Progressively responsible legal experience with at least one year of specialized work experience (public or private) equivalent to the GS-15 level in the Federal Service is required. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position described above.
Applicants must possess a law degree (J.D.) from an accredited law school and be 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. Applicants must have work experience sufficient to demonstrate the requirements listed below.
Applicants must address the following 5 Executive Core Qualifications and 6 Competencies in a cover letter or separate narrative:
EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS
The Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) define the competencies needed to build a federal corporate culture that drives for results, serves customers, and builds successful teams and coalitions within and outside the organization. The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential, not technical expertise. Successful performance requires competence in each ECQ.
ECQ 1: Leading ChangeThis core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
ECQ 2: Leading PeopleThis core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
ECQ 3: Results DrivenThis core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
ECQ 4: Business AcumenThis core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
ECQ 5: Building CoalitionsThis core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.
A competency (COM) is a measurable pattern of knowledge, skills, abilities, behaviors, and other characteristics that an individual needs to perform work roles or occupational functions successfully. Competencies specify the "how" of performing job tasks, or what the person needs to do the job successfully.
COM 1: Understanding of the federal sentencing guidelines, federal criminal law and criminal procedure, and constitutional law. Comprehensive knowledge of the Commission's organic statute, the agency's rule making process, and the federal legislative process is highly desirable.
COM 2: Working knowledge of substantive legal areas necessary to conduct agency operations, such as personnel and employment law, contract law, ethics, and administrative practices and procedures.
COM 3: Excellent legal analysis, writing, and editing skills. The applicant must possess 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, and must also possess effective presentation skills in business meetings and public forums.
COM 4: Leadership in setting the workforce's expected performance levels commensurate with the Commission's strategic objectives, inspiring, motivating and guiding others toward accomplishment of goals.
COM 5: Superior administrative, managerial, and interpersonal skills, including: skill in supervising, motivating, and training a staff with diverse functions and varying skill levels; skill in planning, organizing, setting priorities, and completing multiple tasks of varying complexity, and skill in dealing effectively and advocating successfully with individuals at all levels both within and outside the agency.
COM 6: Knowledge of the Congressional legislative process as it relates to crime and sentencing policy.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
The 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 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 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.