Job Overview

Summary

About the Agency

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.
This position is located in the US Department of Labor, BLS, Office of Field Operations, Philadelphia Region, Division of Price Programs, Branch of Consumer Price Index Programs, for the Washington DC Office.

THIS POSITION IS PART TIME ONLY AND DOES NOT LEAD TO FULL TIME. The initial average hours per week will be 16 to 32 hours to start depending on workload. This is not a job for a person who needs full-time work or who cannot be available for work when required, including a mix of day, evening and weekend hours. THIS POSITION WILL NOT LEAD TO A PERMANENT FULL-TIME POSITION.

NOTE: Visits to residences are necessary and some evening and weekend work is scheduled. Work in retail stores must be completed during normal business hours. Personal visit data collection requires walking and standing for long periods. In particular, collection from housing units is likely to include steps and walking on uneven surfaces.
VALID DRIVER'S LICENSE IS REQUIRED - Driving conditions will include highway and local streets, and driving at night and in adverse weather conditions. You must travel to the BLS training center in Washington, D.C., up to two times during the first year for mandatory classroom training as follows: Two weeks introductory commodities and services training and One week of advanced data collection. Housing training is accomplished through distance learning.
This position has promotion potential to GS-07. There is no obligation to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and supervisory approval. This position is inside the bargaining unit. Relocation costs will not be paid. Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement.

Duties

This is a developmental position. Assignments are designed to develop technical competence in the Consumer Price Index Program. In collecting data the economic assistant: (1) contacts previously initiated establishments to price goods and services. Pricing activities include: determination of continued cooperation and eligibility of the establishments; location or previously priced item and verification of accuracy and adequacy of previously reported item specifications; determination of eligibility for continued pricing; determination of actual transaction price; verification and documentation of unusual price changes and/or corrections of previously recorded data based on changes in specifications and selection and identification of new items for item rotation. (2) Visits or contact by telephone assigned housing units and new construction units to secure initial voluntary cooperation from inhabitants, mangers, or owners and re-prices rental units. (3) Ensures the quality of data collection from each sample unit by reviewing electronic collection forms completed on a hand-held PC for internal consistency and for conformance to survey requirements. (4) Provides feedback to the National Office through a variety of methods including a system of outlet and item messages and information/clarification reports. (5) Performs such survey support activities preparing required administrative reports, including travel vouchers and time reports and compiling survey progress reports.

Travel Required

  • 75% or Greater
  • Travels to all types of businesses servicing the consumer market as well as all types of housing units. Temporary travel outside the duty station by various modes of transportation is required to attend survey specific training or to support collection in nearby cities. VALID DRIVER'S LICENSE IS REQUIRED - Driving conditions will include highway and local streets, and driving at night and in adverse weather conditions.

Relocation Authorized

  • No