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Equal Opportunity Investigator

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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

$41,365.00 to $53,773.00

Birmingham, AL

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$41,365 to $53,773 per year

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GS 7

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4 vacancies in the following location:

Birmingham, AL

Birmingham, AL

Relocation expenses reimbursed


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U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

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We are looking for people who are interested in working to remedy the societal problem of discrimination in the workplace. As an EEOC Equal Opportunity Investigator, you will investigate cases for the lead civil rights agency responsible for enforcing federal laws that prohibit employment discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability and genetic information.

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As an Equal Opportunity Investigator, you will play a pivotal role in carrying out the mission of the EEOC. The work involves planning and conducting investigations of charges/complaints of employment discrimination under Federal laws that EEOC enforces. As an Equal Opportunity Investigator (trainee), you will join highly motivated and diverse team members dedicated to the Commission's mission of eradicating employment discrimination. You will work with more experienced investigators and receive classroom and on-the-job training. Typical work assignments include:

Interviewing members of the public who contact EEOC because they believe they have been discriminated against in the workplace. Providing assistance to them in understanding the laws enforced and their rights in filing a charge of discrimination. Helping them to file a charge of employment discrimination under federal statutes enforced by the Commission and maintaining contact with them during the course of processing their charge.

Drafting written investigative plans identifying bases and issues involved in the charge, the applicable theories of law, and the scope of the investigation.

Obtaining documentary and testimonial evidence such as applications and payroll documents that are relevant to issues under investigation.

Conducting on-site investigations of employers' facilities, including reviewing their records and interviewing individuals

Interviewing witnesses and creating a record of their statements.

Investigating simple cases to determine if employment discrimination has occurred. These would involve cases with limited issues and which fall under well-established legal precedents.

Drafting written reports of investigative findings citing specific testimonial and/or documentary evidence, applicable case law, policies and precedents relied upon in support of finding.

Participating in settlement negotiations.

Responding to routine correspondence and inquiries; and

Effectively managing a case load.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Job family (Series)

1860 Equal Opportunity Investigation



Conditions of Employment

Must be a US Citizen

Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service

May be required to successfully complete a probationary period


You can qualify for this position if you have:

A bachelor's degree with either a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) based on a 4.0 scale; a 3.5 GPA (4.0 scale) for required courses completed in your major field of study during your junior and senior years at a 4-year college or university; class standing of upper third of your graduating class in the college or university, or a major subdivision of the college or university; or membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society certified by the Association of College Honor Societies, excluding freshman honor societies. OR

One full year of graduate level education in an accredited or pre-accredited college or university. The education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work; OR

One year of specialized experience at the GS-5 (or equivalent) grade level working in areas requiring that you determine facts, analyze issues, and interview witnesses, such as investigating employment discrimination or other kinds of charges/complaints, labor relations, human resources or law enforcement.

Your application will be evaluated on the following Core Competencies: Ability to interpret and apply Federal statutes which regulate employment in the public and private sectors.

Ability to elicit and analyze information obtained through interviews and examining records.

Ability to plan, organize and manage work assignments.

Ability to provide excellent customer service.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translate directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's website at


Additional information

EEOC will not pay travel, transportation and relocation expenses.

You may be required to travel and you may be required to apply for a government travel card.

A background investigation is required and continued employment is contingent on completion of that process to determine suitability for federal employment.

This is a Bargaining Unit position.

Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information:

It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.

Applicants applying under Delegated Examining (all U.S. citizens) procedures will be rated under EEOC's Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your score may be lowered and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If it is determined you meet minimum qualification requirements, your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles. The candidates placed in the Best Qualified category will most likely be forwarded to the selecting official.

Responses to inquiries to state where you obtained certain experience such as In Resume is not acceptable and will not be credited.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Required Documents

Required Documents

The following documents are required for ALL APPLICANTS: A Resume showing relevant experience. (Your resume must show the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment).

If you are using your education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your transcript.

Applicants claiming VETERANS PREFERENCE must also submit: A copy of your DD214, member copy 4; OR

Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 days;

Veterans claiming 10 Point Preference, must also submit: SF-15 AND ALL documents indicated on the form as proof of type of preference

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.



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How to Apply

How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date to receive consideration.

To begin, click Apply Online to access an online application. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents.

You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account or you may need to create a new account.

You will be taken to an online application. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation, and submit the application.

Click on the link to the view Assessment Questionnaire

You will receive an email notification when your application has been received for the announcement.

To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account, http://

select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Application Status page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and your responses submitted to the online application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

Resumes/Applications and supporting documentation will NOT be accepted by mail. Should you need assistance please contact the individual identified in this announcement at least 2 days prior to the closing date.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, please contact the HR Specialist listed in this vacancy.


The EEOC provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the EEOC's Disability Program Manager by e-mail at or by telephone at (202) 663-7042. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Agency contact information

Teresa Dargan Teresa Dargan


(704) 954-6436




Ridge Park Place

1130 22nd Street, South

Birmingham, AL


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Next steps

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

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.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations

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Financial suitability

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Privacy Act

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Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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