Policy Analyst

Agency: Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Salary Range: $72,030 – $160,100/ Per Year

Series/Grade: The agency uses the Administratively Determined system in which rank is attached to the individual. The salary range for this position is statutorily capped at $160,100.

Position Information: This is an opportunity for permanent employment in the excepted service. You will be required to serve a two-year trial period.

Duty Location: Washington, DC

Who May Apply: Open to the public. U.S. citizenship required.

Security Clearance: Must have or be able to obtain a TOP SECRET – Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS-SCI) Security clearance.  If you already have a TS/SCI clearance, please highlight your last investigation date in your application.

Agency Mission
The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board’s responsibilities comprise two basic functions: oversight and advice. In its oversight role, the Board is authorized to continually review the implementation of executive branch policies, procedures, regulations, and information sharing practices relating to efforts to protect the nation from terrorism, in order to ensure that privacy and civil liberties are protected. The Board is also authorized to continually review any other actions of the executive branch relating to efforts to protect the nation from terrorism, in order to determine whether such actions appropriately protect privacy and civil liberties and whether they are consistent with governing laws, regulations, and policies regarding privacy and civil liberties. In its advice role, the Board is authorized to review proposed legislation, regulations, and policies related to efforts to protect the nation from terrorism (as well as the implementation of new and existing policies and legal authorities), in order to advise the President and executive branch agencies on ensuring that privacy and civil liberties are appropriately considered in their development and implementation.

The primary purpose of this position is to perform duties as a Policy Analyst, working under general supervision of the Executive Director is to provide broad policy and program guidance. Policy Analysts are expected to accomplish assigned functions on their own initiative, independently formulate requirements, responsibly allocate available resources, and develop, recommend, and monitor implementation of agency policies and procedures. Prior experience related to policy matters implicating privacy, civil liberties, and/or counterterrorism or national security matters is strongly preferred.

Prior experience conducting a wide range of acquisition lifecycle activities as it relates to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) guidelines and US Government contracting is preferred.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Serve as a policy analyst with limited supervision while gathering factual information, conducting policy analysis, and providing policy expertise to the Board in complex investigations and/or reviews.
      
  2. Prepare memoranda and make appropriate recommendations to the Board.
     
  3. Respond in writing and orally to inquiries from Members of the Board regarding the status of investigations and/or reviews, research and analysis, and policy implications of existing and proposed programs and making recommendations to the Board.
      
  4. Summarize reports received from the intelligence community and other agencies and extract essential information.
     
  5. Assist the Board in reviewing and analyzing federal counterterrorism policies and programs pursuant to its mission to ensure that both existing and proposed policies and programs adequately safeguard privacy and civil liberties.
      
  6. Advise and assist in the identification of issues and recommendations by providing policy advice, conducting research, and carrying out investigations, as required.
     
  7. Analyze privacy and civil liberties-related issues, national security and counterterrorism policies and programs, assisting the Board in understanding how policies and programs operate.
     
  8. Assist in drafting Board reports evaluating efforts to protect the nation from terrorism and other Board reports to the President, Congress and the public, as well as drafting congressional testimony, letters, and other documents to carry out the Board’s responsibilities.
     
  9. Represent the Board in interactions with officials from other departments and agencies of the Federal government, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations, as required.
     
  10. Utilize superior oral and written communication skills, including the ability to produce clear, logical, and concise products that are targeted to and meet the needs of diverse audiences with different perspectives and objectives, while demonstrating analytical and critical thinking skills, including the ability to identify issues and to develop process improvements, and working effectively and collaboratively with team members and other agency employees.
     

Educational Requirements
Specialized study should include a graduate level degree in public policy, law, doctoral degree, or other comparable graduate degree. Strong writing skills, proficiency in oral presentation and briefing, and subject matter expertise in privacy, civil liberties, and national security (especially counterterrorism) are essential for this position.

Prior specialized experience in public policy is preferred.

Application Process
Please send the following required documents to PCLOB Jobs with the title “Policy Analyst”: Cover letter, resume, and writing sample (10 pages or less). All submitted materials must be at the UNCLASSIFIED level. If all the materials above are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. Candidates selected for an interview may be asked to provide references and undergo a writing assessment. A candidate’s application may be considered for other eligible vacant positions at the agency. The candidate will be contacted if considered for another eligible vacant position.

Closing Date
A panel will convene to evaluate applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. A review of your application will be made to determine whether you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be evaluated. Candidates will be placed into categories of “best qualified”, “qualified”, and “not qualified”. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may be placed in a different category. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your categorization.

No Travel Expenses for Interview 
Candidates from outside the Washington, D.C., area may be selected for a telephone or in-person interview. If selected for an in-person interview, any travel or lodging will be at the applicant’s personal expense.

Telework, Travel and Benefits 
Telework may be made available per agency policy.

If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized. Our budget office can provide additional information on how this program is run.

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package.

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