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Job Title:Chief Economist (Supervisory Economist)

Agency:Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Job Announcement Number:CFTC-OCE-13-0001-MP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$0.00 to $230,700.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, March 05, 2013 to Tuesday, March 19, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

CT-0301-18

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Term

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

18

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

We will accept applications from current and former competitive service Federal employees and applicants eligible under special hiring authorities.

JOB SUMMARY:

 

* This position is being advertised concurrently with CFTC-OCE-13-0001-DEU. Candidates who wish to be considered under both DEU and Merit Promotion procedures MUST apply to both Vacancy Announcements separately to be considered.  ONLY ONE POSITION WILL BE FILLED FROM EITHER
CFTC-OCE-13-0001-MP OR CFTC-OCE-13-0001-DEU BUT NOT BOTH.*

 

Term Promotion – If selectee is from within the CFTC, position will be filled through Temporary Promotion not to exceed one year (may be extended at agency option without further competition).

 

Term Appointment – If selectee is outside CFTC, appointment will be filled through a Term Appointment not to exceed two (2) years (may be extended up to a maximum of four (4) additional years at agency discretion without further competition).

 

Apply now for an exciting opportunity as the Chief Economist at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).  As a key member of the Chairman’s senior leadership team, the Chief Economist conducts research on major policy issues facing the Commission; assesses the economic impact of regulatory changes on the futures markets and other sectors of the economy; participates in the development of Commission rulemakings; provides expert economic support and advice to other CFTC offices; conducts special studies and evaluations; and participates in the in-house training of staff on matters related to futures, options, swaps, and risk management. 

 

This key position provides significant and critical support to the agency’s mission: to protect the American public by promoting market integrity, transparency and by preventing and prosecuting fraud, manipulation and other abuse in the futures and options markets.  Please visit http://www.cftc.gov/ to learn more about the CFTC.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply section).
  • Background/Security Investigation.
  • Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered for Selective Service.

DUTIES:

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The Chief Economist is responsible for providing expert economic advice to the Commission and for guiding its overall professional economic efforts.  You will manage the agency’s program for providing both broad and specific economic guidance and coordination to the Chairman, Commissioners, and other components of the Commission with respect to economic research, analysis, and interpretation arising in connection with the administration of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA).

You will:

 

·         Lead the CFTC’s economics program;

·         Advise agency leadership on complex economic problems in the derivatives markets.

·         Establish program objectives and strategic plans;

·         Perform cutting edge research and analysis on the economic impact of the CFTC’s regulatory policies on the futures industry and other sectors of the economy; and

·         Represent the CFTC at conferences, professional society meetings, testimony before Congress, and interagency discussions.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Minimum Qualification Required:

 

Basic Requirement:  All applicants must meet the OPM qualification requirements for Economist. This includes successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree in economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus; OR a combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

 

Experience: In addition to the educational requirement above, applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the CT/GS-15 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience should include:

 

• Development of theoretical economic or financial models;

 

• Estimation of econometric models;

 

• Experience in evaluating and testing models built by others, or the evaluation of risk measurement models where the evaluations include conclusions on model appropriateness, accuracy, and cost;

 

• Experience developing or directing the development of financial valuation models; service as a

consultant or advisor on business risk management; and/or

 

• National recognition as a subject matter expert in economics or financial economics.

 

In addition, applicants must demonstrate the ability to perform at an executive level.

 

Time-in-Grade. You must meet time-in-grade requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

 


 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You will be evaluated on the following technical and leadership requirements. Please ensure that your cover letter and resume address these qualifications.

 

Technical Qualifications:  Demonstrated ability to lead a program of economic research and

analysis related to the futures and options markets including swaps and risk management,

participate in the development of Commission rulemakings, and provide expert economic advice

and support to Commission staff.

 

Leadership Qualifications:

1. Leading Change – The ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals.  Inherent is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

2. Leading People – The ability to lead people toward meeting the organization’s vision, mission, and goals.  Inherent is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

3. Results Driven – The ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations.  Inherent is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

4. Business Acumen – The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

5. Building Coalitions – The ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

 

Merit Promotion. If you are eligible under merit promotion procedures (e.g., applicants who have already obtained competitive status in the Federal Government, reinstatement eligibles, veterans eligible under VEOA) and meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements, you will be rated and ranked based on the criteria described above. The best qualified candidates as identified through a predetermined or reasonable break in score, will be referred to the selecting official for consideration. The selecting official has the discretion to select or not select from the merit promotion certificate.

