This vacancy is announced as an interdisciplinary position which may be filled at either the GS-1515 (Supervisory Operations Research Analyst) or GS-1530 (Supervisory Statistician (General)) series depending upon qualifications of applicants. Please read the requirements as specified below:
Basic Qualification Requirements for Series 1515 (Operations Research)
Bachelor's Degree in operations research, or at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, engineering, mathematics, probability, statistics, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics. At least 3 of the 24 hours must be in calculus.
Basic Qualification Requirements for Series 1530 (Statistician)
Bachelor's 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 will be given for courses in which 50% 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.
A combination of education and experience - courses as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience should include 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.
In addition to the Basic Requirements above, applicants must also meet the following specialized experience requirement. (For both series and grades listed below, there is no substitution of education for this experience).
At the GS-13 level for both series, applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level or higher in the federal service for at least one year.
At the GS-14 level for both series, applicants must have on year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level or higher in the federal service for at least one year.
Specialized experience at the GS-13 level - Specialized experience is defined as experience in statistical computing to develop econometric models and apply statistical analyses to data. Such experience may have included working with advanced models to research policy issues; providing advice to managers on the quality and improvement of data collection; or studying costs and preparing results on the effect of long and short range financial planning.
Specialized experience at the GS-14 level - Specialized experience is defined as extensive experience executing statistical research studies and cost calculations associated with the interrelationships and complexities of data. Examples of such experience may involve the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies and objectives regarding affordability and costs; making recommendations on statistical methodologies; or providing expert guidance, preparing formal reports, or making presentations to higher level officials or policy makers on the effects of proposed legislation and economic factors relating to financial operations.
NOTE: If you do not submit college transcripts as proof of meeting educational requirements, you will be deemed ineligible for this vacancy.
This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Category rating procedures will be used to rank eligible candidates. The rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire, and is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Thus, your application should contain information about specific work performed that relates to this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.
Qualified candidates will be assigned to the following categories: Best Qualified, Qualified, and Minimally Qualified. Within each quality category, veterans' preference eligibles will receive selection priority over non-veterans.
Applicants will be rated on the following competencies:
- Ability or experience in managing, training and supervising a subordinate staff, including ability to plan and organize work assignments to meet emergency or changing program requirements
- Experience and/or knowledge of the Railroad Retirement Act, Social Security Act and Railroad Unemployment and Insurance Act benefit provisions, and the Railroad Retirement Tax Act and FICA tax provisions
- Knowledge of data collection, analysis, and evaluation techniques and ability to analyze data, reach sound conclusions and make pertinent recommendations
- Knowledge of SAS, QMF, and other query languages
- Knowledge of spreadsheet software, specifically Microsoft Excel and Visual Basic
- Knowledge of mathematical techniques, actuarial science, probability theory, and statistical methods
- Ability to communicate orally
- Ability to communicate in writing