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Job Title:Research Assistant (Interdisciplinary)

Agency:Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Job Announcement Number:12-CFPB-675X

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$42,036.00 to $102,900.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, September 17, 2012 to Monday, September 24, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

CN-0110/1520/1529/1530/1550-30/40

POSITION INFORMATION:

Excepted Service - Time Limited Appointment - not-to-exceed 24 months; may be extended.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

40

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies in the following location:
Washington, DC

WHO MAY APPLY:

Applications will be accepted from U.S. citizens. ***Non-U.S. Citizens with permanent residency will be considered as permitted.*** If you are a Non-U.S. Citizen, please contact Amanda McLeish @ 304-480-8399 for more information on how to apply.

JOB SUMMARY:

This position is located in the Directorate of Research, Markets, and Regulations (RMR), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The Division of Research will be responsible for designing and conducting foundational, policy-relevant quantitative research on consumer finance and household behavior and for sharing this research broadly through reports, papers, and presentations.  Research Assistants in the Division of Research make important contributions toward the objectives of the RMR Directorate and mission of the CFPB.

The purpose of this position is to provide analytical, research and technical support and coordination for economic and market research, policy development, and rule-making initiatives conducted by Research, Markets and Regulations.  The incumbent collects and analyzes data from primary sources, develops reliable reports, and prepares economic, statistical and financial analyses on broadly defined questions.

 

NOTE: This job is interdisciplinary (or multiple series) and will be filled by one of five series: Economist CN-0110, Mathematician CN-1520, Mathematical Statistician CN-1529, Statistician CN-1530, or Computer Scientist CN-1550 upon selection of the candidate. Each of these five occupational series has a basic qualification requirement. Applicants must meet the basic qualification requirement for at least one of these five occupational series, in addition to the specialized experience and/or education requirement for the position at the CN-30 or CN-40 level.

  • This position is being filled under CFPB's excepted service authority.
  • Appointments under this authority will be made in the excepted service and do not convey competitive status.
  • This appointment may be extended
  • Employee may be subject to a two-year trial period.
  • KEY REQUIREMENTS

    • Background investigation
    • U.S. citizenship

    DUTIES:

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    The following are the duties at the CN-40 level. (Equivalent to the GS-09).  If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position. 

    The major duties of this position include:

    • Collects and analyzes data from primary sources, develops reliable reports, and prepares economic, statistical, or financial analyses on well-defined questions to support research, policy development, and rule-making activities throughout the Directorate of Research, Markets and Regulations.
    • Develops and maintains shared databases; manages the timeliness and integrity of data; maintains documentation of database contents and data flows; makes modifications in existing data gathering and statistical reporting procedures; and assists in review and adoption of new procedures.
    • Applies a wide range of techniques for statistical analysis and modeling that are used by economists and statisticians for research. Performs mathematical, statistical and financial calculations to support research and monitoring of policy developments.
    • Assists in handling requests for data and information relating to CFPB studies from the public, press, Congressional offices, or other government agencies.
    • Serves as a Directorate-wide resource on applications of statistical and econometric software and may assist in training new research assistants or interns. Promotes electronic collection and dissemination of data.


    QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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    You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date. You must answer all job-related questions in the job questionnaire.


    You must meet the minimum education requirements described in “Qualifications.”

    You must meet the basic education requirements for each position plus the specialized experience required for each position. Candidates who are in the process of completing the requirements for basic education will be considered as long as the requirements are completed within 9 months from the closing date of this vacancy; (June 24, 2013).

  • Basic Requirements for Economist: 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 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. 1. 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. 2. Experience in related fields that did not involve the use and understanding of economic principles and theories may not be used as qualifying experience for these positions.
  • Basic Requirements for Mathematician: Degree: mathematics; or the equivalent of a major that included at least 24 semester hours in mathematics OR Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in mathematics (including at least 24 semester hours in mathematics), as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The total course work above must have included differential and integral calculus and, in addition, four advanced mathematics courses requiring calculus or equivalent mathematics courses as a prerequisite.
  • Basic Requirements for Mathematical Statistician: 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 OR 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 above, plus appropriate experience or additional 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. Courses in mathematical statistics or probability theory with a prerequisite of elementary calculus or more advanced courses will be accepted toward meeting the mathematics requirements, with the provision that the same course cannot be counted toward both the mathematics and the statistics requirement.
  • Basic Requirements for Statistician: 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 OR Combination of education and experience -- courses as shown in 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.
  • Basic Requirements for Computer Scientist: Bachelor's degree in computer science or bachelor's degree with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. At least 15 of the 30 semester hours must have included any combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus. All academic degrees and course work must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions.
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    The education must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    AND

