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Job Title:Research Statistician

Department:Department Of Labor

Agency:Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job Announcement Number:DE-13-BLS-SM-068

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$74,872.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, January 31, 2013 to Monday, June 24, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1530-12/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies - Washington, DC, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

U.S. Citizens; ICTAP and CTAP eligibles in the local commuting area.

Also being advertised as job #MS-13-BLS-SM-069 for status & "Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA)" eligible applicants and the following non-competitive authorities: Veterans 30% or more compensable; persons w/disabilities; present/former Peace Corps personnel and former Peace Corps volunteers.  To be considered for each, apply to BOTH jobs.

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 in the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Office of Survey Methods Research (OSMR), whose mission is to plan and direct a continuing program of research by evaluating statistical and behavioral science aspects of survey programs, suggesting improvements, and by conducting statistical development studies.

BLS is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. The BLS is an independent national statistical agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates essential statistical data to the American public, the U.S. Congress, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, business and labor. The BLS also serves as a statistical resource to the DOL.

This announcement will have cut off dates on February 18, 2013; March 4, 3013; March 18, 2013; April 1, 2013; April 15, 2013; April 29, 2013; May 13, 2013; May 27, 2013; June 10, 2013; and June 24, 2013.  Qualified applicants will be sent to the hiring managers for review after each cut off date.  All applicants who apply on or before the cut off date will be reviewed and do not need to reapply after each cut off.  This announcement will close after the position has been filled, or on the last cut off date. 

This position has promotion potential to the GS-14 grade level.

This position is inside the bargaining unit.

This position will not be filled until the Department's Placement Assistance Programs have been fully utilized.

Writing samples and three professional references will be required at the time of interview.

Applications for this announcement will be accepted online by clicking the "Apply Online" button. 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen. Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • This announcement may be used to fill additional like positions.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.

DUTIES:

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This position is located in the Behavioral Science Research Center (BSRC) within the Office of Survey Methods Research. The mission of the Office of Survey Methods Research is to plan and direct a continuing research and evaluation program for the Bureau that seeks to minimize major sources of survey error and to ensure the dissemination of high quality data. The primary purpose of the (BSRC) research program is to evaluate the cognitive and statistical aspects of survey programs to suggest improvements and to identify statistically sound and effective methodologies. 

1. The incumbent is responsible for a wide range of non-supervisory managerial and administrative duties, including:

 

  •  Assisting other researchers with planning, conducting and evaluating research in one or more areas of statistics or behavioral sciences applicable to BLS surveys and programs. The results and findings of research projects may be used to set standards for Bureau procedures for design, data collection, estimation or publications.
  • Participating in interoffice and interagency work groups and teams as assigned. - Responding to relatively routine inquiries from the general public, and other Federal agencies.
  • Interacting with researchers in academic, government, and other research institutions to exchange and/or gather information.

2. Participates in developing methodologies and approaches for research, and participates in preparing reports and recommendations regarding program aspects.

3. Assists the BLS program offices with the solution of technical problems related to the development, evaluation or implementation of survey forms. 

4. Analyzes data obtained in laboratory studies and field tests designed to investigate survey concepts. Uses appropriate quantitative assessment methods and evaluates questions through laboratory experiments and through the use of statistical techniques such as univariate analysis, multivariate analysis of variance, regression analysis, and factor analysis

5. Reviews statistical and survey literature and prepares summaries and analyses of selected articles and topics, and consults with statistical methods organizations and program offices within BLS as needed for research projects.

6. Prepares articles and/or technical reports documenting research findings for publication. May be requested to present findings to other BLS and DOL organizations, at technical seminars and/or professional meetings.

7. Assists BLS program offices with the solution of technical problems related to the design, estimation and dissemination work related to surveys and statistical publications. 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Requirements:

A. A degree that included 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc. Credit toward meeting statistical course requirements should be given for courses in which 50 percent of the course content appears to be statistical methods, e.g., courses that included studies in research methods in psychology or economics such as tests and measurements or business cycles, or courses in methods of processing mass statistical data such as tabulating methods or electronic data processing.  OR

B. Combination of education and experience -- courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience should have included a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.

