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  1. Overview
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  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Operation Research Analyst - Quality Assurance, Policy and Experts

Agency:Office of the Inspector General, USPS

Job Announcement Number:2013-43-882003-KC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$62,467.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, May 03, 2013 to Friday, May 17, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GG-1515-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Arlington, VA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

The United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General's (USPS OIG) mission is to provide reports to Postal Service Executives, the Board of Governors, and Congress to help the Postal Service maximize revenues (over $65 billion a year), minimize costs, and prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement.

 

The USPS OIG is seeking a highly qualified applicant to fill our Operations Research Analyst position within the Audit Operations group on the Quality Assurance, Policy, and Experts team located in Arlington, VA.  The Audit Operations Directorate is responsible for a wide variety of audit functions including:  planning, budgeting, accountability, policies, quality assurance and reports processing.  The candidate must provide expert-level operations research analysis advice related to the development and application of quantitative methods in support of audits and investigations. 

 

Candidates will be evaluated on the skills that they possess that are directly related to the duties of the position and/or the experience, education and training that indicate the applicant's ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position. Only those candidates who meet all qualification and eligibility requirements and who submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM EST on Friday, May 17, 2013 will be considered.

 

The USPS OIG uses a Pay Banding system, which is equivalent to the Federal GS scale. Grade and salary determinations will be made based upon a candidate's education and professional experience.

 

This position is being advertised at the Journey Band level, equivalent to a GS-11 to GS-13. The salary range for this position is $62,467 - $115,742. The salary figures include locality pay.  Career ladder to GS-13 equivalent at management's discretion.

 

NOTE: This vacancy is also being announced for internal merit promotion.  Only one selection will be made from either the internal or this external announcement.


Relocation expenses will not be paid. 


May be required to successfully complete a 12-month probationary period.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Must be able to pass a drug screening and physical examination
  • Must be able to pass a background investigation
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain a government-issued credit card
  • Travel required, may be up to 50%
  • May be required to take a writing assessment

DUTIES:

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Please note that the duties and responsibilities associated with this position may vary based upon the agency's needs at the time of hire. The following description of major duties and responsibilities is only intended to give applicants a general overview of the expectations.

 

The duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Performs scientific work that involves designing, developing, and adapting mathematical, statistical, econometric, and other scientific methods and techniques
  • Develops and applies quantitative methods in support of audits and investigations
  • Coordinates and synthesizes quantitative data to analyze the composite cost benefit of operations or systems
  • Plans, organizes, and conducts research on complex operations research analysis issues that involve major areas of uncertainty in approach, methodology, or interpretation to identify appropriate solutions
  • Analyzes operational research problems and provides advice and insight about the probable effects of alternative solutions to these problems

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 

You must meet ALL of the minimum qualifications listed below.

 

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in math, science, statistics, operations research, or finance.  For current OIG employees, 4 or more years of work specifically related to the Postal Service or the Postal Service OIG may be substituted for a degree.
  • At least 4 years of specialized experience in operations research analysis involving mathematical, statistical, econometric or other scientific methods and techniques
     

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS

 

  • An advanced degree or advanced studies in math, science, statistics, operations research, or finance, or any other related discipline; or specialized experience working in a regulated industry
  • Experience in performing research studies or other reviews which require research skills, analytical techniques, and preparing written reports and presenting findings to executive management
  • Auditing certification and/or experience
  • Knowledge of Postal Service operations

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

EVALUATION FACTORS

 

Include your major accomplishments relevant to the position requirements in your resume.

 

  • Knowledge of financial, mathematical, statistical, and operations research theories, principles, concepts, methods, and techniques sufficient to conduct complex analyses
  • Skill in coordinating and synthesizing financial and other quantitative data to analyze the composite cost benefit of operations or systems
  • Skill in statistical sample design and analysis of sample results
  • Ability to express and present ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing

 


BENEFITS:

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Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the USPS OIG. We offer a broad array of benefits programs:

 

Health, Dental, Vision, Life and Long Term Care Insurances with Flexible Spending options.  For more information about these programs visit www.opm.gov/insure.

 

Retirement and Thrift Savings.  For more information about these programs see www.opm.gov/retire and http://www.tsp.gov/.

 

Flexible Work Schedules. USPS OIG offers a range of family friendly flexibilities including flexible work schedules, telework and employee assistance programs.

