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    Summary

    These positions are to be filled under the OPM Government-Wide Direct Hire Authority STEM Positions for grades GS 11-15. This serves as a public notice for the use of the Direct Hire Authority in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 3327 and 3330 and 5 CFR 330. Under this recruitment procedure, applications will be accepted for each location/ installation identified in this Public Notice. There may or may not be actual/projected vacancies at the time you submit your application.

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    Responsibilities

    As an Economist you will:

    • Conceive, design, perform and document a broad range of economic analyses and research assignments involving conditions and problems pertaining to Energy and bring such studies to meaningful conclusions.
    • Evaluate impact of new technologies, systems, policies, and international market forces.
    • Document study purposes, methods, assumptions, and conclusions, and bries high-level officials. Acquire thorough parametric knowledge of subjects to perform sound, authoritative economic analyses.
    • Obtain, compile, organize, and analyze economic data. Select critical elements of real world systems for inclusion in models and applies economical techniques in innovative ways.
    • Monitor and conduct special studies important to agency decision makers. Analyze in innovative ways, the effects of different policies and advises high level managers of positive and negative effects of the different policies and policy options.
    • Generate ideas for new programs, policies, studies and approaches in assigned subject areas.
    • Brief study sponsors and high level officials on findings and conclusions of studies, and on relationships of conclusions to existing and proposed policies and policy options.
    • Apply extensive knowledge of issues, problems, and subjects studies to assure results reflect real world environments.
    • May serve as a project leader, assuming responsibility for the development of project planning, coordination of overall team efforts, and maintaining appropriate lines of communication.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    None

  • Job family (Series)

    0110 Economist

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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.
    • Positions are located agency-wide and may be filled as permanent, term, or temporary with a full-time or part-time work schedule. Pay will vary by geographic location.
    • Appointments made with this authority will be processed as a new appointment into the Civil Service.
    • The vacancies filled through these appointments have varying levels of background investigative requirements, up to?a Top Secret -?DOE "Q" clearance.

    Qualifications

    You must meet the Basic Requirement listed in the Education Requirements section below and/or "Specialized Experience" to qualify for this series as described below.

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

    A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for these positions are defined as:

    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 applying quantitative methods and techniques used to evaluate information concerning mathematical, statistical, or economic factors related to energy market conditions or energy industry practices; and drafting reports and/or written results.

    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 methods used to gather, analyze and evaluate information concerning critical mathematical, statistical, economic or other relevant factors related to energy market conditions, or energy industrial practices; planning and executing a variety of projects pertaining to energy; and developing strategic planning activities, including program objectives, goals, or measures.

    NOTE: There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at the GS-12 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 analyzing and evaluating current methods used to gather, analyze and evaluate information concerning mathematical, statistical, economic or other relevant factors related to energy market conditions or energy industrial practices in order to make improvements; creating, performing and documenting economic analyses involving current and projected pricing, production supply and distribution patterns, conditions and problems pertaining to the energy industry; and providing research interpretations and recommendations to senior officials based on economic research and studies

    NOTE: There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at the GS-13 level.

    GS-14: You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. Experience includes initiating, formulating, developing, designing, performing, and documenting a broad range of economic analyses and assignments that provide systematic economic data collection, analysis, modelling, reporting and policy inputs, and associated timelines and costs, for current or continuing or projected programs in one or more areas of economic activity. Documenting purposes, methods, assumptions and conclusions, and bases sound economic analyses on thorough parametric knowledge of subjects studied.

    NOTE: There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at the GS-14 level.

    GS-15: You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service. Experience includes providing analyses, interpretations, and opinions to officials internal and external on a broad variety of cases and issues that include economic and policy positions on very complex and difficult matters requiring a high order of original and creative economics endeavor that will broaden or restrict activities, or have a very important impact on energy and related industries and the public. Assessing the readiness level, quality of output and outcomes, and the organizational support for the broad function of economics study necessary to create and maintain the highest level of professionalism and efficacy in the economics discipline. Reviewing and commenting on proposed legislation, rulemaking and regulatory activities of agencies to ensure adequate consideration of concerns and to assess the impact of those activities on statutory missions or policies

    NOTE: There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at the GS-15 level.

    "Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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.

    OPM Qualification Standards for the GS-0110 series can be found at the following website: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0100/economist-series-0110/

    CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

    This public notice may be used to fill multiple positions as needed; therefore, applicants must meet the qualifications at the time the applications are reviewed.

    Education

    Basic Requirement:

    Degree: Economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.

    OR

    Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    This position has a positive education requirement. Therefore, you MUST provide documentation supporting any education claims in your application. This documentation can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. For specific education requirements, please see the Education Requirements. If selected, official transcripts may be requested.

    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
    • Status and Non-Status applicants from outside DOE selected under this authority are required to serve a mandatory one (1) year probationary period. A DOE career status employee selected for this position may be required to serve a new one (1) year probationary period, pursuant to 5 CFR 315.802.
    • If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.
    • This public notice is to gather applications that may or may not result in a referral or selection.
    • More than one selection may be made under this hiring authority.
    • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.
    • Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation.
    • Positions may be filled at varying levels of leadership, ie Team Lead, Manager, Supervisor.
    • Supervisory positions may require a 1-year probationary period, if not yet completed.
    • New employees to the Department of Energy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify
    • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
    • All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.
    • Telework may or may not be eligible depending on the position requirements.
    • May be required to complete a Financial Disclosure Statement.
    Reasonable Accommodation Policy: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Reasonable_Accommodation_Policy_Statement

    Veterans Information: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Veterans_Information

    Selective Service Registration: http://www.sss.gov/

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    This position is announced under a government-wide Direct Hire Authority (DHA) for STEM positions in the GS- 0110 series. Under this Direct-Hire authority, applicants are required to meet minimum qualification requirements at the grade level(s) of interest. Veteran's Preference, Schedule A, Category Rating, and other methods of consideration DO NOT APPLY under Direct-Hire Authority regulations.

    Appointments made under this authority will be processed as new appointments to the Civil Service. Current Civil Service employees would, therefore, be given new appointments to the Civil Service. Current Federal employees may be required to serve a new probationary period (5 CFR 315.802(b).

    If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.

    Successful candidates will possess the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

    • Administration and Management
    • Economics
    • Planning and Evaluating
    • Project Management


    You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date (09/30/2021) of this announcement.

    To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, clickhttps://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11131139.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Other

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process

    Credentialing, Suitability/Fitness

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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

    This is a public notice that is open for 4 months.

    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

    Bradley Bock

    Address

    Oak Ridge HR Shared Service Center
    P.O. Box 5088
    Oak Ridge, TN 37831
    US
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    The Department of Energy is responsible for defining and advancing America's energy policy, technology, and security. Through our national laboratories and distinctive range of program centers we discover, deliver, and manage the energy breakthroughs that keep the nation and its economy safe and secure through the 21st century and beyond!

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    Learn more about what it's like to work at Department of Energy, what the agency does, and about the types of careers this agency offers.

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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.

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 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.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/603077300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.