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Job Title:  Chief, Decennial Statistical Studies Division, ES-1529-00/00
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  Bureau of the Census
Job Announcement Number:  SES-2013-0002

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

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$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year
Monday, December 10, 2012 to Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Full-time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, (Suitland, MD)
Applications will be accepted from all qualified U.S. Citizens. Join the U.S. Census Bureau where we are looking for diverse, innovative thinkers. Embark on a new career that is challenging and exciting!


Come join a dynamic, innovative team of executive leaders. The U.S. Census Bureau produces quality data that helps Americans better understand our country - its population, resources, economy, society and culture. We offer competitive salaries, flexible hours, developmental opportunities, a variety of benefits and health insurance plans, and other incentives. If working in an environment that values your individuality and diversity and allows you to innovate, engage in problem solving, and achieve your professional goals appeals to you, then the Census Bureau is the place for you. Join the Census Team and contribute to the fabric of our nation.

The U.S. Census Bureau is seeking a highly motivated, innovative, and capable individual to serve as the Chief, Decennial Statistical Studies Division (DSSD).   This is an opportunity to play a major role in designing, implementing, and managing the 2020 Census, the American Community Survey (ACS), and being in the forefront of developing new statistical methodologies and cutting-edge research to solve statistical problems.  The DSSD is responsible for developing, directing, and coordinating the application of mathematical statistical techniques to the design, conduct, and quality of the statistical programs associated with the decennial census.   The DSSD is also responsible for developing and conducting programs of research for improving the decennial census and related surveys, including the ACS and the Puerto Rico Community Survey.  The Chief of DSSD provides technical, managerial and administrative leadership to the formulation and execution of the division programs, participates in the development of Census Bureau policies, and represents the Census Bureau with professional groups or organizations interested in the DSSD’s work.


This position is a Senior Executive Service (SES) career-reserved position. Positions in the SES are not graded. SES pay is commensurate with qualifications. SES employees are eligible for bonuses and awards based on performance. Veteran's preference is not applicable to SES.


  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Background investigation and/or security clearance is required.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • One year probationary period may be required.


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As the Chief, DSSD, you will participates in the planning and formulation of Census Bureau policy and programs, with specific responsibility for the mathematical statistical techniques and statistical standards to be used in decennial census programs.

You will direct programs that assess the statistical appropriateness and validity of current procedures and develops recommendations for improvements and implementation for new statistical concepts and methods.

As the Chief DSSD, you direct research designed to develop new decennial census methodology and the conduct of research for the improvement of sampling and analysis methods; direct the design of the coverage measurement survey and other surveys, including the American Community Survey; advise on proposals to change survey designs; and coordinate the implementation of change requirements as they affect stakeholders throughout the Census Bureau.

You will direct the application of mathematical statistical theory to problems of quality control in collection and processing of decennial census data; and direct the development and continued application of sound mathematical-statistical principles to affect procedures for resolving problems related to coverage, sample selection, duplication or other special problems which arise in the collection and processing of census data. 

You represent the Census Bureau and the Federal government where designated, on interdepartmental committees, with representatives of other agencies, conferences of international statisticians, and other statistical groups advising and consulting on mathematical statistical methodology.

As the Chief, DSSD you also direct the documentation of research experience, new techniques, and systems and procedures used in the conduct and control of censuses and related sample surveys, quality assurance systems, and the like.


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In addition to the education requirements listed above, applicants must have the experience listed below:


Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs):

ECQ 1 - Leading Change: involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. Leadership Competencies: Creativity and Innovation-Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting edge programs/processes. External Awareness - Understands and keeps up-to-date on local, national, and international policies and trends that affect the organization and shape stakeholders' views; is aware of the organization's impact on the external environment. Flexibility - Is open to change and new information; rapidly adapts to new information; changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles. Resilience - Deals effectively with pressure, remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity; Recovers quickly from setbacks. Strategic Thinking - Formulates objectives and priorities, and implements plans consistent with the long-term interests of the organization in a global environment. Capitalizes on opportunities and manages risks. Vision - Takes a long-term view and builds a shared vision with others; acts as a catalyst for organizational change; Influences others to translate vision into action.


