Deputy Assistant Director and Specialist (Domestic Social Policy Division)

Legislative Branch, Library o...
Washington D.C.
Feb 16, 2017
Mar 21, 2017
Executive, Director
Full Time

About the Agency

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing objective, nonpartisan research and analysis to committees and Members of the House and Senate. The CRS Domestic Social Policy Division (DSP) seeks a senior manager to serve as Deputy Assistant Director and Specialist. The selectee will support the Assistant Director in managing DSP, which provides expert research to meet ongoing congressional policy making and oversight needs on such matters as health policy, education, labor, income security, immigration, criminal justice, and child and family well-being.

This position is located in the Administrative Section, Domestic Social Policy Division, Congressional Research Service.

The position description number for this position is 58853.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

The incumbent of this position will work a flextime work schedule.

This is a supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.

Relocation expenses may be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

  • See requirements listed below under Qualifications Required.
  • The competencies below are required for this position. Those marked with a double asterisk (**) are considered the most critical competencies for this position.

    A candidate's resume must show a proven record of accomplishment that clearly demonstrates he or she has:

    1. Knowledge of domestic social programs and policies**: Knowledge of the theories, relevant laws and regulations, concepts, processes, techniques (including quantitative analytical methods), principles, and/or practices of domestic social programs and policies (e.g., education, labor, income security, immigration, criminal justice, health policy, child and family well-being) and the populations to which these programs and policies apply. This includes knowledge of the history, trends, and research of domestic social programs and policies and the populations to which these programs and policies apply, and interrelationships with other key fields and disciplines.

    2. Ability to manage public policy research and analysis**: The ability to manage, organize, and evaluate the analysis of public policy issues by applying broad knowledge of domestic social programs and policies (e.g., education, labor, income security, immigration, criminal justice, health policy, child and family well-being). This includes ensuring public policy problems are appropriately conceptualized and defined; appropriate research approaches and frameworks, analytical methodologies, and techniques are utilized; information and research are fully analyzed and synthesized; the implications of data and research findings are identified and appropriate conclusions are drawn; alternatives are generated and assessed; and the consequences of choosing each alternative are evaluated. This also includes understanding the big picture, the inter-relationships of all aspects of the public policy issue, and the appropriate array and design of products and services to meet client needs.

    3. Ability to lead people and manage a workforce**: The ability to conduct workforce planning activities by identifying staffing needs and recruiting, hiring, training, supervising, and mentoring highly qualified, diverse staff to meet those needs. This includes setting realistic but challenging goals and standards and providing regular, constructive feedback towards goal attainment. This also includes the ability and willingness to ensure that tasks are appropriately delegated and satisfactorily completed by monitoring and evaluating performance against a predetermined deadline and/or measure of quality.

    4. Ability to review the written products of others**: The ability to evaluate the written products of others to meet the substantive and qualitative standards of a public policy organization. This includes making suggestions to improve these written products.

    5. Ability to apply knowledge of congressional decision making**: The ability to apply knowledge of congressional decision making, including how legislation becomes law, the federal budget process, the appropriations process, and oversight, sufficient to ensure timely and legislatively relevant assistance to congressional committees, Members, and senior staff. This includes knowledge of the institutional and political environment, including the context in which congressional decision making occurs, the roles and relationships of the President and executive and independent agencies, the judiciary, state and local governments, and interest groups, and the ramifications of those decisions on existing policies and affected constituencies.

    6. Ability to exercise judgment and discretion: The ability to demonstrate awareness of the likely consequences or implications of one’s own actions and work within the context of agency/organizational/departmental standards. This includes behaving appropriately in a given situation (e.g., with colleagues, clients, media/press), using discretion, and honoring confidentiality.

    7. Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing: Ability to effectively express ideas and recommendations other than in writing in various settings to peers, staff, managers, supervisors, and external audiences to both provide and seek information. This includes actively listening to or understanding communicated information and answering questions thoughtfully and completely.

    Your resume is important to this application process. It will be reviewed to determine whether you possess the qualifications referenced above. All applicants are required to submit a resume that provides specific information (to include accomplishments, work experience and education/training) that clearly describes what you would bring to the position. The Supervisor leads his/her staff toward meeting the Library’s vision, mission, and goals by acting decisively, leveraging diversity and inclusiveness, demonstrating flexibility and resilience, fostering continuous improvement and innovation, and fostering integrity and honesty. To view the Library’s Supervisory Core Competencies click the following link:

    Not Applicable

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