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    The Bureau of Justice Statistics of the Department of Justice is the principal federal agency responsible for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating reliable statistics on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government in the U.S. BJS produces official government statistics for government officials (federal, state, local, and tribal), criminal justice practitioners, private organizations, academia, the media and the general public

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

    The incumbent serves as Deputy Director of the Statistical Operations Division of the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

    The incumbent supervises unit chiefs who are responsible for statistical collections and programs, overseeing the administration of, and providing technical directions to, the unit chiefs on a variety of national statistical data collections and programs in the Statistical Operations Division.

    The incumbent serves as a key member of the management team and participates in the day-to-day operations of the Bureau, with responsibilities for preparing matters for decisions by the director; carrying out efforts to implement plans, policies and programs; and completing ad hoc senior-level tasks as assigned.

    The incumbent carries out management duties and responsibilities, including preparing responses to requests for statistics or other information from leadership components of the Department of Justice (DOJ), the White House, or Congress.

    The incumbent supervises unit chiefs who are responsible for producing solicitations, OMB packages, and statistical reports, ensuring that these products meet plain language writing standards, meet the BJS standards for data quality and analysis, and meet criteria for submission to the BJS publishing process.
    The incumbent collaborates with the Deputy Director of the Planning, Policy, and Management Division as necessary to coordinate responses to outside requests for information and to support the Bureau's operations for efficient and effective execution of policies, plans, procedures, and products.

    The incumbent coordinates and consults with the Senior Statistical Advisor on matters pertaining to survey design, sample design, statistical methodology, and criminal justice subject-matter issues.

    The incumbent serves as an expert in working with different data sources (such as survey data and administrative records) and in statistical methods and techniques, including survey design, instrument design, data linkage, and complex statistical analyses.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - May be required for meetings, conferences, and/or training.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    1530 Statistics

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship required.
    • Subject to background/suitability investigation/determination.
    • 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.
    • Submit all required documents.

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    A. Applicants must show successful completion of a full four-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included 15 semester/22 quarter hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester/9 quarter hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester (13 quarter) hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc. Credit toward meeting statistical course requirements is given for courses in which 50 percent of the course content includes statistical methods, e.g., courses that included studies in research methods in psychology or economics such as tests and measurements of business cycles, or courses in methods of processing mass statistical data, such as tabulating methods or electronic data processing.


    B. Combination of education and experience----courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience should have included a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.


    GRADE 15:

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

    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. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated expertise in planning, directing, implementing and evaluating national statistical programs and projects; advising other specialists on highly complex and unprecedented problems and coordinated major statistical studies; designing and developing data analysis methodologies and techniques; supervising or leading a group of employees, providing administrative and technical supervision necessary for them to accomplish their work formulating and carrying through research plans that explored areas of statistical research in relation to the ageny's mission programs and needs; forecasting the impact of present and future technologies on the agency's current practices using analytical and model building techniques; and, demonstrated expert knowledge of complex methodological research, and survey development for data collection in areas without pre-existing sources.

    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.
    Click here to see the full Qualifications Statement.


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    Additional information

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

    Applicants selected with no prior Federal service normay start at the Step 1 of the selected grade.

    This position is excluded from the bargaining unit.

    This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

    This position may be eligible for part-time telework per agency policy.

    OJP offers opportunities for flexible work schedules.

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)/Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP): The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. The CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, or if your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP/CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website, which can be found at https://www.opm.gov/.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    For Direct Hire applicants: Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. Your resume must contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make a qualification determination. Qualified candidates will be considered in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management Direct Hire guidelines. Veterans' Preference does not apply to direct hire recruitment procedures.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    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) Please submit all transcripts. Please highlight applicable courses required for this position

    Note: Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    You are encouraged to submit a cover letter. Please attach it to your application package.

    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 appraisal, and your most recent SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action for 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=VNPQD.

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

    Agency contact information

    Kathleen Smith


    Office of Justice Programs
    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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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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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.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/601692600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.