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Job Title:  OPERATIONS RESEARCH ANALYST
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Job Announcement Number:  LAG-ERO-834427-LKS-047

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
SALARY RANGE:
$62,467.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD:
Friday, February 01, 2013 to Friday, February 15, 2013
SERIES & GRADE:
GS-1515-11/13
POSITION INFORMATION:
Full Time - Permanent
PROMOTION POTENTIAL:
13
DUTY LOCATIONS:
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

This is a key position within the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE utilizes the government's second largest cadre of law enforcement officers to ensure our nation's economic, transportation and infrastructure security. ICE enforces immigration and customs laws. Our talented and courageous workforce identifies criminal activities and eliminates vulnerabilities that pose a threat to our nation's borders.

ICE is the primary investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). With more than 19,000 employees in 400 offices around the world, ICE is a key component of the DHS layered defense approach to protecting our nation. For additional information about ICE and career opportunities go to http://www.ice.gov/

Who May Apply

  • All U.S. citizens
  • For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here

Organizational Location: This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), Law Enforcement Systems and Analysis Division (LESA), Strategic and Operational Analysis Unit (SOA) located in Washington, D.C.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will NOT be paid.

THIS IS A NON-BARGAINING UNIT POSITION

Note: One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Ability to pass background investigation and drug screen for fed employment
  • Relevant Experience (see Qualifications and Evaluations Tab)
  • Complete Application Package (see How to Apply Tab)
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must certify registration with Selective Service

DUTIES:

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This position is located within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), Law Enforcement Systems and Analysis Division (LESA), Strategic and Operational Analysis Unit (SOA). The primary purpose of the position is to serve as an analyst responsible for the planning and execution of assignments aimed at assessing and improving the effectiveness and efficiency of work methods and procedures used in immigration enforcement. Specifically, you will:

  • Identify and define strategic, operational and budgetary issues that may impact division and/or immigration enforcement effectiveness, efficiency and mission accomplishment;
  • Collect, organize and study information, operations and processes from a variety of sources, such as publications, computer databases and field personnel;
  • Collaborate with management, decision-makers, and subject matter experts to clarify issues and objectives, and propose process improvements; and
  • Perform analytical work that involves designing, developing and adapting mathematical, statistical, econometric and other methods and techniques.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT:

Degree in operations research; or at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics. At least 3 of the 24 semester hours must have been in calculus.

TRANSCRIPTS: You must submit a copy of college transcripts (unofficial/official) to receive further consideration. Failure to provide transcripts will result in an ineligible rating. You qualify at the GS-11 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience performing duties such as:

  • Applying the principles, concepts, and methodology of mathematics and analysis sufficient to conducting analytical investigations; Using scientific methodology and problem solving to conduct data analysis;
  • Performing academic based research (including academic libraries, peer review journals, scientific journals, etc.) and/or reviewing existing methodologies and studies to apply best practices and lessons learned to assigned data and/or operational analysis projects;
  • Using testing and evaluating methodologies and practices related to program management and data analysis; and
  • Preparing reports, studies and conducting briefings.

Substitution of Education for Experience for the GS-11: You may substitute a Ph. D. or equivalent graduate degree from an accredited college or university in operations research; or at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics. At least 3 of the 24 semester hours must have been in calculus.

Combining Experience and Education: Combination of successfully completed education leading towards a doctoral degree in an appropriate discipline and experience as describe above, the total of which equals at least one year.

You qualify at the GS-12 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience performing duties such as:

  • Performing analytical work that involves designing, developing, and adapting mathematical, statistical, econometric, and other methods and techniques, including quantitative analysis studies with emphasis on quantitative operational analysis approaches (such as optimization);
  • Developing computer simulations, optimization modeling, systems dynamics, enterprise level, and other modeling and simulation development suites; manipulating large data sets, using software tools to transform and convert data sets into inputs for computer simulation models;
  • Researching, analyzing, and evaluating the capture and reporting of enterprise-wide data appropriate for the development of advanced mathematical or statistical models; and
  • Preparing management reports, memos and other documents that properly and accurately define and evaluate problems, and presenting recommendations to supervisors.

