In order for your application to be considered, you must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:
Degree: Behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position. OR Combination of education and experience that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field. OR Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.
Minimum Qualification Requirement:
GS-13 level: 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 for this position includes independently designing or conducting formative, process, and/or impact evaluations of Federal or State government programs. Specialized experience must also include applying more than one of the following research methods: statistical sampling, social science research design, development of measures to answer research questions (such as survey questionnaires), and data collection as part of a sample of a target population or research population of interest.
GS-12 level: 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 for this position includes designing or conducting formative, process, and/or impact evaluations of Federal or State government programs as a member of a team or under close supervision. Specialized experience must also include applying one of the following research methods: statistical sampling, social science research design, development of measures to answer research questions (such as survey questionnaires), and data collection as part of a sample of a target or research population of interest.
GS-11 level: 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 for this position includes performing basic data collection on projects associated with formative, process, or impact evaluations of Federal or State government programs.
You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: For the GS-11 level: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
Notes: 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. The education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Foreign education must be evaluated by a credentialing agency. You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application includes your:
- Responses to the online questions, and
- Required supporting documents.
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 will be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we will rate you as ineligible.
Your application will be evaluated in the following areas:
- Mastery knowledge of advanced social science statistics, including basic and inferential statistics as well as modeling, in order to design, monitor, and conduct analytic activities and to review implications of study findings.
- Ability to communicate orally in order to provide clear and concise briefings to policy makers, program managers, project teams, principals from all levels of government, professional associations, advocacy community, academic institutions, and the private sector.
- Ability to write clear and direct documents, including policy briefs and talking points designed for various audiences based on interpretations of study and research findings.
- Ability to develop requests for proposals from independent research firms to conduct research and evaluation studies of agency programs (including developing research questions and writing statements of work).
Your application will be rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of this position. We may lower your rating if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application. Category rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three categories, Best Qualified, Well-Qualified, or Qualified depending on your experience and education related to this position. Preference-eligible 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.3. Referral:
If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application will be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview. 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 be assigned to the Well Qualified category or higher to be determined as well qualified to receive special selection priority.
We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process. To preview questions please click here.