This Position Is No Longer Available
  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Director-Office of Legislative and Public Affairs

Department:Judicial Branch

Agency:U. S. Sentencing Commission

Job Announcement Number:#13-01

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$169,432.00 to $173,360.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 to Tuesday, December 25, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

SE-0301-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

The United States Sentencing Commission, an independent agency in the Judicial branch of the Federal government, was organized in 1985 to develop a national sentencing policy for the federal courts. The resulting sentencing guidelines structure the courts' sentencing discretion to help ensure that similar offenders who commit similar offenses receive similar sentences.

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, and recommends improvements in federal sentencing practices. Additional information about the Commission can be accessed via the Commission's website at www.ussc.gov.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Individuals must undergo a fingerprint background check.
  • Employees are required to serve a one year probationary period.

DUTIES:

Back to top

DUTIES

The incumbent will serve as director of the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs. Responsibilities include:

 

(1) Developing and managing legislative strategies for Commission policy proposals and coordination of the Commission’s advisory role to Congress on crime and sentencing policy;

 

(2) Drafting congressional testimony and conducting briefings and meetings with Members of Congress, their staffs, the Department of Justice, other governmental agencies, and relevant interest groups;

 

(3) Advising the Commission regarding the congressional crime policy agenda;

 

(4) Managing the Commission’s public affairs activities such as responding to inquiries and requests for information from the public, attorneys, the criminal justice community, Congress, the media, and government agencies;

 

(5) Managing the production and distribution of final reports generated by the various Commission offices and the proofreading of Commission publications; and,

 

(6) Managing the content of the Commission’s website.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Back to top

QUALIFICATIONS

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 in the private sector which provides a thorough understanding of organizational, procedural and human aspects in managing is required. In addition, 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 education and/or experience in most or all of the following areas:

Applicants must address the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) in a cover letter, a separate narrative statement, or the online questionnaire:

 

(1) Effective leadership and management skills gained through training and previous assignments in formal and informal leadership roles, which includes the:

 

   a. Ability to lead and work effectively with diverse, cross-functional teams;

   b. Ability to effectively define, develop, and communicate objectives, initiatives, and issues;
   c. Ability to inspire and motivate others to achieve mission goals;

   d. Ability to foster a collaborative work environment by encouraging information sharing, constructive          feedback, and cooperation from others;

   e. Ability to effectively delegate activities to achieve desired results; and,

   f. Ability to evaluate the performance and skills of subordinates and provide training and developmental feedback on an ongoing basis.

 

(2) Understanding of the federal sentencing guidelines, the guideline amendment process, federal criminal law and criminal procedure, and constitutional law, as well as the Commission’s organic statute and rule-making process;

 

(3) Comprehensive knowledge of the operations of Congress, as well as the Members and staff involved in congressional crime policy-making;

 

(4) Ability to direct and advise staff in managing web content, including an understanding of the website's current audience and future visitors; and,

 

(5) Ability to serve as a spokesperson for the agency and to develop and maintain harmonious and effective working relationships with a variety of Federal organizations, key individuals and interest groups. Effective presentation skills in business meetings and public forums.

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

A law degree (JD) from an accredited law school and membership in good standing of the Bar of a state, territory, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a Federal court of general jurisdiction is strongly preferred.

 

If you have a JD, please address the following KSA in a cover letter, a separate narrative statement or the online questionnaire:

 

Excellent legal analysis, writing, and editing skills, and the ability to express, orally and in writing, complex legal issues in clear and succinct language so that the concepts are understood by both lawyers and non-lawyers.


MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS

To be considered for this position, applicants must submit a resume and cover letter or separate narrative statement that addresses each KSA factor listed below. Each factor should be addressed separately and include a description of the demonstrated experience that is directly related to the duties, responsibilities, and KSA factors for this position. The KSA factors may also be addressed on the online questionnaire.

 

Candidates must have at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-15 in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is defined as progressively responsible senior management work experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities that will enable the individual to successfully perform the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of this position.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED

The U.S. Sentencing 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. Applicants who do not address the qualification requirements (mandatory and preferred) in his or her application materials as stated in the vacancy announcement are automatically disqualified from consideration and must re-apply before the closing date to be considered for employment.

 

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; and, (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.

 

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.


BENEFITS:

Back to top

BENEFITS

The Commission participates in the following federal benefits: The Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program; the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP), the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) program, federal retirement, the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), and the federal leave program. In addition, the Commission participates in the Judiciary’s Flexible Spending Program for dependent care, health care, and commuter reimbursement, the Judiciary’s Long Term Care Program, or government-wide Long Term Care Insurance Program, unemployment, and workers’ compensation benefits.

