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    Summary

    This position is located in the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and will be filled in the Compensation Program. Selection will be made in one of the following locations: Kansas City, MO, or Houston, TX.

    This position is inside the bargaining unit.

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    Responsibilities

    Carries out complex data collection assignments requiring the development and modification of collection techniques and procedures.  Represents the Bureau as a technical expert with prominent enterprises that by nature of their size or significance are essential to the reliability of national, regional, or local survey results.  Works with enterprises having complex structures and/or highly confidential records, and usually requiring central office clearance or corporate officers’ approval for participation.  Researches and develops a profile of the enterprise’s organizational structure and its key officials; analyzes and assesses reporting relationships; determines the best point of contact; and explains the conceptual foundations and technical requirements; and evaluates the data reported for consistency within the enterprise, area, and industry and for conformance to the standards of each survey. Develops the data collection strategy for enterprises that have a history of non-response or a reluctance to participate.  Creates an enterprise profile by researching and analyzing prior Bureau contacts with the entity; evaluates reasons for prior refusals and identifies issues that threaten future cooperation.  Determines the best point of contact and the collection approach designed to overcome objections.  Defines the survey requirements to a sophisticated and sometimes hostile audience and overcomes objections to participating in order to achieve current and continuing cooperation. Develops the collection strategy for enterprises sampled for multiple surveys that are scheduled concurrently.  Evaluates the conflicting needs of the surveys’ deadlines and instructions with the enterprise’s participation history in order to determine the most efficient and least burdensome method of participation.  Negotiates the overall participation and coordinates collection through dealings with multiple senior officials involving multiple functional areas. Conducts test projects, pilot surveys, and other experimental programs to evaluate the feasibility of new or revised concepts in survey design and specifications, collection methodologies and procedures.  Prepares substantive reports on test results and recommends appropriate modifications and alternative approaches. Makes follow-up contact to respondents providing data for complex reporting units.  Ensures accurate and timely survey results by evaluating responses for external and internal consistency and comparability with previously provided information.  This requires the seasoned judgment and well-developed collection skills of a fully trained and experienced economist in order to quickly clarify and validate atypical information when a large volume of data is provided.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - 25% or more

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    12 - There is no obligation to provide future promotions if 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 job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/521103000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.