In addition to the Basic Requirements:

For the GS-12, applicants must have either (a) one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-11 in the Federal Service or (b) a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in statistics, biostatistics, computer science, mathematics, or a closely related field.  Specialized experience must be in or related to the field of statistics and must have equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position to be filled.  This experience must have (1) led to the development of a basic principle, product, concept, or method; (2) provided a body of information that opened the way for advancements in statistical methodologies; and/or (3) led to submissions of one or more articles to peer-reviewed journals.

At the GS-13 level, there is no substitution of education for experience.  For the GS-13 level, applicant must have one year specialized experience (through work in government, academia, the private sector, or nonprofit organizations) equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service. This one year of specialized experience must be in or related to the field of statistics and must have equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position to be filled.  This experience must include creative research in the design and analysis of complex sample surveys, optimization, Bayesian approaches, time series and spatial analysis, and computationally intensive statistical methods.  In addition, this research must have (1) led to the development of a basic principle, product, concept, or method; (2) provided a body of information that opened the way for advancements in statistical methodologies; and/or (3) led to submissions of one or more articles to peer-reviewed journals.

Applications must include evidence or detailed description of specialized experience.  Selectees must have completed the education and/or experience requirements by the time of appointment.  


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.

Please note, you will be deemed ineligible for this vacancy if you do not submit college transcripts as proof of meeting education requirements.  This applies to ALL applicants, including those currently or previously qualified in this series and/or grade.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements.  Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

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
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):

1.  Decision Making/Problem Solving - Uses knowledge and ability to implement strategic and critical approaches to decision making and/or problem solving. Identifies issues or problems; objectively considers issues; determines accuracy and relevance of information; and uses sound judgment to generate, identify, and evaluate alternatives. Chooses and implements approaches to deliver services and provide value. Identifies problems; and makes recommendations. Encompasses the ability to link data, knowledge, and insight together from various sources to provide information for decision-making and/or problem solving. Generates a "big picture" perspective. Formulates effective strategies consistent with the business and competitive strategy of the organization in a global economy. Examines decisions and/or resolutions against policy issues and strategic planning with a long-term perspective.

2. Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

3. Planning and Evaluating - Knowledge of the principles, methods, or tools for developing, scheduling, coordinating, and managing projects and resources, including monitoring and inspecting costs, work, and contractor performance. Determines objectives and sets priorities; anticipates potential threats or opportunities. Organizes work, determines short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes.

4. Writing - Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a clear, succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material that is appropriate for the intended audience. 

5. Economic Statistical Data Management and Analysis – Conducts research on approaches to improve response rates, data collection procedures, and data quality.  Identifies problems and implements solutions.  Uses SAS, SPSS, or similar statistical software packages to manipulate data files and perform univariate or multivariate analyses on datasets. 

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 A 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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The Department of Labor (DOL) offers a great benefit package to eligible employees.  The benefit package includes but is not limited to health benefits, supplemental dental and vision plans, flexible spending accounts, 13 days paid sick leave per year, vacation leave and 10 paid holidays per year.  We offer a variety of employee benefit options, a family-friendly work environment, a child care subsidy program, transit subsidy program, career assistance program, health services and fitness programs, access to LifeCare, a resource and referral service and more.  For a comprehensive site about all federal benefits, please refer to OPM.  For specific DOL benefits information, please refer to DOL BENEFITS.

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. 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.

- Unofficial Transcript (in English) Please note, you will be deemed ineligible for this vacancy if you do not submit college transcripts as proof of meeting education requirements.  This applies to ALL applicants, including those currently or previously qualified in this series and/or grade.  OFFICIAL Transcripts MUST BE RECEIVED prior to selection and report date.  Reference the "Education Section" for College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education.

- 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. (For active duty service members expecting to be honorably discharged or released within 120 days, click Active Duty)  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 Description (if applicable) - Certification of satisfactory service from the Country 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:

Ashley Lippolis Aviles
Phone: 202-691-6613
Fax: 202-691-5507
Email: lippolis.ashley@bls.gov
Agency Information:
Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Postal Square Bldg.
2 Massachusetts Ave, NE
Suite 4280
Washington, DC
20212
US
Fax: 202-691-5507

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-BLS-SM-068

Control Number:

336929100