A Supervisory Mathematical Statistician vacancy is located in DOL, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Office of Compensation and Working Conditions (OCWC). Mathematical Statisticians at BLS are primarily responsible for assuring the statistical integrity of BLS surveys.
- This position is outside the bargaining unit.Learn more about this agency
- This announcement may be used to fill additional like vacancies.
This position serves as the Branch Chief in OCWC, Statistical Methods Group, Occupational Safety and Health Statistics Branch. The Branch Chief's responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:
- Responsible for the planning, development, direction, and evaluation of assigned statistical activities in the BLS compensation and occupational safety and health programs. Statistical activities may include, but are not limited to the following: survey design planning and evaluation, sample selection, estimation procedures, estimation of sampling error/bias, statistical validation of survey results, and any other statistical issues. Included are those complex mathematical statistical problems involved in simulation, composite estimation, sample rotation, Monte Carlo techniques, and statistical modeling.
- Responsible for determining goals and plans for the branch, develops branch resource requirements, coordinates with other branches, and sets statistical policy on program emphasis and guidelines. Determines the most efficient and effective possibilities for the application of mathematical statistical techniques in light of program reliability requirements and funding. Provides guidance and review of some statistical activities that are the responsibility of OCWC/BLS but are contracted to States or other agencies (e.g., the Survey of Occupational Injuries & Illnesses, the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, and special surveys). Provides ancillary guidance in other ongoing BLS activities and programs as required.
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Conditions of Employment
- Must be a U.S. citizen and at least 16 years of age.
- Requires a probationary period if requirement has not been met.
- Requires a supervisory probationary period if requirement has not been met.
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Applicants must meet time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection.
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Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.
Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must meet one of the Mathematical Statistics Basic Requirements AND the GS-14 Grade-level Requirement listed below to qualify. See the Required Documents section for submitting necessary proof.
I. Mathematical Statistics Basic Requirements:
One of the following (A or B):
A. Degree: that included 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, of which at least 12 semester hours were in mathematics and 6 semester hours were 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.
NOTE: Courses acceptable toward meeting the mathematics course requirement of A and B above must have included at least four of the following: differential calculus, integral calculus, advanced calculus, theory of equations, vector analysis, advanced algebra, linear algebra, mathematical logic, differential equations, or any other advanced course in mathematics for which one of these was a prerequisite. Courses in mathematical statistics or probability theory with a prerequisite of elementary calculus or more advanced courses will be accepted toward meeting the mathematics requirements, with the provision that the same course cannot be counted toward both the mathematics and the statistics requirement.
II. GS-14 Grade-level Requirement
Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent in scope and responsibility to at least the next lower grade level (GS-13) in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is defined as extensive experience leading efforts in the field of mathematics and statistics, and have included the application and/or research of mathematical and statistical concepts, theories, methods, and techniques. Experience indicators at this level include ANY of the following:
Processing and Estimation: Leading statistical processes for weighting data and/or addressing sampling error or non-sampling error (i.e. non-response error or response error).
Sampling: Leading the development of aspects of new methods and/or techniques for either of the following two activities: (1) identification of the sampling unit and gathering and preparing sampling frames OR (2) selection of a sampling method to draw samples from a sample frame, such as, probability sampling e.g. probability sampling may include utilizing cluster, simple random, proportional to size, stratified, systematic, or a combination of sampling methods (i.e. multi-stage sampling).
Analysis: Lead author for methodological and/or technical papers that explain statistical findings or statistical evaluations.
Evaluation: Leading the planning, coordination, and execution of statistical studies. Statistical topics may have included, but are not limited to the following: evaluating new sampling techniques, analyzing frame data, evaluating alternative estimators, evaluating alternative variance computation techniques, testing better approaches for obtaining survey data, evaluating non-response bias, evaluating seasonal adjustment procedures, evaluating imputation procedures, researching regression trees and estimators, OR statistical requirements/specifications for systems development and/or testing.
NOTE: Candidates must have demonstrated in their work experience that they possess, or have potential to develop, the qualities of a supervisor.
Education may not be substituted for experience at this grade level.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Click here for Evaluation details. For Displaced Employees ONLY: if you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles will be considered "well-qualified" if they attain at least a rating score of 85 in a numerical rating scheme. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility Questions #24 and 27 to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP/CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.
Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:
- Leading People - Team Building
- Leading People - Conflict Management
- Results Driven - Accountability
- Decision Making/Problem Solving
- Oral Communication
- Planning and Evaluation
- Sampling and Estimation
- Maintenance and Improvement of Statistical Output
The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). Your evaluation may also include a review by an HR Specialist or panel and may include other assessment tools (ex. interview, structured interview, written test, work sample, etc). The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your vacancy question responses. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password protected documents.
