Social Science Analyst
Department Of Justice - Washington, DC

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Are you interested in working for a cutting edge agency with a mission to improve public safety, and the fair administration of justice? If so, the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Office of Research and Evaluation (ORE), in the Crime, Violence, and Victimization Research Division (CVVRD) or the Justice Systems Research Division (JSRD), are seeking two high performing individuals to serve as a Social Science Analyst. For more than 20 years, OJP has effectively provided leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, improving the criminal and juvenile justice systems, increasing knowledge about crime and related issues, assisting crime victims. OJP continues to be the premier resource for the nation's criminal and juvenile justice communities. OJP's role is to work in partnership with the justice community to identify challenges confronting the justice system and to provide state-of-the-art information, training, funding and innovative approaches and strategies for addressing those challenges. The incumbent will serve as a Social Science Analyst and is a subject matter expert and provides advice, guidance and assistance to Institute staff and relevant contractors and grantees in modifying research programs, conducting data analysis, writing and reviewing scientific papers and articles, and resolving problems related to grants, contracts, cooperative and interagency agreements.

Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on https://www.avuecentral.com/casting/aiportal/control/toVacancy?referenceCode=AVUJC .

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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DUTIES:
(The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position)

Incumbent develops, reviews, and analyzes data related to criminal justice social science research programs in order to advance scientific research, development, and evaluation to enhance the administration of justice and public safety.

Maintains familiarity with ongoing developments in appropritate social socience disciplines to ensure that program planning, implementation, and review are well grounded in scientific knowledge and methods.

Reviews activities of grantees and contractors to ensure the integrity and the rigor of the project design and acts on significant issues and/or to identify successful activities for replication in other areas.

Prepares a variety of analytical reports, memoranda, and written materials on social science program issues within the employee's area of professional knowledge to support programmatic and agency decision-making.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Comprehensive knowledge of one of the following areas: crime prevention; policing; gangs; violence against women and other family members; prisons/jails; community corrections; and courts.
Ability to design and utilize research and analytical methods and techniques.
Ability to write in a public policy context.
Ability to convey analysis and information orally through briefings, consultations and other presentations.
Knowledge of the Federal grant-making process.
Ability to build and maintain a professional network.
Ability to exercise objectivity in all phases of analysis and consultation.
Ability to work effectively in a high pressure environment.
Ability to exercise judgment and discretion.
Ability to plan, organize, and direct work.
Ability to communicate in writing to prepare comprehensive reports, proposals, and evaluations; and make recommendations to accomplish and enhance project objectives.
Knowledge of criminal justice research and analysis to perform grant management and contract-related duties.

MINIMUM FEDERAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
BASIC REQUIREMENTS
A. Successful completion of a full four-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in the behavioral or social sciences, or in a related discipline that included at least 24 semester/36 quarter hours in the behavioral or social sciences.
OR
B. Combination of education and experience that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.
OR
C. Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.
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-12.
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.
Specialized experience is defined as experience in providing technical advise and expertise in devising new analytical techniques to evaluate complex and innovative scientific projects. Experience in providing technical management, development, or guidance on contracts, grants, proposals and cooperative agreements.

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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be rated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience and training you report relative to this position which shows that you possess the knowledges, skills and abilities required. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered.

