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This position is located in the DOL, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Office of Compensation and Working Conditions (OCWC), Compensation Research and Program Developement Group (CRPDG).
The BLS is the principal Federal statistical agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support the public and private decision-making that forms the basis of our democratic, free-enterprise system. Like all Federal statistical agencies, the BLS executes its statistical mission with independence, serving its users by providing products and services that are accurate, objective, relevant, timely, and accessible.
The CRPDG carries out research that addresses methodological, conceptual, and technical issues of concern to OCWC and other BLS programs. CRPDG serves OCWC by providing functional expertise in the areas of economic theory and practice, and its mission is to stay abreast of new trends in labor economics and general survey methodology. CRPDG's expertise makes it ideally suited to identifying new products that OCWC might offer and searching out new ways that OCWC's existing products can be enhanced.
-This position has a full performance level of GS-14. Promotion Potential: There is no obligation to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and supervisory approval.
-This position is inside the bargaining unit.
-A writing sample may be requested at the time of the interview.
-This announcment may be used to fill additional like positions.
-This position will not be filled until the Department's Placement Assistance Programs have been fully utilized.
-Applications for this announcement will be accepted online only by clicking the "Apply Online" button.
As a Research Economist in the CRPDG, the incumbent is responsible for initiating and directing activities for improving the quality and enhancing the analytical usefulness of current output of OCWC, long term program development, and initiating and conducting economic research relevant to the mission of BLS. The CRPDG is delegated responsibility for: (1) initiating and conducting program development activities by developing or refining relevant economic concepts, techniques, or measures studying possibilities for the integration of programs, assessing the need for the collection of new data elements, developing the design of micro data sets suitable for econometric analysis, and initiating and conducting analyses of the behavior and characteristics of data series; (2) initiating and conducting research involving methodological and conceptual issues of concern to OCWC programs or which cut across subject matter areas; (3) providing consultation and guidance to OCWC staff to ensure the application of sound economic principles and the use of effective econometric and quantitative methods; (4) serving as OCWC technical expert on research and program development activities and representing OCWC to other agencies, research institutions, and the general public on these activities; and (5) coordinating with economic research staff or other BLS offices on cross-cutting activities.
In carrying out these responsibilities staff members of CRPDG are expected to advise and direct other BLS economists who may possess extensive research and development experience. The staff of CRPDG must possess the highest level of technical expertise and the ability to make judgments about research and program development methodology and research and statistical program results. The staff must be able to offer advice from both an academic background and a research background. As such, the qualifications, stature, and contributions of the incumbent have a direct and major impact on the level of difficulty and responsibility of the work performed and requires a research capability normally demonstrated by a Ph.D.
Duties include but are not limited to:
- Conducts program development activities applying economic, econometric, and statistical principles and concepts, to improve the quality, technical currency, and analytical usefulness of OCWC programs. Activities may involve studying possibilities for integration of programs or assessing the need for the collection of new data elements.
- Identifying the need for program development activities and initiating program development projects is accomplished in conjunction with the Senior Research Level Economist and other more senior CRPDG staff.
- Develops OCWC data bases for application to analytical needs. Identifies problems in the existing content of labor data surveys or the existing measurement of economic variables important to labor market analysis, and, by drawing implications from economic theory, develops more appropriate measurement concepts or additional measures for labor market variables (an important part of the latter includes the development of the presently-existing body of economic theory into new areas where it is at present inchoate).
- Assesses possibilities for improving existing survey data for analytical purposes, such as by developing longitudinal microdata files or matching information across surveys. Initiates and conducts analyses of the behavior and characteristics of data series.
- Provides advice and guidance to staff to ensure application of sound economic principles and the use of effective econometric and quantitative methods, including advice on econometric methods and research methodology pertinent to problems in labor market analysis. The incumbent will utilize techniques that may include fixed effect models, hazard and other transition probability models, linear and nonlinear estimations, models accounting for sample selection bias, instrumental variables models, and models appropriate for limited dependent variables such as probit, logit, and tobit. Where appropriate, devises new techniques where none exist that are adequate for particular research problems.
- Represents the OCWC as a technical expert on research and program development activities to other organizations within BLS, other agencies, research institutions, and the general public.
- Conducts research involving theoretical and empirical issues of concern to OCWC programs. Such research often involves investigation and experimentation into unexplored and unprecedented areas. Frequently, solutions are possible only through the application to the problem of the newest and most advanced theoretical and econometric techniques which have not previously been brought to bear on the problem. Therefore, the position requires advanced and sophisticated training, with heavy emphasis on theory and quantitative methods, plus unusual aptitude for refined and original research.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…U.S. Citizens; ICTAP and CTAP eligibles in the local commuting area.