ECQ 2 - Leading People: involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management-Encourages creative tension and differences of opinions. Anticipates and takes steps to prevent counter-productive confrontations. Manages and resolves conflicts and disagreements in a constructive manner. Leveraging Diversity - Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the organization. Developing Others - Develops the ability of others to perform and contribute to the organization by providing ongoing feedback and by providing opportunities to learn through formal and informal methods. Team Building - Inspires and fosters team commitment, spirit, pride,and trust. Facilitates cooperation and motivates team members to accomplish group goals.


ECQ 3 - Results Driven: involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. Leadership Competencies: Accountability-Holds self and others accountable for measurable high quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules. Customer Service - Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external customers. Delivers high-quality products and services; is committed to continuous improvement. Decisiveness - Makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data are limited or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions. Entrepreneurship - Positions the organizations for future success by identifying new opportunities; builds the organization by developing or improving products or services. Takes calculated risks to accomplish organizational objectives. Problem Solving - Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations. Technical Credibility - Understands and appropriately applies principles, procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise.


ECQ 4 - Business Acumen: involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Leadership Competencies: Financial Management-Understands the organization's financial processes. Prepares, justifies, and administers the program budget. Oversees procurement and contracting to achieve desired results. Monitors expenditures and uses cost benefit thinking to set priorities. Human Capital Management - Builds and manages workforce based on organizational goals, budget constraints, and staffing needs. Ensures that employees are appropriately recruited, selected, appraised, and rewarded; takes action to address performance problems. Manages a multi-sector workforce and a variety of work situations. Technology Management - Keeps up-to-date on technological developments. Makes effective use of technology to achieve results. Ensures access to and security of technology systems.


ECQ 5 - Building Coalitions: involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. Leadership Competencies: Partnering-Develops networks and build alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals. Political Savvy - Identifies the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization. Perceives organizational and political reality and acts accordingly. Influencing/Negotiating - Persuades others; builds consensus through give and take; gains cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals. Fundamental Competencies: These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications. Interpersonal Skills - Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Communication - Makes clear and convincing presentations. Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed. Integrity/Honesty - Behaves in an honest, fair, and ethical manner. Shows consistency in words and actions. Written Communication - Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience. Continual Learning - Assesses and recognizes own strengths and weaknesses; pursues self-development. Public Service Motivation - Shows a commitment to serve the public. Aligns organizational objectives and practices with public interests

Applications should be submitted electronically through


Basic requirements:


A. Degree: You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university OR a combination of education and experience equivalent to the completion of a bachelor's degree. Studies must have included at least 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, 12 of which must be in mathematics and 6 of which must be in statistics. OR


B. 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 in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


NOTE: To show proof of meeting the Basic Entry Requirements, all applicants MUST submit a copy of their college transcripts. See the Required Documents section for more information.


In order to be considered for the position, applicants are required to submit a resume and a separate statement addressing each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and each of the Professional and Technical Qualifications (PTQs). A narrative description of 1-2 pages per ECQ and PTQ is normally sufficient.


When addressing the ECQs and PTQs, statements that describe personal beliefs or philosophies should be avoided. Each response should include a brief summary of the applicant's executive experience in relation to the specific ECQ and PTQ and specific examples of accomplishments.


Please review the complete guide to writing executive qualifications at


Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of the quality and extent of total accomplishments, experience, and education they possess. All applicants must meet the mandatory ECQs to be eligible for further consideration, and must provide detailed evidence of how they meet the additional PTQs for this position. Applicants must show that they possess the required experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, and must show how and when they were used. This evidence must include clear, concise examples that demonstrate the level of accomplishment and degree of responsibility.


Professional and Technical Qualifications (PTQs):

PTQ #1  Extensive experience and understanding of statistical theory and applications that can be applied to the leadership of a primarily mathematical statistical organization that supports large, complex surveys and/or censuses.


PTQ #2 Experience in dealing effectively with high-level statistical officials in Federal, State, tribal and/or local organizations, data-user communities, professional groups, industry, the general public, and/or international agencies.


PTQ #3 Broad level of experience managing or overseeing multiple, large-scale complex projects, within scope, schedule, and budget.

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The U.S. Census Bureau offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at


Additional benefits available at our Headquarters located in Suitland, MD, include: fitness center; child-care facility; credit union and commercial bank; free parking; convenient access to Metrorail and Metrobus transit services in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia communities; car pools/van pools; etc.


