Job Description

Job Summary

About the Agency

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.


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.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • You may be expected to travel for this position.

Relocation Authorized

  • No