 

The Commission offers a monthly transit subsidy to employees who use mass transit to commute to and from work, subject to the availability of funds. The Commission offers alternative work schedules (AWS), which is a fixed work schedule that enables full-time employees to complete the basic 80-hour biweekly work requirement in less than 10 workdays. The Commission offers regular telework to employees in positions deemed eligible by the staff director and who meet the requirements of an approved telework arrangement in which an employee performs official duties at home or at an approved telework center in Reston, Virginia for the purposes of the Commission’s Telework Policy.

 

The Commission also offers training opportunities to employees through the Judiciary and Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AOUSC) Online University (JOU Online University), which offers academic credit and professional credit programs through web-based learning. This online training tool assists employees of the Commission with taking online courses in a flexible way, by offering training courses in the areas of: staff training and development; credit toward undergraduate degree programs; continuing education and non-credit certificate programs; executive education; contract training; credit credentials courses for continuing professional education and credit for individuals who hold credentials and achieve certifications associated with several globally-recognized sponsored organizations.



OTHER INFORMATION:

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

This position is in the excepted service and does not carry the tenure rights of positions in the competitive Civil Service. 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. Employment is contingent upon a favorable FBI criminal background check, and requires electronic fingerprinting.



HOW TO APPLY:

Back to top

HOW TO APPLY

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

 

1. Your Resume,

2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire, and

3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below).

 

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 
 
Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position. 

 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the Vacancy ID. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

 

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire  TAG:Link to Full Questionnaire ,
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire
http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf, and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

The following documents are required:

 

·          Resume and  

·          Cover letter or

·          Narrative statement addressing the mandatory requirements and preferred qualifications 

·          SF-50 (or equivalent Notification of Personnel Action if you are a current or former Federal employee)

If you upload your documents using Application Manager, DO NOT FAX the same documents. To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account https://applicationmanager.gov/ for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.

 

Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. To fax documents, you MUST use the special cover page. Print the pre-populated cover page on the upload documents screen of Application Manager. Or, you may click this link http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf to print a copy of the cover page. When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below.   

 

  • Include the 8-character Vacancy Identification Number TAG:VacancyID
  • Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.
  • You may submit multiple documents for the same vacancy announcement using one cover page.
  • Fax your cover page and documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Mark R. Fife
Phone: (202)502-4627
Fax: (202)502-4777
Email: MFIFE@USSC.GOV
Agency Information:
United States Sentencing Commission
One Columbus Circle NE
South Lobby Suite 2-500
Washington, DC
20002-8002 Fax: (202)502-4777

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT

Once the online questionnaire and required documents are received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made, qualified applications will be forwarded to the selecting committee for consideration. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

 

Instructions for answering the questions in the Occupational Questionnaire: If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.

Social Security Number

Vacancy Identification Number

The Vacancy Identification Number is: 785275
1. Title of Job

Director-Office of Legislative and Public Affairs
2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

5. Employment Availability

6. Citizenship

Are you a citizen of the United States?
7. Background Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

8. Other Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

9. Languages

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

10. Lowest Grade

00

11. Miscellaneous Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

12. Special Knowledge

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

13. Test Location

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

14. Veteran Preference Claim

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

16. Availability Date

17. Service Computation Date

18. Other Date Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

19. Job Preference

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

20. Occupational Specialties

003 Director Office of Legislative and Public Affairs- SES-01-03

21. Geographic Availability

Select/enter at least one geographic location in which you are interested and will accept employment. The location code for this position is:


99MTRO012 Washington DC Metro Area, DC

22. Transition Assistance Plan

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

23. Job Related Experience

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

24. Personal Background Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. Are you a current or former federal employee?

A. No, I am not a current or former federal employee.
B. Yes, I am a current or former federal employee.

2. Do you have a minimum of one year of work experience equivalent to the GS-15 that is in or related to the duties of this positions, either in the government, non-profit organization, or in the private sector?

A. No, I do not have a minimum of one year of work experience equivalent to the GS-15 that is in or related to the duties of this positions, either in the government, non-profit organization, or in the private sector?
B. Yes, I do have a minimum of one year of work experience equivalent to the GS-15 that is in or related to the duties of this positions, either in the government, non-profit organization, or in the private sector?

3. Do you have extensive management experience which is directly related to the line of work of this position and which has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to effectively carry out the duties of this position?

A. No, I do not have extensive management experience which is directly related to the line of work of this position and which has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to effectively carry out the duties of this position.
B. Yes, I do have extensive management experience which is directly related to the line of work of this position and which has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to effectively carry out the duties of this position.

Please describe your management style, the number of years of management experience you have, and the effective leadership and management skills gained through training and previous assignments in formal and informal leadership roles.

4. Do you have progressively responsible administrative experience in public service or in the private sector which provided a thorough understanding of organizational, procedural, and human aspects in managing?

