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    Duties

    Summary

    A successful candidate in this position will perform research and analyses of larger projects pertaining to the energy sector or to a sub-sector of it. Assignments involve the initiation, formulation, planning, execution and control of analytical studies or continuing projects; require the modification and adaption of a variety of methods or the development of new research techniques and procedures; consideration of the effects of new and emerging techniques.

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    Responsibilities

    As an Operations Research Analyst, you will:

    • Develop, design, formulate, execute, coordinate, perform and document a broad range of analyses involving current and projected pricing, production, supply and distribution patterns, conditions and problems pertaining to energy and bring such studies to meaningful conclusions.
    • Perform analyses through parametric knowledge of subject studies and related projects.
    • Identify specific research areas that merit investigation, develop new hypotheses and approaches for studies and evaluate the feasibility of such endeavors. Initiate, formulate, plan, execute and controls studies, which are designed for the purpose of identifying, analyzing, and reporting on energy-related issues.
    • Advise management on the selection of an appropriate study design, analysis, and in interpretation of study results.
    • Conduct research and studies or projects related to analytical, statistical, or mathematical computations in the preparation of energy cost estimates, programs, and/or research. Develop reliable methods and strategies to merge survey data with administrative and utilization data.
    • Monitor and conduct a variety of specialized and complex research projects and studies important to agency decision-makers. Monitor, evaluate and coordinate projects and studies carried out under contract.
    • Apply extensive knowledge of issues, problems and subjects studied to assure results reflect real world environments. Brief study sponsors and high-level officials on progress and conclusions of studies.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    13

  • Job family (Series)

    1515 Operations Research

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
    • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
    • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
    • Subject to satisfactory security and suitability requirements.
    • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
    • You must submit an unofficial or official transcripts by the closing date of this vacancy announcement. NOTE: Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position.

    Qualifications

    BASIC REQUIREMENTS: A Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in operations research; or a degree with at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics. At least 3 of the 24 semester hours must have been in calculus. Additional information regarding the education requirements for Operations Research Analyst can be found at the following website: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1500/operations-research-series-1515/.

    In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below.

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

    For the GS-09, you must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service. Experience for this position includes:

    • Performing segments of analyses and projects using standard techniques and models;
    • Observing, studying and documenting new modeling techniques and approaches; and
    • Assisting in the development of working papers and coordinating with others to improve models.

    OR Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education.

    For the GS-11, you must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. Experience includes:

    • Gathering, analyzing, and evaluating information concerning mathematical, statistical, economic, or other phenomena that impact energy market conditions or energy industry practices;
    • Preparing reports and charts to document study purposes, methods, premises, and conclusions; and
    • Participates in briefing officials on progress and conclusions of studies.

    OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

    For the GS-12, you must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Experience includes:

    • Developing alternatives, provide information and guidance to management for planning;
    • Recommending conclusions based on the results of studies on energy market conditions or energy industry practices; and
    • Planning, designing, implementing and testing enhancements to improve and validate models.

    Education cannot be substituted for experience at the GS-12 grade level.

    For the GS-13, you must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Experience includes:

    • Identifying and defining problems, developing alternatives, providing information and guidance to management for planning;
    • Developing and auditing procedures for automated or computer-assisted statistical survey operations on energy related programs;
    • Developing mathematical, statistical models and methodologies for analyzing systems and energy programs; and
    • Using project management techniques and methods in order to direct, lead, and manage analytical studies and projects pertaining to energy.

    Education cannot be substituted for experience at the GS-13 grade level.

    Education

    This position has a positive education requirement.

    Additional information

    • The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
    • This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies across DOE.
    • For general information on government-wide Telework polices visit: www.telework.gov

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Once the application process is complete, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications. If you are minimally qualified for this job, your responses to the self-assessment questions (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) will be evaluated and you will be placed into one of three pre-defined quality categories under Category Rating procedures. These categories are "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified", and "Qualified. 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 qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):


    • Arithmetic/Mathematical Reasoning
    • Creative Thinking
    • Decision Making
    • Research

    Application of Veterans' Preference: If you are a preference eligible candidate, you will be listed at the top of whichever quality category your rating places you in. CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest category for all positions except professional and scientific positions at GS-9 and higher.

    Career Transition Assistance Programs: To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet the eligibility criteria; and 2) be rated "well-qualified", which is defined as scoring in the in Well Qualified category (or higher).

    You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date (06/04/2021) of this announcement.

    To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, clickhttps://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11116415.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process

    Suitability/Fitness, Credentialing

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    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you MUST provide a complete application package which includes:

    • Your RESUME showing all relevant work experience (paid and unpaid) including: duties performed; full name and address of the each employer; start and end dates (month/day/year); work schedule (part-time, full-time, number of hours if intermittent); salary; and any completed education and training (program title, subject area, number of hours completed, and completion date).
    • Cover Letter, optional, expressing additional information not covered in your resume.
    • Transcripts, if specific educational requirements are indicated in this job announcement. Unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned (semester or quarter hour) and final grade is acceptable. It is your responsibility to provide adequate proof that you meet the educational requirements.
    • Veterans' Preference documentation,if applicable, DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service; current active duty members- certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within 120 days; SF-15 Form and related documentation; VA letter. For more information visit the USAJOBS Help Center & OPM CHCOC website for VOW information.
    • Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable(e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.) For more information see the OPM Guide to Career Transition.
    Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.

    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.

    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

    Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin an application. To apply for this position, you must complete the initial online application, to include submission of the required documentation specified in the Required Documents section. A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the announcement closing date to receive consideration.

    The application process is as follows:

    1. You must have a login.gov account to sign into USAJOBS: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/account/.
    2. To begin the application process in USAJOBS, click the Apply Online button.
    3. Answer the questions presented in the application and attach all required and supporting documentation.
    4. You must click the Submit Application button prior to 11:59 pm (ET) on the announcement closing date.
    You may update your application, including supporting documentation, at any time during the announcement open period by returning to your USAJOBS account, select Update Application: https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login. This option will no longer be available once the announcement has closed.

    To verify the status of your application, during and after the announcement open period, log into your USAJOBS account; applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each application status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.

    If you need help with login.gov or USAJOBS (e.g., account access, Resume Builder) visit the USAJOBS Help Center: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/

    If you experience difficulty applying on USAJOBS, after clicking the Apply Online button, or you are experiencing a significant hardship hindering your ability to apply online, the Agency Contact listed in the announcement can assist you during normal business hours. If you receive any system error messages, take screenshots if possible, to aid technical support.

    Agency contact information

    Jessica Corra

    Address

    Energy Information Administration
    P.O. Box 5088
    Oak Ridge, TN 37831
    US
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    This position is located with the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Energy Information Administration. The mission of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is to collect, analyze, and disseminate independent and impartial energy information to promote sound policymaking, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment. EIA is the Nation's premier source of energy information and, by law, its data, analyses, and forecasts are independent of approval by any other officer or employee of the United States government.

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    Next steps

    Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. The status of your application will be updated in USAJOBS as it is evaluated.

    You can check the status by logging into USAJOBS. You may also sign up to receive automatic emails anytime the status of your application changes by logging into your USAJobs Account and editing the Notification Settings.

    You will be contacted directly if an interview is required.

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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.

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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 to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • 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.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/602188300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.