Supervisory Physical Scientist
Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
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1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, DC 1 vacancy
Yes as determined by agency policy
This position is located in the Office of Justice Programs (OJP),
National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Office of Investigative &
Forensic Sciences (OIFS). Serves as the Supervisor responsible for
supervisory duties as well as overseeing planning, testing,
evaluating, managing, and reporting on issues related to OIFS
scientific research portfolios and programs, & studies concerning
technologies, systems, and research for forensic science in
conjunction with other criminal justice communities.
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Serves as the Office Director of Investigative and Forensic Sciences
(OIFS) in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice
Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Washington DC.
The Office Director manages all aspects of OIFS's strategic
initiatives and programmatic operations. As a nationally recognized
consultant and expert in forensic sciences, represents OIFS, NIJ,
and OJP in developing and leveraging the technical expertise of OIFS
on critical issues in a wide variety of internal and external
Serves as the expert and leading authority in overall program
definition, organization, management, and strategic direction.
Writes/drafts legislation, public policy statements and guidance for
principals and senior policy-makers. Designs and oversees a variety
of management control and tracking systems and coordinates planning
and administrative matters within NIJ. Recognizes and identifies
technology requirements in advocating future projects and
Participates in national and international working groups,
conferences, and meetings to represent NIJ and present NIJ sponsored
research findings. Consults with the forensic science community on
creating and strengthening forensic science-related programs to
ensure maximum impact on the criminal justice system. Conducts
outreach to and engages with key NIJ forensic science stakeholders
to enhance relationships better understand constituents' needs and
Serves as the agency expert and coordinator in providing
intellectual leadership and focus to initiate dialogue; generate
policy; and initiate research activities that will be economically
feasible to support sustainable development within the forensic
Supervises a group of employees performing work at the GS-13 and
GS-14 level. Provides administrative and technical supervision
necessary for accomplishing the work of the unit. Performs the
administrative and human resource management functions relative to
the staff supervised. Plans, schedules, and assigns work to
Occasional travel - 20%
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- U.S. Citizenship required.
- Subject to background/suitability investigation/determination.
- Submit all required documents and Online Assessment
- Federal payments are required to be made by Direct Deposit.
- Requires registration for the Selective Service. Visit
- Pre-employment drug testing required.
- 1-year supervisory probationary period may be required.
Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined
in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule
Positions and is available at OPM's website:
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of
A. Successful completion of a full four-year course of study in an
accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree or
higher degree that included a major field of study in physical
science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester/36
quarter hours in physical science and/or related engineering science
such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and
B. Combination of education and experience----education equivalent
to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24
semester/36 quarter hours in physical science and/or related
engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional
ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements,
applicants must have had one (1) year of specialized experience
equivalent to at least GS-14.
Specialized experience is experience which is in or related to the
line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the
applicant with the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to
successfully perform the duties of the position.
Examples of specialized experience include: served as a leader or
supervisor of forensic science, performing oversight and guidance of
professional and scientific work in the analysis of forensic
evidence; served as a senior scientist responsible for developing
forensic evidence guidelines adhering to and enforcing quality
assurance practices and standards in support of programs and
initiatives; reviewed and updated quality documents; develops and
publishes guidelines for implementation of quality assurance
mechanisms in technical procedures/protocols, for quality controls
and for other quality assurance programs; ensures new procedures are
properly validated and documented before implementation, and ensures
technical problems are properly investigated, resolved, and
documented; served as a research scientist responsible for applying
chemical or biological and compatible research to problems for
forensic science and/or biometrics; formulated requirements for
systematic research inquiries/studies on new and unusual problems in
forensic science; served as an expert senior scientist responsible
for programs that evaluate and implement the visual, chemical,
photographic, digital, and other scientific examinations of complex
submissions of physical evidence to form a scientific opinion; or,
evaluated and recommended research programs that identify, quantify,
and/or compare irreplaceable evidence that - because of its paucity,
uniqueness, obscurity, transient nature, contamination,
decomposition, or complexity - requires the most difficult analyses
and complicated interpretations.
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Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution
recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it
to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a
positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report
only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by
accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of
Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following
website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All
education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing
THIS IS A DIRECT HIRE PUBLIC NOTICE: Direct Hire allows agencies to
appoint candidates directly to occupations for which the Office of
Personnel Management (OPM) has determined there is a severe shortage
of candidates or a critical hiring need. Qualified candidates will
be considered in accordance with the OPM Direct Hire Guidelines.
Veterans' Preference does not apply to the direct hire recruitment
Current civil service employees will receive new appointments if
selected under this Direct Hire Authority.
This position is excluded from the bargaining unit.
This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies
that may occur.
This position is eligible for part time or situational telework.
OJP offers opportunities for flexible work schedules.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the
Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine
whether you meet the job qualifications listed on the announcement.
If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and