The competencies below are required for this position. Those marked with a double asterisk (**) are considered the most critical competencies for this position.
A candidate's resume must show a proven record of accomplishment that clearly demonstrates he or she has:
1. Multidisciplinary knowledge of agriculture, environmental protection, natural resources, energy, transportation, industry, and/or science and technology policy issues.** (Multidisciplinary knowledge of the theories, relevant laws and regulations, concepts, processes, techniques, principles, and/or practices related to the array of public policy questions on agriculture, environmental protection, natural resources, energy, transportation, industry, and science and technology policy that emerge from the legislative and oversight work of the Congress. This includes knowledge of the history, trends, interrelationships, and current status of this array of public policy questions with other key issue areas and disciplines.)
2. Ability to manage public policy research and analysis.** (The ability to manage, organize, and evaluate the analysis of public policy issues by applying broad knowledge of agriculture, environmental protection, natural resources, energy, transportation, industry, and science and technology policy. This includes ensuring public policy problems are appropriately conceptualized and defined; appropriate research approaches and frameworks, analytical methodologies and techniques are utilized; information and research are fully analyzed and synthesized; the implications of data and research findings are identified and appropriate conclusions are drawn; alternatives are generated and assessed; and the consequences of choosing each alternative are evaluated. This also includes understanding the big picture, the inter-relationships of all aspects of the public policy issue, and the appropriate array and design of products and services to meet the client needs.)
3. Ability to lead people and manage a workforce.** (The ability to conduct workforce planning activities by identifying staffing needs and recruiting, hiring, training, supervising, and mentoring highly qualified, diverse staff to meet those needs. This includes setting realistic but challenging goals and standards and providing regular, constructive feedback towards goal attainment. This also includes the ability and willingness to ensure that tasks are appropriately delegated and satisfactorily completed by monitoring and evaluating performance against a predetermined deadline and/or measure of quality.)
4. Ability to review the written products of others.** (The ability to evaluate the written products of others to meet the substantive and qualitative standards of a public policy organization. This includes making suggestions to improve these written products.)