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WHAT DOES A MATHEMATICAL STATISTICIAN DO? As a Mathematical Statistician you will be responsible to design, develop, and implement mathematical statistical projects, studies, and proposals that affect the programs and policies of the Internal Revenue Service. You will be required to provide professional assistance to senior staff members or management.
WHAT IS THE RESEARCH, APPLIED ANALYTICS, AND STATISTICS (RAAS) DIVISION? Research, Applied Analytics, and Statistics (RAAS) anticipates and meets customers’ needs by providing leading research, analytical, statistical, and technology services. RAAS provides an intellectually challenging and supportive environment for our employees. We are the leading source for data analytics, analytical and statistical support, research tools and information, and breakthrough technologies within the IRS. RAAS recommendations, studies and data are effectively used to assist in the administration of the U.S. tax system and to improve IRS performance. Our projects encompass a variety of subjects, including statistical analyses, program evaluations, research on topics affecting tax administration, compliance studies and the administration of enterprise research resources. RAAS serves as a consultant to the IRS Commissioner and the Senior Executive Team and is a strategic partner for decisions affecting Servicewide operations.
1 position is located in Deputy Commissioner Operations Support, RAAS at 77 K St NE, Washington, DC 20002 (DC0198).
The anticipated start date is to be determined at time of selection.
As a Mathematical Statistician you will:
- Review the application of mathematical statistical methodology used throughout the Service to ensure consistency with accepted mathematical statistical standards.
- Participate in evaluating and documenting the project results, and help prepare recommendations based on mathematical statistical findings.
- Keep superiors and others who have a need to know informed of the progress of studies and projects during all phases.
- Plan projects and studies, including the resources required, the objectives, time frames, and involvement or other functions, and help obtain any necessary approvals.
- Interpret mathematical statistical limitations and qualifications of study results in terms, which are technically correct, and at the same time meaningful to non-statisticians.
- Assist higher graded mathematical statisticians conduct research in the development of mathematical statistical techniques applicable to Service operations.
- Advise analysts in the evaluating and documenting project results and preparing recommendations based on mathematical statistical findings.
- Ensure appropriate mathematical, statistical, and research techniques are used based on observations in related areas.
WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS? If you want to find out more about IRS careers, visit us on the web at www.jobs.irs.gov.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…US citizens; no prior Federal experience is required.
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- Must be US Citizen or National.
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THIS POSITION HAS A POSITIVE EDUCATION REQUIREMENT.
QualificationsYou must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:
BASIC REQUIREMENTS: (ALL GRADES)
You must have a Bachelor’s degree that included 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, which includes 12 semester hours in mathematics and 6 semester hours in statistics. OR
A combination of education/experience that includes 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, including 12 hours in mathematics and 6 hours in statistics plus the appropriate experience or additional education.
In addition to the above, you must meet the requirements described below:
GS-7 LEVEL: You must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: demonstrate technical application of statistical techniques to research data and interpret the results at the developmental level; Assisting in assignments that cover miscellaneous duties related to the problems assigned to higher graded mathematical statisticians and analysts. Such skills are typically gained in the statistical or mathematical field or through performance of work where the primary concern was the subject matter of the statistical analysis efforts were required to facilitate the basic duties. OR
You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: 1 year of graduate level education at an accredited college or university in a related field of study such as mathematics or statistics. OR
Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) may be met by having a Bachelor's degree, with one of the following: A GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all completed undergraduate courses or those completed in the last two years of study, or a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all courses in the major field of study or those courses in the major completed in the last two years of study, or rank in the upper one third of the class in the college, university, or major subdivision, or membership in a national honor society recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies.
GS-09 LEVEL: You must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: experience demonstrating the basic comprehension of statistical and mathematical theories and techniques that relate to experimental design, data analysis, sampling, forecasting, quality control, and operations research; professional experience of the methods and principles of mathematical statistics and their application to relevant IRS projects and studies; experience researching and gathering pertinent data from a wide variety of sources, and presenting the data in a professional manner; conducting statistical analysis and making recommendations on the results; experience in project planning techniques that are used to plan develop and evaluate programs; experience using systems analysis techniques and cost benefit analysis and experience in the use of statistical software packages and computer database tools. OR
You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: Master’s or equivalent graduate degree in a related field of study such as mathematics or statistics OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s or equivalent graduate degree in a related field of study such as mathematics or statistics.
