Technical Advisor

Technical Advisor

Technical Advisor

This position is located in the Department of Labor’s Civil Rights Center (CRC), Office of External Enforcement (OEE). CRC’s mission is to promote justice and equal opportunity by acting with impartiality and integrity in administering and enforcing various civil rights laws.

Please send resume and any other relevant material to Dennis Fish, Associate Director for Program Operations, at [email protected].

  • Telework eligibility is 2-3 days per week.

The incumbent serves as an EO specialist responsible for processing, investigating, and adjudicating discrimination complaints under nondiscrimination and equal opportunity statues, and Executive Orders.

Major duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Serves as an expert advisor on EO laws for the OEE Chief and members of OEE staff, as well as the CRC Director and, as appropriate, internal and external stakeholders.
  • Provides technical assistance and guidance to Equal Opportunity Specialists regarding applicable legal theories, elements of proof, and adequacy of information provided in complaints, including assessing whether complaints are timely, whether they allege a basis prohibited by the laws CRC enforces, and whether CRC has jurisdiction over the entity alleged to have discriminated, as well as adequacy of investigative methods/evidence gathered during investigations.
  • Provides interpretation of laws, policy documents, and guidelines to OEE staff to help ensure that such laws/documents are applied consistently.
  • Supports Equal Opportunity Specialists in conducting investigations, as well as personally conducts investigations, from intake to resolution.
  • Serves as liaison between the Office of the Solicitor and OEE on questions related to the interpretation of the laws enforced by OEE and issues arising out of OEE’s enforcement program.

Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-13, in the Federal Service.

Specialized experience is defined as:

  • Experience conducting investigations and compliance reviews designed to evaluate whether entities are in compliance with the law.
  • Experience in analyzing complaints, applying law to fact, and applying investigative methods to determine whether a covered entity is in compliance with the law.
  • Experience in fact-finding, analyzing, problem solving, and writing, and in assisting others to do so, in order to identify issues and problems in discrimination cases and recommend solutions.
  • Experience communicating technical information verbally and in writing.
  • Experience processing, investigating, and adjudicating discrimination complaints.
  • Evaluation Factors (Competencies) – All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:


  • Communication (Oral & Written)– Personally prepares and reviews written documents. Reviews documents drafted by junior staff to ensure accuracy, legal soundness, and sufficiency of supporting documentation. Communicates with a variety of individuals to provide advice, counsel, and interpretation of civil rights laws.
  • Project Management– Keeps track of the status and progress of work, and makes day-to-day adjustments in accordance with established priorities. Manages work assignments of junior employees, ensuring timeliness and completeness.
  • Planning and Organization– Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short-term and long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes.
  • Technical Competence – Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one’s job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.