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Job Title:Education Research Analyst GS-1730-09 (DEU)

Department:Department Of Education

Agency:Office of Postsecondary Education

Job Announcement Number:OPE-2013-0036

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$51,630.00 to $67,114.00 / Per Year


Friday, September 06, 2013 to Thursday, September 19, 2013




Full-Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
District Of Columbia County, DC, USView Map


***One or more vacancies may be filled under this announcement*** The area of consideration for this position is "All Recruiting Sources" for Non-status candidates. Announcement OPE-2013-0039 is open concurrently with an area of consideration of "Federal Agencies" for status candidates. Applicants with non competitive eligibility (i.e. 30% Disabled Veterans, Sch. A, etc) should also apply under announcement OPE-2013-0039.


Join our Team! The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is looking for the best and brightest to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation.

This position is located in the Department of Education (ED), Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE), Student Service, Student Programs Development Group.  The incumbent serves in a developmental level capacity and performs professional work for an educationally-related function or program (or group of programs) and performs research and analysis of education problems.


  • Relocation Expenses will not be paid.
  • You Must be a U.S. Citizen.


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The incumbent plans/conducts analysis and educational research projects for the purpose of improving access and ensuring education success for low-income, first-generation college, and disabled students.  In collaboration with senior staff, develops the annual performance reports (APRs) and the data collection instruments for assigned programs.  Analyzes program data and makes recommendations for program improvements.  Using data and information from a number of sources (e.g., grantee annual performance reports, public data sets, program evaluations, research studies), prepares (or reviews) statistical reports on program outcomes for dissemination.  Evaluates research finding and prepares written reports, briefings and formal presentations of analysis results.  Provides technical assistance in the administration and management of funded analysis/research projects.  Promotes the collaboration of organization’s programs with outside entities, including customers.  Revises and evaluates data analysis/research proposals under consideration for awards of grants and contracts.  Makes funding and policy recommendations to the program staff concerning pending awards and related matters.  In consultation with other program staff, writes reports and makes recommendations regarding the renewal of ongoing projects.  Participates in Federal, State and Local meetings, workshops, seminars, and conferences for the purpose of providing information and technical assistance to grantees and other education professionals.


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Basic Requirements:
Degree: that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours in a field related to the work of the position to be filled, of which at least one course was in research methods and at least two courses were in statistics.  OR
Combination of education and experience -- at least 24 semester hours in a field related to the work of the position to be filled, including at least one course in research methods and two courses in statistics, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience must have demonstrated (1) a thorough knowledge of the principles underlying the work of this series, and (2) understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the methods and techniques applied in performing work in this series.

(GS-9) 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree OR 1 year equivalent experience to at least GS-07 grade level;  Example of specialized experience equivalent of GS-07 grade level, the incumbent must have experience in researching, providing access, and ensuring education success for low-income, first-generation college, and disabled students.  The incumbent must have experience writing analytical reports and research papers and communicating findings.  The incumbent must also be to use appropriate software (e.g., Excel, Access, SAS, and SPSS) to develop data tables, graphs, charts and statistical reports on program performance. 


To perform successfully the duties of this position, applicants are expected to possess the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) listed below. Your answers to the on-line experience questions will serve as responses to the KSAs. 

  1. Knowledge of professional education research principles and techniques used in the evaluation of proposals and projects for improved education.

  2.  Ability to independently resolve problems by application of precedents or established methods and practices.

  3. Effective oral and written correspondence skills for briefings and presentations of analysis results.

  4.  Interpersonal skills to interact with office units, other programs/organizations, and staff elements of the Department in order to enhance organization mission and goals.


WARNING! High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume, essay responses, and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from best-qualified status or result in a lowered status. Your responses to the vacancy questions must be substantiated by your on-line resume. Be sure that the experience/education as described on your resume contains accurate and sufficient information that clearly supports your responses to all of the questions by addressing experience and education relevant to this position. If you exaggerate or falsify your experience, education and/or your responses to questions, your ratings can/will be changed, or you may be removed from employment consideration. You should make a fair and accurate assessment of your qualifications. Applicants who do not respond to the application questions will be rated ineligible. Eligible candidates will be placed for selection consideration into three (3) categories as described below: 1 - Qualified Category - Applicants who have a "Q" score between meet the specialized experience outlined in the Minimum Qualification Requirements section of this announcement. 2 - Well Qualified Category - Applicants who have a "WQ" exceed the Minimum Qualification Requirements based on review of resume and vacancy specific questions. 3 - Best Qualified Category - Applicants who have a "BQ" score between Outstanding level based on review of resume and vacancy specific questions. Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability. You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification.
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The Department of Education offers a comprehensive benefits package including paid vacation and sick leave, federal holidays, health and life insurance, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), including the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). Click on Benefits to find out more about federal benefits. Why Work at ED? The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is a great place to work. For more detailed information regarding our various work sites, please click on the link below: Work Site Locations As an ED employee, you will benefit from our family-friendly work environment. As part of our commitment to maintain a productive balance between work and home, we offer excused leave for Parent/Teacher Conferences (4 hours); excused leave for annual health screenings (4 hours); and matching leave for community volunteer service. Other incentives such as Telecommuting and Alternative Work Schedules also may be available to you. ED offers positions that are fair and competitive in compensation; developmental opportunities to exhibit teamwork and goal-oriented projects to enrich your federal career.


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Please carefully read the information provided under the link listed below. The section entitled "How to Apply" provides detailed instructions on faxing your supporting documentation. All required supporting documentation MUST be received by midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement. You are encouraged to thoroughly review the list of supplement documents required. It is critical to note that many documents may not pertain to you. You are only required to submit those that apply to you.
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We will inform you of the status of your application at four stages: (1) Upon receipt of your application; (2) Upon minimum qualification determinations; (3) Upon issuing the highly qualified candidates to the hiring official; and finally (4) once a selection is made. It is essential that you have a current e-mail address on file with USAJOBS. You will be notified of our application status by the servicing Human Resources Specialist via email. You may also check the status of your application at USA JOBS.

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