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    If you are looking for an exciting and challenging career, this is the position for you! The Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office of Justice Programs (OJP) is a great place to work! Last year, DOJ ranked #3 out of 19 large agencies in the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places to Work rankings. OJP's newly renovated building is in the heart of DC's thriving Chinatown and new City Center and offers a dynamic and engaging work environment with more than 50 conference rooms and nearly 200 workstations available for any employee to reserve at a moment's notice. With more than 90 percent of OJP's positions eligible to telework, OJP is at the cutting edge of using mobility to enhance productivity and meet our important mission.

    BJS Statisticians normally are part of one or more teams carrying out statistical collections in criminal victimization, law enforcement, prosecution, courts and corrections areas. Opportunities exist to work across substantive areas as well. These national criminal justice statistical programs are used to guide management, planning, and policy formulation related to Federal, state, and local justice operations. At the Federal level, the statistics are used by the Department of Justice, Congress, and the U.S. Courts to establish and evaluate justice policies.
    BJS is seeking two Statistician position to work primarily on statistical collections in the areas of institutional and community corrections including those associated with the Prison Rape Elimination Act.

    A third position will primarily work on collections in the area of prosecution and adjudication. The fourth Statistician position is sought to perform assignments for OJP's Office for Civil Rights {OCR). The position will develop problem-solving approaches to understand the presence of discrimination in a variety of arenas using statistical methods and analytical techniques.



    Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on https://www.avuecentral.com/casting/aiportal/control/toVacancy?referenceCode=GSTII.

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    Responsibilities

    (The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position)

    BJS Statisticians are expected to: consult and collaborate with criminal justice agency representatives including state and local governmental officials, consumers, and/or personnel within the Department to provide advice on the application of statistics and research to criminal justice policy issues

    In addition, they perform various statistical collection activities, such as preparing, processing, and coordinating periodic and core collection requirements; ensures the effective collection of statistical data and the use of appropriate collection systems to satisfy immediate, mid-range, and long-term statistical data collection requirements; design, test, and evaluate questionnaires, including development and testing of questions; layout, design, and format of questionnaires for paper, web, and mobile design, analyze, and evaluate methodological studies to improve the quality of response, increase response rates, reduce non-response bias, and ensure consistency across and within BJS surveys; prepare a variety of mathematical models, sample surveys, statistical measurements, sample designs, management control data, quantitative materials, memoranda, letters, opinions, transmittals, reports, position papers, and other written documentation that support research findings and recommendations in the regulatory area, for audiences including the criminal justice community, Congress, Department officials, and others.

    The Statistician receiving assignments from OCR will work as part of a team to investigate, analyze, and resolve allegations of discrimination and to conduct civil rights compliance reviews, including but not limited to matters handled by OCR involving disparate impact and pattern-or-practice employment and services discrimination issues.

    Among other duties, this Statistician working assignments from OCR will: determine the nature and scope of statistical analyses required, including appropriate time, geographic, and population parameters; perform complex statistical analyses to determine whether representation of groups affected by a justice system, school district, or social service policy or practice significantly differs from expected representation based on census, education, or other comparative data; consult with OCR attorneys and other staff regarding statistical analyses and issues arising in investigations and other matters, assist attorneys in preparing data requests, written findings and reports; and produce written and oral reports of results of statistical analyses in formats and language understandable to individuals having varying degrees of understanding (managers, attorneys, and program analysts).

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - 3 days per quarter

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    14

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    United States Citizens

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship required.
    • Subject to background/suitability investigation/determination.
    • Submit all required documents and Online Assessment Questionnaire.
    • Federal payments are required to be made by Direct Deposit.
    • Requires registration for the Selective Service. Visit www.sss.gov.
    • Pre-employment drug testing required.
    • 1-year probationary period may be required.

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    Qualifications

    Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    MINIMUM FEDERAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

    THIS MINIMUM REQUIREMENT APPLIES TO ALL GRADES:

    A. Applicants must show successful completion of a full four-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included 15 semester/22 quarter hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester/9 quarter hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester (13 quarter) hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc. Credit toward meeting statistical course requirements is given for courses in which 50 percent of the course content includes statistical methods, e.g., courses that included studies in research methods in psychology or economics such as tests and measurements or business cycles, or courses in methods of processing mass statistical data, such as tabulating methods or electronic data processing OR
    B. Combination of education and experience----courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience should have included a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.


    Grade 13:
    ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS



    In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have had one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-12.
    Specialized experience is experience which is in or related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples include: Developed statistical models using the computer and applied models to a wide variety of situations to solve novel problems or collected complex data using advanced sampling techniques and conducted statistical analysis that encompassed related studies or segments of a mass data collection project.


