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    Duties

    Summary

    The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is a bipartisan independent federal commission that monitors and seeks to advance the internationally recognized freedom of thought, conscience, religion, or belief and related human rights.

    Created by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, USCIRF is an independent bipartisan U.S. legislative agency which monitors the universal right to the freedom of religion or belief, using international standards to do so, and makes policy recommendations to the President, Secretary of State, and Congress. USCIRF's activities include: engaging with Administration officials, members of Congress, think tanks, and policy experts; disseminating information to the public and policymakers through op-eds, press releases, and policy briefs; participating in Congressional hearings; convening public hearings and expert briefings; engaging in overseas diplomatic visits and inquiries; and participating in multilateral for a. More information about USCIRF is available at www.uscirf.gov

    USCIRF is seeking a Congressional Relations Specialist to assist USCIRF in designing and implementing strategies to promote priority issues. The Congressional Relations Specialist will report directly to the Director of Congressional Affairs and Policy and Planning. Primary responsibilities include working with Congressional offices; developing materials specific to USCIRF's mandate, including fact sheets and summaries of legislation; providing research on legislation and policy issues; and drafting letters, memos and other documents as requested.

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    Responsibilities

    The Congressional Relations Specialist's primary responsibilities include:

    • Attending and/or covering Congressional hearings and Hill events;
    • Preparing and coordinating USCIRF hearings, briefings and special events;
    • Drafting testimony, legislation, position papers, background reports, comparisons of laws and bills, and other relevant materials;
    • Developing and maintaining relationships with Congressional offices and working effectively with these offices, including providing staff with information on a timely basis;
    • Monitoring legislation and legislative activities;
    • Researching legislation, Congressional voting records and policy issues; and
    Other duties as assigned by the Director of Congressional Affairs and Policy and Planning.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    United States Citizens

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship.
    • Resume and supporting documents (see How to Apply).
    • Satisfactory completion of a background investigation.
    • Completion of a probationary period.
    • Must be able to meet and maintain suitability and security requirements.

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    Qualifications

    QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS:
    • A minimum of a Bachelor's degree, along with at least four (4) years of substantive experience in relevant areas that demonstrate commensurate experience;
    • Knowledge of international relations, with a primary focus on religious freedom or human rights;
    • Experience working with or in Congressional offices on international relations;
    • Comprehensive understanding of the legislative process and experience in analyzing and summarizing legislation;
    • Ability to perform legal analysis and summarize the analysis;
    • Experience in organizing and doing briefings, consultations, and other presentations;
    • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced setting and meetingdeadlines;
    • Ability to synthesize information from varioussources;
    • Ability to work both independently and as part of ateam;
    • Strong written and verbal communicationskills;
    • Attention to detail; and
    • Exercise sound judgment and critical thinking.

    Education

    EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

    A minimum of a Bachelor's degree.

    Additional information

    USCIRF offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, ten Federal holidays, retirement, life insurance, and medical benefits. Please visit www.opm.gov for more information on benefits.

    Selective Service. If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify at the time of appointment that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

    Reasonable Accommodation. USCIRF provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact USCIRF at (202) 523-3240. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Equal Employment Opportunity. 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.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    This job is excepted from the competitive civil service. Applicants will be evaluated and deemed either eligible or ineligible based on the (1) completeness of the submission of the required materials, (2) relevance and quality of experience and education, and (3) desired qualifications described above.

    Pursuant to section 204(c) of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, as amended, USCIRF staff members are hired "on the basis of professional and nonpartisan qualifications."

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Secret

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    Required Documents

    • Cover Letter;
    • Resume
    • Three References; and
    • Writing Sample (no more than five pages)

    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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    Benefits

    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.

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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.

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    How to Apply

    To apply, candidates must email to jobs@uscirf.gov the following:

    • Cover Letter;
    • Resume
    • Three References; and
    • Writing Sample (no more than five pages) to:
    Applications sent via email should be in PDF format.

    No calls please

    Agency contact information

    Roy Haskins

    Phone

    202-523-3240

    Fax

    (202) 523-5020

    Email

    jobs@uscirf.gov

    Address

    US Commission on International Religious Freedom
    732 N Capitol Street NW
    Suite A714
    Washington, DC 20401
    US
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    Next steps

    Applications will be held in strict confidence. After submitting your application for this position, you will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of your application materials. USCIRF will contact you if we wish to schedule an interview or if we require additional information or references. Please email all questions about the position to jobs@uscirf.gov

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.

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 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 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.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/469542600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.