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Job Title:Economic Assistant (PART-TIME)

Department:Department Of Labor

Agency:Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job Announcement Number:DE-13-PHIL-BLS-0005

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$16.33 to $21.22 / Per Hour

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, November 09, 2012 to Friday, November 16, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0119-05

POSITION INFORMATION:

Part Time 16-32 Hours. Initial average hours per week is 24, but hours may vary. - Permanent.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

07

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC, US

WHO MAY APPLY:

U.S. Citizens and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area.

JOB SUMMARY:

Opportunities are Open! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and you will help shape the workforce of tomorrow. DOL offers rewarding opportunities to contribute to a noble mission; to serve and protect American workers, prepare them for new and better jobs, and to ensure the safety and fairness of American workplaces.

 

The Department of Labor values its customers. Every DOL employee is responsible for delivering good customer service through accurate, courteous, efficient and effective transactions.

 

THIS POSITION IS PART TIME ONLY AND DOES NOT LEAD TO FULL TIME. The initial average hours per week will be 16 to 32 hours to start depending on workload. This is not a job for a person who needs full-time work or who cannot be available for work when required, including a mix of day, evening and weekend hours. THIS POSITION WILL NOT LEAD TO A PERMANENT FULL-TIME POSITION. This position is located in the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Field Operations, Philadelphia Region, Division of Price Programs, Branch of Consumer Price Index Programs, for the Washington, DC Office. NOTE: Visits to residences are necessary and some evening and weekend work is scheduled. Work in retail stores must be completed during normal business hours. In addition, you must travel to the Bureau of Labor Statistics training center in Washington, D.C., up to three times during the first year for mandatory classroom training as follows: Two (2) week introductory commodities and services training. One (1) week of housing survey training, and One (1) week of advanced data collection. VALID DRIVER'S LICENSE IS REQUIRED - Driving conditions will include highway and local streets, and driving at night and in adverse weather conditions.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Requires a valid drivers license.
  • Subject to frequent travel.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.

DUTIES:

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This is a developmental position. Assignments are designed to develop technical competence in collecting data for the Consumer Price Index (CPI) Program. Economic Assistants collect prices and related statistical data on a wide variety of commodities, services, and housing for the BLS Consumer Price Index. Data for commodities and services are collected by conducting personal and telephone interviews with store managers and buyers, managers in auto dealerships, doctors, pharmacists, and other professionals. Data for the housing survey are obtained by personal visit or telephone interview with either property managers, tenants, or home owners. Duties include, but are not limited to: 1. Visiting retail and service establishments such as department stores, supermarkets, medical offices and hotels to collect retail price data. A limited amount of data is collected by telephone/fax. 2. Contacting homeowners, renters, and apartment management companies by personal visit to neighborhoods and follow up telephone interviews. 3. Collecting and entering data on a hand held computer. 4. Obtaining voluntary cooperation from survey respondents. 5. Traveling to office to have work reviewed during on-the-job training and for monthly meetings.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

 

The GS-5 level requires one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience which is in the Economic Assistant field or a related occupation which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of qualifying experience may include: Significant experience in retail sales, cold-calling sales, real estate sales or management, survey or marketing work, interviewers or in-take workers, jobs or volunteer experience that required detailed record keeping, jobs or volunteer experience that required oral persuasion skills, jobs or volunteer experience that involved public contact. Specialized experience must demonstrate the applicant's ability to perform research or related work that involved collecting, compiling, verifying, analyzing, or reporting data. Direct contact with, and direct sales to, the public is a plus. Examples of specialized experience include: - experience in retail sales - specific knowledge of a wide variety of assorted products and/or service(s) offered by retail stores and businesses to the consumer; - knowledge of products and service specifications; - real estate experience in selling and public outreach, - specific knowledge of area sales and housing stock, pricing and customer base. - General knowledge of constantly changing consumer marketing practices. - Knowledge of consumer product and service terminology and characteristics. - Familiarity with state, federal and local laws as they relate to consumer products/services especially prices, (i.e., licensing requirements, state taxes, excise taxes, labeling regulations, etc.). - Using good skill in communicating, both orally and in writing. - Using personal computers and application such as windows-based software applications, email, and the internet.


Education may be substituted for the required specialized experience for the GS-05 entry grade level of this position. (See assessment questions) For the grade 5: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with major study in economics, OR 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as business law, statistics, algebra, precalculus, calculus, or economics.

