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Job Title:SOCIAL SCIENCE ANALYST

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Citizenship and Immigration Services

Job Announcement Number:CIS-PJN-866539-OPP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$89,033.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, April 01, 2013 to Wednesday, April 10, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0101-13/14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

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.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services secures America's promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system. Visit us at http://www.uscis.gov/.

Every day, our Social Science Analysts provide guidance and expertise in planning, designing, and conducting studies and evaluations. They coordinate, and/or monitor progress of assigned studies of considerable scope and complexity, and lead others in executing the methodology of complex research projects.


This position of SOCIAL SCIENCE ANALYST starts at a salary of $89,033.00(GS-13 step 1), with promotion potential to $136,771.00 (GS-14 step 10).  Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Office of Policy and Strategy, Research and Evaluation Division, Washington, DC within DHS US Citizenship and Immigration Services.

 

For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here

 

USCIS will not pay relocation expenses.
This position is in the bargaining unit.
This position is not considered "essential" for purposes of reporting to work when the facility might otherwise be closed.

Note: USCIS may fill one or more positions using this vacancy.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National to apply for this position
  • Successfully pass a Background Investigation including financial disclosure
  • You must pass a drug screening
  • Meet relevant experience and/or education requirements
  • You must submit resume and supporting documentation
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service

DUTIES:

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As a Social Science Analyst in the Office of Policy & Strategy, in the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), you will:

 

  • Plan, coordinate, and/or monitor progress of assigned studies of considerable scope and complexity. Be responsible for all phases of study design, execution, and results communication. Directly communicate with a variety of technical and non-technical audiences the quantitative and qualitative findings of immigration program/policy studies.
  • Provide supervisors with policy analysis and recommendations based on study findings. Serve as an advisor and technical expert in immigration studies, risk analysis, and social science research methods. Lead others in planning, developing, and executing the methodology of complex research projects.
  • Manage quantitative and qualitative analyses of administrative data related to various immigration application types and program areas. Assist in evaluating and analyzing federal programs and operations. Provide guidance and expertise in planning, designing, and conducting evaluations.
  • Provide advice and guidance to staff assisting with preparation of study reports and briefs for top-level officials within and outside of USCIS on the results of studies.
  • Write reports for internal and external distribution, summarizing the research findings and implications of studies for the Agency.
  • Develop standardized assessment techniques to set professional research standards of practice for the evaluation and monitoring of immigration benefit programs.
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The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence, and limited complexity.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify for this position, you must meet the Basic AND the Additional Qualification requirements below:

 

Basic Education Requirement:

 

A.  Degree: behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

OR

B.  Combination of education and experience -- that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field

OR

C.  Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.

AND

Additional Qualification requirement:  

GS-13: You qualify at the GS-13 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. You must have experience performing the following duties: Having knowledge of social science research methodology to include the development of measures, research design, sampling, and data analysis. Mastering the application of existing behavioral and social science research techniques, principles, concepts, and methods to phases or segments of complex research projects. Managing various aspects of immigration research study design, execution, and results communication. Exhibiting knowledge of how to develop research project management plans. Conducting analyses of social and behavioral phenomena utilizing advanced quantitative and/or qualitative techniques. Communicating, presenting, and articulating complex information based on research findings and documents to government personnel and other audiences. Preparing written analysis and summaries communicating research findings that are suitable to internal and external audiences.

 

GS-14: In addition to the requirements for the lower grade level, you qualify at the GS-14 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. You must have experience performing the following duties: Having expert knowledge of social science research methodology to include the development of measures, research design, sampling, and data analysis. Developing innovative approaches or methods to facilitate research. Exhibiting knowledge of how to develop research project management plans. Mastering the application of existing behavioral and social science research techniques, principles, concepts, and methods to complex research projects. Planning and executing major projects concerned with the analysis and evaluation of administrative data to assess program and operational data. Preparing publishable documents and summaries communicating research findings for a variety of technical and non-technical audiences based on quantitative or qualitative findings of immigration program/policy studies. Resolving critical problems related to collecting and analyzing immigration data and information. Providing decision makers with empirical data and policy analysis related to immigration programs, immigrant populations, and immigration policies.


EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION: There is no education substitution at these grade levels

Probationary Period: You may be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.

The qualifications for this position must be met by 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement (Wednesday, April 10, 2013).

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will place you in one of three categories based on your responses to the on-line questionnaire regarding experience, education and training.

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

The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:

RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS

COMMUNCATION

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

NOTE: Your resume and supporting documentation will be verified. If you rated yourself higher than what is supported by your application material, you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment

 

If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.  To preview the job questionnaire, click here View Assessment Questions

 

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles:  If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible.  Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here to access OPM’s Career Transition Resources website.  To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ ICTAP, you must be placed in the Well-Qualified category for this position, as described above.  In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

 

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 qualify.  Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific, professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher.  This position is not considered scientific/professional.  For information on veterans’ preference, please click here. 

 

On November 21, 2011, The President signed the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 (Public Law 112-56).  The VOW Act amended chapter 21 of title 5, United States Code (U.S.C.) by adding section 2108a, “Treatment of certain individuals as veterans, and preference eligible.”

 

This job opportunity announcement (JOA) includes Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 (Public Law 112-56).  Active duty service members who have begun their civilian job search prior to discharge or release from active duty will know how their application will be considered.

 

·         Applicants who are active duty service members and apply for federal employment shall be considered for competitive service positions and granted tentative veteran’s preference status when they submit a certification, in lieu of a DD214, when applying to a federal job.

·         A certification is any written document from the armed forces that certifies that the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date of the certification is signed.

·         Based on the immediate need to fill this position, the service member must be within the 120 day timeline and an actual expected date of discharge or separation must be clearly defined, or they will not be considered at this time.

 


BENEFITS:

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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including:  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:

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy.  To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation as a condition of placement into this position.  This may include a review of financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

 

Special Hiring Authorities: Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and individuals with disabilities  possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission.  If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs.  To determine your eligibility and to understand the documentation that would be required with your application, click on the links above and contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement. 

 

USCIS uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees.  To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify.

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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Your application must be received by 11:59PM EST on Wednesday, April 10, 2013.  To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents.  See Required Documents section for more detail. 

We strongly encourage you to apply online.  If you can not apply online, you must contact the Human Resource office listed below at least one day prior to the closing date for instructions.  Applications will not be accepted by mail.

To Fax a Resume or Supporting Documents:

If you previously uploaded documents to this vacancy, please do not FAX the same documents. If you need to fax a part of your documentation:

  • Use the official FAX coversheet found here.
  • Make sure that you include the 8-character vacancy identification number: "MB866539”
  • Provide your SSN, name, and address in the blocks provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.
  • Print your SSN and Name neatly using the exact name as the one used when you filled out the assessment questionnaire.
  • The fax number is 1-478-757-3144.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • Your resumé

  • You must submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable).  For verification purposes, the transcript submitted must include your name. Those with foreign education, click this link. 
  • Are you a veteran?  Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty).  Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out the SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form.  If applying as a disabled veteran, submit a copy of the letter from the Veterans Administration, or other formal documentation, that clearly identifies overall rating of disability.  If applying based on eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the armed forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification.  This must indicate your dates of service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable conditions.  Click here for more veterans’ information.
  • Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)?  Submit:

    ·         a copy of your agency notice,

    ·         a copy of your most recent performance rating, and

    ·         a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HR OPERATIONS CENTER-TEAM TWO
Phone: (802)660-1146
Email: HROCTEAM2@DHS.GOV
Agency Information:
US Citizenship and Immigration Services
70 Kimball Avenue
South Burlington, VT
05403
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 selecting official for further consideration and a possible interview. We will notify you by email at various stages in the process (learn more). Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status," and then click "More Information." 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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Job Announcement Number:

CIS-PJN-866539-OPP

Control Number:

340738400