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Job Title:Research Analyst

Agency:Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

Job Announcement Number:FRTIB-14-MP-001-971529

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:

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 to Tuesday, October 15, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0301-11/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

JOB SUMMARY:

The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is widely considered to be one of the best retirement plans in the world and a model for defined contribution plans.  We are seeking a champion for its continual improvement.

The FRTIB is an Independent Federal Agency responsible for administering the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP).  We help Federal employees and members of the Uniformed Services retire with dignity by providing benefits similar to private sector 401(k) plans.  The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is widely considered to be one of the best retirement plans in the world and a model for defined contribution plans. 

 

Mission - Our Core Purpose

Administer the TSP solely in the interest of the participants and beneficiaries

 

Core Values - What We Stand For

Participant-Focused
Integrity
Efficiency

 

The FRTIB is looking for a highly qualified and motivated individual to serve as a Research Analyst with responsibility for providing research and analytical assistance, advice, and support to the Office of Enterprise Planning and FRTIB staff on Agency projects, programs, and functions.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • Male born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Relevant experience (see Qualifications below):

DUTIES:

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The major duties of the position are:

·         Utilize a broad range of methods and techniques, both qualitative and quantitative, to plan and conduct research, studies, and evaluations of various Agency programs, policies, operational issues, and strategic planning activities;

·         Conduct research, studies, and analyses to compare the TSP design and policies with retirement industry standards and trends;

·         Plan statistical analyses as necessary, compile statistical data and pertinent facts and issues, and prepare reports, charts, records, and responses to inquiries. 

·         Draft policy that responds to regulatory and legislative mandates, industry trends, and research findings.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify for this position, applicants must meet the specialized experience as described below:

 

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: This statement is the experience in which I will rate resumes against.  There is some flexibility with these statements. Please feel welcome to provide as much input as possible pertaining to the specialized experience the selectee for this position must possess.

 

SE @ GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-9 grade level demonstrating presentation techniques, reviewing and editing written materials, and preparing analyses, briefings, narrative reports, statistical summaries, and position papers.

 

SE @ GS-12: One year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-11 grade level demonstrating presentation techniques, reviewing and editing written materials, and preparing analyses, briefings, narrative reports, statistical summaries, and position papers; and experience planning, organizing, and conducting research, studies, and evaluations that involve a broad range of sources.

 

SE @ GS-13: One year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-12 grade level demonstrating presentation techniques, reviewing and editing written materials, and preparing analyses, briefings, narrative reports, statistical summaries, position papers, and other documents; and experience planning, organizing, and conducting research, studies, and evaluations that involve a broad range of sources; and exhibiting functional knowledge of the methods and procedures for gathering information and data, leading to the solution of problems and issues that confront the dynamics in an organization.


You must provide your transcripts to support your educational claims.  Transcripts may be unofficial copies, but they must come from an accredited college or university, and they also must include the courses' names and number of credit hours.  To search the database of accredited institutions visit: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx

 

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at U.S. accredited college or university.  For further information visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

  

Education may not be substituted for experience at the GS-12 or GS-13 grade level.

ALL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS MUST BE MET BY THE DATE THE REFERRAL LIST IS ISSUED.

Applicants must meet basic eligibility requirements such as Time-in-Grade, minimum qualifications, and other regulatory requirements by the close date of this announcement.

 

Time-in-Grade: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must meet the Time-in-Grade Requirement, which is 52 weeks of Federal Service at the next lower grade, (GS-9 for GS-11; GS-11 for GS-12; and GS-12 for GS-13).

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your resume will be reviewed to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements.  Applicants meeting minimum qualifications will further be evaluated on information provided in the Questionnaire.  The questionnaire collects information on your education, training, and experience related to the following competencies: Research Methods, Reasoning, and Reading Comprehension.

 

To preview this questionnaire, click on the following link View Assessment Questions

If you are found Well-Qualified for this vacancy, your application will be referred to the selecting official for further review. Well-Qualified means, you must meet all the minimum qualification standards and be assessed and assigned a rating of at least Well-Qualified to receive special selection priority. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. When a sufficient pool of candidates has been determined, then only that group will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration.

If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.

 

 

If you have not provided all the required documents as identified on this vacancy announcement, you will not be referred to the selecting official for further consideration.


BENEFITS:

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Working for the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Retirement System.  The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board also has agency specific benefits including flexible work schedules and the possibility of student loan repayment.


The following web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.  To find out more click here https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits.

 

Alternate work schedule options may be available.

 

Limited Telework may be available.

 

If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized.  Our human resources office can provide additional information on how this program is run.

 

Direct deposit: Direct deposit of pay is required.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP).   The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and you are found well-qualified for this vacancy.  Well-qualified means, you must meet all the minimum qualification standards listed above and be assessed and assigned the rating of at least Well-Qualified to receive special selection priority.

You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority.  Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  See http://www.sss.gov/

Veteran's Preference: If you are claiming veterans’ preference, you must submit documentation described in the "Required Documents" section.  For more information regarding veteran's preference please go to http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx

Relocation incentives:  No relocation expenses will be paid for this position. 

Probationary Period: One-year trial/probationary period may be required.

Background Suitability Investigation: Continued employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background investigation and the granting of a Federal suitability or security clearance.

Temporary Duty Travel: TDY for this position is 5 percent.

Noncompetitive promotion potential to target grade.

Management may select at any of the grade levels announced.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire.  Please ensure you click the Submit my Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the More Information link under the application status for this position.

 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page https://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following 971529.

 

If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View.
2. Print 1203FX form to provide your response to the 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.

The complete application package must be submitted by Tuesday, October 15, 2013.

NOTE: If all required documents are not received by the closing date, you will be rated ineligible, and your application will not move forward to the selection official.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Please be advised, the following documents are required even if you are already a current Federal or FRTIB employee:

1. Resume (Please include on your resume the experience you wish to be considered for the review of your qualifications, the dates of employment with month and year, and hours worked per week). Resumes that do not contain all of the necessary information to determine qualifications may be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.  Your latest resume submission is the one that will be used to determine your qualifications. 
2. OF-306, please visit http://www.opm.gov/forms/html/OF.asp for a fillable OF-306 form.

3. Responses to questionnaire.

4. You must submit documents verifying your eligibility along with your application package.  These documents may include, but are not limited to: your most recent non-award SF-50, Veteran’s Preference documentation e.g. DD-214 or equivalent, terminal leave orders, SF-15, VA letter, etc; ICTAP documentation, e.g. RIF separation notice along with last performance rating or appraisal; and/or College Transcripts – this will be necessary if you are qualifying based on a combination of education and experience, or solely on education at the applicable grade level.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

FRTIB Personnel
Phone: (202)942-1600
Email: PERSONNEL@TSP.GOV
Agency Information:
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board
77 K Street NE
Suite 1000
Washington, DC
20002
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  Based upon your score, you may be referred to the hiring official.  If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by the office for a possible interview.

 

Once this process has been completed, you will receive notice via email (or by mail if no email address was provided during the application process).  This process is generally completed within 4-6 weeks.


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Job Announcement Number:

FRTIB-14-MP-001-971529

Control Number:

352771700