Position: Deputy Assistant Director and Specialist (American Law Division)
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $126,148 to $189,600 per year
Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing objective, nonpartisan research and analysis to committees and Members of the House and Senate. The CRS American Law Division (ALD) seeks a senior manager to serve as Deputy Assistant Director and Specialist. The selectee will support the Assistant Director in managing ALD, which addresses all legal questions that arise in a legislative context or are otherwise of interest to Congress. Some issues relate to the institutional prerogatives of Congress under the Constitution. Other questions involve constitutional and legal principles of statutory analysis that cross legislative policy areas, such as federalism, commerce powers and individual rights. ALD also focuses on the intricacies of legal precedent and statutory construction as they relate to business, crime, the environment, civil rights, international law and other issues. CRS reports and memoranda, while not legally binding, are used by Members and committees of Congress in their legislative deliberations and decision making.
This is a senior leadership position. Applications received for this position will not be considered for any other CRS vacancies. To be considered you must meet the critical competency requirements of the job at the levels described below.
1) Ability to apply knowledge of American law to address legal questions in a public policy setting: I am recognized by decision makers as a professional resource in specific areas of American law at the federal level.
2) Ability to manage legal analysis in a public policy setting: I have routinely managed legal research and analysis in specific areas of American law at the federal level.
3) Ability to lead people and manage a workforce: I have led, supervised, and managed a professional research workforce.
4) Ability to review the written products of others: I have evaluated and critically reviewed diverse written research products on legal aspects of public policy issues for compliance with established substantive and qualitative standards and made independent judgments on acceptability of material.