Legislative Specialist

Washington D.C.
Nov 16, 2018
Nov 16, 2018
Full Time

Not required

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • All employees must serve a one year probationary period
    Applicants must have three years of specialized experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position. This specialized experience must have been at, or equivalent to, the next lower grade from the grade being considered. For example, to qualify for the GS-12, one year of specialized experience must have been gained at, or equivalent to, the GS-11. Ability to develop a working knowledge of the federal sentencing guidelines and related data and an ability to communicate such information.

    Applicants must have demonstrated work experience related to the mandatory requirements listed below and must address the qualification requirements in an attached cover letter or narrative statement.

    1) Effective oral and written communication skills and an ability to serve as a representative for the agency;

    2) Thorough understanding of the federal legislative process;

    3) Demonstrated skill in researching and preparing well-written, organized and persuasive legal memoranda;

    4) Ability to make effective oral presentations in a clear and concise manner;

    5) Excellent ability to analyze, understand, and convey to others the effect of proposed legislation;

    6) Ability to maintain effective working relationships with agency staff at all levels as well as with key individuals in a variety of other federal organizations and interest groups;

    7) Ability to multi-task in a complex and fast-paced inter-disciplinary environment, entailing timely collection of facts, identification and resolution of issues, enumeration of options and formulation of recommendations; and

    8) Working knowledge and proficiency in Excel.

    The following qualifications are preferred:
    • A law degree (J.D.) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.
    • Membership of the bar of a state, territory, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a Federal court of general jurisdiction.
    • Hill experience, preferably with criminal laws and federal sentencing policy issues.
    • Experience in the federal criminal justice system.
    • Knowledge of the federal sentencing guidelines.

    Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited university or college.

    • 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: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Employment_of_Non-citizens. 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 http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf.
    • 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:

    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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    Drug test required No

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