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Education and Sentencing Practice Specialist

U. S. Sentencing Commission Washington, DC
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Education and Sentencing Practice Specialist

##### Judicial Branch

U. S. Sentencing Commission


- ##### Open & closing dates

08/29/2019 to 09/19/2019

- ##### Service


- ##### Pay scale & grade

JS 12 - 13

- ##### Salary

$83,398 to $128,980 per year

- ##### Appointment type


- ##### Work schedule



1 vacancy in the following location:


Washington, DC

##### Relocation expenses reimbursed


##### Telework eligible

Yes as determined by agency policy

- Duties

### Summary

The incumbent is responsible for developing and delivering training
programs for probation officers, prosecutors, defense attorneys and
federal judges.

Learn more about this agency

### Responsibilities

Duties include, but are not limited to:

- Develop, implement, and administer in-person and web-based
training to federal probation officers, prosecutors, defense
attorneys, and federal judges on federal sentencing guidelines
and related sentencing issues.
- Use independent judgment and analysis in the design,
development, delivery and evaluation of in-person and web-based
training programs.
- Assess training needs through participant feedback and
conducting surveys. Disseminate feedback in an organized and
consistent fashion to Commissioners and senior staff, and
determine the most effective ways to present training programs.
- Provide guideline application assistance to federal probation
officers, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and federal judges
through the Commission's telephone "Helpline."
- Work collaboratively with Commission staff at all levels to
produce effective training programs, including drawing on
relevant sentencing data and current Commission publications, as
- Represent the Commission through outreach to members of the
federal criminal justice community and interest groups involved
in the federal criminal sentencing process.
- Identify topics and/or areas in need of guideline amendment.
Collaborate with inter-disciplinary staff policy teams to
develop and critique proposed amendments to the guidelines.

Research sentencing-related topics, and analyze, develop and edit
reports on sentencing guidelines.

### Travel Required

25% or less - Significant travel will be required.

##### Supervisory status


##### Promotion Potential


- #### Job family (Series)

1710 Education And Vocational Training

- Requirements

### Conditions of Employment

### Qualifications


Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited
university or college in criminal justice or a related field.
Applicants must have at least one year of specialized work
experience equivalent to the previous level in the federal service.
For example, one year of specialized experience at the GS-11 level
is required to qualify for appointment at the GS-12 level.
Specialized experience is defined as progressively responsible work
experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular
knowledge, skills, and abilities that will enable the individual to
successfully perform the duties of this position, and that is
typically in or related to the work of this position.

**Applicants must have demonstrated work experience related to the
mandatory requirements listed below and must address the
qualification requirements in an attached cover letter.**
- Knowledge of the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984 and the functions
of the United States Sentencing Commission.
- Expertise in applying the federal sentencing guidelines.
- Experience or aptitude as a trainer or instructor.
- Experience in developing instructor-led training programs and
- Experience with techniques of assessing training needs for
training programs.
- Excellent oral and written communication and presentation
- Excellent project-management skills, with an ability to
prioritize competing demands.
- Ability to work well as a member of a team and independently.


Preference will be given to applicants with one or more of the
following areas of experience:
- Experience as a probation officer, federal prosecutor, federal
defense attorney, or in another capacity dealing with federal
- Proficiency in legal research and in interpreting case law,
statutes, and sentencing guidelines.

### Education

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in criminal justice or
a related field from an accredited university or college.

### Additional information


- 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:
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
- 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
- If appointed to a temporary position, management may have the
discretion of converting the position to permanent depending
upon funding and staffing allocation.

### How You Will Be Evaluated

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

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:

- Reviews the applicant's application to ensure the proper
materials are submitted.
- Ensures that the application addresses all of the qualification
requirements (mandatory and preferred) as stated in the vacancy
- Determines whether the applicant meets the qualification
requirements for the particular position and notifies the
applicant about the status of his or her application.

### Background checks and security clearance

##### Security clearance


##### Drug test required


- Required Documents

- Cover letter
- Resume

#### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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. Therefore, provide only the
attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting
institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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.

- Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a
comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your
family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to
make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal

Review our benefits

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold
and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent.
Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific
benefits offered.

- How to Apply

In order to be considered, all applicants must submit:

- An electronic resume
- A cover letter that address all of the qualification
requirements listed in this announcement
- If available, provide a recent job performance evaluation and
college transcripts

Applicants will also need to complete the online occupational

All applications must be submitted at You can begin
the process by clicking the blue **"Apply Now"** button at the top
of this page.

### Agency contact information

### Ann Hanlon

##### Phone


##### Email

##### Address

US Sentencing Commission
One Columbus Circle NE
Suite 2-500
Washington, DC 20002

Learn more about this agency

### Next steps

Applicants who meet the mandatory qualification requirements will be
considered and their application materials will be forwarded to the
screening panel for review.

Applicants who do not meet the mandatory qualification requirements
for the position are automatically disqualified from

In addition, some applicants may be tested using various assessment
tools not listed on the vacancy announcement to verify an
applicant's experience, knowledge, and training directly related to
the job in order to identify the best qualified applicants for
consideration and selection.

- Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent.
Please read the following guidance.

### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on
the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and
gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual
orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age,
membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental
status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

- Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job

### Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants
with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable
accommodation for any part of the application process should follow
the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part
of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the
hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable
accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work
environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an
individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties
or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide
reasonable accommodations when:

- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an
equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform
the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive
equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and
office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the
application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are
considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations
or how to contact an agency.

#### Legal and regulatory guidance

- Financial suitability
- Social security number request
- Privacy Act
- Signature and false statements
- Selective Service
- New employee probationary period

This job originated on For the full announcement and to
apply, visit Only resumes
submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed
at will be considered.

U. S. Sentencing Commission


Washington, DC