Deputy Director - Office of Research and Data

Washington D.C.
Mar 29, 2017
Mar 28, 2018
Executive, Director
Full Time

About the Agency

This position is open until filled. The first cutoff date for review of applications will be April 28, 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.

The Commission is conveniently located next to Union Station on Capitol Hill, and is easily accessible by public transportation, including the Metro, and the MARC and VRE commuter trains. In addition to the federal benefits package, the Commission’s location in the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building offers various amenities such as an on-site fitness center, health unit, credit union, day care center, and cafeteria.

  • Occasional Travel
  • You may be expected to travel for this position.

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  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • All employees must serve a one year probationary period
    Applicants must have demonstrated leadership abilities and extensive management experience which is directly related to the line of work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to carry out the duties of this position. Progressively responsible administrative experience in public service or business which provides a thorough understanding of organizational, procedural, and human aspects in managing an organization is required. Applicants must possess a post-graduate doctoral degree (i.e., Ph.D. or equivalent) preferably in criminology, sociology, criminal justice, psychology, or a related field.

    Applicants who are current or former federal employees must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-15. Highly competitive applicants will have experience and/or education in all or most of the core qualifications listed below.

    Applicants must address the following executive core qualification requirements in a cover letter or separate narrative statement:

    1. Detailed knowledge of advanced statistical and research procedures, including familiarity with theoretical, methodological, and practical issues concerning social science research on criminal justice and corrections issues.
    2. Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with standard statistical analysis packages (e.g., SAS or SPSS) and/or data management programs (e.g., Oracle) and advanced knowledge of statistical techniques.
    3. Demonstrated ability to design methods for collecting, analyzing, and checking the accuracy of data with multiple variables.
    4. Demonstrated ability to articulate (verbally and in writing) complex problems and to present solutions in clear and concise terms for decision-making.
    5. Experience in preparing and writing reports about research on criminal justice and corrections issues. Ability to effectively develop and present information tailored to a variety of audiences, including judges, attorneys, academics, and Members of Congress. Experience in presenting research findings in public forums.
    6. Demonstrated ability to work with senior officials in a dynamic and fast-paced environment. Ability to develop and maintain harmonious and effective working relationships with employees in a variety of Federal organizations and interest groups.

    Strong preference will be given to applicants with supervisory experience and progressively responsible administrative experience in public service or business which provides a thorough understanding of organizational, procedural and human aspects in managing an organization.

    Effective leadership and management skills, including the:

    1. Ability to handle multiple assignments, focus on details, and produce precise work products in a timely manner.
    2. Ability to lead and work effectively with diverse, cross-functional teams.
    3. Ability to effectively communicate organizational vision, objectives, initiatives, and issues.
    4. Ability to foster a collaborative work environment across the organization, understanding the dynamics and differences in roles to motivate and build team cohesiveness and encouraging information sharing, constructive feedback, and cooperation from others.
    5. Ability to effectively delegate activities to achieve desired results.
    6. Ability to evaluate the performance and skills of subordinates and provide coaching and developmental feedback on an ongoing basis.

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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 staff in the collection, analysis, and reporting of federal sentencing data submitted to the Commission, and assists in developing and implementing the Commission’s research agenda.

    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.