required supporting documentation specified in the Required Documents section of this vacancy announcement. You do not need to have all of your supporting documentation submitted in order to continue with the online portion of the application process.  Please carefully follow the instructions below, to ensure your supporting documents are properly faxed and received.  All required documents must be received by midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

***Not all of the document types listed will pertain to you; only submit those documents needed to complete your application package. The Schedule A Certification document must only be submitted by individuals eligible for appointment due to a disability.  The Standard Form-50 is used by current and former Federal employees to
document their Federal employment status.  The Department of Defense form DD-214 is only required from applicants with prior military
service.
FAX INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  If you have previously faxed supporting documentation the status of those documents will indicate Received.  There is no need to resubmit documents which show a status of received unless you are submitting an updated copy.  (If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the human resources office.  If you are adding to, rather than replacing, a previous submission, you must fax both the old document and the new document for them both to be accessible to HR.)
2.  You must use a separate cover sheet for each category of supporting documentation (i.e., transcripts, SF-50, DD-214).  Choose the document cover sheet(s) you would like to print by selecting the appropriate check boxes in the Selected Documents column.
3.  Click the [Print Cover Sheets] button. A window will pop up containing the fax cover sheet(s) you selected.  Print the coversheet(s).  NOTE: You must be connected to a printer in order to print the coversheets.  Additionally, you must allow pop-ups.
4.  Once you have reviewed the list of documents and printed any required fax cover sheets click on [Done].  You will be moved forward in the application process.
5.  Before faxing your document(s), take care to ensure the document is legible and all information is complete and signed, if necessary.  Fax only documents which are clear and legible.  Original documents with light or faded print and/or dark or patterned backgrounds will not be legible upon receipt.  Illegible
faxed documents cannot be used for qualification or verification purposes.
6.  Place the corresponding cover sheet on top of the document and fax the cover sheet and document together to the fax number specified on the cover sheet.  NOTE:  If you are faxing documents from more than one category of supporting documentation, you must submit them with the appropriate cover sheet. EACH DOCUMENT TYPE MUST BE FAXED SEPARATELY under its corresponding cover sheet. DO NOT FAX ALL DOCUMENTS TYPES UNDER ONE COVER SHEET.  (i.e., Transcripts are one type of document; fax all pages of your transcript and
other education-related documents under the transcript cover sheet; the SF-50 is another document type, if you are faxing more than one SF-50, fax them all under the SF-50 cover sheet.)
7.  Be sure to save these cover sheets in the event you need to re-fax your supporting documents.  Each fax transmission includes a
unique identification number and bar code, which ensures your document is processed correctly.
8.  You will receive an e-mail confirming the fax has been successfully received by Human Resources. You should retain your e-mail confirmation and confirmation of your fax transmittal report as proof of submission.

Your application will be considered incomplete and YOU WILL BE FOUND INELIGIBLE if you fail to submit the required documentation as specified under the required documents section by midnight
Eastern Time on the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

STEP FOUR (Vacancy Specific Questions or KSAs):

1.  After reviewing your supporting documentation, you will be asked to respond to questions specific to this vacancy.  You must
respond to all questions in order to save or proceed with the application process.
2.  Once you have answered all vacancy questions click on [Finished].

STEP FIVE (Review and Submit Application):

The final step of the application process is to review and submit your complete online application package.
1.  Review the personal information, core questions, vacancy questions and resume for accuracy and completeness.
2.  Once you are satisfied with your application click on [Finished] to submit your application.  If you do not click on this final [Finished] button your application will not be submitted and
you will not receive consideration.

3.  Once you have submitted your application you will be redirected back to USAJOBS where you may view your application status, continue to browse for open positions and/or apply for additional
positions.  You may return at any time until midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement to update or make changes to your application.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:
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**CURRENT DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION EMPLOYEES DO NOT NEED TO SUBMIT/FAX SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION UNLESS SPECIFICALLY REQUESTED BY SERVICING HUMAN RESOURCES SPECIALIST.**

All required supporting documentation MUST be received by midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement. Supporting
documentation must be faxed to the fax number noted on the system generated fax cover sheets.  Please carefully read the How to Apply section for instructions on faxing your supporting documentation.  You only need to fax your supporting documentation into the system one time.  Once submitted, it will be automatically applied to any future positions you apply to with us.  You only need to resubmit documentation if you need to submit an updated copy.

***Not all of the document types listed will pertain to you; only submit those documents needed to complete your application package. The Schedule A Certification document must only be submitted by individuals eligible for appointment due to a disability.  The Standard Form-50 is used by current and former Federal employees to
document their Federal employment status.  The Department of Defense form DD-214 is only required from applicants with prior military
service.

***Fax only documents which are clear and legible.  Original documents with light or faded print and/or dark or patterned backgrounds will not be legible upon receipt.  Illegible faxed
documents cannot be used for qualification or verification purposes.  If your supporting documentation has light or faded print and/or dark or patterned backgrounds but is otherwise
legible, it may be mailed to the address listed in the Agency Contact section.  Mailed supporting documentation must include your name and the announcement number to which you are applying.

***If you are unable to fax your supporting documentation you may send it to the contact address listed in the Agency Contact section of this vacancy announcement.  Mailed supporting documentation must include your name and the announcement number to which you are applying.  Please note, if you are mailing your supporting
documentation, you must submit one full set of supporting documentation for each announcement to which you are applying. If you list more than one announcement number on a set of supporting
documentation, your supporting documentation will only be applied to the first number listed.  Do NOT use government postage paid envelopes.

Documentation of Education:
* College transcripts or a list of all college courses with grades and credits (indicate quarter/semester hours and GPA, names of all colleges and universities attended including city, state, major(s) and type and year of degree(s) received); or* A copy of your college diploma. If your degree is in a related science or field you must provide a list of college courses or transcripts documenting you have completed the specific course work required for this vacancy (e.g., 24 semester units in a specific curriculum); or
* Copies of current licenses or copies of a certificate of membership in a professional organization, or certificates that are
indicative of possessing the educational requirements of this announcement.
* If you are selected for a position that requires specific course work or you were qualified on the basis of an unofficial list of
college courses or copies of diplomas, licenses, or certificates of membership you MUST submit copies of official college transcripts before your selection may be confirmed.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:
Ike Gilbert
Phone: 206-607-1667
Fax: 206-607-1662
Email: ike.gilbert at ed.gov  Or write:
Department of Education
Human Resources Services, Room 3388
915 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA 98174
Fax: 206-607-1662

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of your application status by the servicing personnel specialist via e-mail.  It is essential that you have a current e-mail address on file.  You may also check the status of your application at www.USAJOBS.opm.gov.




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