House of Representatives Director, Office of Employee Advocacy in Washington, District Of Columbia
The incumbent will serve as the first Director of the Office of Employee Advocacy. This newly created role will provide legal assistance, consultation, and, when applicable, representation to covered employees of the House of Representatives on relevant issues under the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995. The basis and foundation for this position was established by House Resolution 724, which passed the House of Representatives on February 6, 2018. This non-partisan legal position requires a highly skilled and motivated professional to establish and fulfill the duties of the Office of Employee Advocacy following the parameters established by applicable law, resolution and/or regulation. Through these activities, the Director in this critical role will have the unique ability to create, maintain, and update the policies, procedures, and practices of the Office of Employee Advocacy.
In addition to the legal roles and responsibilities of the position, the incumbent will also have day-to-day executive leadership expectations over the Office of Employee Advocacy. This will include following House regulations and internal CAO procedures necessary for justifying budgets, appointing staff, and setting compensation of additional personnel required to carry out the functions of the Office.
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Responsible for the development and implementation of policies and procedures governing the Office of Employee Advocacy; ensuring proper legal assistance, consultation, and, when applicable, representation to covered employees of the House of Representatives is provided, as well as, leading and guiding future staff of the Office. Essential duties and responsibilities include the following:
Leading the design, development, and operations of the Office of Employee Advocacy.
Providing legal assistance and consultation to covered employees of the House under the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 regarding the Act’s procedures, including the roles, responsibilities, and authority of various House offices in proceedings conducted under the Act.
Provide legal assistance and representation to covered employees of the House in personal civil legal matters related to a covered employee’s initiation of or participation in proceedings under title IV of the Act (other than a civil action filed under section 408 of such Act).
Establishing, maintaining, and operating a hotline through which covered employees of the House under the Act may contact the Office.
Determining appropriate resourcing requirements and managing the performance of the staff within the Office of Employee Advocacy.
Performing legal reviews of all relevant documentation and correspondence, prepare appropriate legal responses, and make timely court/legal/administrative appearances that pertain to the mandates of the Office of Employee Advocacy.
Drafting and/or reviewing correspondence, policies and other communications as requested to assure compliance with outstanding legal requirements. Conducting legal research and analysis to stay current with legislative and policy changes pertaining to the Congressional Accountability Act.
Occasional travel - Some local travel may be required.
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Conditions of Employment
Undergraduate and legal degrees from an accredited college or university.
Admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
A minimum of ten years legal experience in representing employees in workplace discrimination cases and five years senior level executive/leadership legal experience, familiarity with federal legislative and administrative processes. Three to five years of supervisory experience, of legal staff, required.
Ability to perform litigation activities, including negotiation, legal writing, oral advocacy and counseling.
Extensive experience and detailed knowledge of workplace discrimination case law, precedent, and interpretation.
Proven experience in providing thorough and sound advice and guidance to internal and external customers. Demonstrated ability to balance workload requirements, appropriately delegate and hold subordinates fully accountable.
Knowledge of the U.S. House of Representatives’ environment, including the Congressional Accountability Act.
Strategic thinker with proven ability to anticipate business, customer, and legal issues needing attention.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to coordinate operations and the administration of an office, including budget preparation and execution, program planning, supervision and evaluation of staff, etc.
Ability to meet the minimum physical requirements (lifting, bending, crouching, standing, etc.) of the job. Availability to work additional hours as required.
Successfully complete a criminal history records check, top-secret security or other applicable security clearance, and a pre-employment drug-test (pre-identified position only).
Undergraduate and legal degrees from an accredited college or university.
Hiring for this position is governed by the Veteran's Employment Opportunities Act. Applicants seeking veterans’ preference consideration should contact a CAO Human Resources representative at CAOHumanResources@mail.house.gov for further information.
Continued employment is contingent upon satisfactorily completing a criminal history records check (or other applicable security clearance) and a pre-employment drug-test (pre-identified position only).
Title 1 of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, as amended (5 U.S. C app§ 101 et seq.) requires certain House employees, to file Financial Disclosure Statements, for information please visit http://clerk.house.gov/publicdisc/financial.aspx.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Highly qualified candidates will be evaluated based on a structured interview.
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If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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How to Apply
Qualified candidates please submit your resume online by clicking the "Apply for This Job" button here: https://www.house.gov/employment/positions-with-other-house-organizations/5020.
If you are unable to submit your resume online, please fax a cover letter and resume (reference announcement #IO-002-18) to 202-226-7514.
Agency contact information
CAO Human Resources
U.S. House of Representatives Capitol Hill Washington, District of Columbia United States
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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/493515900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 03/05/2018 to 04/02/2018
Salary: $168,411 to $168,411 per year
Pay scale & grade: HS 15
Work schedule: Full-Time - Full Time
Appointment type: Permanent