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    This position is open until filled. The first cutoff date for review of applications will be September 29, 2017.

    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 http://www.ussc.gov.

    ORD is the largest unit in the Commission, with approximately 45 employees. ORD staff collect data from sentencing documents which are submitted electronically by federal courts around the country. ORD staff provide statistical analyses to the Commissioners about the nature and extent of federal crime, the people who commit those crimes, and how the federal sentencing guidelines are applied in criminal cases. ORD's analyses are a key part of the Commission's decision-making process about changes to the guidelines. ORD analyses are also used in various publicly available publications such as the Sourcebook of Federal Sentencing Statistics, Quarterly Sentencing Updates, Quick Facts, and various reports to Congress.

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    The incumbent reports to the Director of Research and Data and assists in leading and managing programs and activities, and in overseeing a staff of approximately 45 persons, in the collection, analysis, and dissemination of federal sentencing data. The incumbent assists in developing and implementing the Commission's overall social science research agenda, supervises the research performed by other ORD staff, and personally leads individual research projects on issues relating to federal sentencing policy and practice. The incumbent also participates as a member of, and from time to time leads, interdisciplinary policy teams of Commission staff who are working on priority issues for the Commission. The incumbent serves as a member of the Senior Staff of the Commission, participating in the review of work performed by staff from all offices within the Commission.

    The incumbent attends all meetings of the Commission and has regular interaction with the presidentially-appointed, Senate-confirmed members of the Commission. The incumbent also has regular interaction with federal judges, assisting them on special data analysis requested in conjunction with the sentencing of federal offenders. The incumbent regularly confers with officers from the Department of Justice and other Executive Branch departments, federal public defenders, and senior officers of the federal courts about the social science work of the Commission. The incumbent will also regularly present the Commission's research work at professional conferences and seminars.

    Duties include, but are not limited to:

    1. Coordinating and overseeing assignments of ORD staff on projects involving data collection and analysis, research studies on criminal justice and corrections issues, and providing information, data, and analysis on specific criminal justice issues at the request of the Commission, Congress, the Courts, other federal agencies and research entities.
    2. Leading and overseeing the development and implementation of methods for collecting, analyzing, and performing quality control of the Commission's data.
    3. Implementing policies and procedures to collect and utilize Commission data and ensure that responses to statistical data requests from the Commissioners and staff are accurate and timely.
    4. Communicating organizational vision, objectives, initiatives and issues.
    5. Recommending topics for Commission research and developing research conferences and workshops.
    6. Preparing and presenting materials for Commission meetings, Commission publications, professional conferences, Congress, and other federal agencies.
    The job may require occasional travel to give presentations or to attend meetings or conferences.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

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