    In addition to completion of all requirements for a bachelor's degree in one of the fields described above (economist, mathematician, mathematical statistician, statistician, or computer scientist), applicants must also meet the following specialized experience and/or education requirements:

     

    To qualify at the CN-30 level: You must have completion of all requirements for a bachelor's degree in one of the fields described above (Economist, Mathematician, Mathematical Statistician, Statistician, or Computer Scientist)

    OR Combination of education and experience for one of the fields as described above.

     

    Specialized Experience for the CN-40 level:To qualify at the CN-40 level you must have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the CN-30 level in the Federal service. (For qualification purposes, the CN-30 level is broadly equivalent to GS-7). Specialized experience must include knowledge of and hands-on research experience in the application of the principles of economics, statistical and econometric analysis; advanced computing, or database maintenance; and the application of standard quantitative techniques used to research economic, statistical or financial data and information. Specialized experience must also include SAS or STATA programming in an academic or professional setting, collecting and analyzing data; creating and updating charts and data tables in programs such as SAS, STATA, S-Plus, or Excel, and making recommendations for additional study.

    OR Education: (A) A master's degree or two full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such degree from an accredited college or university. (B) Graduate education qualifying for this position must be in economics, mathematics, mathematical statistics, statistics, or computer science and must have provided knowledge, skills and abilities comparable to those that would be gained through one year of specialized experience as described above, and may be substituted for the one year of specialized experience at a rate of 18 semester hours or equivalent for one academic year of related graduate education.

     

    The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

    Your application includes your:

    1. Resume,
    2. Responses to the online questions,
    3. Required supporting documents;
    4. Cover letter (optional).

    Note: If a cover letter is submitted, it may be used to assess your qualifications.

    We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:

    1. Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You may be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we may rate you as ineligible.

    2. Rating: Your application will be evaluated against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. You may also be further evaluated using additional assessment processes.

    Category rating procedures will be used to rank and refer eligibles. Based on your responses to the online questionnaire, you will be assigned a score. Your score will determine in which of the three categories you will be placed: Categories A, B, or C. Under this process, veterans will be assigned to the appropriate category (without additional preference points) and then placed at the top of their category.

    Review your resume and responses carefully. Responses that are not fully supported by the information in your application package may result in adjustments to your score. A human resources representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official. Your resume will be among the factors used in setting your pay, should you be made an offer of employment. Please ensure that it fully describes your experience as it relates to the position for which you are applying.

    3. Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application will be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview.

     

    We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.


    To preview questions please click here.


    BENEFITS:

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    Our comprehensive benefits are among the most generous in the federal government. They include:

  • Challenging and rewarding work benefiting American consumers
  • Opportunities for development and advancement
  • Extremely competitive salaries
  • Access to comprehensive Federal health, vision, dental, life, and long-term care insurance programs
  • Additional access to CFPB-specific vision, dental, short- and long-term disability, and insurance programs while you work at CFPB   
  • Ten paid holidays, 13 days of sick leave, and 13-26 days of vacation time each year
  • Public Transit Incentive Program (PTIP) 
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Emergency Child Care Access (Contracted Service)   
  • Alternative Work Schedule and Telework access
  • The CFPB offers its own FSA Program.  As a result CFPB employees are not eligible to participate in FSAFEDS. If you are currently participating in FSAFEDS and you accept a position with CFPB, in order to continue participation in a FSA for the year you must enroll in the CFPB FSA program.  You are eligible to incur expenses against your FSAFEDS account(s), up to your separation date from your current agency.  In addition you will have until April 30th of the year following your separation from your current agency to get the expenses that were incurred, reimbursed through FSAFEDS. Any balance that remains in your FSAFEDS account after all eligible expenses have been incurred and reimbursed will be forfeited.  Due to IRS regulations, you are not able to transfer your FSAFEDS contributions into a CFPB FSA Account.  If you have questions please contact FSAFEDS at 1-877-FSAFEDS. 


