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    This position is located in the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Office of Investigative & Forensic Sciences (OIFS). Serves as the Supervisor responsible for supervisory duties as well as overseeing planning, testing, evaluating, managing, and reporting on issues related to OIFS scientific research portfolios and programs, & studies concerning technologies, systems, and research for forensic science in conjunction with other criminal justice communities.

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    (The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position)

    Serves as the Office Director of Investigative and Forensic Sciences (OIFS) in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Washington DC. The Office Director manages all aspects of OIFS's strategic initiatives and programmatic operations. As a nationally recognized consultant and expert in forensic sciences, represents OIFS, NIJ, and OJP in developing and leveraging the technical expertise of OIFS on critical issues in a wide variety of internal and external forums.
    Serves as the expert and leading authority in overall program definition, organization, management, and strategic direction. Writes/drafts legislation, public policy statements and guidance for principals and senior policy-makers. Designs and oversees a variety of management control and tracking systems and coordinates planning and administrative matters within NIJ. Recognizes and identifies technology requirements in advocating future projects and activities.

    Participates in national and international working groups, conferences, and meetings to represent NIJ and present NIJ sponsored research findings. Consults with the forensic science community on creating and strengthening forensic science-related programs to ensure maximum impact on the criminal justice system. Conducts outreach to and engages with key NIJ forensic science stakeholders to enhance relationships better understand constituents' needs and challenges.

    Serves as the agency expert and coordinator in providing intellectual leadership and focus to initiate dialogue; generate policy; and initiate research activities that will be economically feasible to support sustainable development within the forensic sciences.

    Supervises a group of employees performing work at the GS-13 and GS-14 level. Provides administrative and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the unit. Performs the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised. Plans, schedules, and assigns work to subordinates.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - 20%

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship required.
    • Subject to background/suitability investigation/determination.
    • Submit all required documents and Online Assessment Questionnaire.
    • Federal payments are required to be made by Direct Deposit.
    • Requires registration for the Selective Service. Visit www.sss.gov.
    • Pre-employment drug testing required.
    • 1-year supervisory probationary period may be required.

    See Other Information for further requirements.


    Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.



    A. Successful completion of a full four-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree or higher degree that included a major field of study in physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester/36 quarter hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.


    B. Combination of education and experience----education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester/36 quarter hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional educat ion.


    In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have had one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-14.

    Specialized experience is experience which is in or related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

    Examples of specialized experience include: served as a leader or supervisor of forensic science, performing oversight and guidance of professional and scientific work in the analysis of forensic evidence; served as a senior scientist responsible for developing forensic evidence guidelines adhering to and enforcing quality assurance practices and standards in support of programs and initiatives; reviewed and updated quality documents; develops and publishes guidelines for implementation of quality assurance mechanisms in technical procedures/protocols, for quality controls and for other quality assurance programs; ensures new procedures are properly validated and documented before implementation, and ensures technical problems are properly investigated, resolved, and documented; served as a research scientist responsible for applying chemical or biological and compatible research to problems for forensic science and/or biometrics; formulated requirements for systematic research inquiries/studies on new and unusual problems in forensic science; served as an expert senior scientist responsible for programs that evaluate and implement the visual, chemical, photographic, digital, and other scientific examinations of complex submissions of physical evidence to form a scientific opinion; or, evaluated and recommended research programs that identify, quantify, and/or compare irreplaceable evidence that - because of its paucity, uniqueness, obscurity, transient nature, contamination, decomposition, or complexity - requires the most difficult analyses and complicated interpretations.
    Click here to see the full Qualifications Statement.


    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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

    Additional information

    THIS IS A DIRECT HIRE PUBLIC NOTICE: Direct Hire allows agencies to appoint candidates directly to occupations for which the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has determined there is a severe shortage of candidates or a critical hiring need. Qualified candidates will be considered in accordance with the OPM Direct Hire Guidelines. Veterans' Preference does not apply to the direct hire recruitment procedures.

    Current civil service employees will receive new appointments if selected under this Direct Hire Authority.

    This position is excluded from the bargaining unit.

    This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies that may occur.

    This position is eligible for part time or situational telework.

    OJP offers opportunities for flexible work schedules.

    Relocation Expenses may be authorized.

    Recruitment Incentives may be authorized..

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on the announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your resume and application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


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    Required Documents



    1. Resume and/or work history profile, and
    2. Unofficial Transcripts (official transcripts required upon selection).

    Note: Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)/Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)

    If you are a CTAP/ICTAP applicant: CTAP/ICTAP applicants must be well qualified to be referred for consideration. If you score 85 or above, you are considered to be well-qualified and will be referred to the selecting official.

    If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(u) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the Agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 Non Competitive Appointment.

    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.

    To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc.

    Fitness Reimbursement: OJP offers a fitness reimbursement program for employees' individual fitness-related expenditures.

    OJP also offers credit union services; ATM machine on-site; a health unit and on-site nurse for your usage.

    Transit Benefits: To defray your commuting cost, we are pleased to offer the Employee Transit Benefit Program.


    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

    Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on https://www.avuecentral.com/casting/aiportal/control/toVacancy?referenceCode=NKWVT.

    If you are unable to apply online, you may contact the employing office for alternate application procedures. Please call Avue Digital Services Monday Friday from 8AM to 5PM PST at (253) 573-1877 or email at joeavue@avuetech.com.

    Agency contact information

    Gail Willilams


    Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
    810 7th Street NW
    Washington , Dist of Columbia 20531
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    Next steps

    Once your completed application is certified and 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 status and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of the announcement.

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Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

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  • 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.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/543455800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.