This vacancy is for a Lead Mathematical Statistician in the Demographic Statistical Methods Division (DSMD) located in Suitland, Maryland. The Census Bureau is accessible from the Metro Rail Green Line - Suitland Station.Learn more about this agency
This vacancy is advertised under 2 different announcements. Read the `Who May Apply` section carefully to determine your eligibility. If you are not eligible under this announcement, please see DSMD-2016-0006, Mathematical Statistician, GS-1529-13, Census-MP-MMW .
This position may be ELIGIBLE for telework; additional criteria will be required (e.g., supervisory approval).
Relocation expenses may be paid.
This is a BARGAINING unit position.
The individual selected for this position will:
- Provide varied experience and points of view on survey and census activities.
- Design, plan, and implement production, research and evaluation projects for surveys and/or census activities.
- Provide guidance and advice for various methodological issues such as disclosure avoidance, data editing, and missing data.
- Write and run computer programs to perform production processes, analysis, research and evaluation activities.
- Direct the work of one or more staff members on a regular and recurring basis.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…All qualified U.S Citizens.
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Conditions of Employment
- U.S. citizen.
- Suitable for Federal employment.
- You may be required to complete a financial disclosure (OGE-450).
- A one-year probationary period may be required.
- Registered for Selective Service if applicable. (www.sss.gov)
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
QualificationsMINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
Basic Entry Requirements for All Grade Levels:
A. Degree: You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university OR a combination of education and experience equivalent to the completion of a bachelor's degree. Studies must have included at least 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, 12 of which must be in mathematics and 6 of which must be in statistics.
B. Combination of education and experience -- at least 24 semester 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.
In addition to the above requirements, you must also meet the following:
Specialized Experience: For the GS-13, you must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Experience for this position includes designing, planning and implementing production, research and evaluation projects for survey and/or census activities using mathematical statistical theory and statistical methodology; implementing various statistical methods such as disclosure avoidance, data editing, nonresponse reweighting and imputation procedures; demonstrated facility with statistical computing software and routines to implement statistical methodology; and assigning and reviewing work and resolving issues.
Education cannot be substituted for experience at this grade level.
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.
Information about CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.
Veterans -- The following link provides information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities:
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.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your application includes your:
- Responses to the online scored occupational questionnaire, and
- Required supporting documents.
1. Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education, and/or experience required for this position. You will be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we will rate you as ineligible.
2. Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas:
The following competencies are desirable at the full performance level of this position, GS-13.
- Knowledge of statistics and survey methodology in areas such as experimental design, sample design, survey sampling, estimation, and variance estimation.
- Ability to comprehend, various statistical methods such as those used for disclosure avoidance, data editing, and methods to account for nonresponse, such as weight adjustment and imputation.
- Ability to write and run computer programs to implement statistical methodology for production, research and evaluation purposes.
- Knowledge of evaluating survey and/or census processes and procedures.
- Ability to communicate assignments, milestones, deadlines and solve work problems.
We will review your resume, optional cover letter, and supporting documentation 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 (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) 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 scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "gold" category 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) depending on the position and grade level of the job.
If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and/or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)), you must receive a rating of at least 85 out of 100 (well qualified) to receive special selection priority.
We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.
To preview questions please click here.
Background checks and security clearance
Resume: You resume showing relevant experience.
Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone number, employment information such as: Employer name and location; From and To dates (which includes the month and year for each description of experience), full-time or part-time, grade level held (if applicable), education, training etc. Your description of experience and education must be able to support any claim for qualifying for this position. A cover letter is optional.
Education Documentation: All applicants to include Census employees MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of courses showing title, number of credits, grade, and date of completion.
To be used in meeting qualifications requirements, a college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to http://www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation/search.aspx. An official transcript will be required if you are selected.
If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of credibility of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency; more information may be found at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e4.asp#e4a.
Veterans' Documentation: You must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214, 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 preferences eligible 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.
CTAP. If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), you must submit a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent Performance Rating and a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP eligible. Information about CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.
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.
Additional benefits available at Census 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
Please note: if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will lose consideration for this position (or lose the special consideration for which you may be eligible).
The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
If applying online poses a hardship, please contact the Human Resources Speciaists prior to the announcement's closing date.
Monster Government Solutions is avaliable to assist you during the business hours normally 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. ET, Monday - Friday. If you are experiencing system issues with your application, please contact the Monster Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 866-656-6831 or the USAJobs Help Desk.
Step 1 - Create or Upload a resume with USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov)
The previes link is avaliable at the end of the Qualifications and Evaluation section of the announcement. Please ensure your resume supports response of these assessment questions.
Step 2 - Click Apply Online
You will be directed to USAJOBS where you must select a resume. If you have documents uploaded to USAJOBS, you may select those you wish to submit as well. After selecting a resume (and documents, if applicable), click "Apply for this position now!" and follow the prompts to register. You will have the opportunity to submit documents via 2 different options: 1) download from USAJOBS or 2) upload from your computer. Answer the assessment questions and submit all required documents. Once you complete the application click the "Submit My Answers" botton.
You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. To do so, log into your USAJobs accountsand click on "Applcation Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Apply Oneline" to continue.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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.
Agency contact information
AddressBUREAU OF THE CENSUS
4600 Silver Hill Road
Attn: Human Resources
Washington, DC 20233
You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://usajobs.gov, and clicking on "Track Your Online Application." The four points of notification are:
1. Application Received or Application Incomplete;
2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;
3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official); and
4. Selected or Not Selected
By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.
You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).
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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
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.
Legal and regulatory guidance
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/450795900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.