A. No, I do not have progressively responsible administrative experience in public service or in the private sector which provided a thorough understanding of organizational, procedural, and human aspects in managing.
B. Yes, I do have have progressively responsible administrative experience in public service or in the private sector which provided a thorough understanding of organizational, procedural, and human aspects in managing.

Please describe how your skills and work experience relate to the duties of this position, and give examples of how you would promote the effeciency of organizational, procedural, and human aspects of management if you were the successful candidate for this position.

5. Do you have demonstrated leadership skills which are directly related to the line of work of this position and which have equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to effectively carry out the duties of this position?

A. No, I do not have have demonstrated leadership skills which are directly related to the line of work of this position and which have equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to effectively carry out the duties of this position.
B. Yes, I do have have demonstrated leadership skills which are directly related to the line of work of this position and which has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to effectively carry out the duties of this position.

Please give examples of how you have demonstrated leadership in the work place and what qualities and characteristics you possess that make you an effective leader.

6. Do you have effective management skills gained through formal or informal management training and/or previous work assignments or roles that would allow you to successfully perform the duties of this position? 

A. No, I do not have management skills gained through formal or informal management training or previous work assignments or roles that would allow me to be successful in this position.
B. Yes, I do not have management skills gained through formal or informal management training and/or previous work assignments or roles that would allow me to be successful in this position.

Give examples of your ability to effectively define, develop, and communicate objectives, initiatives, and issues to employees you manage or work with.

Give examples of your ability to inspire and motivate others in order to achieve agency-wide missions and individual goals.

Give examples of your ability to effectively delegate activities to employees and to achieve desired results related to the mission of the office and the agency.

Give examples of your ability to evaluate the job performance and skills of subordinates and provide training and developmental feedback to employees you manage or work with on a regular basis.

7. Do you have leadership skills gained through training and/or previous work assignments or gained through formal and/or informal leadership roles that would allow you to successfully perform the duties of this position?

A. No, I do not have leadership skills gained through training, previous work assignments, or formal and/or informal leadership roles that will allow me to successfully perform the duties of this position.
B. Yes, I do have leadership skills gained through training, previous work assignments, and/or formal or informal leadership roles that have provided me with the skills that will allow me to successfully perform the duties of this position.

Give examples of your ability to lead others and work effectively with diverse, cross-functional teams.

Give examples of your ability to foster a collaborative work environment by encouraging information sharing, constructive feedback, and cooperation from others.

8. Do you possess the ability to direct and advise staff in manageing web content, keeping in mind the website's current audience and future visitors?

A. No, I do not possess the ability to direct and advise staff in manageing web content, keeping in mind the website's current audience and future visitors.
B. Yes, I do possess the ability to direct and advise staff in manageing web content, keeping in mind the website's current audience and future visitors.

Please describe your experience in managing staff whose responsibility is web content.

9. Do you have an understanding of the mission of the Commission as it relates to Congressional crime policy-making decisions?

A. No, I do not have an understanding of the mission of the Commission as it relates to Congressional crime policy-making decisions.
B. Yes, I do have an understanding of the mission of the Commission as it relates to Congressional crime policy-making decisions.

Please give examples of your work experience which provided you with an understanding of the federal sentencing guidelines, the guideline amendment process, federal criminal law and criminal procedure, constitutional law, and the Commission's organic statute and rule-making process.

Please describe your knowledge of the operations of Congress, as well as the Members and staff involved in congressional crime policy-making.

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training.  Please select only one letter for each item.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

10. The ability to serve as a spokesperson for the agency and to develop and maintain harmonious and effective working relationships with a variety of Federal organizations, key individuals, and interest groups is required. Please describe your experience in this area.

Effective presentation skills in business meetings and public forums is required. Please give examples of events or presentations where you acted as the spokesperson on behalf of your employer.

Please describe when and how you have developed and maintained effective working relationships with a variety of individuals at all levels, both inside and outside your orgainzation. 

11. Do you have a law degree (JD) from an accredited law school?

A. No, I do not have a law degree (JD) from an accredited law school.
B. Yes, I have a law degree (JD) from an accredited law school.

12. Are you a member in good standing of the Bar of a state, territory, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a Federal court of general jurisdiction?

A. No, I am not a member in good standing of the Bar of a state, territory, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a Federal court of general jurisdiction.
B. Yes, I am a member in good standing of the Bar of a state, territory, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a Federal court of general jurisdiction.

Excellent legal analysis, writing, and editing skills are strongly preferred, as well as the ability to express, orally and in writing, complex legal issues in clear and succinct language so that the concepts are understood by both lawyers and non-lawyers. Please describe your experience researching, writing, and explaining complex legal issues.


Back to top
Dock
Print Preview

Job Announcement Number:

#13-01

Control Number:

331184900