Job Overview


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, produces sentencing-related reports, and recommends improvements in federal sentencing practices and policies. Additional information about the Commission can be accessed via the Commission's website at


The Commission's Office of Legislative and Public Affairs (OLPA) is seeking a motivated and creative individual to join the OLPA team. The incumbent reports to the Director of OLPA and is expected to perform duties related to both public and legislative affairs, with a focus on public affairs and website management. The incumbent must demonstrate skills in website design and web content preparation; be able to develop, write, and edit content; manage priorities, adapt to changing priorities, and handle time-sensitive assignments; communicate effectively; develop successful working relationships with individuals at all organizational levels; oversee, coordinate, and complete projects; and communicate the organization's message, philosophy, and position on various issues. The Public Affairs Specialist:

(1) Assists in the formulation of the Commission's public messaging, strategic communications, and internal and external web communications strategies;

(2) Demonstrates the ability to communicate with clear, accurate speech and writing, including analyzing and summarizing articles, legislative material, and other sources;

(3) Coordinates day-to-day web activities and performs web functions associated with (the Commission's online presence), including identifying communications needs, implementing creative solutions to meet needs, developing and writing materials for posting on the web, preparing, converting and optimizing documents for web posting, implementing site enhancements, and developing strategies to maximize usability and functionality of the website;

(4) Develops new web and multimedia content, maintains existing web content, and expands the Commission's presence in social media;

(5) Serves as the team expert on new web trends, policies, and technologies, particularly as these technologies relate to Commission communications;

(6) Assists in supporting media outreach and public affairs efforts including event planning and responding to requests for information;

(7) Assists in activities related to the federal legislative process including monitoring relevant legislation and attending congressional events;

(8) Develops and maintains media and legislative contacts databases; and

(9) Completes additional administrative duties as assigned by the Director of OPLA.