Deputy Director - Office of Research and Data

Washington D.C.
Sep 06, 2017
Sep 06, 2017
Executive, Director
Full Time

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.

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

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • All employees must serve a one year probationary period
    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.

    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.


    1. This position is in the excepted service and does not carry the tenure rights of positions in the competitive Civil Service.
    2. 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.
    3. 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: 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
    4. 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.
    5. All new Commission employees must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay before appointment, mandated by the Federal Compensation Act.
    6. 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.
    7. If appointed to a temporary position, management may have the discretion of converting the position to permanent depending upon funding and staffing allocation.

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    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. In order to be considered for this position, applicants must address the mandatory and preferred qualifications in the questionnaire on USAjobs as a separate submission from resume and cover letter.

    The Office of Human Resources:

    1. Reviews the applicant’s application to ensure the proper materials are submitted.
    2. Ensures that the application addresses all of the qualification requirements (mandatory and preferred) as stated in the vacancy announcement.
    3. Determines whether the applicant meets the qualification requirements for the particular position and notifies the applicant about the status of his or her application.

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