BENEFITS:
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OTHER INFORMATION:
This vacancy is open to both U.S. Citizens and Status applicants. This announcement is being used to consider internal Merit Promotion and external candidates. You will be considered under all categories for which you are eligible.
This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies that may occur within 90 days of the closing date. If you have previous Federal civilian employment, you must submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action showing your tenure and position occupied and the most recent Performance Appraisal (dated within the last 18 months or a separate statement explaining why you are unable to submit your appraisal.
You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
You must be suitable for Federal employment; as determined by a background investigation.
Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for, or exempt from, the Selective Service. See www.sss.gov.
This appointment requires completion of a one-year probationary period.
Since this is an on-line application process, faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted. The primary method of applying for this vacancy is online via the Internet at www.avuedigitalservices.com/OJP/applicant.html. If you do not have access to the Internet, you are strongly encouraged to visit your library, state employment commission, or a commercial establishment that provides Internet access to apply online. If you are unable to apply online, you may call the contact phone number listed on this announcement to obtain a copy of the vacancy announcement, applicant qualifications form (Form No. F-15566-AVUE), and instructions for completing the form. No other form of application will be accepted. Applicants made on line must be received must be received by the closing date of this announcement. You can obtain this form by contacting Avue Digital Service at (800) 407-0147. This form must be received in the Human Resources Office by the closing date of the announcement. The Human Resources Office must receive all other information requested in the vacancy announcement by the closing date of the announcement.
Applicants submitting proof documents can electronically attach them to the employment application in the AVUE system. These documents can also be emailed to OJPApplicants@usdoj.gov.
College Transcripts: You must submit a photocopy of your college transcript (s). If selected, an official/seal transcript will be required prior to appointment to the position.
Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U. S. education program; or full credit has given for the courses at a U. S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/.
The OJP is accessible by public transportation including Metro, MARC and VRE commuter trains and is located at the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro Station (accessible on the Green, Yellow and Red lines). More information about our agency is available at: www.ojp.gov.
The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) has partnered with the Vida Fitness Center, which is conveniently located in the Verizon Center for your physical fitness needs. In addition, the Department of Justice (DOJ) offers on-site fitness centers at various DOJ locations within the downtown areas, most of which are located within walking distance. DOJ also offers credit union services; ATM machine is located on-site. We also have health unit and an on-site nurse for your usage and convenience.
Transit Benefits: To defray your commuting cost, we are pleased to offer the Employee Transit Benefit Program, which allows eligible employees to receive up to $125 per month tax-free.
Employee Assistance Program is a counseling, education and referral service that helps employees manage personal and professional responsibilities (e.g., adoption, adult care, legal services).
Flexible work arrangements: DOJ offers various alternative work schedules and telework, which varies from office to office. Alternative work schedule affords an employee the opportunity to work compressed or alternate work schedules. The telework program allows many employees to work from home or at an alternate location or a recurring or situational basis.
BENEFITS: A variety of health insurance plans; retirement system with investment options; paid holiday; paid sick and annual (vacation) leave; life insurance; incentive systems; subsidized transportation, flexible work schedule, training and development opportunities, family/worklife program, etc.
DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
Bargaining Unit Status: Eligible
Applicant must meet all qualification requiremtns by the closing date of this announcement.
Status applicants must submit a copy of their most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which verifies status.
Selectees may be required to submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.
Relocation expenses are not authorized.
Government housing is not available.
Recruitment bonus is not authorized.
Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of pre-employment security investigation.
TIME-IN- GRADE REQUIRMENT: Status applicants for promotion must have 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade.
Supporting Documentation: A copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action; showing 'Tenure' and 'Position Occupied' (if applying under Merit Promotion); to receive consideration as a veteran, you must attach a DD-214 showing the type of discharge you received; to receive consideration as a disabled person you must submit a letter from the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation in the state in which you live, certifying your disability. You must submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action showing your tenure and position occupied and the most recent Performance Appraisal (dated within the last 18 months or a separate statement explaining why you are unable to submit your appraisal.
ALL SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION SHOULD BE SUBMITTED WITH YOUR AVUE APPLICATION OR EMAILED TO OJPApplicants@usdoj.gov FOR CONSIDERATION FOR VACANCY.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Agencies have a number of flexibilities in selecting candidates. This announcement is being used to consider internal Merit Promotion and external candidates. You will be considered under all categories for which you are eligible. Therefore, the same pool of candidates may be referred to a variety of vacancies. In order to maximize the number of ways in which an individual can be considered, your application may be rated under any of the following methods:

CATEGORY RATING: Under this method your application will be evaluated and rated under the DOJ/OJP Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Names of all candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Although veteran preference points are not assigned under the category rating procedures described above, veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-veterans within each category for which they are qualified. In addition, qualified veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more are placed at the top of the highest qualify category (i.e. Best Qualified), except for scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher).

STATUS/MERIT PROMOTION: Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on the announcement. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration. As a current or former federal employee, you must meet time-in-grade and all qualification requirements for consideration upon the closing date of this announcement.

Regardless of the method in which you are evaluated, your application, 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 supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your resume and application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.

Your on-line application includes your:
1. Resume and/or work history profile,
2. Responses to the online questions,
3. Required supporting documents,
4. Cover letter (optional).
Note: If a cover letter is submitted, it may be used to assess your qualifications.

We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:
1. Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You may be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we may rate you as ineligible.
2. Rating: Your application will be evaluated aagainst your responses to the occupational Questionnaire. You may also be further evaluated using additional assessment processes. Review your resume and responses carfefully. Responses that are not fully supported by the information in your application package may result in adjustments to your score. A human resources representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official. Your resume will be among the factors used in setting your pay, should you be made an offer of employment. Please ensure that it full describes your experience as it relates to the position for which you are applying.
3. Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application will be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview.
The Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, politics, marital status, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism.

The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities and is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department.

The Department provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing specialist listed in the vacancy announcement. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.
The Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) gives veterans access to job vacancies that might otherwise be closed to them. The law allows eligible veterans to compete for vacancies advertised under an agency's promotion procedures when the agency is seeking applications from outside of its own workforce.

Generally, preference is granted to veterans who entered military service prior to October 14, 1976; or served on active duty during the period from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992, and who are otherwise eligible; or who served on active duty during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or who have served in a military action for which they received a Campaign Badge or Expeditionary Medal. This includes the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (AFEM) awarded to those who participated in Operation Joint Endeavor or Operation Joint Guard. Also, you may be entitled to veterans' preference if you are a disabled veteran; you have received a Purple Heart; you are the spouse or mother of a disabled veteran; or you are the widow, widower, or mother of a deceased veteran. You will need to submit a Standard Form (SF) 15 and proof of your claim.

If you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, or you are applying for consideration under the Veteran Employment Opportunity Act or Veteran Readjustment Authority, attach a copy of your DD-214 "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" or other proof of eligibility. If you are applying for consideration under the 30% or more Disabled Veteran Authority, you must attach a SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.
If you are an eligible Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other applicants for this position. Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position. To be well qualified, applicants must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.

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