    Grade 14:
    ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS



    In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have had one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-13.
    Specialized experience is experience which is in or related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples include: developed computer programs to resolve a range of statistical problems of national significance or served as agency expert and top level consultant and represented the agency regarding broad statistical research and/or specialized statistical methods.


    Technical Qualifications:



    Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.
    Knowledge of the principles and theories of applied statistical methods and techniques related to a specific subject-matter field or a particular statistical function.
    Ability to conduct statistical studies and projects.
    Ability to perform statistical analyses.
    Ability to communicate in writing.

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    Education

    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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

    Additional information

    TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENT: Status applicants for promotion must have 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade by the closing date.

    This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies that may occur within 90 days of the closing date.

    This position is eligible to telework on a part time or situational basis.

    OJP offers opportunities for flexible work schedules.

    This position is included in the bargaining unit.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be considered under all categories for which you are eligible. For All U.S. Citizens: Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ's Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Names of all candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Candidates within the best qualified category who are eligible for veterans preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles. In addition, if you are a Status/Merit Promotion/VEOA candidate: Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on the announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your resume and application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.
    If you are a CTAP/ICTAP applicant: CTAP/ICTAP applicants must be well qualified to be referred for consideration. If you score 90 or above, you are considered to be well-qualified and will be referred to the selecting official.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Applicable

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    Required Documents

    REMINDER: ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MIDNIGHT Eastern Time (Washington, D.C. time) ON THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS (ALL APPLICANTS):

    1. Resume and/or work history profile,
    2. Responses to the online questions,
    3. Veterans' Preference Documentation (if applicable; see below for more information).

    ADDITIONAL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS (FEDERAL EMPLOYEES):
    4. SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (for current and former federal employees; see below for more information), and
    5. Performance Appraisal (for current federal employees) Note: if not provided, will be required at time of interview.

    Note: Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    Veterans Preference
    In order to verify your veteran preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

    If you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim.

    Although veteran preference points are not assigned under the category rating procedures described under How You Will Be Evaluated, veterans' preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-veterans within each category for which qualified. In addition, qualified veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more are placed at the top of the highest quality category (i.e., Best Qualified).

    Veterans Employment Opportunity Act
    To be eligible for a Veteran Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) appointment, a veteran must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed three (3) or more years of continuous active military service. If applying for a Merit Promotion announcement and wish to be considered under the VEOA, you must submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214, in addition to any other required documents listed on this announcement.Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)/Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)
    If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(u) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the Agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 Non Competitive Appointment

    Non-competitive Eligibility
    You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; veterans with service-connected disabilities of 30% or more; returning volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, Veterans' Recruitment Appointment, etc. Appropriate documentation to support your claim must be included in your application, along with the type of special appointment you are seeking.

    Current/Former Federal Employees
    If you are a current Federal employee in a permanent, competitive service position, you must submit document to confirm your status. Failure to submit an appropriate SF-50 will automatically disqualify you from further consideration.
    - Submit an SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) or other official agency documentation that shows your current (or most recent) grade and competitive service status. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a "1" and your "tenure" block should show a "1" or "2".).
    - Submit your most recent Performance Appraisal (dated within the last 18 months) or a separate statement explaining why you are unable to submit your appraisal. If not provided at time of application, it will be required at time of interview.

    If you are a former Federal employee who is reinstatement eligible based on prior federal permanent competitive service, you must submit documents to confirm your eligibility.
    - Submit an SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) or other official agency documentation that shows your current (or most recent) grade and competitive service status. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a "1" and your "tenure" block should show a "1" or "2".)

    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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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc.
    OJP has partnered with the Vida Fitness Center, located in the Verizon Center for your physical fitness needs and offers on-site fitness centers at various DOJ locations, most of which are located within walking distance.
    OJP also offers credit union services; ATM machine on-site; a health unit and on-site nurse for your usage.
    Transit Benefits: To defray your commuting cost, we are pleased to offer the Employee Transit Benefit Program.

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    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on https://www.avuecentral.com/casting/aiportal/control/toVacancy?referenceCode=GSTII.

    If you are unable to apply online, you may contact Avue Digital Services, Monday - Friday from 8AM to 5 PM PST at 253-573-1877 or email at joeavue@avuetech.com.

    Agency contact information

    Gail Williams

    Address

    Department of Justice
    810 7th Street, NW
    Washington, Dist of Columbia 20531
    US
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    Next steps

    Once your completed application is certified and received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your status and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of the announcement.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/451013700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.