Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Equal Opportunity Specialist COLLEGE GRADUATE in Kansas City, Kansas
Summary This position is located in the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Asst Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. The College Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Federal Government intended to promote careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. College graduates are appointed to career or career-conditional permanent positions in the competitive service. Responsibilities The following are the duties of this position at the GS-12. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position. As an Equal Opportunity Specialist COLLEGE GRADUATE, you will: Conducts systemic housing discrimination complaints, which affect large numbers of minorities and women, or which have been in effect for a substantial period of time, resulting in institutional or flagrant housing discrimination patterns of practices. Interviews complainants and witnesses to obtain evidence relevant to the allegation of discrimination. Secures voluntary compliance and/or attempts conciliation with recipients of HUD funds under Title VI, Section 109, Section 504, and Executive Order 11063. If settlement fails, drafts recommendations for further action on charges. Prepares final investigative reports or a standard compliance review format which includes specifying issues, presenting facts germane to those issues, critically analyzing evidence, and making findings and recommendations. Gathers and synthesizes facts using information technology to develop statements, findings, and conclusions resulting in position papers which will be disseminated to community-based interest groups, the media, and the general public. Requirements Conditions of Employment To be eligible, you must have within the previous two years, received a baccalaureate or graduate degree from an institution of higher education as defined in 20 U.S.C. 1001(a) no later than 2 years from date of application or will graduate no later than 9 months from the date of application. Veterans who have completed a degree and have an intervening period of obligated service of at least four years in the uniformed services, the two-year eligibility period begins on the date of discharge or release from the uniformed service. The intervening period of uniformed service must have prevented applying within the standard two-year period after completing a degree. You MUST submit a copy of DD-214 showing the duration and dates of service that precluded you from applying due to a military service obligation. Individuals in the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) who have a four-year service obligation after graduation are eligible to apply within two years of completing the four-year service obligation. You MUST submit documentation outlining your service obligation. The official duty station for this position will be in Kansas City, Kansas. Failure to report to duty at this location may be grounds for a disciplinary action, including removal. Key Requirements: Please refer to "Conditions of Employment." U.S. Citizens and U.S. Nationals Qualifications You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements no later than 9 months from the date of application. However, the education and qualifications must be completed successfully before an applicant may be appointed. Specialized Experience: For the GS-09: Specialized experience is one year of experience at the GS-07 level, or equivalent that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes: -Experience investigating discrimination cases. (Including: party and witness interviews, document review, conducting on-site investigations, and analyzing evidence) OR Experience in assisting in the development of a public housing authority 5-year plan or City/County/State consolidated plan. OR Experience conducting fact finding for investigations that assess compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or reviews assessing compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. OR EDUCATION: A related master's or equivalent graduate degree or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related. OR A Combination: Combination of experience and education. This is creditable providing the combination total percentage equals 100% of the requirement. Only graduate level education in excess of the first 18 semester hours (27 quarter hours) may be combined to be considered for qualifying education. Specialized Experience: For the GS-07: Specialized experience is one year of experience at the GS-05 level, or equivalent that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes: - Analyze problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions.; AND - Using software programs to track projects and provide status' to help carry out program objectives. OR Education: 1 full year of graduate level education. OR Superior academic achievement (completed (or expect to complete within 9 months) all the requirements for a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in upper third of the graduating class OR G.P.A. 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; OR Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society). OR Combination of education & experience. This is creditable providing the combination consists of 100% of the requirement. Experience may have been gained in either the public, private sector or volunteer service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your resume. Education Additional Information Other Information: We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies. Relocation expenses will not be paid. Relocation incentive will not be paid. Recruitment incentive will not be paid. This is a bargaining unit position. This position is Non-Exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). HUD offers alternative and flexible work schedules. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Appointment may be subject to a one year probationary period. Must successfully complete a background investigation. Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so. Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer. Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S. Public Trust - Background Investigation will be required. Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel. HUD will require the vaccination status of all selected applicants for the purposes of implementing workplace safety protocols such as COVID testing. Selectees who are not vaccinated and/or choose not to disclose their vaccination status will participate in a testing program as directed by the CDC based on the COVID risk level of the county in which they are working. HUD employees are subject to a number of government-wide and HUD specific ethics laws and regulations, including restrictions on working in a real estate related business, and having Section 8 tenants, along with other prohibited interests and activities. To review applicable ethics rules and HUD specific restrictions, please visit https://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/general_counsel/ethics.