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  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Program Analyst, GS-0343-09/11/12, CENSUS-D-AC

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:Bureau of the Census

Job Announcement Number:FLD-2013-0004

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$51,630.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 to Thursday, February 21, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0343-09/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Competitive Service: Career or Career Conditional - Full Time

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies in the following location(s):
Suitland, MD, USView Map
Washington DC Metro Area, DC, US

WHO MAY APPLY:

All qualified United States citizens.

JOB SUMMARY:

The Census Bureau produces quality data that help Americans better understand our country - its population, resources, economy, society and culture. We offer competitive salaries, flexible hours and work arrangements, developmental opportunities, recognition, a variety of benefits and health insurance plans, and a host of other employment 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. Come join the Census Team and be responsible for contributing to the fabric of our nation - where everyone counts.

Applications under this vacancy announcement will be considered under external competitive procedures only.  This vacancy is also being advertised under merit promotion procedures as FLD-2013-0003. (Click here if you cannot find this vacancy in USAJOBS) Each announcement requires a separate application using the Census Bureau's on-line application system by logging into http://www.usajobs.gov/ and clicking on "Search Jobs." Merit promotion procedures apply to current or previous Federal employees in the competitive service who are eligible for transfer, promotion, reassignment, or reinstatement. Merit promotion procedures MAY also apply to applicants seeking consideration through a special appointing authority such as Veterans Recruitment Act (VRA), Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA), Schedule A, etc. Please read the vacancy announcement to determine who may apply.

This position is in the competitive service.

This vacancy is for a few Program Analyst positions in the Management Services Branch, Field Division located at the U.S. Census Bureau Headquarters in Suitland, Maryland.

One year probationary period may be required.

Relocation expenses may be paid.

This is a bargaining unit position.

This position may be filled through means other than the competitive promotion process.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • If your resume is incomplete, you may not be considered for this vacancy.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (www.sss.gov).
  • You must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Any required investigations and clearances must be completed
  • before the selectee can be placed in the position.

DUTIES:

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The individual selected for this position will:

  • Analyze and manage various human resources and/or administrative processes in support of the field operations.
  • Plan, develop, review, edit, implement, monitor, and evaluate technical and administrative materials against program objectives and activities for human resources and.or other administrative processes for regional offices and/or decentralized staff.
  • Provide guidance on administrative processes, including recruitment/hiring, including Schedule A hiring, processing personnel actions, etc.
  • Write instructional materials based on organization's procedures and formats.
  • Create presentations and conduct training on administrative programs and activities.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: 

You must have the education or experience listed below or a combination of both.

GRADE 09:

EXPERIENCE:  You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade 07 level.  Specialized experience is work experience coordinating, preparing, and analyzing the necessary steps to complete reports; assisting in the development, design, documentation, and implementation of reports; developing findings and recommendations; conducting studies concerned with the efficiency and effectiveness of program operations and preparing recommendations; assessing the productivity, effectiveness, and efficiency of program operations and providing recommendations; working with software packages to develop presentation materials that includes handouts, overheads, and/or participant materials; conducting studies of work procedures, functions, and management initiatives; and preparing data summaries for inclusion in routine and special reports.

EDUCATION: Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree that provided you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the work of a program analyst.  

You must submit a copy of your college transcripts.  See the Required Documents section for more information.

GRADE 11:

EXPERIENCE: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade 09 level.  Specialized experience is work experience coordinating, preparing and performing the necessary steps to complete reports; producing assignments which contain potentially controversial issues; conducting studies concerned with the efficiency and effectiveness of program operations; researching management practices for application to programs or operations; and reviewing, verifying, and analyzing data submitted for consistency with financial reports to identify problems and make recommendations to management.

EDUCATION: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree that provided you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the work of a program analyst. 

You must submit a copy of your college transcripts.  See the Required Documents section for more information.

GRADE 12:

EXPERIENCE: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade 11 level.  Specialized experience is work experience planning, coordinating, evaluating, and interpreting the necessary steps to complete reports; producing assignments which contain potentially controversial issues; conducting studies concerned with the efficiency and effectiveness of program operations; researching management practices for application to programs or operations; reviewing, verifying, and analyzing data submitted for consistency with financial reports to identify problems and make recommendations to management; developing solutions to difficult problems that do not have readily available precedents; making independent decisions affecting the daily operation of programs; and adapting methods to specific work situations.

Education cannot be substituted for experience at this grade level.


Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation (transcripts if applicable) to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.  If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire that you completed as part of the application and place you in one of three pre-defined categories.  These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze."  However, your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the occupational questions, or your score will be lowered.  Candidates placed in the “gold” category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed.  Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) for all positions except for Professional and Scientific positions at the grade 9/ band II and above.

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

  1. Skill in processing personnel actions and/or administrative processes for a regional or decentralized staff as well as providing technical advice on administrative operations.
  2. Skill in planning administrative programs to achieve program objectives of a large organization.
  3. Knowledge of laws, regulations, and procedures that provide guidance on personnel, payroll, and administrative processes.
  4. Skill in writing training materials, operational manuals, and guides in a manner easily understood by the average user.
  5. Skill in presenting and communicating on personnel and payroll activities.

To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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The U.S. Census Bureau offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.usa.gov/Federal_Employees/Benefits.shtml.

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.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining a rating of at least 85 out of 100.  Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp. CTAP/ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:  

  1. A copy of your specific Reduction In Force (RIF) notice, written notice of your expected separation or other documentation of priority consideration status;
  2. A copy of your latest SF-50 - noting current position, grade level, and duty location;
  3. A copy of your last performance appraisal including your rating; and
  4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities:

*Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)

*Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)

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.



HOW TO APPLY:

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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 http://www.usajobs.gov. To begin, click the Apply Online button near on the right side of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.

To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at https://my.usajobs.gov 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 a hour of your issue by e-mail at mgshelp@monster.com or phone at 866-656-6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST.

For instructions on submitting your application in another format please contact: Amanda Clatterbaugh at Amanda.J.Clatterbaugh@census.gov or 301-763-3705.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

A complete application consists of the following:

*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.  For work in the Federal service, please include the grade level for the position(s).  Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s).   

*Veterans' Preference documentation.  If applicable, please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 OR Armed Forces certification letter specifying discharge or release from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed, VA letter, SF-15 (revised December 2004 or later), etc.)  to validate your claim.  For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

*Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable.  See the "Other Information" section.

*Education.  If this position requires higher education, you may be asked to 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 http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp 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 http://www.naces.org/members.htm. 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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Amanda Clatterbaugh
Phone: 301-763-3705
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: Amanda.J.Clatterbaugh@census.gov
Agency Information:
BUREAU OF THE CENSUS
4600 Silver Hill Road
Room 2K038D
Attn: Human Resources/ECB/DEU
Washington, DC
20233
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed.  You can check the status of your application by logging into your USAJOBS account at https://my.usajobs.gov and placing your cursor over “My Account” and then click on "Application Status." 

By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application.  If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed.  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, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).


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Job Announcement Number:

FLD-2013-0004

Control Number:

337578500