Research Manager-Natural Resources and Earth Sciences Section

Employer
Library of Congress
Location
Washington, DC
Posted
Dec 14, 2018
Closes
Dec 17, 2018
Industry
Research
Hours
Full Time
Duties Summary The Research Manager leads the Natural Resources and Earth Sciences Section of the Resources, Science and Industry Division in the development of policy research and analysis relevant to congressional needs.Issues include natural resources policy and implications in key areas including institutional, economic, regulatory, and scientific issues related to public lands; fish and wildlife; water resources; forestry, terrestrial, coastal, and marine ecosystems; earth sciences; and natural hazards. Learn more about this agency Responsibilities The Research Manager leads the Natural Resources and Earth Sciences Section of the Resources, Science and Industry Division in the development of policy research and analysis relevant to congressional needs. Issues include natural resources policy and implications in key areas including institutional, economic, regulatory, and scientific issues related to public lands; fish and wildlife; water resources; forestry, terrestrial, coastal, and marine ecosystems; earth sciences; and natural hazards. Duties include: Ensures that the work results in objective, authoritative analysis with which the Congress can assess the consequences of legislative/policy options; Proactively establishing relationships with committees of jurisdiction, building long-term relationships with clients, and taking initiative to seek out new congressional contacts for CRS; Manages congressional requests, concerns, and needs in policy areas within the research management responsibility of the section; Collaborates with other managers to ensure an integrative approach to the work by fully identifying significant policy problems facing the Congress, developing analytical approaches to address these problems, and applying appropriate resources; Manages and supervises policy analysts, including communicating performance standards and expectations to staff, observing staff performance, giving feedback, and assessing performance; and Performs special assignments as directed by the division's Assistant/Deputy Assistant Director. Candidates with research and research management experience in issues covered by the Natural Resources and Earth Sciences Section, and who have strong interpersonal skills and are capable of leading a highly motivated and talented research staff committed to providing Congress the highest level of nonpartisan, authoritative, objective policy analysis are encouraged to apply. CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for more than a century. CRS is well known for analysis that is timely, authoritative, confidential, objective and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation's best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its committees and Members. Manages research, leads staff, and advises the Assistant Director and Deputy Assistant Director. Ensures that research and analysis is conducted in a fully collaborative manner both within and outside the section, reflects the congressional agenda, and is relevant to congressional policy making. Leads, plans, organizes and coordinates research, including major research projects related to sensitive or complex public policies of national or international significance, which are often multidisciplinary in nature, and may include research performed by outside consultants. Ensures that research and analysis undertaken is of the highest quality and meets CRS' standards of objectivity, responsiveness, non-partisanship, balance, timeliness, legislative relevance, authoritativeness, and accessibility. Reviews research to ensure that it complements other Service research and analyses; is accurate, well-organized, and cogent; meets professional and service standards; adheres to CRS policy guidelines; and is responsive to the legislative needs of Members and committees of Congress. Establishes and maintains relationships with Members and committees of Congress. Contributes to and assists in developing CRS-wide strategic goals and priorities. Communicates those goals and priorities to staff. Oversees the implementation of CRS-wide policies, procedures, standards and guidelines by staff. Effectively communicates management initiatives to staff and ensures that staff are able to acclimate to the changing needs of Congress and the CRS research community. Conveys to senior management information and concerns from staff. Directly supervises staff members in the Natural Resources and Earth Sciences Section of the Resources, Science and Industry Division. Leads staff toward meeting the Library's and CRS's vision, mission, and goals by managing performance, communicating effectively, fostering continuous improvement and innovation, building and maintaining relationships, leveraging diversity and inclusiveness, thinking systematically and inspiring change. Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement. Supervisory status Yes Promotion Potential 15 Job family (Series) 0101 Social Science Similar jobs Community Service Managers Managers, Community Service Requirements Conditions of Employment 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: . Qualifications Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision. Knowledge of natural resources policy** Ability to manage research** Ability to review the analysis of others** Ability to lead and manage staff Ability to communicate in writing Ability to convey information orally through briefings, consultations, and other presentations Knowledge of congressional decision making Ability to collaborate Ability to build relationships Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing Ability to exercise judgment and discretion Education Additional information The Congressional Research Service, within the Library of Congress, is part of the Legislative Branch of the federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service. Although it is the Library's policy to afford the maximum pay benefit to employees when setting rates of pay, a new appointee who has had no previous Federal service will generally be paid the minimum step of the grade. The selected applicant may be required to file a financial disclosure statement with the House of Representatives, US Congress, in accordance with the provisions of Public Law 95-521, Ethics in Government Act of 1978. This is a supervisory, non-bargaining unit position. The tour of duty for this position is full-time. The position description number for this position is 85357. The incumbent of this position may elect to work a flexitime work schedule. The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement. Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation. 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