Research Director

Arlington, Virginia
Dec 07, 2021
Dec 09, 2021
Full Time

This announcement provides the opportunity for a reassignment/promotion to the position of Research Director in the Research and Insights Solution Center (RISC) located in Arlington, Virginia.

The Research Director will be responsible for directing the activities of staff engaged in conducting inspections and evaluations; planning, writing, and editing reports on significant issues affecting Postal Service operations; coordinating and corresponding with OIG and Postal Service officials; briefing the OIG's executive leadership team on key developments and research findings; and ensuring effective and efficient use of agency resources and the delivery of quality services in meeting the OIG's mission.

This position is being advertised at the Director Band level, equivalent to a GS-15 . The salary range for this position is $144,128.00 - $172,500.00. The salary figures include locality pay.

Please note that the duties and responsibilities associated with this position may vary based upon the agency's needs at the time of hire. The following description of major duties and responsibilities is only intended to give applicants a general overview of the expectations.

Areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to:
  • Overseeing multiple teams involved in planning, organizing, and conducting formal inspections and evaluations into Postal Service operations that involve major areas of uncertainty in approach, methodology, or interpretation to identify appropriate solutions.
  • Identifying, developing, and presenting new ideas related to emerging or significant areas of importance for Postal Service operations which teams can use for current or future research projects.
  • Actively managing the formulation and execution of the Research Directorate's financial resources and budgetary process, strategic planning and policy assessment functions, procurement and contracting processes, and workforce planning.
  • Creating work plans to ensure agency, directorate, and team-specified performance goals are achieved. Determining goals and objectives that need additional emphasis; developing measures that evaluate performance; and making recommendations for program improvement.
  • Collaborating with peers and executive leadership in RISC, the OIG, and the Postal Service, to share information, clear obstacles, and achieve goals. Participating in working groups to improve efficiency and effectiveness of business operations, processes, and policies. Representing and speaking for the work of the OIG, RISC, and the Research Directorate at internal and external meetings, trainings, and conferences.
  • Addressing employees' developmental needs by providing opportunities which maximize employees' capabilities and contribute to the achievement of organizational goals, while also developing the management team through coaching and mentoring.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be able to pass a drug screening and medical assessment questionnaire.
  • Must be able to pass a background investigation and obtain and maintain moderate background investigation security clearance
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a government-issued credit card
  • May be required to successfully complete a 12-month probationary period



You must meet ALL of the minimum qualifications listed below.
  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Must have at least 5 years of specialized experience in planning, organizing, and conducting research on complex issues, and managing projects and programs.
  • Must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at the equivalent (GS-14) Manager Band Level.

  • An advanced degree or advanced studies in public policy, economics, business administration, journalism, or any other related discipline.

You must have the experience, knowledge and skills as listed in EACH of the evaluation factors. Failure to demonstrate that you meet all of the evaluation factor requirements as listed below will result in a score of zero (0); an ineligible status, and you will not be referred for further consideration. Include your major accomplishments relevant to the position requirements in your resume.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing and leading a team that includes conducting research methodologies and analyzing complex regulatory, operational, public policy, or business issues.
  • Knowledge of how to conduct evaluations in accordance with the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency's Quality Standards for Inspection and Evaluation.
  • Ability to serve as a high-level expert and advise senior leadership in developing and/or analyzing overall policies, programs, regulations and short- and long-range plans.
  • Demonstrated ability to review and evaluate programs for assessing their effectiveness against overall organizational goals and objectives, and the ability to design and implement program improvements as necessary to increase efficiency and enhance organizational performance.
  • Skill in written and verbal communications, including the ability to make presentations to various levels of management and to external organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to serve as a director establishing work plans and/or directly supervising a staff of subordinates.

You will no longer be considered for this position if you receive a zero (0) rating on any evaluation factor.

Failure to demonstrate that you meet all evaluation factor requirements will result in a score of zero (0). Upon receipt of a zero score, you will be deemed "not minimally qualified," and you will not be referred for further consideration.


Education must be accredited by an institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation here: Special Instructions for Candidates with Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in U.S. education programs. You must submit all necessary documents to a private U.S. credential evaluation service to interpret equivalency of your education against courses given in U.S. accredited colleges and universities. For further information visit:

Additional information

The United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by January 1, 2022. If your appointment or onboarding is after January 1, 2022, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before you enter on duty. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement.

Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the USPS OIG. We offer a broad array of benefits programs:

Health, Dental, Vision, Life and Long Term Care Insurances with Flexible Spending options.

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Retirement and Thrift Savings. For more information about these programs see and

Flexible Work Schedules. USPS OIG offers a range of family friendly flexibilities including flexible work schedules, telework and employee assistance programs.

Leave and Holidays. In addition to 10 paid holidays each year, you will earn 13 days of paid sick leave and 13 to 26 paid vacation days each year depending on your years of service.

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Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: Exempt (Nonexempt employees are entitled to overtime pay; Exempt employees are not).

This agency provides Reasonable Accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you require accommodations for any part of the application and/or hiring process, please send an email to The decision on granting an accommodation request will be made on a case by case basis.

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