MANDATORY QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants must have a minimum of seven years of extensive legal experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. Strong preference will be given to applicants with supervisory experience and progressively responsible administrative experience in public service or business which provides a thorough understanding of organizational, procedural and human aspects in managing an organization. Applicants must possess excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to interact successfully with staff at all levels and with the Commissioners. Excellent organization and planning skills are a must.
Applicants must have demonstrated work experience related to the mandatory requirements listed below and must address the qualification requirements in a separate written narrative statement. Highly competitive applicants will have experience and/or education in all or most of the following areas:
Ability to manage competing priorities and work requirements. Skill in planning and scheduling own and unit's workload, managing multiple assignments, and ensuring deadlines are met and projects are completed on time.
Substantial knowledge of relevant federal criminal law, procedural and administrative rules and regulations, canons of statutory construction, and methods of investigating the legislative history of congressional enactments. Excellent knowledge of recent Supreme Court jurisprudence relating to federal sentencing.
Substantial experience conducting in-depth legal research related to sentencing and other issues involving analysis of statutes, proposed legislation, case law, and governmental and private reports. Excellent legal analysis, writing, and editing skills. Excellent 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.
Ability to maintain effective working relationships with agency staff at all levels, Commissioners, and key individuals in a variety of other federal organizations and interest groups. Ability to serve as a representative for the agency.
Preference will be given to applicants who have one or more of the following qualifications:
(1) Federal criminal trial or appellate experience.
(2) Experience as a state appellate law clerk or federal judicial law clerk
(3) Outstanding academic credentials and/or law review or moot court experience.
Applicants must possess a law degree (JD) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member of the bar of a state, territory, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a Federal court of general jurisdiction and have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-15 in the federal service to be considered for the GS-16. Applicants must have demonstrated extensive work experience applying the federal sentencing guidelines.
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 applicants 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 asked to complete a writing test or may be tested using various assessment tools not listed on the vacancy announcement to verify an applicants experience, knowledge, and training directly related to the job in order to identify the best qualified applicants for consideration and selection.