MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: All applicants must meet the qualification requirements outlined below to be considered minimally qualified for this position. The qualification requirements are in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standards. ALL QUALIFICATIONS MUST BE MET BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.
A. You have a bachelors or higher degree; AND
B. You have 15 semesters hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics). Certain economics and other courses may qualify as statistical. Courses may be credited as statistical provided the course content is at least 50 percent 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; AND
C. You have 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following: social sciences including economics, demography, history, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc.; or in physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; OR
D. Combination of education and experience -- courses as shown in paragraph above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience should have included a full range of professional statistical work such as (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. Your combination of education and experience must total at least four years.
NOTES REGARDING QUALIFYING EDUCATION:
Credit toward meeting statistical course requirements will be given for courses in which 50 percent of the course content appears to be statistical methods. Certain economics, research, and other courses may qualify (for example, econometrics or research methods). If the statistical content of a course cannot be determined based on the course title, you must submit an official course description for the course, or written documentation (documentation must be on official school letterhead) from a professor or other school official verifying that the content of the course is at least 50 percent statistical methods.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-05) or comparable pay band in the Federal servicew or equivalent experience in the private sector. Education must demonstrate the applicant obtained the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. One year of full-time graduate level education is considered 18 semester hours. Applicants applying for the GS-07 grade level must meet one of the following requirements (in addition to the basic requirements for all applicants described above):
A. You have a bachelor's degree and superior academic achievement. Superior academic achievement is generally defined by an earned grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0. OR
B. You have completed at least one year of graduate education; OR
C. You have a minimum of one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility comparable to a GS-05 level or comparable pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Examples of specialized experience are: Knowledge of economic statistics sources and concepts, and familiarity with statistical techniques and analytical methods, to identify problems of data gathering and interpretation; the ability to gather economic statistics from a variety of sources, such as public websites, and to select appropriate information when responding to requests for information; Assisting supervisor with the use of economic databases; Familiarity with sources, definitions, revisions, and other characteristics of the various economic data, including the normal schedule of release of the data. Ability to use various software programs, especially Excel in Microsoft Office; ability to use spreadsheet software to report results of analysis in the form of tables, graphs, and/or charts.
Please see "Qualifications Required" for requirements of the position.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
How You Will Be Evaluated: Your resume will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required for the position. Applicants who meet the minimum requirements will be placed into one of the following categories based on the extent to which your application shows that you possess the specialized experience associated with this position:
- Best Qualified (BQ) Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements and demonstrates exceptional experience in most of the requirements of the position.
- Well Qualified (WQ) Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements and demonstrates strong experience in most of the requirements of the position.
- Qualified (Q) - Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements and meets the requirements of the position either through experience or education.
QUALITY RANKING FACTORS: Address the following Quality Ranking Factors (QFRs)/Critical Elements within the body of your resume.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office software, (i.e. MS Excel to calculate and present data in the form of tables, graphs, and/or charts)
Knowledge of economic statistics (such as GDP) and concepts, and familiarity with statistical techniques and analytical methods, to identify the complex problems of data gathering and interpretation
Ability to identify and gather economic data from a variety of sources, such as public websites, and to research economic topics
Ability to accurately perform calculations to analyze economic statistics to interpret facts and draw logical conclusions
Ability to fact-check and/or edit material prepared by others
Ability to work cooperatively with others
Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
Ability to manage a variety of assignments concurrently to deliver work products that meet established standards for quality and accuracy, and meet firm deadlines