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Job Title:Economic Assistant

Department:Department Of Labor

Agency:Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job Announcement Number:DE-13-SF-BLS-029

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$32,028.00 to $41,633.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 to Tuesday, January 29, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0119-05

POSITION INFORMATION:

Part-Time (16-32) hours per week. Initial average hours per week is 20, but hours may vary. - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

07

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Phoenix, AZ, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

U.S. Citizens; ICTAP eligibles in 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.

Hourly rate of this position is $15.34 to $19.94 per hour.

Some weekend or evening hours will be required. The weekly hours of work vary, but are expected to average 16-32 hours per week. The average weekly and/or total hours may increase or decrease. 

NOTE:  Work in retail stores must be completed during normal business hours.

The position requires travel throughout pricing areas in Phoenix and surrounding cities in Maricopa county, including neighborhoods of all economic types.

This position has promotion potential to the GS-7 level.

This position is inside the bargaining unit.

At least one (1) position will be filled through this vacancy.  If additional vacancies become available, additional selections will be made.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Requires U.S. Citizenship.
  • Requires a valid drivers license.
  • Requires a probationary period.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Subject to frequent travel.

DUTIES:

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Incumbent is responsible for the collection of primary data for the Consumer Price Index (CPI). 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:  Visiting retail and service establishments such as department stores, supermarkets, medical offices and hotels to collect retail price data; contacting homeowners, renters, and apartment management companies by personal visit to neighborhood and follow up telephone interviews; and collecting and entering data on a hand held computer and obtaining voluntary cooperation from survey responders.  The position requires travel throughout pricing areas of Phoenix and surrounding cities in Maricopa county including neighborhoods of all economic types. During the first year, travel to Washington office is necessary for training. There will be 1 two-week trip, and 1 one-week trip. Additional travel outside of local area may be necessary, as needed, for training.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 level OR successful completion of a full 4- year course study with major study in economics, or 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as business law, statistics, algebra, pre calculus, calculus, or economics. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. 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 qualifying experience may include:  Significant experience in retail sales, cold-calling sales, real estate sales or management, survey or marketing work, interviews or in take workers, jobs or volunteer experience that required detail record keeping, jobs or volunteer experience that required oral persuasion skills, jobs or volunteer experience that involved public contact.  Examples of specialized experience include:

- experience with directly collecting surveys, e.g.,census, fund raising;

- experience in retail environments, such as clerks in large grocery stores and associates in large retail outlets;

- specific knowledge of a wide variety of assorted products and or service(s) offered by an outlet;

- knowledge of products and service specifications;

- real estate experience in selling and public outreach, e.g., open house showings;

- specific knowledge of area sales and housing stock, pricing and customer base;

- general knowledge of constantly changing consumer marketing practices;

- knowledge consumer product and service terminology and characteristics; 

- using good skill in communicating, both orally and in writing and using personal computers and application such as windows-based software application, email and the internet.

For additional information, refer to the Office of Personnel Management Operating Manual for Qualification Standards, Group Coverage Qualifications Standards for Technical and Medical Support Position.

 


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.

Applicants must meet all legal, regulatory, and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the vacancy announcement to be eligible for consideration for selection.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

If you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors noted below and will be placed into one of the following quality categories based on your responses to the vacancy questions. Categories Category A - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy announcement and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying knowledge, skill, and ability in the critical competencies for this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity. Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy announcement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies for this position. Category C - Meets the specialized experience outlined in the minimum qualifications requirements section of the vacancy announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies required for this position.

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

Decision Making and Problem Solving - Employs strategic and critical approaches to decision-making and/or problem solving, e.g. identifying, and considering issues/problems, determining accuracy and relevance of information, as well as generating, identifying, evaluating, and implementing alternative solution approaches, to resolve issues/problems, deliver services and provide value. Interpersonal Skills - Shows understanding, professionalism, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness, even with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed. Demonstrates team effectiveness with sensitivity to the differences of others, e.g. diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.  Writing - Uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling to communicate information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a clear, succinct and organized manner. Composes written information, which may include technical material, that is appropriate for the intended audience. Self Management - Sets well-defined and realistic personal goals; displays a high level of motivation, initiative, effort, and commitment towards timely completion of assignments with minimal supervision. Technology Application and Management - Uses machine, tools, or equipment effectively; uses computers and computer application to analyze and communicate information in the appropriate format. 

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process. The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. It is essential that your resume provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions. If your responses are not adequately substantiated by your resume, the HRO will amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency that is 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 such as an interview. INFORMATION FOR ICTAP/CTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified" for priority selection purposes. 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:

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. Submit your documents by following the instructions provided in the "How to Apply" section or go to www.jobs.dol.gov and click on "How To Submit Supplemental Documentation". You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you.

- Veterans Documents (if applicable): In order 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. If you are claiming 10-point preference eligible, 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. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference. Additional information on veterans' preference is available in the Vet's Guide at: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx

-Unofficial Transcript (in English) - submit for all schools attended if using education as a basis for qualifying.  OFFICIAL Transcripts MUST BE RECEIVED prior to selection and report date.  Reference the "Education Section" for College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education.

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

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

Tony Ozuna
Phone: 415-625-2368
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 866-377-8642
Email: fed-jobs-san@dol.gov
Agency Information:
Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
90 - 7th Street
Suite 12-300
San Francisco, CA
94103
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

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.

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Job Announcement Number:

DE-13-SF-BLS-029

Control Number:

335761900