The Congressional Research Service (CRS) seeks a Research Manager, Foreign Policy in the Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Division. CRS provides confidential, nonpartisan, and authoritative legislative research, policy analysis, and information service to the U.S. Congress. Working directly with Members of Congress and congressional committees on public policy issues, CRS staff contribute to an informed national legislature as it considers policy issues of importance to the American people.
The Research Manager leads the Foreign Policy Management Section in the development of research and policy analysis relevant to congressional needs. Issues covered by the section include the Department of State, USAID, U.S. embassies, and related agencies; the foreign affairs budget; U.S. foreign assistance; diplomacy and the foreign service; foreign policy legislation; and instruments of foreign policy, such as sanctions and treaties.
• Ensuring that the work results in objective, authoritative analysis with which the Congress can assess the consequences of legislative/policy options;
• Proactively establishing relationships with committees of jurisdiction, building long-term relationships with clients, and taking initiative to seek out new congressional contacts for CRS;
• Managing congressional requests, concerns, and needs in policy areas within the research management responsibility of the section;
• Collaborating with other managers to ensure an integrative approach to the work by fully identifying significant policy problems facing the Congress, developing analytical approaches to address these problems, and applying appropriate resources;
• Managing and supervising policy analysts, including communicating performance standards and expectations to staff, observing staff performance, giving feedback, and assessing performance; and
• Performing special assignments as directed by the Assistant/Deputy Assistant Director.
Other Research Manager duties include:
Manages research, leads staff, and advises the Assistant Director and Deputy Assistant Director. Ensures that research and analysis is conducted in a fully collaborative manner both within and outside the section, reflects the congressional agenda, and is relevant to congressional policy making.
Leads, plans, organizes and coordinates research, including major research projects related to sensitive or complex public policies of national or international significance, which are often multidisciplinary in nature, and may include research performed by outside consultants.
Ensures that research and analysis undertaken is of the highest quality and meets CRS’ standards of objectivity, responsiveness, non-partisanship, balance, timeliness, legislative relevance, authoritativeness, and accessibility.
Reviews research to ensure that it complements other Service research and analyses; is accurate, well-organized, and cogent; meets professional and service standards; adheres to CRS policy guidelines; and is responsive to the legislative needs of Members and committees of Congress.
Establishes and maintains relationships with Members and committees of Congress.
Contributes to and assists in developing CRS-wide strategic goals and priorities. Communicates those goals and priorities to staff. Oversees the implementation of CRS-wide policies, procedures, standards and guidelines by staff. Effectively communicates management initiatives to staff and ensures that staff are able to acclimate to the changing needs of Congress and the CRS research community. Conveys to senior management information and concerns from staff.
Candidates with research and research management experience in issues covered by the Foreign Policy Management Section, who have strong interpersonal skills, and are capable of leading a highly motivated and talented research staff committed to providing Congress the highest level of nonpartisan, authoritative, objective policy analysis are encouraged to apply.
CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for over a century.
CRS is well known for analysis that is accurate, authoritative, confidential, objective and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation's best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.
The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustment for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
While it is the Library's policy to afford the maximum pay benefit to employees when setting rates of pay, a new appointee who has had no previous federal service will generally be paid the minimum step of the grade.
This is a supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.
The position description number for this position is 085357.
The incumbent of this position is eligible to work a flexitime schedule.
Appointee must meet eligibility requirements for a Top Secret clearance.
Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period.
Relocation expenses are not authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.
Conditions of Employment
The Supervisor leads his/her staff toward meeting the Library’s vision, mission, and goals by acting decisively, leveraging diversity and inclusiveness, demonstrating flexibility and resilience, fostering continuous improvement and innovation, and fostering integrity and honesty. To view the Library’s Supervisory Core Competencies click the following link: http://www.loc.gov/hr/employment/uploads/loc_supervisor_core_competencies.pdf.
Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.
Knowledge of U.S. foreign policy management, institutions, and operations.**
Ability to manage research.**
Ability to review the analysis of others.**
Ability to lead and manage staff.
Ability to communicate in writing.
Ability to convey information orally through briefings, consultations, and other presentations.
Knowledge of congressional decision making.
Ability to collaborate.
Ability to build relationships.
Ability to exercise judgment and discretion.
Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.
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