 

College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - Transcripts (in English) must be submitted if (a) a degree is required for the position, and/or (b) education is used as the basis for qualifying for this position.  The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the Department of Education.  Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If courses were taken at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, or from several different colleges or universities, you must submit all the necessary transcripts. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position.  Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

There are no special requirements for this position.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.

Categories
(examples below)
Category A - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.

Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies required by this position.

Category C - Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies (click Evaluation Tools for information):

DECISION MAKING AND PROBLEM SOLVING: Knowledge and ability to use strategic and critical approaches to decision-making and/or problem solving. INTERPERSONAL SKILLS: Shows understanding, professionalism, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed. ORAL COMMUNICATIONS: Expresses information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information. SELF MANAGEMENT: Sets well-defined and realistic personal goals; displays a high level of motivation, initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner. TECHNOLOGY APPLICATION AND MANAGEMENT: Uses machines, tools, or equipment effectively; uses computers and computer applications to analyze and communicate information in the appropriate format. WRITING: Uses Correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling to communicate information (for example, facts or messages) in a clear, succinct and organized manner. ECONOMIC DATA MANAGEMENT & ANALYSIS: Knowledge of the principles, procedures, tools, and activities of economic data management and analysis in conducting systematic and objective inquiries, such as study design, collection, analysis, and interpretation of data and the reporting of results. PROGRAM PRODUCT KNOWLEDGE: Understanding and applying the relevant design, data, processes, standards, systems and outputs of the economist's assigned program area, and knowledge of statistical and/or mathematical support processes.


The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview).  The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings.  Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.  Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)

INFORMATION FOR ICTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration.  ICTAP eligibles who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified".

Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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Part-Time employees under permanent appointments are eligible, on a prorated basis, for the same benefits as full-time employees.  For more information, click Benefits for Part-Time Permanent Employees.

OTHER INFORMATION:

This position is inside the bargaining unit. Relocation expenses are not authorized. Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement.

 

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.  Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION, PROBATIONARY PERIOD, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

HOW TO APPLY:

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Follow the 5 steps below to apply.  Your application and ALL required supplemental documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to be considered.  Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered.

For more details, click How To Apply Detailed Instructions Document or How To Apply Video.  For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact in the "Questions about this job" section.  SAVE your information before the 60 MINUTE TIMEOUT!

STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account, including Resume and Saved Documents
Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content.

STEP 2 - Answer Vacancy Questions (DOORS)
Click the Apply Online button, which is available when you search for a job on www.usajobs.gov, click on the title and proceed.

STEP 3 - Submit Supplemental Documents
Submit the required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy by the close date.  For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation Document or Submit Supplemental Documentation Video.  Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

STEP 4 - Review Application and click Finish  Click here to submit an updated resume after initial application.

STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Close Date



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Follow the instructions: click How To Submit Supplemental Documentation Document or Submit Supplemental Documentation Video.  You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you.Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

- Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (Note for Active duty service members expecting to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days: you may be granted tentative preference by submitting a "certification" document in lieu of a Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD 214.  The "certification" is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions.  Veteran's preference must be verified prior to appointment.)  Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference.  For more information, go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under ICTAP Eligibility.

- Applicants with disabilities who wish to claim eligibility under SCHEDULE A)  of the excepted service (persons with severe disabilities) must submit the following documentation from a licensed medical professional or other authorized entity:
(1) proof of disability; and
(2) certification of job readiness.
For more details, please see http://www.usajobs.gov/IndividualsWithDisabilities.

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted

- Peace Corps Document (if applicable) - Certification of satisfactory service from the Director of Peace Corps to receive consideration.

Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Jamell Brinkley
Phone: 215-861-5118
Fax: 215-861-5089
TDD: 215-861-5096
Email: brinkley.jamell.t@dol.gov
Agency Information:
Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Curtis Center
170 S. Independence Mall West
Philadelphia, PA
19106
US
Fax: 215-861-5089

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and refer candidates for selection consideration.  Candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome. A selection is expected to be made within 30 calendar days from the issuance date of the certificate.

To check the status of your application: Click here.  To sign up for Application Status Updates via email: Click Here.

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Job Announcement Number:

DE-13-PHIL-BLS-0005

Control Number:

331026600