GS-11 LEVEL: You must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: experience using statistical theories and techniques that relate to experimental design, data analysis, sampling, forecasting, quality control, and operations research; experience using research and study design and administration processes from the formulation of concepts through specification and analysis of output to the presentation of conclusions; facilitating the planning and execution of a variety of projects and in developing authoritative recommendations requiring technical and administrative judgment; preparing reports and conduct statistical analysis to provide recommendations on results; project planning techniques that can be used to plan develop and evaluate programs; experience using systems analysis techniques and cost benefit analysis and experience in the use of statistical software packages and computer database tools and of other types of mainframes and personal computer software. OR
You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a related field of study such as mathematics or statistics. OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a related field of study such as mathematics or statistics.
You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.
GS-12 LEVEL: You must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: experience using statistical and mathematical theories and techniques that relate to experimental design, data analysis, sampling, forecasting, quality control, and operations research; experience in researching and gathering pertinent data from a variety of sources, and using the data in analyzing complex and highly technical program areas and the ability to explain technical terminology and make recommendations on the results; experience in the research and study design and administration processes from the formulation of concepts through specification and analysis of output to the presentation of conclusions; experience assisting the planning and execution a variety of projects and in developing authoritative recommendations requiring technical and administrative judgment; experience gathering facts; relating findings, negotiating resolution of problems, and selling new approaches to various levels of management; experience in project planning techniques that can be used to plan develop and evaluate programs; experience with systems analysis techniques and cost benefit analysis and in the use of statistical software packages and computer database tools and other types of mainframe and personal computer software.
- The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector or Volunteer Service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.
- To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.
- We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
- This is a bargaining unit position.
- We offer opportunities for telework.
- We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.
- A 1-year probationary period is required.
- Must successfully complete a background investigation including an FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check).
- Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency
- If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
- Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
- Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
- Undergo an income tax verification and review of prior performance/conduct.
- Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
How You Will Be Evaluated
Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a “not qualified” determination.
Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas: Customer Service, Oral Communication/Speaking, Planning and Evaluating, Problem Solving, Statistical Expertise, Technology Application, Writing. Category rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three quality level categories, (i.e., A = Superior, B = Highly Qualified, C= Qualified) depending on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, and training related to this position. Your rating may be lowered if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.
Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category. Qualified preference-eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest category.
Referral:If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview (telephonic and/or in person at the discretion of the Selecting Official in accordance with hiring polices). We will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site.
If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must receive a rating of category B or better to be rated as “well qualified" to receive special selection priority.
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A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).
All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional). To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view Resume Tips
VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION If you are claiming veterans’ preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. For more information on veterans' preference view FedsHireVets.
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) DOCUMENTATION If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, click CTAP/ICTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents. IRS CTAP eligibles can apply for jobs both within and outside the commuting area.
EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION: For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page
If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM 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.
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
The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET, Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date.
Treasury believes in a working environment that supports inclusion; please view our reasonable accommodation policies and procedures at http://www.jobs.irs.gov/midcareer/reasonable-accommodation.html. We will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.
If you are an applicant with a disability, you may contact Denise Leland at 901-707-3111 about special appointment authorities for persons with disabilities, in addition to applying for this job announcement.
- To begin, either click the “Create a New Account” button and follow the prompts to register or if you previously registered, click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts.
- You will be re-directed to Treasury’s CareerConnector system to complete your application process; answer the online questions, and submit all required documents. (To submit supporting documents, click one of the available options; Upload; Fax; or Reuse existing documents. To protect your privacy, we suggest you first remove your SSN). Also, go to “My Account” to view and update your information, as necessary.
- To complete, you must click the “Submit Application” button located at the bottom of the “Application Review” page.
- To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application and the documentation received.
- To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
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