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Job Title:  Supervisory Survey Statistician (Field), GS-1530-7/9/11/12, Census-D-LPS
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  Bureau of the Census
Job Announcement Number:  CHICAGO RO-2013-0026

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$41,101.00 to $94,778.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 to Monday, August 05, 2013
Competitive Service: Career or Career Conditional - Full Time, Mixed Tour
1 vacancy in the following location:
Minneapolis/St.Paul, MN, USView Map

All qualified United States citizens.


The Census Bureau produces quality data that help Americans better understand our country - its population, resources, economy, society and culture. We offer competitive salaries, flexible hours and work arrangements, developmental opportunities, recognition, a variety of benefits and health insurance plans, and a host of other employment incentives. If working in an environment that values your individuality and diversity and allows you to innovate, engage in problem solving, and achieve your professional goals appeals to you, then the Census Bureau is the place for you. Come join the Census Team and be responsible for contributing to the fabric of our nation - where everyone counts.

Applications under this vacancy announcement will be considered under external competitive procedures only.  This vacancy is also being advertised under merit promotion procedures as (CHICAGO RO-2013-0025). (Click here if you cannot find this vacancy in USAJOBS) Each announcement requires a separate application using the Census Bureau's on-line application system by logging into and clicking on "Search Jobs." Merit promotion procedures apply to current or previous Federal employees in the competitive service who are eligible for transfer, promotion, reassignment, or reinstatement. Merit promotion procedures MAY also apply to applicants seeking consideration through a special appointing authority such as Veterans Recruitment Act (VRA), Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA), Schedule A, etc. Please read the vacancy announcement to determine who may apply.

This position is in the competitive service.

This vacancy is for a Supervisory Survey Statistician (Field) position in the Chicago Regional Office, Field Division, duty stationed in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN.

This is a supervisory position. 

A one-year probationary trial/period may be required.

Relocation expenses may be paid.

This is a non-bargaining unit position.

The work schedule for this position is Mixed Tour. With a Mixed Tour work schedule, an employee may be changed between full-time, part-time and intermittent work schedules to accommodate fluctuating workloads and is subject to a signed agreement.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • If your resume is incomplete, you may not be considered for this vacancy.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (
  • You must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Any required investigations and clearances must be completed
  • before the selectee can be placed in the position.


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The Supervisory Survey Statistician (Field) has responsibility for planning, supervision and successful completion of one or more surveys in the Regional Office (RO) area. The programs assigned to an incumbent may include a variety of data collection activities (e.g., recurring or one-time surveys, special censuses), and/or special projects assigned by the Regional Director (RD), his/her Assistant RD, or Survey Coordinator. The responsibilities of this position include:

  • Responsible for the direct supervision of field staff conducting data collection for one or more surveys assigned to a Regional Office (RO).
  • Field assignments are planned and closely monitored for progress.
  • Responsible for training Field Representatives when vacancies occur to maintain appropriate staffing levels.
  • Responsible for evaluating survey costs monthly and recommending effective methods which will result in the survey operating within the monthly budget allocation.
  • Responsible for property accountability of equipment assigned to subordinate staff.
  • Responsible for conducting observations and re-interviews of field staff to evaluate employees' performance, perform quality control of data collected, and ensure all appropriate survey interviewing guidelines are being followed.


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Basic Entry Requirements for All Grade Levels:

A. 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.


B. Combination of education and experience - courses shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience should have included a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, b) collection, computing and analyzing data, and c) applying statistical techniques such as measurements of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance. The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field.

GRADE LEVEL REQUIREMENTS: In addition to meeting the Basic Entry Requirements above, applicants must have the experience listed below.

EXPERIENCE: GRADE:07 At least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level is required. Examples of such specialized experience include: applying standard statistical methods and analyses such as measures of central tendency and dispersion; and collecting data for surveys or studies.


You have superior academic achievement, which is defined as one (or more) of the following: Membership in a national honor society; graduating in the upper 1/3 of the class; earning an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.95 (on a 4.0 scale) in the final 2 undergraduate years completed; earning a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.95; earning an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.45 in the major field of study during the final 2 undergraduate years completed; or earning a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.45 in the major field of study.


You have one full year of progressively higher-level graduate education.

GRADE:09 In addition to the basic requirements, at least 1 year of professional work experience equivalent to the GS-7 level is required. Examples of such specialized experience include: 1) assisting in the design and development of specifications for data collection and data processing requirements for statistical studies and surveys, 2) applying advanced statistical analytical tools such as regression analysis and measures of variance to socio/economic and demographic data, and 3) assisting in the development of professional papers or reports on such data.