  • OTHER INFORMATION:

  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
  • This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
  • All candidates will be considered without regard to any non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, parental status, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so. 
  •  Relocation expenses will not be paid. 
  • Ethics:  CFPB employees are subject to government-wide ethical standards of conduct, financial disclosure requirements, and post-employment prohibitions, which applicants may review at www.oge.gov.  In addition, CFPB employees must comply with the Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (5 CFR 9401), which, among other things, prohibit an employee or the employee’s spouse or minor child from owning or controlling a debt or equity interest in an entity supervised by CFPB.   CFPB’s regulations also impose restrictions on the outside activities of certain Bureau employees, including examiners and attorneys.  Applicants may review the CFPB ethics regulations and a summary of the regulations at www.consumerfinance.gov.   Questions regarding these requirements and prohibitions should be directed to the CFPB Ethics Office at EthicsHelp@cfpb.gov.


  • HOW TO APPLY:

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    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., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us as soon as possible. 

    If you are experiencing system issues with your application, please contact the CareerConnector Help Desk at careerconnectorhelp@treasury.gov and/or the USAJobs Help Desk.

     

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provides 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.

    Step 1 - Create or Upload a Resume with USAJOBS (www.usajobs.com)

    We suggest you go to the end of the "Qualifications & Evaluations" section of the job announcement to preview the online questions. You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Resume Tips 

    Step 2 - Apply Online

    Click the "Apply Online" link on this page. You will then be directed to USAJOBS where you must select a resume. After selecting a resume, click on the "Apply for this position now!" link, and follow the prompts to register (if you have not already done so). You will then be required to answer a few questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Apply Online" to continue.

    Step 3 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application

    If this is your first time on CFPB's CareerConnector website, you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to your eligibility for federal employment. The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions. Select "Take me to the assessment" and click on the "Continue" button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the "Finished" button.

    Step 4 - Review and Confirm Your Submission

    You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for your required documents. (See Step 5 for details.) Once you click "Done," you will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also print a copy for your records. When you click "Finished" at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted. You may also track your application status from your USAJOBS account.

    Step 5 - Submit Required Documents

    You can submit any required or optional documents (described below) by URL, document upload or fax. Whichever method you choose, please include the job announcement number with your documents. To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your social security number from anything you submit. Document Upload: You may upload supporting documents in one of two ways:

    1. Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process or you can select a document that you have already loaded on USAJOBS. OR

    2. You may upload a document to an existing application by logging in to your USAJOBS account. Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy. Once you have located the vacancy, click on it and select "Apply Online." Move through your existing application until you reach the "Documents" page and select "Upload" to add a document to your application.

    Be sure to review your complete application to confirm that the document(s) uploaded properly. In the "Application Review" section, you should see your uploaded documents listed on the "Vacancy Documents" screen. Once you see them, click "Finished;" you will then be returned to USAJOBS.

    Fax: Create a fax cover-sheet in CareerConnector by following the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions. The fax number is on the cover-sheet.



    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may lose consideration for this position (or lose the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

     

    VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION

    If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, 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. Compensably disabled 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. An SF-15 may be found at the OPM Forms Page. For more information on veteran's preference, click here.

     

    EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION

    This position has a positive education requirement. You MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of courses showing title, number of credits, grade, and date of completion. To be used in meeting qualification requirements, 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 the Database of Accreditation of Post-Secondary Institutions and Programs. If we are unable to determine that you meet the required education, you will be found ineligible for further consideration. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency; more information may be found at Acceptability of Higher Education for Meeting Minimum Qualification Requirements.

    We recommend you get this process started as soon as possible to avoid delays in appointment if selected. A transcript will be required if you are tentatively selected.

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Applicant Call Center
    Phone: 304-480-7300
    Fax: 000-000-0000
    TDD: 304-480-8725
    Email: cfpbinquiries@bpd.treas.gov
    Agency Information:
    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
    See "How to Apply" Section
    Parkersburg, WV
    26106
    US
    Fax: 000-000-0000

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging into your account at www.usajobs.gov. We also recommend you opt to receive status change emails through USAJOBs. Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate, or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

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    Job Announcement Number:

    12-CFPB-675X

    Control Number:

    326432300