The following documents are required from all applicants (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY):
- Proof of Minimum Qualifications: For the Educational requirements listed, applicants must submit all applicable unofficial academic transcripts demonstrating that they meet the educational requirements listed in this announcement. You may upload multiple transcript(s) as one document (3 MB size limit) or if over 3 MB, please submit via fax feature. Submission of official transcripts will be required if selected. For the Experience and/or Specialized Experience requirements listed, applicants' resumes MUST contain detailed descriptions demonstrating that they meet the requirements listed in this announcement. If your resume does not demonstrate proof of the minimum qualifications, you will be deemed not qualified. See the Requirements section, i.e. under Qualifications, for more details.
- ARE YOU A CURRENT OR FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE? If applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service, please provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action” which shows your appointment eligibility for the position for which you are applying. Your SF-50 must identify the highest grade you held on a permanent basis, Pay Plan/Pay Schedule, Series, and Grade/Pay Band, and competitive status. Multiple SF-50 may be submitted to demonstrate your highest previous rate and eligibility.
*WARNING: An award SF-50 (ex. cash or time off award) may not indicate grade, step and competitive status. For current DOL employees, an award SF-50 DOES NOT indicate grade and step.
- Land Management Eligibles: a copy of your most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) proving your eligibility for appointment under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act. This service must have been performed in the competitive service, under a time limited appointment in a Land Management Agency, as defined by P.L. 114-328. For more information, click here.
- Most recent performance appraisal/evaluation signed and dated within 18 months is requested by the agency, but will not disqualify candidates if not submitted. If not submitted during the application process, one may/will be requested at the time of the interview if the opportunity is extended. Applies to current and former Federal employees.
The following documents are required if applicable:
- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under ICTAP/CTAP Eligibility.
- DD-214 - verifying military service, eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) and showing character of discharge (ex. Member Copy 4 and 2 are acceptable vs. Copy 1 which is not acceptable to adjudicate veteran's preference)
- Special/Non-Competitive Appointing Authority Documents - Applicants who are eligible for consideration, and wish to be considered, under the following non-competitive hiring authority must submit appropriate documentation (click on the following link to see the documentation requirements): Military Spouses (MISP)
- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted
Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.
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.
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How to Apply
Please be sure to read the vacancy announcement completely. Your application and supporting documents are due prior to the closing date of the announcement. HR will not review your application prior to the closing date. Any required documents not uploaded prior to the closing date will result in your application being coded as incomplete.
To apply for this position, you must complete the initial online application, to include submission of the required documentation specified in the Required Documents section.
Follow the steps below to apply. Your application and ALL required supplemental documents MUST be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to receive consideration. Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered. Click here for information on Reasonable Accommodations.
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STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account on www.usajobs.gov, including Resume and Saved Documents
Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions. If not, HR may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content. FOR EACH EMPLOYMENT PERIOD, include: start/end month & year and note full-time or part-time (if part-time, include # of hours worked per week); otherwise, your application may be considered incomplete.
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Once you have identified a job on www.usajobs.gov that you wish to apply for, click on the title and click the Apply button . For questions about the vacancy, contact the Agency Contact at the bottom of the announcement. Click “Start Application” and proceed through 5 steps noted at the top of the USAJOBS page. You will be able to select a resume and documents from your USAJOBS Account that you can submit as a package as part of your DOL application. At Step 5, click “Continue to Agency Site”.
STEP 3 – Complete the 2nd part of the application process (DOL)
On the Department of Labor (DOL) page, create a DOL Account if you have not already and click “APPLY TO THIS VACANCY”. Continue through the 7 progress steps indicated by circles at the top of the DOL page. The 3rd progress step is where you answer the vacancy specific questions. The 4th progress step "Documents" is where you submit required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy. If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.
STEP 4 – On the “Review and Submit” step, click “Submit Application”
The last “Confirmation” step will turn green noting that your application was submitted successfully.
STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Closing Date by returning to USAJOBS, clicking the vacancy, then “Update Application”.
Agency contact information
AddressLabor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Postal Square Bldg.
2 Massachusetts Ave, NE
Washington, District of Columbia 20212
Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and refer candidates for selection consideration. Candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome. A selection is expected to be made within 30 calendar days from the issuance date of the certificate.
For instructions on how to check the status of your application, go to Step 7 on: Using DOORS and USAJOBS Help Guide. To sign up for Application Status Updates via email: Click Here for instructions.
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