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Civil Rights Analysts

Significant Points

This series includes positions primarily concerned with planning, conducting, and reporting descriptive social science research in the field of civil rights and equal opportunity when the paramount qualification requirement for the position includes a broad knowledge of the field of civil rights; ability to apply accepted documentary and field research techniques to study issues and policies affecting civil rights; consulting skill; and a high degree of writing and oral communication skill. Positions in this series typically involve research into specialized technical fields such as voting rights, public accommodations, or equal employment requiring specialized knowledge of a subject-matter area in addition to a broad knowledge of civil rights.

Nature of the Work

Positions in this series vary according to the nature of the program area they investigate, or the policies they study. Some positions are concerned with particular social or economic activities such as education, housing, or employment, or combinations of these areas. Some positions may focus on researching the civil rights problems of certain classes such as the physically handicapped, veterans, women, or others. Other positions involve the study of broad civil rights issues or problems from a legal, economic, or historical perspective.

In some cases a correct series determination is difficult because of the variety of positions in this occupation and their similarity to positions in other occupations. The following guidelines and discussions for distinguishing the correct series are provided to assist in making these determinations in difficult cases.

Civil Rights Analyst, GS-0160-09

Duties

Under the general supervision of a senior research analyst, the employee is responsible for assisting in research studies, participating in field surveys and drafting staff studies and reports necessary for carrying out major national civil rights research studies. The employee:

-- Conducts studies on civil rights projects and proposals that are being performed by the agency. These studies are concerned with political, social and economic factors influencing the denial of equal protection under the constitution for women and minorities. They involve the analysis of the factors and influences that lead to discrimination in housing, education and employment;

-- Develops, using numerous sources of information, material for the research studies for which responsible such as review of statistical data, field surveys, study of newspapers, periodicals, publications, etc;

-- Investigates, selects, evaluates, and briefs pertinent source materials and assembles, analyzes and checks statistical data;

-- Drafts written staff reports as well as responses to requests for information on discrimination against women and minorities. As assigned, consults with Federal, State, and local agencies to secure information on the administration of their programs as they relate to women and minorities;

-- Conducts, either alone or with a senior staff member, field surveys to secure firsthand information on possible discrimination. During the course of these surveys, interviews individuals who have been denied equal opportunities in all fields of civil rights. Interviews State and local officials to secure additional information on possible cases of discriminatory action.

Civil Rights Analyst, GS-0160-11

Duties

Under the general supervision of a senior research analyst, the employee conducts studies of moderate scope and prepares papers in support of major research studies. Participates in field surveys and drafts staff reports. The employee:

-- Conducts portions of studies on civil rights projects and proposals that are being performed by the office. These studies are concerned with political, social, and economic factors influencing the denial of equal protection under the constitution for women and minorities. They involve the analysis of the factors and influences that lead to discrimination in housing, education, and employment;

-- Writes thoroughly researched, comprehensive papers on issues that must be resolved during broad research studies. These papers may cover one or two important problems or issues that are related to the basic questions being studied;

-- Investigates, selects, evaluates, and briefs pertinent source materials;

-- Selects appropriate statistical methods, plans data collection, and evaluates results of statistical analyses in support of broad civil rights studies;

-- Writes staff reports as well as responses to requests for information on discrimination against women and minorities. Consults with Federal, State, and local agencies to secure information on the administration of their programs as they relate to women and minorities;

-- Conducts field surveys to secure firsthand information on possible discrimination. Interviews individuals who have been denied equal opportunities in all fields of civil rights. Interviews State and local officials to secure additional information on possible cases of discriminatory action.

Civil Rights Analyst, GS-0160-12

Duties

Serves as specialist responsible for evaluating and reporting on Federal enforcement of civil rights laws in a specific subject matter area. In this capacity, the employee investigates and analyzes civil rights enforcement issues and develops and drafts related reports, correspondence, and other written material. The employee:

-- Assists in developing and performing studies and evaluations of the implementation of Federal, State, and local civil rights policies and practices in government agencies, including, but not limited to, programs of direct assistance to individuals and institutions, contracts of insurance and guarantee, equal employment, housing, education, credit, public accommodations, and programs subject to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Federal, State, and local contract compliance, intergovernmental civil rights agency cooperative agreements, coordination, and contracts;

