This position is located in the Statistical Methods and Quality Assurance Branch (SMQAB) of the U.S. Census Bureau's National Processing Center (NPC). The incumbent serves as the Chief of the Census Coverage Measurement Section and provides overall technical guidance and administrative responsibilities for all functions and projects of the section. This position is not in the bargaining unit.Learn more about this agency
Tour of Duty: Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Alternate Work Schedule and other various flexible work schedules may be available. Alternate Work Schedule is an 80-hour biweekly basic work requirement that is scheduled in less than 10 days; i.e., eight 9-hour days/nights, one 8-hour day/night, and one day off.
Applications under this job opportunity announcement will be considered under external competitive procedures only. This vacancy is also being advertised under merit promotion procedures as NPC-2018-0138, Supervisory Mathematical/Survey Statistician, GG-1529/1530-13-SMQAB-TE-MAP-Internal, which can be accessed at http://jobsearch.USAJOBS.gov/
This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled under 1529, Mathematical Statistician series, or 1530 Statistician series.
Note to current NPC employees: If you are a current NPC employee and are selected from this announcement, this selection will change your type of appointment to a Term Appointment. At the end of this Term Appointment, your employment with NPC will end. You will be required to re-compete for any permanent positions. In some cases, you may be eligible for reinstatement. Applying for Reinstatement may allow former federal employees to reenter the Federal competitive service workforce without competing with the general public
A one year trial period will be required.
Candidates must clear the fingerprint process and initiate the required background investigation prior to selection.
This is a supervisory position. You must have demonstrated in your work experience or training that you possess or have the potential to develop the qualities of successful supervision. You may be required to serve a supervisory/managerial probationary period.
Relocation expenses may not be authorized.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
The individual selected for this position will:
- Supervise a professional staff of Survey and Mathematical Statisticians at varying levels through grade 12 and with the aid of these direct a staff of supervisory statistical assistants, statistical assistants, statistical clerks, and administrative personnel;
- Research, plan, and implement assigned projects requiring the application of statistical and/or mathematical statistical theory;
- Plan and conduct project-related studies, which includes preparing specifications and developing new or modifying existing procedures;
- Analyze and evaluate the accuracy and validity of data;
- Develop and apply measures/models to resolve problems;
- Serve as a consultant on survey sampling and processing operations at NPC.
Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…All qualified United States citizens.
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Conditions Of Employment
- Must be a U.S. Citizen and suitable for Federal employment.
- If resume is incomplete, may not be considered for this vacancy.
- Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov).
This position requires a security clearance.
Any required investigations and clearances must be completed before you can be placed in the position.
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Qualifications1530 Basic Requirements:
A. Degree: that included 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester 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 should be given for courses in which 50 percent of the course content appears to be 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.
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.
1529 Basic Requirements:
A. Degree: that included 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, of which at least 12 semester hours were in mathematics and 6 semester hours were in statistics.
B. Combination of education and experience -- at least 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, including at least 12 hours in mathematics and 6 hours in statistics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Evaluation of Education: Courses acceptable toward meeting the mathematics course requirement of paragraphs A or B above must have included at least four of the following: differential calculus, integral calculus, advanced calculus, theory of equations, vector analysis, advanced algebra, linear algebra, mathematical logic, differential equations, or any other advanced course in mathematics for which one of these was a prerequisite.
Transcripts must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement.
In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education.
Specialized Experience: You qualify at the GS-13 level if you possess one year of specialized experience that equips you with the skills needed to perform the job duties. This experience must have been equivalent to at least the grade 12 level to meet the qualification requirements in the Federal Service. Examples of experience must have equipped the applicant with knowledge of statistical theories, methods, and techniques. Specialized experience includes planning and organizing processing efforts for large-scale censuses or surveys; and supervising, budgeting, managing, and implementing process activities for a large-scale processing or data collection for a Census (Agriculture, Economic, Decennial, etc.) or a large survey program.
Education may not be substituted for experience at this grade level.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations, (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Qualification requirements contained in this vacancy announcement are based on U.S. Office of Personnel Management Qualification (OPM)Standards Handbook, which contains Federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on OPM's website at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
The following links provide information on various hiring authorities that may enable you to apply through merit assignment procedures, or be eligible for a non-competitive appointment.http://www.opm.gov/ctap.
CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
- A copy of your Reduction In Force (RIF) separation notice; notice of proposed removal for declining a directed geographic relocation outside of the local commuting area. A Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice of eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice).
- A copy of your latest SF-50 “Notification of Personnel Action”, noting current position, grade/band level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc;
- A copy of your last performance appraisal including rating; and
- Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
- A copy of your Reduction In Force (RIF) separation notice; notice of proposed removal for declining a directed geographic relocation outside of the local commuting area; notice of disability annuity termination; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a work-related compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement.
- A copy of your SF-50 “Notification of Personnel Action”, documenting your RIF separation, noting your position, grade/band level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;
- A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
- Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factor.
Employees who receive a buyout and subsequently return to positions in a Federal agency within 5 years after the date of separation on which the payment is based, whether by reemployment or contracts for personal service, are generally obligated to repay the full amount of the buyout to the agency that paid it before the individual’s first day of reemployment.
How You Will Be Evaluated
We will review your resume, optional cover letter, supporting documentation, and dates of employment (mm/dd/yy) on the resume to determine if you meet the qualifications for the position. If you meet the qualifications stated in the job opportunity announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions) that you completed as part of the application and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are “gold”, “silver”, and “bronze”. Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire or your score will be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.
How applicants will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) except Professional and Scientific positions at the grade 9 and above.
The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate the applicant on the following competencies; do not provide a separate written response:
- Ability to provide supervision and leadership to the Section and work with other managers and technical subject matter specialists to plan and develop coverage measurement programs.
- Skill necessary to plan and prepare specifications for new or existing procedures and to present technical guidance on projects requiring the application of statistical theory to managers, supervisors and employees using procedures, special instructions, and training materials.
- Ability to coordinate work methods, priorities and procedures with section management, to analyze and evaluate data, to develop measures/models/methods to resolves problems, and coordinate work methods, priorities and procedures with section management.
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Background checks and security clearance
A complete application consists of the following:
Resume showing relevant experience, optional cover letter, and the online questionnaire. Your resume must indicate country of citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week, annual salary, and specify the job duties related to the advertised position. For work in the Federal service, include the grade level of the position(s). Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the occupational questionnaire.
Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable. Indicate on resume the type of veterans' preference claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service to validate claim of veterans’ preference and, if applicable, VA letter). If a compensable veteran is selected, an SF-15 will be required prior to appointment. Active duty service members must submit certification from the armed forces that the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/index.aspx . For a fillable copy of the SF-15, go to: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf .
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable. See the "Other Information" section.
Education: If using education substitution, a combination of experience and education, or the position requires higher education, you must submit a transcript (official or unofficial) or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Refer to http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp for more information.
You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.
Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education’s website - http://www.ed.gov/international/usnei/us/workrecog.doc. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation will result in lost consideration.
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
To apply online, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov. Enter the job announcement number in the left hand box titled “Keywords” and then click the SEARCH button. To begin, click the “Apply” button in the middle of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. (After registering in your USAJOBS account and clicking “Submit”, you will automatically transition to the Department of Commerce’s specific site where you will complete your application. You must click “Submit” at the end of the application process to send your applications for consideration.)
To return to a saved application, log into your USAJOBS account at http://www.usajobs.gov and click on "Applications". Click on the position title and then select “Update Application” to continue.
If you have problems completing the online application, including problems submitting the supporting documents, contact the Help Desk by e-mail at email@example.com or telephone at 866-656-6831. The Help Desk is available Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (ET), excluding Federal holidays.
All online applications and supplemental materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the closing date of the vacancy. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications online using the application process outlined at www.usajobs.gov. While electronic applications are strongly encouraged, paper applications will also be accepted. Please contact the Human Resources Specialist identified in the job opportunity announcement for details and instructions on the process for submitting your paper application. Paper applications and supplemental materials must be received by 4:30 p.m. (ET) on the closing date of the vacancy.
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- Application Received or Application Incomplete;
- Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;
- Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official); and
- Selected or Not Selected
You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).
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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.
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