Policy and Management Analyst Job in Washington, DC

Vacancy No. CAFC-24-10 Department U.S. Courts
Salary $60,266.00 to $128,992.00 Grade 26 to 28
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 5/17/2024 Close Date 5/16/2025
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Public
Washington, DC

Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)


The Policy and Management Analyst is responsible for performing policy, analytical, and administrative duties that support the effective functions of the office and the court.

This job is open to

Clarification from the agency

Open to all US Citizens and those eligible to work in the United States. An FBI Background; Master Background Investigation High Sensitive Check is required. This announcement is open until filled.


The incumbent drafts, analyzes, coordinates, and maintains court administrative and operational policies and procedures; provides programmatic and analytical support to the court's process improvement program through project management and development, data analysis, and process improvement recommendations; and coordinates various operational responsibilities of the Circuit Executive.

For a full list of Duties and Responsibilities, please visit: https://cafc.uscourts.gov/wp-content/uploads/HR/JobAnnouncements/CAFC-24-10-PolicyandManagementAnalyst.pdf.


Conditions of Employment

Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted and must travel at their own expense. Reimbursement for relocation is not available. The court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this announcement, commence interviews immediately, withdraw the announcement, or fill the position at any time, any of which actions may occur without notice.

The position will report to downtown Washington, DC; however, telework may be available on an ad hoc basis and/or according to agency policy. Employees of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit are excepted service appointments. Federal government civil service classifications or regulations do not apply. All offers of employment are provisional pending successful completion of a background check or investigation and a favorable employment suitability determination. This position is subject to Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) for payroll deposit.

Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible to work in the United States. Non-citizens may be interviewed and considered for employment, but employment offers will only be made to individuals who qualify under one of the exceptions in 8 U.S.C.§ 1324b(a)(3)(B). Under 8 U.S.C.§1324b(a)(3)(B), a lawful permanent resident seeking citizenship may not apply for citizenship until he or she has been a permanent resident for at least five years (three years if seeking naturalization as a spouse of a citizen), at which point he or she must apply for citizenship within six months of becoming eligible, and must complete the process within two years of applying (unless there is a delay caused by the processors of the application). Non-citizens who have not been permanent residents for five years will be required to execute an affidavit that they intend to apply for citizenship when they become eligible to do so.


Required Qualifications

Entry-Level Candidates

Entry-level candidates will receive tailored training and experience necessary for the incumbent to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to progressively assume increasing responsibilities.
  • CL-26 ($60,266 - $97,925): To be considered at this level, candidates must possess one year of specialized experience and a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with at least one of the following superior academic achievements:
    • An overall "B" grade point average equaling 2.90 or better of a possible 4.0;
    • Standing in the upper third of the class;
    • "3.5" average or better in a major field of study that would prepare a candidate well to perform in this position; or
    • Election to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma XI, or one of the National Honorary Scholastic Societies meeting the minimum requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies, other than Freshman Honor Societies.
Experienced Candidates

Experienced candidates must have a minimum of two years specialized experienced which is defined as progressively responsible technical experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities of the position. Examples may include experience in a professional work environment that provided the opportunity to acquire a knowledge of the concepts, principles, policies, and practices of quality management; process improvement; project management; business or public administration; policy coordination, development, and analysis; or legal research and analysis.
  • CL-27: ($66,197 to $107,614): To be considered at this level, candidates must possess two years of specialized experience.
  • CL-28: ($79,339 to $128,992): To be considered at this level, candidates must possess three years of progressively responsible specialized experience in two or more functional areas.
  • Educational Substitute: Completion of a master's degree or two years of graduate study (27 semester or 54 quarter hours) in an accredited university in business or public administration, public policy, political science, law, or other fields closely related to the subject matter of the position may be substituted for two years of specialized service.
Entry-Level and Experienced Candidates must also possess:
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to unanticipated needs and problems and to manage multiple tasks and priorities, often with conflicting deadlines.
  • Ability to think independently and work cooperatively and accurately in a fast-paced office environment.
  • Knowledge of and experience with SharePoint Online, Microsoft Office 365, and Adobe Acrobat.
For entry-level candidates only: The above required knowledge and experience may be demonstrated through relevant coursework, internships, other non-professional, or unpaid experience, and/or professional experience.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated strong writing, editing, and research skills in a professional environment.
  • Experience in project management or directing the work of others on substantive assignments.
  • Prior non-litigation operational or administrative experience in either the federal or state judiciary.
  • Experience in drafting or performing compliance work involving regulations or policies.
  • Certification in Lean Six Sigma, quality management, or project management.


At a minimum, candidates must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

Additional information


The candidate selected for this position will be eligible for a generous federal employee benefits package which includes:

  • Paid vacation and sick leave, paid parental leave, and 11 paid federal holidays per year.
  • Optional participation in Federal Employees Health Benefits plans (health, dental and vision); Federal Employees Group Life Insurance; Flexible Benefits Program; Long-Term Care Insurance.
  • Public transportation subsidy, on-site fitness center, Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
  • Participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). Optional participation in Thrift Savings Plan (up to 5% employer matched contributions).
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness program pursuant to the term of the (PSLF) program.
  • Additional benefits information can be found at https://www.uscourts.gov/careers/benefits.
Other Information

Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted and must travel at their own expense. Reimbursement for relocation is not available.

The court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this announcement, commence interviews immediately, withdraw the announcement, or fill the position at any time, any of which actions may occur without notice.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Applicants will also be evaluated based upon review of their qualifications and the application package.

Required Documents

Cover letter, résumé, writing sample, transcripts, and completion of the online application (AO 78) and testing. See the How to Apply Instructions.

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.

How to Apply

To be considered application packages must include:

  1. Cover letter of no more than two pages, wherein the applicant describes the knowledge, skills, abilities, and or experience that would make the candidate well qualified to fill this position.
  2. Résumé outlining educational background, employment history, and other relevant information.
  3. A self-edited writing sample of no more than ten pages reflecting the applicant's critical analysis of a subject. The writing sample must be solely the work product of the applicant and have any sensitive or privileged information redacted.
  4. A copy of academic transcripts (unofficial or official).
  5. Completion of the online AO-78, Federal Judicial Branch Application for Employment.
  6. Completion of the online aptitude test and personality assessment.
Once you have the cover letter, résumé, writing sample, and transcripts (items 1, 2, 3, and 4 above) readily accessible in PDF format, follow the below link to submit your files and complete the online AO-78 and online tests (items 5 and 6 above): https://www.ondemandassessment.com/link/index/JB-54IT1KU7H?u=116354.

Applicants who require an exception to the online application may contact Human Resources to request an alternate method using the following email: hr@cafc.uscourts.gov. Applications submitted to this email address will not be reviewed.

Agency contact information

Human Resources


US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
717 Madison Place, N.W.
Suite 410
Human Resources
Washington, DC 20439
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Next steps

Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.