-- Performs liaison with Federal, State, and local agencies, monitoring the status of civil rights enforcement activity and serving as an agency resource person in the development and implementation of policy and procedures in such areas as collection and use of racial and ethnic data for program evaluation, complaint investigations, civil rights training for agency staff, and compliance reporting and review systems;

-- Prepares analytical data, staff reports, and memoranda reflecting upon equal protection of the laws for statutory reports, hearings, and meetings in support of agency activity, including activities of State advisory committees;

-- Prepares analytical data and information in response to requests from Congress, the White House, agencies of the Federal Government, academic institutions, national and local civil rights and professional organizations and officials, and private individuals regarding assistance programs, and all other programs of Federal civil rights enforcement;

-- Conducts field interviews with Federal, State, and local government officials, national and local civil rights and professional organizations and officials, and private individuals to obtain and convey information relating to the implementation and enforcement of civil rights policy;

-- Represents the agency in conferences and meetings regarding Federal civil rights policy and may also serve as a speaker or resource person for such conferences and meetings;

-- Uses the numerous sources of information available during the conduct of the research studies assigned. Incumbent selects, investigates and evaluates pertinent source materials, and assembles, analyzes, and checks statistical data. Incumbent may also be called upon to assist and coordinate the work of junior staff and to advise other staff;

-- Serves as analyst responsible for specific subjects, laws, and government agencies as a desk specialist, but also serves as backup person for another desk specialist.

Civil Rights Analyst, GS-0160-13

Duties

Serves as a senior team member on research projects designed to identify, clarify, and make recommendations concerning major national civil rights policies, problems, and/or issues.

Participates with the team leader and other team members in planning the research project, making decisions concerning research methods to use and sources of information to pursue, and evaluating findings of various team members and the team as a whole. Is assigned responsibility for a major segment of the project usually including a chapter of the final report, and proposals for policy recommendations related to the issues studied. Research projects may last from six months to more than a year. Projects include a thorough search of literature, discussions with authorities in closely related fields, collection of data from government and private sources, and factfinding in the field including interviews with primary sources. Final reports include authoritative findings, conclusions, and policy recommendations.

A wide range of statistical and social science research methods are adopted for use.

Subjects studied are broad in coverage; usually national in scope, and controversial in that powerful national organizations and interests have strong and divergent views on the issues studied. Examples of subjects include the impact of school integration since the Brown decision, voting rights, and Federal Government EEO enforcement. The analyst:

-- Writes and reviews portions of major research reports produced by the agency which are nationwide in scope and impact;

-- Participates with the team leader and team members in planning major studies;

-- Conducts research on the impact of current laws and governmental policies in the field of civil rights;

-- Conducts research on the probable impact of proposed civil rights laws and governmental policies by surveying and evaluating existing research findings in related fields, and systematically collecting information from across the nation;

-- Conducts research designed to clarify, identify, or resolve civil rights problems and issues and makes findings, conclusions, and recommendations;

-- Performs short term consulting, research or evaluation projects to answer specific civil rights questions.

Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement
  • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing. (Individual must be able to communicate with a diverse group of individuals in a clear and tactful manner).
  • Ability to communicate in writing, including analytical writing experience, proofreading skills, and attentiveness to details in order to convey ideas and concepts, explain rationales and provide written analyses. (Please submit a writing sample of 5 pages or less)
  • Skill in interpreting and applying guidelines, policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to plan and execute work in order to organize, lead and coordinate multiple assignments while adhering to statutory and internal time frames.
  • Ability to perform research and analysis in conducting studies or investigations.
  • Knowledge of civil rights and equal opportunity laws, programs, and principles.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

Applicants must demonstrate a proficiency in speaking and writing one of the languages protected by the language minority provisions of the Voting Rights Act (Spanish, Chinese, Korean, or Vietnamese).

Related Occupations

The duties and training of anthropologists and archaeologists, geographers, and historians are similar to those of other social scientists, including the following:

Sources of Additional Information

Information on obtaining Civil Rights Analysts positions with the Federal Government is available from the Office of Personnel Management through USAJOBS, the Federal Government's official employment information system. This resource for locating and applying for job opportunities can be accessed through the Internet at http://www.usajobs.gov or through an interactive voice response telephone system at (703) 724–1850 or  (703) 724–1850  or TDD (978) 461–8404 and   (978) 461–8404. These numbers are not toll free, and charges may result. For advice on how to find and apply for Federal jobs, download the Insider's Guide to the Federal Hiring Process” online here.

Sources:

  • Office of Personnel Management, Position Classification Standards.

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