 

Leave and Holidays. In addition to 10 paid holidays each year, you will earn 13 days of paid sick leave and 13 to 26 paid vacation days each year depending on your years of service.

 

For further information, please refer to our website at:
http://www.uspsoig.gov/faq.cfm?SECTION=EMP
 
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: Exempt (Nonexempt employees are entitled to overtime pay; Exempt employees are not).  



OTHER INFORMATION:

This agency provides Reasonable Accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you require accommodations for any part of the application and/or hiring process, please call 703-248-2210. The decision on granting an accommodation request will be made on a case by case basis.

HOW TO APPLY:

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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED

 

The Human Resources Office will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure that you meet the minimum qualifications required for this position. You will no longer be considered for this position if you: fail to respond to all of the questions in the self-assessment questionnaire; fail to attach all required documentation; or if your application materials indicate that you are not minimally-qualified for this position. Only the top-rated, minimally-qualified candidates will be referred to a review panel or the selecting official for further consideration. If your application is referred to the review panel, the review panel will compare your self-assessment questionnaire responses to your resume and supporting documentation. It is essential that your resume and supporting documentation provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the self-assessment questionnaire. If your questionnaire responses are not adequately substantiated, the review panel will amend your rating to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated. Top-rated applicants may be required to participate in an interview and/or a writing assessment. Your rating may be further adjusted by the review panel or the selecting official based on your interview or writing assessment performance. Once all applicant scores are finalized, the selecting official will make a final decision.

 

APPLY THROUGH THE USAJOBS WEBSITE:

 

When you are ready to begin the application process, click the Apply Online button to create a USAJOBS account or login to your existing account. Follow the prompts to create or select your USAJOBS resume and other supporting documents or to upload required and applicable documents.  You must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified.   

 

* Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

* It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 

* To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

* To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
 
NOTE: To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, you must complete this Fax Cover Page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following 882003 and fax to 1-478-757-3144.

 
If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, View Occupational Questionnaire, and
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf, and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. 

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

You are strongly urged to read and print the entire vacancy announcement.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must submit all required documents by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of this announcement, Friday, May 17, 2013;

 

1. RESUME.  Required: When completing your online application or uploading your resume, you must categorize it as a "Resume" document). IMPORTANT:  You will be asked questions in the self-assessment questionnaire.  It is essential that your resume and supporting documentation provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the self-assessment questionnaire.


2. COMPLETE OCCUPATIONAL QUESTIONNAIRE. Click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire.  (Required:  You must click on "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the Questionnaire to complete this process) 


3. UPLOAD SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS which may include:

  • Certificates or Licenses, if applicable.  Upload and save as "Other" document.
  • Veterans Preference Documentation.  If you are claiming veterans preference you must submit Member 4 copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, and/or other proof of veterans preference eligibility including your VA letter, form SF-15 (www.opm.gov/forms) and all required documents related to your SF-15 claim. Veterans can request the Member 4 copy of their DD-214 at http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records, and can download a copy of their VA letter from https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal. (If applicable to you, you are Required to upload each veterans document and categorize as "DD-214" or "SF-15" or "Other Veterans Document")
  • SF-50 if you are or have been a Federal employee to demonstrate tenure and competitive/excepted service for eligibility purposes. (If applicable to you, you are Required to upload each applicable SF-50 and categorize as a "SF-50" document.)
  • TRANSCRIPTS from an accredited college or university. The information presented in the transcript must be verifiable and should contain the name of the institution, applicant's name, list of completed courses, semester hours, GPA, date and type of Bachelor's Degree issued.  Education completed outside the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. Attach document verifying that it has been deemed equivalent.

 

NOTE:  Education must be accredited by an institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation here: www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred.  Special Instructions for Candidates with Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in U.S. education programs. You must submit all necessary documents to a private U.S. credential evaluation service to interpret equivalency of your education against courses given in U.S. accredited colleges and universities. For further information visit:  http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Vacancy Inquiries
Phone: (703)248-2210
TDD: (202)855-1234
Email: JOBS@USPSOIG.GOV
Agency Information:
US Postal Service Office of the Inspector General
Human Resources
1735 N Lynn Street
Arlington, VA
22209

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the Occupational Questionnaire has been received you will receive an acknowledgement e-mail that your submission was successful. After a review of your application package has been completed, you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the Selecting Official. 


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Job Announcement Number:

2013-43-882003-KC

Control Number:

342839600