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    This position is open until filled. The first cutoff date for review of applications will be April 28, 2017.

    The United States Sentencing Commission is an independent federal agency in the Judicial Branch of government consisting of seven members appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate and two non-voting ex-officio members. The agency staff consists of approximately 100 employees. The Commission develops and revises guidelines for federal district court judges to consider in sentencing offenders convicted of federal crimes. The Commission monitors and evaluates the use of the guidelines, conducts research and education programs on guideline application and sentencing matters generally, produces sentencing-related reports, and recommends improvements in federal sentencing practices and policies.

    The Commission is conveniently located next to Union Station on Capitol Hill, and is easily accessible by public transportation, including the Metro, and the MARC and VRE commuter trains. In addition to the federal benefits package, the Commission’s location in the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building offers various amenities such as an on-site fitness center, health unit, credit union, day care center, and cafeteria.

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    The incumbent reports to the Director of Research and Data and assists in leading and managing programs and activities and in overseeing staff in the collection, analysis, and reporting of federal sentencing data submitted to the Commission, and assists in developing and implementing the Commission’s research agenda.

    Duties include, but are not limited to:

    1. Coordinating and overseeing assignments of ORD staff on projects involving data collection and analysis, research studies on criminal justice and corrections issues, and providing information, data, and analysis on specific criminal justice issues at the request of the Commission, Congress, the Courts, other federal agencies and research entities.
    2. Leading and overseeing the development and implementation of methods for collecting, analyzing, and performing quality control of the Commission’s data.
    3. Implementing policies and procedures to collect and utilize Commission data and ensure that responses to statistical data requests from the Commissioners and staff are accurate and timely.
    4. Communicating organizational vision, objectives, initiatives and issues.
    5. Recommending topics for Commission research and developing research conferences and workshops.
    6. Preparing and presenting materials for Commission meetings, Commission publications, professional conferences, Congress, and other federal agencies.

    Travel Required

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

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

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    United States Citizens

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship required
    • All employees must serve a one year probationary period

    Strong preference will be given to applicants with supervisory experience and progressively responsible administrative experience in public service or business which provides a thorough understanding of organizational, procedural and human aspects in managing an organization.

    Effective leadership and management skills, including the:

    1. Ability to handle multiple assignments, focus on details, and produce precise work products in a timely manner.
    2. Ability to lead and work effectively with diverse, cross-functional teams.
    3. Ability to effectively communicate organizational vision, objectives, initiatives, and issues.
    4. Ability to foster a collaborative work environment across the organization, understanding the dynamics and differences in roles to motivate and build team cohesiveness and encouraging information sharing, constructive feedback, and cooperation from others.
    5. Ability to effectively delegate activities to achieve desired results.
    6. Ability to evaluate the performance and skills of subordinates and provide coaching and developmental feedback on an ongoing basis.


    Applicants must have demonstrated leadership abilities and extensive management experience which is directly related to the line of work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to carry out the duties of this position. Progressively responsible administrative experience in public service or business which provides a thorough understanding of organizational, procedural, and human aspects in managing an organization is required. Applicants must possess a post-graduate doctoral degree (i.e., Ph.D. or equivalent) preferably in criminology, sociology, criminal justice, psychology, or a related field.

    Applicants who are current or former federal employees must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-15. Highly competitive applicants will have experience and/or education in all or most of the core qualifications listed below.

    Applicants must address the following executive core qualification requirements in a cover letter or separate narrative statement:
    1. Detailed knowledge of advanced statistical and research procedures, including familiarity with theoretical, methodological, and practical issues concerning social science research on criminal justice and corrections issues.
    2. Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with standard statistical analysis packages (e.g., SAS or SPSS) and/or data management programs (e.g., Oracle) and advanced knowledge of statistical techniques.
    3. Demonstrated ability to design methods for collecting, analyzing, and checking the accuracy of data with multiple variables.
    4. Demonstrated ability to articulate (verbally and in writing) complex problems and to present solutions in clear and concise terms for decision-making.
    5. Experience in preparing and writing reports about research on criminal justice and corrections issues. Ability to effectively develop and present information tailored to a variety of audiences, including judges, attorneys, academics, and Members of Congress. Experience in presenting research findings in public forums.
    6. Demonstrated ability to work with senior officials in a dynamic and fast-paced environment. Ability to develop and maintain harmonious and effective working relationships with employees in a variety of Federal organizations and interest groups.


    Additional information


    1. This position is in the excepted service and does not carry the tenure rights of positions in the competitive Civil Service.
    2. All information is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
    3. Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment during the pre-employment process and proof of U.S. citizenship or, for noncitizens, proof of authorization to work in the United States and proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Employment_of_Non-citizens. For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf.
    4. A background security investigation is required for all selectees. Appointment will be subject to a selectee’s successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. A background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.
    5. All new Commission employees must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay before appointment, mandated by the Federal Compensation Act.
    6. All new Commission employees, those converted from a temporary appointment to a permanent appointment, and all rehired former Commission employees are required to serve a one year probationary period. The probationary period begins on the effective date of the employee’s appointment, conversion, or rehire.
    7. If appointed to a temporary position, management may have the discretion of converting the position to permanent depending upon funding and staffing allocation.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    The Commission evaluates applicants through a structured interview. Applicants may also be screened for some jobs through a narrative/application review, and/or a preliminary telephone interview. In order to be considered for this position, applicants must address the mandatory and preferred qualifications in the questionnaire on USAjobs as a separate submission from resume and cover letter.

    The Office of Human Resources:

    1. Reviews the applicant’s application to ensure the proper materials are submitted.
    2. Ensures that the application addresses all of the qualification requirements (mandatory and preferred) as stated in the vacancy announcement.
    3. Determines whether the applicant meets the qualification requirements for the particular position and notifies the applicant about the status of his or her application.

    Background checks and security clearance

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    Required Documents

    Cover Letter

    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.

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    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.


    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.

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    How to Apply

    In order to be considered, all applicants must submit an electronic resume and cover letter that address all of the qualification requirements listed in this announcement, and if available, provide a college transcripts. Please apply through USAJobs by selecting the "Apply" button at the top of this screen.

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    Tiffanie Snyder


    US Sentencing Commission
    One Columbus Circle NE
    Suite 2-500
    Washington, DC
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    Next steps

    Applicants who meet the mandatory qualification requirements will be considered and their application materials will be forwarded to the screening panel for review. Applicants who do not meet the mandatory qualification requirements for the position are automatically disqualified from consideration. In addition, some applicants may be tested using various assessment tools not listed on the vacancy announcement to verify an applicant’s experience, knowledge, and training directly related to the job in order to identify the best qualified applicants for consideration and selection.

    After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your eligibility and referral to the hiring official if determined qualified. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

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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.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants 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 in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • 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.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/466756200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.