Non-Competitive. If you are eligible for non-competitive placement (e.g., lateral reassignment or transfer) and meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements, you may be referred to the selecting official for consideration without rating and ranking. The selecting official may elect to consider or not consider these applicants.


BENEFITS:

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We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, ten Federal holidays, life insurance, free dental, medical benefits, Life Cycle/Wellness Fund, telework, flexible work schedules and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. Explore the major benefits offered to CFTC employees at http://www.cftc.gov/About/Careers/EmployeeBenefits/index.htm

OTHER INFORMATION:

Probation Period. Candidates selected under competitive examining procedures will be subject to a one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period.

 

EEO Policy Statement. The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

 

Reasonable Accommodation. Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

 

The law prohibits public officials from appointing, promoting, or recommending their relatives. The law prohibits requesting, making, transmitting, accepting, or considering political recommendations for employment or other personnel actions for non-political positions. This includes recommendations from Members of Congress, Congressional employees, elected state or local officials, and political party officials and any recommendation based on party affiliation.

 

Veterans Information. The Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) gives veterans access to job vacancies that might otherwise be closed to them. The law allows eligible veterans to compete for vacancies advertised under agency's promotion procedures when the agency is seeking applications from outside of its own workforce.

 

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). The ICTAP provides eligible

displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and you are found at least well-qualified for this vacancy.

 

ICTAP candidates MUST submit:

 

1. A copy of their agency reduction-in-force notice;

2. A copy of your most recent Performance Rating;

3. A copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current or last position held, the grade level, and the

duty location; and

4. A copy of your notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of

function outside the local commuting area or documentation showing you were separated as a

result of RIF or declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function outside the local

commuting area.

 

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP). The CTAP provides selection priority for eligible, well qualified CFTC surplus and displaced employees who apply for CFTC vacancies in their primary area of (CTAP) eligibility (i.e., the local commuting area where CTAP eligibility was established) must be selected for CTAP vacancies covered by the U.S. OPM CTAP regulations, before any other candidates from either within or outside the CFTC are selected.

 

CTAP candidates MUST submit:

 

1. A copy of their agency reduction-in-force notice;

2. A copy of their most recent Performance Rating; and

3. A copy of your notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of

function outside the local commuting area or documentation showing you were separated as a

result of RIF or declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function outside the local

commuting area.

 

The law prohibits public officials from appointing, promoting, or recommending their relatives. The law prohibits requesting, making, transmitting, accepting, or considering political recommendations for employment or other personnel actions for non-political positions. This includes recommendations from Members of Congress, Congressional employees, elected state or local officials, and political party officials and any recommendation based on party affiliation.



HOW TO APPLY:

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You may submit your application package via:

·         Email to employment@cftc.gov; or

·         Mail to Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Human Resources Branch, 1155 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20581.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Required Documents (Due by Close of Announcement):

  • Cover letter and Resume.
  • Copy of your transcripts OR a list of the courses showing title, number of credits, grade, and date of completion.  An official transcript will be required if you are selected for a position.  A college or university degree must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) institution and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  For more information refer to www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation/search.aspx.
  • Veteran's Preference documentation, if applying for Veteran's preference you must submit a copy of your DD-214, if claiming 10 point preference, you must also submit your SF-15 and VA letter.
  • Documentation of eligibility under a special hiring authority, if applicable.

 

Cite the announcement number (CFTC-OCE-13-0001-MP) on your application documents.

 

Note: If you are applying for more than one announcement number, you must submit application materials separately for each announcement.

 

To be considered timely, your application package must be received by 11:59 PM (E.S.T.) via email, mail service or hand-delivery by the closing date.

 

For the deaf, hard of hearing, or speech disabled please contact the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8399; or by personal computer, TOO, TTY, or TT.

 

At any time during the selection process, you may be asked to complete a Declaration of Federal Employment
(OF-306) to determine suitability for Federal employment. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired or you may be fired after you begin work.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Human Resources CFTC
Phone: (202)418-5003
Email: EMPLOYMENT@CFTC.GOV
Agency Information:
Commodity Futures Trading Commission
1155 21st Street NW
Washington, DC
20581

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once we receive your completed application, we will provide confirmation receipt of your application.  We will conduct an evaluation of your eligibility based on the information provided in your submission.  Eligible candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the final outcome. 

 

To receive information by email from the CFTC concerning your application, please add the domain @cftc.gov to your address book or safe sender list.

 

The CFTC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


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Job Announcement Number:

CFTC-OCE-13-0001-MP

Control Number:

338875000