You may FAX supplemental documents at any time during the open period of a vacancy announcement by going to 1) Log into My USAJOBS, 2) Click on "Applications", 3) Locate the vacancy you applied to, 4) Under "Application Status" column, click on "More Information". This will take you from Recruitment-One-Stop (ROS) to the Department of Commerce site (this will take a few seconds, please be patient); 5) Select "View/Generate Fax Cover Sheets" and click "Continue", 6) Select type of document to be faxed, 7) Click on "Print Cover Sheet" to print fax cover sheet 8) Once the cover sheet has printed click button "Return to ROS" to bring you back to the USAJOBS site. You can then logout.


Current and former career SES members only - A copy of the most recent SF-50 documenting your SES career appointment. (No response to ECQ statements is required.)


SES Candidate Development Program graduates only - A copy of your OPM Qualifications Review Board certification. (No response to ECQ statements is required.)


Background and/or Security Investigation required.


Relocation expenses may be paid.


Individuals selected for Senior Executive Service positions may be subject to reassignment across geographical, organizational and functional lines.


If you left federal employment and received a buyout and you are selected for this position, you may be required to repay the full amount of the buyout to the agency that paid you.


You may be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.


Filing of the Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report is required if selected for this position (Ethics in Government Act P.L. 95-251).


Public law requires all new appointees to submit proof of identity/employment eligibility.


If selected, male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must confirm their selective service registration status.


In accordance with 5 USC 3303, any recommendation by Members of Congress, Congressional employees, elected State or local government officials, political party officials or other individuals or organizations making the recommendation on the basis of the party affiliation of the applicant is prohibited.


Executive Branch agencies are barred from accepting or considering prohibited political recommendations, and indeed, are required to return to the individual any prohibited political recommendation with reference to statutory prohibition. Such officials may supply a statement which "relates solely to the character and residence" of the individual.


The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.


The Department of Commerce does not condone or tolerate discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation.


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Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at To begin, click the Apply Online button on the right side of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, address the assessment questions (This includes submitting a separate narrative response for each of the Executive Core Qualifications and the Professional/Technical Qualifications), and submit all required documents.

The first time you apply, you will be asked several general questions before proceeding to the assessment questions (ECQs and PTQs). You will be required to enter your full social security number (SSN) only to initially access and create an account at the OPM USAJOBS website. Please DO NOT put your SSN on pages within your application package. Remember to click the box indicating that you would like a copy of your application emailed to you, then click "Finished". If you have successfully submitted your on-line application, a screen will appear telling you that your application has been sent. If you do not see this screen, you have not successfully completed your application. 

Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.

To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at and place your cursor over “My Account” and then click on "Application Status."  Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk immediately within an hour of your system issue by e-mail at or phone at 866-656-6831.  The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST.


For more information, contact the SES Program Office Staff on (301) 763-3727.

ECQ responses are not required for current and former career members of the SES, (Indicate whether you a current or a former member of the SES in the essay response box). You must submit responses to the PTQs, and submit a copy of the most recent SF-50 documenting your SES career appointment.

ECQ responses are not required for SES Candidate Development Program graduates, however you must submit responses to the PTQs and submit a copy of your OPM Qualifications Review Board certification document.


*Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional.  Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59.  Your resume should also list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week.  Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment questions.

*Executive Core Qualification and Professional/Technical Qualification statements: Each applicant is required to submit a separate statement addressing each of the five (5) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and each of the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs).

*Education.  If this position requires higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information:  name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned.  Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements.  Please refer to for more information.

You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

Special Instructions for Foreign Education:  Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities.  Applicants educated in whole or in part of foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree.  A listing of these accredited organizations can be found here at You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application.  Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration. 


Gail Smith
Phone: 301-763-3727
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
4600 Silver Hill Road
Human Resources Division
SES Program Office/2J436
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


A panel of senior executives will distinguish the best-qualified candidates from other applicants based on a review of each applicant's ECQs, as appropriate, and PTQs.

Failure to meet all qualification requirements automatically disqualifies an applicant.


We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed. 


By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application.  After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.


You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment.  The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree).


Eligibility for this position will be based upon the applicant clearly illustrating his/her experience, knowledge, skill, and abilities of the scope and quality sufficient to effectively carry out the assignments of the position.


If you are tentatively selected for appointment to this SES position, your ECQs must be approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

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