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Job Title:Supervisory Statistician (Education), GS-1530-15 (DEU)

Department:Department Of Education

Agency:Institute of Education Sciences

Job Announcement Number:IES-2013-0015

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

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$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year


Friday, February 15, 2013 to Friday, March 01, 2013




Full time - Permanent




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One or more vacancies may be filled through this announcement. This announcement is open to all U.S. citizens. The area of consideration for this position is "All Recruiting Sources" for Non-status candidates. Announcement IES-2013-0017 is open concurrently with an area of consideration of "Federal Agencies" for status candidates. Applicants eligible for appointment under special appointing authorities (i.e. VEOA, Sch. A, etc) should also apply under announcement IES-2013-0017.


The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is looking for the best and brightest to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. If you are a highly-motivated, creative individual who would like to work for an agency that establishes policies on federal financial aid for education, distributes as well as monitors those funds; collects data on America's schools and disseminates research; focuses national attention on key educational issues; and prohibits discrimination and ensures equal access to education, ED is the place for you!

If you are motivated, creative individual who want to perform studies on all aspects of education research programs, the Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is the place for you. IES is an intellectually demanding, results-oriented organization that strives for professional excellence and job satisfaction. This position is located within the U.S. Department of Education (ED) Postsecondary Studies Division (PSD) in the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

The Post Secondary Studies Division (PSD) oversees the planning, design, operations, statistical analysis, reporting, and dissemination for postsecondary surveys, ensures that statistical quality and confidentiality are maintained, and maintains liaison with ED officials, federal agencies, state higher education agencies, postsecondary institutions, and postsecondary associations.

The division serves as the primary federal data source on postsecondary education in the United States and collects statistics on enrollment, faculty and staff, degree completions and graduation rates, and finances in postsecondary institutions. In addition, the division collects statistics on student financial aid, persistence, progress, and degree attainment. Finally, the division collects statistics on labor market outcomes for postsecondary students and graduates.



  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Relocation Expenses will not be paid.
  • Must complete a Background Investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Must complete a One-year Probationary Period.


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The incumbent serves as the Program Director for the Postsecondary Institutional Studies Program (PISP) within the PSD. In this capacity, the incumbent provides management, leadership, and technical direction to contractors and staff for the design and implementation of NCES' surveys of postsecondary education institutions as well as for research and development activities in support of the Program's data collection.

Serves as a principle advisor within the Division in areas of assignment, and as such, plays a major role in the formulation of program objectives, plans, policies and evaluative criteria for the development, establishment of priorities, implementation, and funding of statistical projects. Advises senior management on overall policy and program directions and on emerging issues of national importance. Maintains an awareness of statistical efforts and ongoing issues in major areas of interest and expertise.

Applies state of the art knowledge of statistics, survey design, analysis techniques, and systems design and analysis and functions as an expert consultant in the design and conduct of universe surveys carried out by the program and Division.

Consults and advises on the design of a long range program of postsecondary education data collection to be conducted within the Program, Division, and center, or under contract or interagency agreement.

Performs the full range of supervisory duties, including negotiations and coordination of time allocations for assigned staff within the Division, given the distribution of workload and Program priorities. Gives assignment and review work products under clear and concise deadlines and priorities.



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Basic Requirements: 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 s (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. GS-15 A minimum of 52 weeks of specialized 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 work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to the GS-14 level in the Federal government. Examples of such experience include: experience in postsecondary education issues; experience monitoring the technical and administrative status of contracts to ensure delivery; outstanding skill in making presentations and leading training for data users and providers; and a record of success in the implementation of large-scale data collection through the leadership of project staff, internal and external clients and contractors.

APPLICANTS MUST MEET QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Applicants are expected to possess the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) listed below to qualify for this position. These KSAs are addressed in the self-assessment questionnaire that you will complete for this announcement. You do not need to respond separately to the KSAs listed below. Your answers to the on-line experience questions will serve as responses to the KSAs. Your application will be evaluated based on your ability to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities/competencies (KSAs): 1. Knowledge of federal, state, and local data collection policies ad practices is essential, particularly those of major data collection contractors. 2. Knowledge and understanding of Federal education and statistical policy and department requirements. 3. Knowledge of the governance of postsecondary education throughout the country. 4. Skill in adopting and modifying the scope of the Division's programs in order to maximize policy impact.


