The Research Division is responsible for carrying out studies and programs that promote the effective administration of Federal elections specified in HAVA, for identifying and completing other relevant research projects, for developing policy and guidance as required by HAVA and for developing and promoting educational products designed to help improve the administration of elections.
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Principal policy development areas cover voluntary guidance for provisional voting, voting information, computerized voter registration list requirements, and providing support in the implementation of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). Principal research activities include conducting all research studies described in HAVA and related studies and reporting on and tracking key election and election administration data.
The primary purpose of this position is to serve as the Research Program Specialist for assigned research-related matters within the U.S. Election Assistance Commission's (EAC) mission. The incumbent assists the Director for Research with administering and maintaining various research contracts and studies undertaken by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and with the tasks related to the creation of new research studies and products. The incumbent also assists the Director of Research and other staff in maintaining relationships with stakeholders and represents EAC to state and federal legislative groups, advocacy groups, the elections community and other agencies as assigned; and performs related work on various issues pertaining to elections.
- Serves as project manager for the overall management, control, coordination and execution of specified projects for the Research Division.
- Plans, coordinates, and directs assigned projects, events and reports on project activity in support of business operations and initiatives for research activities.
- Provides proposals, cost estimates and updated schedules, funding expenditure and reports pertaining to assigned projects in the Research Division.
- Ensures that written and electronic products are developed to meet or exceed EAC's quality standard and are delivered at the right time.
- Serves as Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) or Alternate Contracting Officer's Representative (ACOR) for specified projects, such as the Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS).
- Develops methods and/or techniques for sample selection and survey design for related data collection.
- Provides technical advice on statistical methods and/or techniques for data analysis.
- Identifies research areas related to election administration that merit investigation, develops new hypotheses and approaches for studies and evaluates the feasibility of new research topics, issues and solutions.
- Applies critical thinking skills to determine the effectiveness of projects or operations in meeting established goals and objectives of the Research Division.
- Prepares written products (best practices, manuals, training materials, templates, whitepapers, etc.) to convey knowledge and information related to election research to a variety of audiences.
- Rewrites technical information for new audiences while maintaining accuracy; and maintains strict control over all versions of documents under development.
- Employs high-quality editorial skills in the review of written materials developed by the Division and recommends edits and modifications to avoid misinterpretation by the target audience.
- Attends and/or presents at meetings, conferences and other events to represent the Division and the EAC as requested.
- Provides testimony to Commissioners and other entities on behalf of the Division and/or the EAC as requested.
- Applies high level of knowledge of election administration to Division projects and activities to enhance quality and utility of disseminated information.
- Assists the Director for Research with communicating with key stakeholders, including, but not limited to, election officials and the public.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Occasional travel – There is minimal travel for this position.
Conditions of Employment
Candidates must be a US Citizen.
Candidates must meet all qualifications prior to the closing date of this announcement.
- Knowledge of and skill with interpreting and analyzing various established election laws (including HAVA), NVRA regulations and Title III provisions related to the administration of Federal elections.
- Knowledge and skill in applying analytical, statistical, and evaluative methods and techniques to issues or studies concerning the efficiency and effectiveness of election-related research areas and program operations. Research experience in a related field of public policy.
- Knowledge of program planning and contract management to assist with the EAC's long-range and short-range research planning.
- Knowledge and understanding of the EAC mission, goals and objectives, programs, and functions to identify significant research issues. Related knowledge of Federal and State election laws and procedures.
- Knowledge of election laws and procedures, policy and administration variation among key governmental and non-governmental stakeholders in the field.
- Knowledge and skill in federal acquisition regulations to mitigate risk for the federal government in all phases of the acquisition cycle.
- Ability to research and analyze complex public policies in order to assist with creating policy proposals and to help interpret legislative directives that will be converted to practical policies, processes and procedures.
- Ability to identify and keep abreast of legislation, public policies, and trends that affect the development of the division's annual program goals and objectives.
- Skill in helping to effectively communicate technical material or highly complex issues that may have controversial findings, using language appropriate to technical and /or non-technical audiences.
- Election administration and/or Federal work experience is preferred.
None. Bachelor's or higher degree in a related field is preferred.
You must submit all required information by the closing date. If materials 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. The materials you send with your application will not be returned.
Send only those materials needed to evaluate your application.
If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Please read the "Next steps" section for more information.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Required documents include a resume and the supporting documents as described in the "How to Apply Instructions" section of this announcement.
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.
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