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Job Title:Social Science Research Analyst

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Food and Nutrition Service

Job Announcement Number:12-FNS-257P

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$62,467.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 to Tuesday, October 09, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0101-11/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Term Appointment

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies - Alexandria, VA, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

U.S. citizens; no prior Federal experience is required. Current, permanent Federal employees with competitive status, former Federal employees who have reinstatement eligibility, and individuals who are eligible under special appointing authorities may wish to apply under 12-FNS-256.

JOB SUMMARY:

This is a Term appointment not to exceed one year and one day. The position may be extended. Term appointment is defined at the end of the Summary section. 

This position is located in Alexandria, VA (approximately 6.4 miles outside of Washington, DC).

The mission of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is to increase food security and reduce hunger in partnership with cooperating organizations by providing children and low-income people with access to food, a healthy diet, and nutrition education in a manner that supports American agriculture and inspires public confidence.

This position is located in the Office of Research and Analysis, Special Nutrition Evaluation Branch.

FNS provides excellent opportunities for specialized training through its own facilities and outside resources. Career guidance and on- and off-the-job training programs are tailored to an individual employee's needs. If you want to apply your knowledge and skills to food program activities that seek to strengthen America, there is a challenging and rewarding career waiting for you with FNS!

Term employees are eligible for health and life insurance benefits, annual and sick leave, and the full array of retirement benefits. A term appointment does not confer eligibility for transfer to another agency. A term employee does not acquire competitive status or eligibility to be converted to a career conditional appointment, nor is the time served under a term appointment creditable toward career tenure. A term appointment carries no implied or specific commitment of consideration for, or placement into, a permanent appointment.

Key Information:

  • FNS offers alternative and flexible work schedules.
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KEY REQUIREMENTS


    DUTIES:

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    As a Social Science Research Analyst, you will:

    • Be assigned to one or more projects providing technical support in social science studies on issues related to study design, measurement, and analysis. Conduct data-gathering studies so designed and integrated as to provide an assessment of the impact of particular legislation or programmatic initiatives.
    • Identify issues related to the specific area of assignment; keep informed of national trends, legislative developments, research, progress of other agencies, and other relevant current developments; prepare reports and speak with authority on such issues.
    • Prepare legislative analyses and position papers.
    • Assist in developing agency planning and reporting documents (such as the strategic plan and the annual performance report).

    The duties listed are at the GS-13 level. 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.


    QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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    In order for your application to be considered, you must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

    Basic Requirements:
    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: 

    Specialized Experience:
    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.

    Education:
    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.  


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    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

    Your application includes your:

    1. Resume,
    2. Responses to the online questions, and
    3. 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. 

    2.   Rating: 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.


    BENEFITS:

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    Our comprehensive benefits are some of the most generous. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

    OTHER INFORMATION:

    • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
    • Relocation incentives are not authorized.
    • This is a bargaining unit designated position.   
    • If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.
    • Creditable Service for Annual Leave Accrual: Newly-appointed employees or employees reappointed after a break in service may be eligible to receive credit toward annual leave accrual based on prior work experience. FNS may grant service credit for prior non-Federal work experience or active duty uniformed service that is directly related to the position being filled. Creditable service must be determined prior to the effective date of the employee's entry on duty. For more information, contact the Human Resources Specialist listed under "Contact Information."
    • To file a complaint of discrimination, within 45 days of notification, write USDA, EEO Counselor, FNS, Office of Civil Rights, 12th floor, Alexandria, VA 22302-1500, or call (703) 305-2195. USDA is an equal opportunity employer.
    • FNS has contracted with the Treasury's Bureau of the Public Debt (BPD) to provide certain Human Resource services to its organization. BPD's responsibilities include advertising FNS' vacancies, accepting and handling applications, and extending job offers.  
    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to:
    • Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).  
    • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
    • If you are a male applicant born after December 31,1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
    • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.  
    • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identify and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
    • Some travel may be required.
    • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.     
    • Successfully complete a background investigation.


    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. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date. FNS 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.gov) We recommend you go to the end of the Qualifications & Evaluations section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer. You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. See Resume Tips.

    Step 2 - Apply Online Click "Apply Online." You will be directed to USAJOBS where you must select a resume. If you have documents uploaded to USAJOBS, you may select those you wish to submit as well. After selecting a resume (and documents, if applicable), click "Apply for this position now!" and follow the prompts to register (if you haven't already done so), answer the online questions, and submit all required documents. You will have the opportunity to submit documents via 3 different options: 1) download from USAJOBS, 2) upload from your computer, or 3) fax. You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. To do so, log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Apply Online" to continue.



    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).

    CTAP/ICTAP
    If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must submit proof of eligibility. For a detailed list of documents, click here.

    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. Ten-point 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.

    Education Documentation:

    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 qualifications 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 http://www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation/search.aspx. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. 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: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e4.asp#e4a.

    RECOMMENDED DOCUMENTS:

    In addition, we recommend that you submit the following:

    OF-306: Declaration for Federal Employment

    Performance Appraisal: A copy of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal, dated within the last 18 months, that includes the final rating.

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Applicant Call Center
    Phone: 304-480-7300
    Fax: 000-000-0000
    TDD: 304-480-8725
    Email: FNSINQUIRIES@BPD.TREAS.GOV
    Agency Information:
    USDA, Food and Nutrition Service
    ***WE DO NOT ACCEPT MAILED APPLICATIONS***
    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 onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status". We also recommend you opt to receive status change emails through USAJOBS by logging into "Notification Settings." 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-FNS-257P

    Control Number:

    326705700