All applicants must meet the following basic requirements:
(education can be obtained within 9 months):
A. You have a bachelors or higher degree; AND
B. You have 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics). Courses may be credited as statistical provided the course content is at least 50 percent statistical methods; AND
C. You have 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.; OR
D. You do not have a bachelors or higher degree but do meet the course work requirements specified in B and C above, and also have additional experience or education. Your experience includes a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing and analyzing statistical data; and (c) applying known 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:
- If you will meet any of the above education requirements within 9 months, you must submit documentation that includes specific information on the classes you will complete within the next 9 months. List the title and course number of the class, the department and college/university offering the class, the number of semester or quarter hours credit given for the class, and the date you expect to complete the class.
- Credit toward meeting statistical course requirements will be given for courses in which 50 percent of the course content appears to be statistical 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.
In addition to the basic requirements for all applicants described above, applicants applying for the GS-11 grade level must meet one of the following requirements (education can be obtained with 9 months):
A. You have Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or you have three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D.; OR
B. You have had at least one year of professional work experience, equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal Service, where your analytical approaches and results were very generally reviewed for technical and professional adequacy. Your assignments required that you select and adapt standard statistical techniques from text books, handbooks, or other professional literature for a variety of problems when related precedents were available. Your assignments included work in all of the following areas: 1) designing and developing specifications for data collection and data processing requirements, operating procedures, training materials, and operational schedules for statistical studies and surveys; 2) selecting and applying advanced statistical analysis to socio/economic or demographic data, and developing professional papers or reports on such data; or you have had at least one year of experience supervising field data collection activities in large scale statistical surveys or studies; OR
C. You have a combination of graduate education described in A and experience described in B that when combined meets 100% of the qualifications requirements of this position. To calculate your percentage of graduate education, divide the number of graduate semester hours by 18. To determine your percentage of qualifying experience, divide your total number of months of qualifying experience, as described in B above, by 12. The two percentages must total at least 100% for you to qualify under the combination of education and experience.
In addition to basic requirements for all applicants described above, applicants applying for the GS-12 grade level must meet the following requirement (education can be obtained within 9 months): You had at least one year of professional work experience, equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal Service, where your work was generally reviewed only for adherence to accepted professional standards. Your assignments regularly required that you develop solutions to difficult statistical or analytical problems that did not have readily available precedents, establish analytical methodology, design sampling and estimation procedures for surveys, document work results and findings, and prepare oral and written technical reports. Your assignments included responsibility for all of the following: 1) independently leading a team to plan a statistical survey or study, 2) developing survey and data collection specifications, 3) establishing time schedules for various phases of survey operations, 4) coordinating the accomplishment and management of the various phases of the study or survey, and 5) making presentations and planning the analysis of the socioeconomic or demographic data developed by the survey or study.
You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show proof that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the hiring agency submits a request to fill a position, you will be placed in one of three pre-defined quality categories. The three categories are:
- Gold - Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of possession of all evaluation criteria.
- Silver - Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of possession of the evaluation criteria.
- Bronze - Applicants possessing the specialized experience described above.
If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documents, 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.
Application of Veterans' Preference: Category rating and selection procedures for scientific or professional positions place those with veterans preference above non-preference eligibles within each category.