WARNING! High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume, and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from best-qualified status or result in a lowered score. Your responses to the vacancy questions must be substantiated by your on-line resume. Be sure that the experience/education as described on your resume contains accurate and sufficient information that clearly supports your responses to all of the questions by addressing experience and education relevant to this position. If you exaggerate or falsify your experience, education and/or your responses to questions, your ratings can/will be changed, or you may be removed from employment consideration. You should make a fair and accurate assessment of your qualifications. Applicants who do not respond to the application questions will be rated ineligible. Eligible candidates will be placed for selection consideration into three (3) categories as
described below: 1 - Qualified Category - Applicants who have a "Q" score between 70 and 84.99 meets the specialized experience outlined in the Minimum Qualification Requirements section of this announcement. 2 - Well Qualified Category - Applicants who have a "WQ" score between 85 and 94.99 exceeds the Minimum Qualification Requirements based on review of resume and vacancy specific questions. 3 - Best Qualified Category - Applicants who have a "BQ" score between 95 and 100 Outstanding level based on review of resume and vacancy specific questions. Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability. You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification.
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The Department of Education offers a comprehensive benefits package including paid vacation and sick leave, federal holidays, health and life insurance, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), including the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). Click on Benefits to find out more about federal benefits. Why Work at ED? The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is a great place to work. For more detailed information regarding our various work sites, please click on the link below: Work Site Locations As an ED employee, you will benefit from our family-friendly work environment. As part of our commitment to maintain a productive balance between work and home, we offer excused leave for Parent/Teacher Conferences (4 hours); excused leave for annual health screenings (4 hours); and matching leave for community volunteer service. Other incentives such as Telecommuting and Alternative Work Schedules also may be available to you. ED offers positions that are fair and competitive in compensation; developmental opportunities to exhibit teamwork and goal-oriented projects to enrich your federal career. Student Loan Repayment may be paid if negotiated and approved prior to appointment.


The Federal Government is committed to expanding access to employment by hiring people with disabilities; providing technical assistance and information on reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities; and identifying and removing barriers to work. Persons with disabilities may apply for jobs filled either competitively (where qualified individuals compete with one another through a structured process), noncompetitively (where a qualified individual may be selected based on a special appointing authority), or through an excepted appointing authority for people with disabilities (i.e. Schedule A). People who are selected for a Federal job must meet the qualification requirements for the position and be able to perform the essential duties of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit <a href=””>Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)- Eligible federal employees who were in positions and who were displaced from their positions may be eligible for selective priority over other candidates, under the ICTAP or the CTAP. Information about these programs may be found at the following links. In order to qualify, your application must receive a score of 85 in comparison with the knowledge, skills and abilities criteria. If you believe you are eligible for this special consideration, it is critical that you read the information provided in the links below

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Student Loan Default Applicants selected for positions are subject to a background check to verify that he or she has not defaulted on any loan funded or guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants found to be in default will be contacted to make arrangements for repayment prior to being made an official offer of employment. Veterans interested in receiving tips on preparing a Federal resume and/or how to prepare for an interview, may send an email to to schedule an appointment for a session. Veterans Counseling Session must be placed in the subject line of the email. ADDITIONAL SELECTIONS MAY BE MADE WITHIN 90 DAYS OF THE OPENING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, SHOULD VACANCIES OCCUR.


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Please carefully read the information provided under the link listed below. The section entitled "How to Apply" provides detailed instructions on faxing your supporting documentation. All required supporting documentation MUST be received by midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement. You are encouraged to thoroughly review the list of supplement documents required. It is critical to note that many documents may not pertain to you. You are only required to submit those that apply to you. Required Documents


Please click on the link "Required Documents" to view the supplemental documents needed for this vacancy announcement.


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