U.S. Department of Transportation: Chief, Aviation Civil Rights Compliance Branch

U.S. Department of Transportation
Office of the General Counsel
Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Aviation Enforcement & Proceedings

Position Title: Chief, Aviation Civil Rights Compliance Branch

Grade: GS-0905-15

Salary Range: $123,758 – $155,500

This position is located in the Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings, Office of the General Counsel, Office of the Secretary (OST), U.S. Department of Transportation. The office is responsible for: (1) enforcing the Department’s aviation economic and civil rights requirements; (2) promoting and enforcing compliance with the Federal antitrust laws; (3) providing legal review and investigative support on initial and continuing air carrier fitness matters; (4) serving as Public Counsel in hearing cases involving fitness or international aviation carrier selection proceedings; and (5) acting as the prosecutor in cases conducted under the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act to obtain penalties for false statements or false claims made to OST.

The duties of the Chief of the Aviation Civil Rights Compliance Branch include: (1) directing the day-to-day operations of the Branch; (2) enforcing the Department’s aviation civil rights requirements, including those protecting the rights of air travelers with disabilities, through warning letters or more formal action, such as consent orders or administrative litigation to impose cease and desist provisions and civil penalties; (3) providing agency personnel with sound legal and policy advice concerning the Department’s aviation enforcement duties with respect to the civil rights of air travelers; (4) spearheading the Department’s outreach efforts regarding the civil rights laws as they apply to U.S. and foreign air carriers to enhance the public’s understanding of the rights and responsibilities of all concerned; and (5) drafting and/or reviewing rulemaking documents concerning nondiscrimination on basis of disability in air travel. Also, from time to time, the Chief assists in other office matters and serves as Acting Deputy or Acting Assistant General Counsel in the absence of the Assistant General Counsel and/or Deputy Assistant General Counsels.

Among other things, applicants must hold a J.D. degree from an accredited law school and be a member in good standing in the bar of a State, Territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia.

The position requires strong managerial, leadership, and inter- personal skills. It also requires excellent negotiating, analytical, writing, editing, and oral presentation and advocacy skills. The incumbent should be able to work successfully with individuals from diverse backgrounds and should be able to handle multiple projects and issues simultaneously and in a timely manner. A background in transportation or aviation law, rulemaking, enforcement, administrative agency practice and/or familiarity with the Federal statutes prohibiting discrimination by airlines (e.g., 49 U.S.C. § 41705, 49 U.S.C. § 40127) is a plus, but is not required. The incumbent is required to have prior experience in civil rights law.

Position is open to all sources. This is an Excepted Service position. This job will be filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service. All applicants currently employed by the Federal government must be eligible for a GS 15 position in the office by September 2012. All applicants that are not currently employed by the Federal government must have at least 4 years of prior attorney experience. The applicant selected for this position is subject to a probationary period. Applicants employed in the Federal government will be required to provide a Standard Form 50, Notification of Personnel Action if an offer is extended

The application package must include a resume, writing sample (preferably no longer than 10 pages), performance appraisals for the last three years if available, and references.

You may apply by sending the required application materials to Wilma Glover, Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, W96-429, Washington, DC 20590, email: C70CivRights@dot.gov.

Please submit your application package by June 22, 2012.