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Job Title:Supervisory Statistician/Social Scientist Interdisciplinary

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Job Announcement Number:HHS-SAMHSA-DE-14-1089412

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$124,995.00 to $157,100.00 / Per Year


Friday, April 25, 2014 to Monday, May 26, 2014




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Rockville, MD View Map


United States Citizens


Public Trust - Background Investigation




Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American!  At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere.  It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens.  Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ), in Rockville, MD.

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-SAMHSA-MP-14-1089414 under merit promotion procedures.  Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under merit promotion procedures.  NOTE:  Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

This announcement may be used to fill additional positions.


  • Not Required


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  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Background investigation clearance required.


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Incumbent serves as a Supervisory Statistician/Social Scientist Interdisciplinary performing the following duties:

  • Collaborate with national and international peers in health services evaluation involving biostatistics and survey research
  • Present statistical data to large audiences on national surveys
  • Oversee the development and execution of data collection methodology
  • Manage the data collection and operations of a large health survey and related analysis projects
  • Oversee the design and implementation of statistical projects that examine the nature of substance abuse, its health consequences, and its impact on the healthcare delivery system
  • Supervise a staff of statisticians and social science analysts as well as other professional staff
  • Provide leadership in the area of public health policy and planning at a national level


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To meet the Basic Qualification Requirements for a Social Scientist (Supervisory), GS-0101, you must meet one of the following:

A. Have a degree in behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position.


B. Have a combination of education and experience-that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.


C. Have four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.

To meet the Basic Qualification Requirements for a Mathematical Statistician (Supervisory), GS-1529, you must meet one of the following:

A. Have a degree that included 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, of which at least 12 semester hours were in mathematics and 6 semester hours were in statistics.


B. Have a combination of education and experience - at least 24 hours of mathematics and statistics, including at least 12 hours in mathematics and 6 hours in statistics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

To meet the Basic Qualification Requirements for a Statistician (Supervisory), GS-1530, you must meet one of the following:

A. Have a degree that includes 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 should be given for courses in which 50 percent 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.


B. Have a combination of education and experience-- courses as described in "A" above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience 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.

Additional Qualification Requirement for the GS-15: In addition to meeting the basic qualification requirement, applicants must also have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service.  Specialized experience includes:  Experience leading a project team where the project included designing surveys, developing questionnaire content, conducting survey methodological studies, analyzing data and/or managing a contract for large scale surveys. Experience with review of contract deliverables covering areas such as sampling plans, field management, imputation, weighting, variance estimation, analysis plans, and statistical reports. Ability to analyze complex survey data using appropriate methods that account for survey design. Experience coordinating and implementing a project that met agency goals within assigned budget. Also, experience with providing consultation on surveys and presenting statistical findings and issues to a diverse audience.

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 a U.S. accredited college or university.  For further information, visit:

Conditions of Employment:


1. Security and Background Requirements:  If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action.  In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.  Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.  False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.


2. E-Verify:  If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.  Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.


3. Direct Deposit:  All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.


4. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.


5. Financial disclosure statement required: Yes


6. One-year probationary period may be required.


7. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid: No


8. Bargaining Unit Position: No


9. Drug Screening Required: No


10. Recruitment incentives may be authorized: No


11. Student loan repayment incentive authorized: No


12. Annual leave for non-federal service authorized: No


13. Supervisory Position: Yes


Once the application process is complete, a review of the resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.  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 eligibility.  Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates.  The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.  Qualified candidates will be ranked into one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified.


The Category Rating Process does not add veterans’ preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.  Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher).  Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):


1. Knowledge of the principles, concepts, methods, and techniques of social science (e.g., sociology and demography), public health, data management, mathematics, and biostatistics in order to analyze, interpret, and evaluate statistical data.

2. Knowledge of statistical and methodological techniques to insure appropriate quality of data produced from projects to address public health questions.

3. Knowledge of organization missions, objectives, goals, and management practices to plan and direct a program of behavioral health and related health conditions.

4. Skill in oral communication.

5. Skill in written communication.


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If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.  For more information on veterans’ preference see


Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see


For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.


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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.


The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, May 26, 2014 to receive consideration.

1.    To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

2.    Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

3.    It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 

4.    To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

5.    To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Résumé - You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume. If you use your own résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed.

2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire

3. Other supporting documents:

- Veterans Preference Documentation, Member 4 copy of all DD214s, VA letter, SF-15, etc.

-Most current SF-50 displaying tenure, title, series, grade, step and salary.

     - College Transcripts displaying type of degree and date degree conferred.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.


NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.


If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 1089412.

2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


NOTE: If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, May 26, 2014  to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.


To complete the occupational questionnaire (1203FX form) and submit via fax:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.

2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items

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.


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The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, May 26, 2014 .


Angelique Green
Phone: (216)615-4042
Agency Information:
HHS NCR Center
200 Independence Ave SW
HHH Building
Suite 801
Washington, DC


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement.


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

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