Job Title: Economist, ZP-0110-II, BEA-D-JADJob Announcement Number: BEA-NIWD-2014-0012
Department: Department Of Commerce
Agency: Bureau of Economic Analysis
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/ Per Year
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 to
Thursday, May 29, 2014
SERIES & GRADE:
Competitive Services: Career or Career Conditional -
FEW vacancies -
District of Columbia, DC View Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
All qualified United States citizens.
About the Agency
Applications under this vacancy announcement will be considered under external competitive procedures only. This vacancy is also being advertised under merit promotion procedures as BEA-NIWD-2014-0009. Each announcement requires a separate application using the Census Bureau's on-line application system by logging into http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/ 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 vacancy is for an Economist position in the Investment Branch, National Income and Wealth Division, located at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis in Washington, DC.
The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is seeking an economist for its Foreign Trade, Inventories, and Prices Section within the Investment Branch of the National Income and Wealth Division (NIWD). The National Income and Wealth Division (NIWD) prepares estimates of Gross Domestic Product, Personal Income, and other components of the National Income and Product Accounts.
BEA has been ranked by its employees as one of the top federal agencies for which to work. It has a dynamic and motivated staff, and encourages professional growth. BEA has an unparalleled location in the heart of downtown D.C., only blocks from the White House and within walking distance to three Metro lines. The Penn Quarter, Logan and Dupont Circles, and the Kennedy and Verizon Centers are all within walking distance. This location provides for a unique balance of intellectual pursuit during the day and wealth of cultural and social activities after work.
This position is in the competitive service.
One year probationary period may be required.
Relocation expenses WILL NOT be paid.
This is a non-bargaining unit position.
The Full Promotion Potential of this position is: ZP-03.
If this position is filled at a level below the full performance level, the selectee may be promoted without further competition. This implies no promise or guarantee of a promotion.
This position may be filled through means other than the competitive promotion process.
- You must be a U.S. citizen.
- If your resume is incomplete, you will not be considered for this vacancy.
- You must be registered with Selective Service if applicable (www.sss.gov).
- You must be suitable for Federal employment.
- Any required investigations and clearances must be completed
- before the selectee can be placed in the position.
DUTIES:Back to top
The individual selected for this position will:
*Major Duty 1: Prepares, revises and analyzes estimates of components of gross domestic product.
*Major Duty 2: Analyze economic data and develop estimates of economic statistics.
*Major Duty 3: Engages in research projects, recommends and implements improvements to estimates, and prepares documentation of estimates.
*Major Duty 4: Communicate economic concepts, methods, and results with contacts inside and outside the organization.
*Major Duty 5: Develop computer applications to make estimates of economic statistics.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
Basic Entry Requirements for All Grade or Band Levels:
A. Degree: economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.
B. Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
BAND LEVEL REQUIREMENTS:
Band II (GS-9 Level) To qualify for the band II (GS-9 level), you must meet the basic requirements listed above and have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-7 level) or band II. Examples of qualifying experience include individual economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation, conclusions and report preparation; supervisory or project coordination assignments involving a staff of professional economists, and requiring the evaluation and interpretation of economic information; or teaching assignments in a college or university that included both class instruction in economics subjects and one of the following (1) personal research that produced evidence of results, (2) direction of graduate theses in economics, or (3) service as a consultant or advisor on technical economics problems.
2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Any required investigations and clearances must be completed before the selectee can be placed in the position.
Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management’s website located at http://www.opm/gov/qualifications.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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 and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze.” However, your resume and/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.
How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) for all positions except for Professional and Scientific positionsat the grade 9/ band II and above.
The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
KSA 1: Ability to compile data and use appropriate statistical techniques.
KSA 2: Knowledge of economic theory.
KSA 3: Ability to meet tight deadlines.
KSA 4: Ability to perform economic research and document the results.
KSA 5: Ability to write and communicate in person about economic statistics.
KSA 6: Ability to design, code, and debug data processing algorithms.
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