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Job Title:  Deputy Director, Community Policing Advancement
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Offices, Boards and Divisions
Job Announcement Number:  COPS-15-1042515(SS)MPP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$124,995.00 to $157,100.00 / Per Year
Friday, April 04, 2014 to Thursday, June 12, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)
Not Applicable


Are you interested in a rewarding and challenging career? Join the U.S. Department of Justice!!

This position is located in the U.S. Department of Justice, Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), Office of the Deputy Director for Community Advancement. The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services is the office of the U.S. Department of Justice that advances the practice of community policing in America’s state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies. The COPS Office does its work principally by sharing information and making grants to police departments around the United States.


If you wish to be considered under the competitive procedures please see vacancy announcement COPS-14-1089619(SS) DEU.




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  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • You must complete a background investigation.
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.


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If selected for this position, you will serve as the Deputy Director for Community Policing Advancement (CPA) for the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). As the Deputy Director for CPA, the incumbent reports to the Principal Deputy Director, and retains responsibility for the management and supervision of the Partnerships and Technical Assistance Division, Research and Development Division and Directorate level staff.


The Deputy Director for Community Policing Advancement is responsible for the supervision and oversight of immediate staff, the Partnerships and Technical Assistance and Research and Development Divisions.  The incumbent serves as a key advisor to the Principal Deputy Director and Director regarding the management and direction of the daily program operations involving partnership development and COPS programs involved in providing technical assistance to law enforcement agencies and their communities; implementing and managing cooperative agreements and community policing development grant operations; and research and development programs.

As the Deputy Director for Community Policing Advancement, participates in developing program guidelines and performs general oversight of the research and development, technical assistance and publications programs and supervises Assistant Directors in their day to day operational program direction of staff, resources and COPS grant programs.  This includes supervision of COPS substantial investments in the delivery of community policing products and services, including training, educational materials, resolving issues resulting from implementations of grant programs; and ensuring that grantees are fulfilling their grant requirements.

Additionally, supervises the development and implementation of strategic goals regarding various programs according to defined performance measures.  Incumbent also ensure that the measures and goals development in accordance with the COPS mission, vision and guiding principles and it responsible for executing such goals.

Incumbent develops problem-solving strategies involving the effectiveness and efficiency of the Partnerships and Technical Assistance Division and the Research and Development Division; participates with executive and senior management in the allocation of resources to meet new, continuing or changing programs or priorities and works closely with Deputy Directors to formulate and execute the agency’s mission.

Additionally, the position requires maintaining liaison with staff of DOJ and other departments/agencies including external entities to resolve problems, formulate policies and implement new programs; and serving as a representative of the COPS Office at high level meetings or public appearances.

Incumbent is responsible for championing equal opportunity goals and is responsible for assuring equal opportunity in employment, development and advancement of staff. 

May act on behalf of the Principal Deputy Director as requested and as assigned may represent the Principal Deputy Director and/or Director at executive-level briefings or meetings.




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To qualify for the GS-15: You must have at least one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to the GS-14 level in the Federal service.  Examples of specialized experience includes knowledge of community oriented policing strategies including building partnerships and solving problems at the Federal, state, local and/or tribal levels; experience with general law enforcement and community based grant programs that address national public safety issues; and a comprehensive understanding of law enforcement operations and trends. 

Time-in-Grade:  Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements for consideration.


You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. 


All academic degrees and course work must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see




Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement.  If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire.  If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration.  If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.


You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills and abilities) in the following areas:







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DOJ offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:



The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal

competitive service employees 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, you may receive selection priority. To be well qualified, you

must rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category

rating criteria. Specific documentation requirements and information are found at:


The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive

service employees in the Department of Justice (DOJ) with selection priority over other

candidates form competitive service vacancies. If your DOJ component has notified you in writing

that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive

selection priority. To be well qualified, you must rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or

better category using established category rating criteria. Specific documentation requirements

and information are found at:



Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) allows eligible veterans to apply and compete for

positions announced under merit promotion procedures when the hiring agency is recruiting from

outside its own workforce. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must have separated

from the military under honorable conditions and either a preference eligible or have

substantially completed three or more years of continuous active military service. If you wish

to be considered under the VEOA, you must submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214

(Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty Record of Military Service), in addition

to any other required documents listed on this announcement. 


DOJ EEO Statement/Policy: Is found at:

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:  Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to

applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation

for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly.

Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Schedule A: DOJ welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities and is

firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the

basis of merit within the Department. DOJ also encourages eligible Schedule A applicants to

submit their resumes to, and reference "Federal Career Opportunities"

in the subject line. Additional information is found at:


Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify

that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so

under the Selective Service Law. Additional information is found at:





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

1. Your Résumé
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, April 25, 2014 .

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 using the following Vacancy ID 1042515 .  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 View Occupational Questionnaire ,
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire, 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.


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.





 •Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional)

•SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action which shows career or career-conditional tenure
•Veteran preference documentation, if applicable
•CTAP/ITCAP documentation, if applicable

Submitting Documents:

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 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 to print a copy of the cover page. When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below.  


  • Include the 8-character Vacancy Identification Number 1042515
  • 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. The following will prevent your documents from being processed: 

Not using the special cover page mentioned above.

  • Missing, incomplete, or invalid vacancy identification number (VIN).
  • Missing or incomplete social security number or name.


Sonia V. Sesker
Phone: (202)616-3719
Agency Information:
Justice Management Division
145 N Street NE suite 9W 300
Washington, DC


Once the online questionnaire is 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 rating and/or referral to the hiring official.  We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed. 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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