Principal Deputy Director - Bureau of Justice Statistics

Washington, D.C
May 24, 2022
May 26, 2022
Full Time

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is seeking a Principal Deputy Director responsible for achieving BJS' strategic objectives and enhancing its statistical infrastructure through the oversight of several BJS substantive statistical program units.

As the Principal Deputy Director, you will oversee the administration of and provide technical direction on a variety of national statistical programs and series on crime and the administration of justice. You will provide leadership and direction to a professional staff contributing advances in the area of survey and sample design, data collection methodologies, computational statistics, and analytic techniques. Such advances and contributions result in enhanced statistical data and techniques providing a basis for continued research and improved criminal justice policies and programs.

You will serve as an advisor to the BJS Director on the most challenging problems facing an agency having responsibility for programs of national and international scope and impact. You will provide expert advice and guidance on statistical and technical issues related to current and proposed programs/series, identify the need for further investigation and program development, and assess the feasibility of establishing new statistical programs or modifying existing programs to incorporate new data collections. This includes resolving unyielding problems for which traditional methods are neither applicable nor easily adaptable.

You will direct the performance of complex methodological research for the development of new surveys in areas for which data are limited or not available. You will develop and approve methodology used for data collection and processing; including oversight of sample design, data collection, imputation/estimation procedures, tabulation, cost management, and quality control. You will direct studies requiring the application and integration of advanced statistical techniques to the field of criminal justice and national justice policy.

In this role, you will also oversee and review all statistical publications, data releases, and program announcements for accuracy and content ensuring adherence to data quality standards and relevant statistical policy.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
  • Pre-employment drug testing may be required.
  • Subject to background/suitability investigation/determination.
  • Individuals entering the Senior Executive Service for the first time are subject to a one-year probationary period.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service. Visit
  • Financial Disclosure may be required.


As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible executive leadership and supervisory experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Executive Core Qualifications and Technical Qualifications listed below. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-14/15 grade level in the federal service or its equivalent in the private sector. As such, your resume should demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully fulfill responsibilities inherent in most SES positions such as:
  • Directing the work of an organizational unit;
  • Ensuring the success of one or more specific major programs or projects;
  • Monitoring progress toward strategic organizational goals, evaluating organizational performance and taking action to improve performance;
  • Supervising the work of employees; and
  • Exercising important policymaking, policy determining, or other executive functions.
Applicants must also demonstrate social science research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position.

Executive Core Qualifications:

You must clearly document and demonstrate the following Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs); your responses to the ECQs must be addressed separately, not to exceed ten pages total:

ECQ 1: LEADING CHANGE - This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ 2: LEADING PEOPLE - This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

ECQ 3: RESULTS DRIVEN - This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

ECQ 4: BUSINESS ACUMEN - This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5: BUILDING COALITIONS - This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, state, local and tribal governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

Additional information on the Executive Core Qualifications can be found at (http://www.opm.g o v/ses/recruitment/ecq.asp)

Mandatory Technical Qualifications:

You will be evaluated on the following Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs): Your responses to the MTQs must be addressed separately, not to exceed two pages per MTQ.

MTQ 1: Demonstrated expert knowledge of survey methodology and expertise in designing, planning, directing, implementing, and evaluating national or large-scale statistical programs, especially with integration of data collections into statistical programs pertaining to criminal justice or other related fields.

MTQ 2: Knowledge of major challenges confronting the Federal statistical system and demonstrated expertise in designing solutions to these challenges, such as declining response rates in surveys, establishment of survey methodologies, use of administrative data for statistical purposes, combining data sources while protecting privacy, and the future of "big data."

Failure to meet the basic qualification requirement and address all Mandatory Technical and Executive Core Qualification factors will result in your application being disqualified.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

  • Veterans' preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service.
  • Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination: To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement Safer Federal Workforce Task Force 2 pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.