Deputy Director - Office of Research and Data

Washington D.C.
Dec 19, 2018
Dec 19, 2018
Executive, Director
Full Time

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position - less than 10%

Relocation expenses reimbursed No


Duties include, but are not limited to:

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.

Leading and overseeing the development and implementation of methods for collecting, analyzing, and performing quality control of the Commission's data.

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.

Communicating organizational vision, objectives, initiatives and issues.

Recommending topics for Commission research and developing research conferences and workshops.

Preparing and presenting materials for Commission meetings, Commission publications, professional conferences, Congress, and other federal agencies.

Applicants must have a minimum of five years of extensive research experience, upon completion of their doctorate program, which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position.

Applicants must have demonstrated work experience related to the mandatory requirements listed below. Highly competitive applicants will have experience and/or education in all or most of the following areas:
  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 a background in criminal justice research who possess project management and/or supervisory experience.

Applicants must possess a post-graduate doctoral degree (i.e., Ph.D. or equivalent) in criminology, sociology, criminal justice, psychology, or a closely related empirical social science.

  • 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: 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
  • 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.

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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. 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.

Read more Security clearance Public Trust - Background Investigation

Drug test required No

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