Executive Science Advisor

Washington, D.C
Oct 13, 2021
Oct 15, 2021
Full Time


The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking an Executive Science Advisor with a passion for improving the knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science. NIJ is the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice and provides objective and independent knowledge and tools to reduce crime and promote justice, particularly at the state and local levels.
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As the Executive Science Advisor to the NIJ Director and Principal Deputy Director, you will provide expertise in an array of research and evaluation (process, outcome, impact, etc.) methodological approaches and techniques. You will provide direction and guidance on research designs, sample size, sample population, data collection, data collection instruments, data analysis, data interpretation, replication, and dissemination strategies. You will advise NIJ scientists on scientific merits of proposals and review scientific documents and provide critiques.

In this role, you will support NIJ's strategic research planning and overarching research goals, continuing the development of additional critical strategic research plans in support of NIJ's mission and research agenda. You will serve on interagency, national, and/or other special work groups, task forces, or expert panels on special projects or studies critical to the resolution of far-reaching operating issues and problems. You will represent NIJ at national and local conferences, presenting information and serving as a panel member or facilitator of discussions.

You will provide ongoing mentoring and coaching to NIJ scientists and other NIJ staff to enhance capacity, build knowledge, strengthen commitment, increase productivity, and promote success.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
  • Pre-employment drug testing may be required.
  • Subject to background/suitability investigation/determination.
  • Individuals entering the Senior Executive Service for the first time are subject to a one-year probationary period.


As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible executive leadership and supervisory experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Executive Core Qualifications and Technical Qualifications listed below. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-14/15 grade level in the federal service or its equivalent in the private sector. As such, your resume should demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully fulfill responsibilities inherent in most SES positions such as:
  • Directing the work of an organizational unit;
  • Ensuring the success of one or more specific major programs or projects;
  • Monitoring progress toward strategic organizational goals, evaluating organizational performance and taking action to improve performance;
  • Supervising the work of employees; and
  • Exercising important policymaking, policy determining, or other executive functions.
Applicants must also demonstrate social science research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position.

Failure to meet the basic qualification requirement and address all Mandatory Technical and Executive Core Qualification factors will result in your application being disqualified.

Executive Core Qualifications:

You must clearly document and demonstrate the following Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), not to exceed ten pages total:

ECQ 1: LEADING CHANGE - This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ 2: LEADING PEOPLE - This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

ECQ 3: RESULTS DRIVEN - This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

ECQ 4: BUSINESS ACUMEN - This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5: BUILDING COALITIONS - This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, state, local and tribal governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

Additional information on the Executive Core Qualifications can be found at http://www.opm.gov/ses/recruitment/ecq.asp (http://www.opm.g o v/ses/recruitment/ecq.asp)

Mandatory Technical Qualifications:

You will be evaluated on the following Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs): Your responses to the MTQs should be addressed separately, not to exceed two pages per MTQ.

MTQ 1: Demonstrated expert knowledge of research theories, principles and practices and experience managing comprehensive criminal and juvenile justice research programs, preferably in a social science, physical science, or forensic science specialty field.

MTQ 2: Demonstrated leadership and vision in identifying and implementing innovative and emerging science and technology activities to stay on the cutting edge of criminal and/or juvenile justice solutions, including infusion of new technologies into criminal and/or juvenile justice programs.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

  • Veterans' preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service.
  • Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Applicants will be evaluated based on how well they meet the Executive Core Qualifications and the Mandatory Technical Qualifications, as outlined in the Qualifications section of the announcement.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required by law to review the executive qualifications of each new career appointee to the Senior Executive Service (SES) prior to appointment. To be considered for this position, applicants must submit a written statement addressing the five (5) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).

Applicants must address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) separately.

Please see How to Apply and Required Documents for specific instructions. The resume should demonstrate the necessary level of management skills, characteristics, qualities, specialized knowledge, and technical competence that would indicate successful performance in the SES. This evidence must include clear and concise examples that emphasize the applicant's level of responsibilities, scope, and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives, and level of contacts.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

All documents must be received by 11:59 Eastern Time on 10/14/2021. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
  • Resume,
  • Narrative statement for the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (limit of 2 pages for each MTQ),
  • Narrative statement for the Executive Core Qualifications (not to exceed 10 pages total),
  • Proof of current SES status/eligibility (if applicable; see the note below).
  • NOTE: The Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) of the selectee who is not a current or former career Senior Executive employee (Title V) must be approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) before appointment. Applicants who have completed the Candidate Development Program (CDP) and have had their ECQs certified by OPM must provide a copy of their certificate as part of their application. Proof of non- competitive eligibility is required (Standard Form (SF)-50 or Qualifications Review Board certification).

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