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    Summary

    The Research Manager leads a section of attorneys in the development of research and legal analysis on issues of American law of interest to Congress, including, but not limited to, those related to constitutional law, statutory interpretation, administrative law, and appropriations.

    Duties include:

    • Ensuring that the work results in objective, authoritative analysis with which the Congress can assess the consequences of legislative/policy options;
    • Critically reviewing written analyses produced by legislative attorneys to ensure accuracy, authoritativeness, objectivity, and overall quality;
    • Identifying and coordinating legal research and analysis by the Section and, as directed by the Assistant/Deputy Assistant Director (AD/DAD), the American Law Division, on matters of legislative importance;
    • Proactively establishing relationships with committees of jurisdiction, building long-term relationships with clients, and taking initiative to seek out new congressional contacts for CRS;
    • Managing congressional requests in areas in the research management responsibility of the section;
    • Collaborating with other managers to ensure an integrative approach to the work by fully identifying significant issues facing Congress, developing legal analytical approaches to address them, and applying appropriate resources;
    • Managing and supervising legislative attorneys, communicating performance standards/expectations to staff, assessing performance and giving feedback; and
    • Performing special assignments as directed by the AD/DAD.
    Candidates with research and research management experience in American law issues (e.g., matters of constitutional law, administrative law, and statutory interpretation), who have strong interpersonal skills, and are capable of leading a highly motivated, talented research staff committed to providing Congress the highest level of nonpartisan, authoritative, objective legal analysis are encouraged to apply.

    CRS works exclusively for the Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency in the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource for nearly a century.

    CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation's best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.

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    Responsibilities

    Manages research, leads staff, and advises the Assistant Director and Deputy Assistant Director. Ensures that research and analysis is conducted in a fully collaborative manner both within and outside the section, reflects the congressional agenda, and is relevant to congressional policy making. Leads, plans, organizes and coordinates research, including major research projects related to sensitive or complex public policies of national or international significance, which are often multidisciplinary in nature, and may include research performed by outside consultants. Ensures that research and analysis undertaken is of the highest quality and meets CRS' standards of objectivity, responsiveness, non-partisanship, balance, timeliness, legislative relevance, authoritativeness, and accessibility. Critically reviews research and analysis to ensure that it complements other Service research and analyses; is accurate, well-organized, and cogent; meets professional and service standards; adheres to CRS policy guidelines; and is responsive to the legislative needs of Members and committees of Congress. Establishes and maintains relationships with Members and committees of Congress.

    Directly supervises staff members in the Section and may, as directed by the Assistant/Deputy Assistant Director, coordinate legal research and analysis on other projects and initiatives involving members of the American Law Division. Leads his/her staff toward meeting the Library’s and CRS’s vision, mission, and goals by managing performance, communicating effectively, fostering continuous improvement and innovation, building and maintaining relationships, leveraging diversity and inclusiveness, thinking systematically and inspiring change. Exhibits commitment to the Library’s Supervisor Core Competencies.

    Contributes to and assists in developing CRS-wide strategic goals and priorities. Communicates those goals and priorities to staff. Oversees the implementation of CRS-wide policies, procedures, standards and guidelines by staff. Effectively communicates management initiatives to staff and ensures that staff are able to acclimate to the changing needs of Congress and the CRS research community. Conveys to senior management information and concerns from staff. Performs supervisory functions relative to section staff.

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    15

    Who May Apply

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    U.S. Citizens

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