You have completed two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or you have a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree.

GRADE:11 At least 1 year of professional work experience equivalent to the GS-9 level is required. Examples of such specialized experience include: designing and developing specifications for data collection and data processing requirements, operating procedures, training materials, and operational schedules for statistical studies and surveys; applying advanced statistical analytical tools such as regression analysis and measures of variance to socioeconomic and demographic data, and assisting in the development of professional papers or reports; and coordinating field data collection activities for large scale statistical surveys.


You have 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a doctoral degree or you have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent doctoral degree.

GRADE 12: At least 1 year of professional work experience equivalent to the GS-11 level is required. Examples of such specialized experience include: leading a team to plan a statistical survey or study; developing survey and data collection specifications and establishing time schedules for various phases of survey operations; establishing analytical methodology, design sampling and estimation procedures for surveys, and documenting work results and findings; and planning the analysis of the socioeconomic or demographic data developed by the survey or study.

Education cannot be substituted at this grade level.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


*You must currently reside in or be willing to relocate to Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN including the following counties: Anoka, Carver, Chicago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Washington, or Wright.

*If you accept this position, you must secure and maintain a Wired Broadband Internet connectivity at your official duty station (residency) at your expense for as long as you hold this position. If Wired Broadband Internet is not available, then you must be able to connect to a cellular network. A Cellular Aircard will be provided by the Census Bureau. Once Wired Broadband Internet becomes available in your official duty station (residency), you will be required to secure and maintain this service at your expense for as long as you hold this position.


We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation (transcripts if applicable) to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire that you completed as part of the application. However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the occupational questions, or your score will be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

  1. Knowledge survey methods such as survey research, sampling, questionnaires, and data collection used to conduct surveys.
  2. Knowledge of statistical software packages.
  3. Knowledge in leading and motivating a team; skill in interviewing applicants, making selections, and proposing performance and conduct related activities; ability to review and approve time and attendance and leave for subordinate staff.
  4. Ability to complete projects under a tight deadline; ability to work with teams to accomplish goals.
  5. Ability to communicate technical and non-technical information to a variety of audiences.
  6. Ability to analyze factual information and evaluate significant factors in order to resolve complex problems based on statistical data.
  7. Knowledge of data collection or analysis to write reports outlining progress or results of surveys.
  8. Ability to present data or results to a variety of audiences.

To preview questions please click here.


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The U.S. Census Bureau offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at


Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining a rating of at least 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: CTAP/ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

  1. A copy of your specific Reduction In Force (RIF) notice, written notice of your expected separation or other documentation of priority consideration status;
  2. A copy of your latest SF-50 - noting current position, grade level, and duty location;
  3. A copy of your last performance appraisal including your rating; and
  4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities:

*<A HREF= TARGET="_blank">Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)</A>

*<A HREF= TARGET="_blank">Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)</A>


The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.  TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.


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Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at To begin, click the Apply Online button near on the right side of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.

To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at and place your cursor over "My Account" and then click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk immediately by e-mail at or phone at 866-656-6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST.

For instructions on submitting your application in another format please contact: Lisa P. Scott at or 301-763-3705.


<u>A complete application consists of the following:</u>


<b>*Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional.</b>  Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59.  Your resume should also list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week.  Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). 


<b>*Veterans' Preference documentation.</b> If applicable, please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15 (revised December 2004 or later), etc.) to validate your claim.  For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to:


<b>*Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation,</b> if applicable. See the "Other Information" section.


<b>*Education.</b>  If this position requires higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information:  name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned.  Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements.  Please refer to for more information.


You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.


Special Instructions for Foreign Education:  Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities.  Applicants educated in whole or in part of foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree.  A listing of these accredited organizations can be found here at You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application.  Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

If you are not currently a Census Bureau employee you will be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine your suitability for federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. Download the OF-306 by clicking here , complete sections 1 through 16 and bring the form with you when called for an interview. You will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of all the information in your application (section 17) AT THE TIME OF INTERVIEW. 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; or you may be fined or jailed.


Lisa Scott
Phone: 301-763-3705
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
4600 Silver Hill Road
Room 2K038
Attn: Human Resources/ECB/DEU
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed. You can check the status of your application by logging into your USAJOBS account at and placing your cursor over "My Account" and then click on "Application Status."

By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).

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