You qualify at the GS-13 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience performing duties such as:

  • Applying analytical, mathematical, or statistical theories, principles, concepts, methods, and techniques related to statistical analysis, computer modeling, decision theory, mathematical programming, regression analysis, and economic analysis sufficient to develop a national-level or enterprise-level risk assessment and analysis model that measures risk and identifies trends and critical gaps on resources;
  • Conducting complex operations research, modeling, simulation and analysis;
  • Testing and evaluating methodologies and practices related to program management, operational resource needs and technical performance;
  • Identifying work product inefficiencies and creating alternative solutions for problem solving and resolution; and
  • Preparing comprehensive reports, analytical studies and other documents that properly and accurately define and evaluate problems, and presenting recommendations to supervisors.

There are no educational substitutions at the GS-12 or GS-13 grade level.

Note: You must submit a copy of your official transcripts by closing date, in order to verify your claim. Failure to submit these document(s) will result in an ineligible rating for this position. If selected, you will need to submit an official copy of transcripts. Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification claims will be subject to verification.


Requirements:

Requirements by Closing Date: Unless otherwise noted, you must meet all requirements by the closing date of the announcement. 

Probationary Period: This is a full-time permanent position (Career/Career-Conditional appointment). Upon appointment to this position, you may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

Proof of Education: If basing your qualifications on education, you must submit transcripts or list of college courses, with credit hours, major(s) and grade point average or class ranking. (Prior to appointment, an official college transcript will be required.) This education must be from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training  will be rated using an Assessment Questionnaire.  The questions are related to the following fundamental competencies (or Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities) needed to perform the duties of this job: Strategic Thinking, Research, Operational Analysis, Data Analysis, Writing, Organizational Skills and Project Management.

Based on your responses, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

  1. Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
  2. Well Qualified:  Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
  3. Qualified:  Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Applicants in the best qualified category will be referred to the hiring manager and may be called for an interview.

ICTAP/CTAP Eligibles:  If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP/CTAP eligible.  Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility is on the OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.  To be considered well qualified under ICTAP/CTAP you must be placed in the well qualified category for this position as described above. 

Veterans:  Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they are qualified.  Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are placed in the best qualified category above non-preference eligibles, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. This position IS considered scientific/professional.  For more information regarding veterans' preference, please see: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

 


BENEFITS:

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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package:  health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays.  Other benefits may include:  flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers.  DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities.  For more information, go to www.dhs.gov/careers and select "benefits".


OTHER INFORMATION:

Promotion Potential: When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.


HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you need only submit a complete initial Application which includes:

1. Your Résumé
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Required documents to support your minimum qualifications and eligibility (see Required Documents section below)

The complete initial Application must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, February 15, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 
 
Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position. 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 834427.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf, and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • Resume showing relevant experience (education, training, and/or work experience; work experience should include job title, duties, employer's name, daytime telephone number and address, starting and ending dates, hours worked per week, and indicate if we may contact your current supervisor.
  • Veterans Documentation reflecting qualifying service for 5pt or 10pt preference (DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letter, as appropriate).  Click here for more information.
  • Proof of eligibility if applying for consideration under a priority selection program (e.g. ICTAP) or a special appointing authority.
  • List of college courses, with credit hours, major(s) and grade point average or class ranking, name and address of institution. Prior to appointment, an official college transcript will be required

Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted my mail or email.  If you need further assistance, contact the Human Resources Office representative listed on this announcement at least one day prior to Friday, February 15, 2013 for further instructions.

You must submit all required information by Friday, February 15, 2013.  If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible.  Also, if you do not provide an email address, you may not be notified of the outcome of your application.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HR Assistant
Phone: (949)360-3058
Email: HRASSTDRO@DHS.GOV
Agency Information:
ICE Laguna Service Center
24000 Avila Road 5th Floor
Laguna Niguel, CA
92677
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews.  We will notify you by email the outcome after each of these steps has been completed.  Your status will also be updated on your USAJobs and Application Manager accounts throughout the process. We expect to make a final job offer within 90 days after the deadline for applications.  If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.


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