Intermittent cut off date(s) for this announcement are January 12 and February 2, with a closing date of February 23. Qualified applicants will be sent to the hiring manager for review after each cut-off date. All applicants who apply on or before the cut-off date will be reviewed and do not need to reapply after each cut-off. If the position is filled prioir to the closing date the announcement will be closed.
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Conditions Of Employment
- Must be a U.S. Citizen. Must be at least 16 years of age.
- Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
- Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.
QualificationsTo qualify, candidates must meet the below two requirements. You MUST submit all unofficial transcripts (in English) or documentation that shows proof of meeting the BASIC QUALIFICATIONS, and your resume MUST show detailed evidence of meeting the specialized experience for the grade in which you are applying.
I. Basic Qualifications
II. Specialized Experience
I. Basic Qualifications:
(A) A degree in economics that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.
(B) A combination of education and experience –courses equivalent to a major in economics, as show in (A) above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Examples of qualifying experience include (a) individual economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation, conclusions and report preparation; (b) supervisory or project coordination assignments involving a staff of professional economists, and requiring the evaluation and interpretation of economic information; or (c) teaching assignments in a college or university that included both class instruction in economics subjects and one of the following (1) personal research that produced evidence of results, (2) direction of graduate theses in economics, or (3) service as a consultant or advisor on technical economics problems.
II. Specialized Experience:
Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-11, in the Federal Service or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. This one year of specialized experience must be in or related to the field of economics and must have equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as evidence of highly creative research that (1) Led to the development of a basic principle, product, concept, method, approach, or technique; (2) Provided a body of basic information that opened the way for a major advance in the field of economics or statistics; or (3) Led to general advances in economics or statistics by providing a method of solving other problems, opening areas of research, or providing the means of exploiting the application of economic of mathematical theory.
Applications must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-12, in the Federal Service. Evidence of specialized experience includes the definitions stated for the GS-12 level and also includes the submission of an article to a peer-reviewed journal and the participation in teams that provided guidance to managers or policy makers on the quality and improvement of data collection.
You MUST submit academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements. Specific course work is required to fulfill the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements, you MUST supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit for that course work. See the 'Qualifications and Evaluations' section of this announcement for more details.
If you do not submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.
Please note, you will be deemed ineligible for this vacancy if you do not submit college transcripts as proof of meeting education requirements. This applies to ALL applicants, including those currently or previously qualified in this series and/or grade.
College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from unauthorized secondary schools or post-secondary institutions that are not accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education. Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.
Category A - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.
Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies required by this position.
Category C - Meets the basic experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.
Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:
-Decision Making/Problem Solving
-Technology Application and Management
-Economic Data Management & Analysis
-Program Product Knowledge
The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)
INFORMATION FOR ICTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP eligibles who are placed into Category [INSERT WELL-QUALIFIED CATEGORY] or higher will be considered "well-qualified".
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Background checks and security clearance
The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Follow the instructions: click How To Submit Supplemental Documentation Document. You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password protected documents.
The following documents are required from all applicants:
– Unofficial Transcript(s) (in English) - You MUST submit all applicable academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements (ex. BA/BS, MA, JD, PHD, etc). Specific course work is required to qualify, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit.
Please note, you will be deemed ineligible for this vacancy if you do not submit college transcripts as proof of meeting education requirements. This applies to ALL applicants, including those who currently or previously qualified in this series and/or grade.
You must upload your transcript(s) as one document (3 MB size limit). If over 3 MB, please submit via fax feature.
OFFICIAL Transcripts MUST BE RECEIVED prior to selection and report date. Reference the “Education Section” for College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education.
The following documents are required if applicable:
- Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting honorable or general discharge or release within 120 days, click Active Duty). Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference. For more information, go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx
- Displaced Employee Placement Documents – Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP or ICTAP eligibility.
- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted
Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.
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.
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.
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.
How to Apply
Follow the 5 steps below to apply. Your application and ALL required supplemental documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to be considered. Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered.
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STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account, including Resume and Saved Documents
Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content. FOR EACH EMPLOYMENT PERIOD, include: start/end month & year and note full-time or part-time (if part-time, include # of hours worked per week). Otherwise, your application may be considered incomplete.
STEP 2 - Answer Vacancy Questions (DOORS)
Click the Apply Online button, which is available when you search for a job on www.usajobs.gov, click on the title and proceed.
STEP 3 - Submit Supplemental Documents
Submit the required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy by the close date. For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation Document. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.
STEP 4 - Review Application and click Finish Click here to submit an updated resume after initial application.
STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Close Date
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