- Administrative Experience
This position reports to the staff director and assists in the administration and management of the staff and the critical policy work of the Commission. The deputy staff director assists and coordinates with the staff director in carrying out the overall daily management and supervision of the staff of the Commission, as delegated by the staff director, subject to policy direction by the Commissioners, the legislation creating the Commission, and other applicable federal law.
Duties of the position include assisting the staff director with:
Carrying-out Commission priorities, agency policies, and procedures.
Coordinating and managing the work of the staff, including supervisory duties as delegated by the staff director.
Developing policy teams and time lines related to the amendment cycle and other special projects.
Monitoring the agency's legislative, judicial, and executive branch liaison activities.
Addressing substantive issues related to the work and staff of the Commission.
In addition, the deputy staff director serves in an advisory capacity to the staff director, reviews and analyzes sentencing policy options, guideline amendments, strategies, and research, training, and outreach plans, and acts for the staff director in his or her absence.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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0301 Miscellaneous Administration And Program
Conditions of Employment
Applicants must address the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) in a cover letter or separate narrative statement:
1) The ability to lead people, particularly the ability to design and implement strategies which maximize employee potential and foster high ethical standards in meeting the organization's vision, mission and goals.
2) The ability to achieve results, particularly the ability to establish and maintain accountability, to make timely and effective decisions, and to produce results through strategic planning and the implementation and evaluation of programs and policies.
3) Demonstrated business acumen, particularly the ability to acquire and administer human, financial, material, and information resources in a manner which instills public trust and accomplishes the Commission's mission, and to use new technology to enhance decision-making.
4) The ability to lead change, particularly the ability to balance change and continuity, to continually strive to improve program performance within the goals of the Commission, and to create a work environment that encourages creative thinking and problem-solving.
5) Working knowledge of the federal criminal justice system and, preferably, the federal sentencing guidelines in particular.
6) Experience in conducting and/or applying empirical research in the formulation of policy, preferably in the criminal justice area.
Applicants must have extensive legal and administrative 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. Preference will be given to applicants with progressively responsible administrative experience in public service or business which provides a thorough understanding of organizational, procedural and human aspects in managing an organization. In addition, applicants who are current or former federal employees must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-15. 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.
Undergraduate, graduate, or postgraduate credentials in business/public administration, law, criminal justice, and/or social science are preferred.
Applicants who possess a law degree (JD) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association are strongly preferred.
This position is in the excepted service and does not carry the tenure rights of positions in the competitive Civil Service.
All information is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment during the pre-employment process and proof of U.S. citizenship or, for noncitizens, proof of authorization to work in the United States and proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Employment_of_Non-citizens . For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf .
A background security investigation is required for all selectees. Appointment will be subject to a selectee's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. A background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.
All new Commission employees must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay before appointment, mandated by the Federal Compensation Act.
All new Commission employees, those converted from a temporary appointment to a permanent appointment, and all rehired former Commission employees are required to serve a one-year probationary period. The probationary period begins on the effective date of the employee's appointment, conversion, or rehire.
If appointed to a temporary position, management may have the discretion of converting the position to permanent depending upon funding and staffing allocation.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
The 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 may be required to take a skills assessment test. 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:
Reviews the applicant's application to ensure the proper materials are submitted.
Ensures that the application addresses all of the qualification requirements (mandatory and preferred) as stated in the vacancy announcement.
Determines whether the applicant meets the qualification requirements for the particular position and notifies the applicant about the status of his or her application.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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