Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.
A. Degree: A bachelor’s (or higher) degree in economics that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus;OR
B. Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
In addition to the Basic Requirements listed above:
Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.
For the GS-9, qualifying experience includes at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 collecting, compiling and arranging data from various sources; performing basic analysis of data; and preparing drafts of written reports; OR
A master's or equivalent graduate degree in agricultural economics or a related field; or completion of 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.
For the GS-11, qualifying includes at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 studying and understanding factors affecting supply, demand, and trade in commodity or regional markets; participating in preparation or development of questionnaire content, survey procedures and data cell relationships; maintaining data sets; and participating in preparation of written products; OR
A Ph.D. or equivalent graduate degree in agricultural economics or a related field; or completion of 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.
For the GS-12, qualifying experience includes at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 maintaining and assembling data, independently designing questionnaires; drafting analyses on relationships between supply, demand, trade, price and policy development; and leading teams or projects in the analysis and publication of related topics.
For the GS-13, qualifying experience includes at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 leading or independently planning and conducting studies or analyses of economic problems; developing and maintaining databases and economic models; investigating and identifying factors affecting supply, demand, and trade in commodities or markets; authoring reports, articles, or other written products; and leading questionnaire design and manual preparation for surveys.
Combinations of education and specialized experience may be accepted for all grades where education or experience may be accepted.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
The category rating procedure is used to rank and select eligible candidates. Under category rating, applicants who meet basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position and whose job related competencies have been assessed are ranked by being placed in one of the following categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.
You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:
- (All Grades)
- Knowledge of principles, methods, and theories of economics and skill in conducting economic analysis
- Skill in communicating economic information
- Skill in data collection, organization, and evaluation
- Knowledge of factors affecting supply, demand and trade
- Skill in survey and questionnaire development, and data collection, organization and evaluation techniques
We will review your application, including the online Occupational Questionnaire, to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Before any certificate can be issued to the selecting official, the resume and supporting documents are reviewed by an HR Specialist to ensure that (a) minimum qualification requirements are met and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your answers will be verified against information provided in your online resume and application. Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Note:
If, after reviewing your resume and / or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can / will be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.
To view the application form, visit: https://ers.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=74b7ee35-7dbd-4fec-a52b-a36500ad1d5d