This is an open continuous announcement. Qualified applicants will receive consideration as vacancies become available until their eligibility expires (3 months from the date their name is entered on the inventory). For additional information concerning the period of eligibility, please see the "What To Expect Next" section of this announcement.
Relocation payment may be granted on a case by case basis.Learn more about this agency
The selectee(s) will serve as a Statistician, GS-1530-11/12. Job duties will include:
PLEASE BE ADVISE: May supervise and administer the work of staff assigned to a survey, less than 25% of the time (regional office positions only)
· initiate investigations based on observations in program assignment areas;
· select and modify statistical techniques and methods to produce accurate and timely data;
· analyze findings, evaluate statistical limitations of data, and specifies the range of logical possible explanations;
· prepare documentation of procedures, findings, and problems encountered with recommendations;
· plan procedures for collecting and tabulating data, recommends new or improved methods and present findings;
· other duties as assigned
Who May Apply
This job is open to…United States Citizens
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. citizen.
- You must successfully complete a background investigation.
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
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.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp. CTAP/ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
1. A copy of your specific RIF notice, written notice of your expected separation or other documentation of priority consideration status;
2. A copy of your latest SF-50 - noting current position, grade level, and duty location;
3. A copy of your last performance appraisal including your rating; and
4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
Veterans -- The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx
The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.
Relocation Expenses will be paid on a case by case basis
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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.
Application of Veterans' Preference: Category rating and selection procedures place those with veterans preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category
Background checks and security clearance
A complete application consists of the following:
*Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume should also list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s).
*Veterans' Documentation. If you are applying through VEOA or VRA, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form.
*Sole Survivorship Documentation. If you are applying as Sole Survivorship preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4 is preferable) or another form of official documentation which shows your discharge or release from active duty occurred on or after August 29, 2008 and was based on a sole survivorship discharge.
If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214 or certification, you must also submit a current version of the SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference), dated October 2013, and the required supporting documents listed on that form. Previous versions of the SF-15 will not be accepted. For more information on veterans' preference, click here.
*Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable. See the Other Information section.
*Education. If this position requires higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp for more information.
You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.
Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part of foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found here at http://www.naces.org/members.htm. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.opm.gov/Employment_and_Benefits/index.asp.
Additional benefits available at our Headquarters located in Suitland, MD, include fitness center; child-care facility; credit union; free parking; convenient access to Metrorail and Metrobus transit services in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia communities; car pools/van pools; etc.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
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 Monday, March 13, 2017 and include:
· Response to online questions, and
· Required supporting documentation
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following 1370711. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire, and
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf and
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.
Agency contact information
Washington Services Branch
AddressCOMMERCE Bureau of Census
Please do not send mail
Washington, DC 00000
After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. After we review and evaluate all applications, the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. After a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and or security background investigation. You will be notified up to four times during the hiring process:
1. Upon receipt of your application.
2. Upon minimum qualification determinations.
3. After the certificate is issued.
4. After final selection is made.
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PERIOD OF EMPLOYMENT CONSIDERATION: Qualified applicants will receive employment consideration for a period of three months from the date their name is entered on the inventory. Applicants may request an extension of their eligibility by submitting a written request within two weeks of their expiration date to OPMs email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Only ONE extension will be granted. Applicants who would like consideration beyond the six months period MUST reapply.
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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/448015300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.