This GS-14 vacancy is open to both U.S. Citizens and Federal Employees.
This is a senior position in the Office of Civil Rights within the Federal Transit Administration. As a National Civil Rights Officer, you will manage high-priority projects with a national scope, expertly analyze and recommend solutions to complex recipient civil rights matters, give formal presentations internally and externally, and develop compliance procedures that promote civil rights protections for the public.
As a Senior Equal Opportunity Specialist, you will:
- Serve as the primary civil rights contact for a portfolio of FTA funding recipients.
- Provide national leadership, guidance, support, and technical expertise to Regional Civil Rights Officers to help ensure consistency in communication, guidance, and interpretation and enforcement of civil rights requirements across FTA regions.
- Independently analyze and evaluate federal funding recipient programs and operations to promote, ensure, and verify recipient compliance with federal civil rights requirements in the areas of Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, and the USDOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program.
- Maintain up-to-date knowledge of relevant statutes, regulations, circulars, orders, policies, standard operating procedures, and other guidance related to ADA, Title VI, and DBE subject areas.
- Develop guidance and technical assistance materials for FTA recipients and FTA staff to support correct interpretation and application of current federal civil rights laws, regulations, guidance, and procedures encountered in public transportation services and systems to support timely voluntary compliance with federal civil rights requirements.
- Collaborate and consult with senior TCR, legal, and regional staff to identify, analyze, and respond to complex external civil rights issues.
Ideal Candidate: This position is ideal for a public transit or civil rights professional with significant experience supporting and applying civil rights requirements to recipients of federal funds. The ideal candidate should have experience working on high-profile projects, have expert knowledge of civil rights and public transportation, and demonstrate excellent leadership, communication, collaboration, and analytical skills.
NOTE: If selected to interview for this position, candidates will participate in a structured interview process and will be given a topic to use to draft a writing sample.