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    Summary

    This position is located in the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Field Operations (OFO), Boston/New York Regional Office, Division of Price Programs, Branch of Consumer Price Index Programs in Boston, MA and in New York, NY.

    Salary for Boston, MA: $101,585-$128,677

    Salary For New York: $105,417-$137,045

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    Responsibilities

    The mission of the Office of Field Operations is to provide data collection expertise and feedback to the development of the Bureau's survey-based programs, to effectively and efficiently execute survey activities both directly and through grantees, and to conduct an active program of information and outreach for Bureau products.

    Duties include, but are not limited to:

    Directs and provides technical guidance to a branch of professional and technical employees, providing technical leadership in the following areas: Developing and improving survey collection strategies and procedures; collecting data from the most complex companies in the Consumer Price Index Programs; improving survey non­response; assisting branch Field Economists in developing strategies for obtaining participation from respondents critical to multiple BLS programs and surveys; leading, training, and mentoring others; explaining survey findings and data uses; exchanging information on developments relevant to the programs; and making presentations to interested groups regarding survey results.

    Assigns work to staff Economists and Economic Assistants to achieve program goals. Assignments consider the level of experience required for appropriate data collection, the current regional economic status, as well as cost and time clustering of geographically dispersed units. This includes full responsibility for collection, technical review, and processing of all CPI work within the Branch. Plans, establishes and communicates work priorities to staff; provides training, counseling, staff development and evaluation; develops Branch recruitment plans; interviews, and selects candidates for vacancies and initiates other personnel actions; supports EEO affirmative action plans and objectives; provides advice, counsel, or instruction to individual employees on performance and administrative matters; initiates disciplinary measures.

    Directs survey planning for the branch and participates in the overall survey planning for the region with the Assistant Regional Commissioner, other CPI Branch Chiefs, and national office staff, including making long-range assessments of the various price programs and surveys. Provides advice on retail trade practices, potential for cooperation, anticipated reporting problems, and content and form of collection materials. Recommends revisions of data collection procedures.

    Ensures the quality of the data collected by all Branch staff through a comprehensive data quality program consisting of observational interviews, re-interviews, and scheduled reviews for multiple surveys. Certifies both Field Economists and Economic Assistants for technical competency for independent data collection. Analyzes data to improve overall Branch performance. Identifies developmental and training needs for staff and develops appropriate remedies to promote consistent production and quality. Ensures that changes in survey techniques or design are well understood and properly and promptly implemented by staff.

    Participates in CPI survey developmental activities. Directs and evaluates testing of procedures and materials prior to full national fielding. Assesses usability of materials and feasibility of procedures, as well as regional economic factors affecting pre-tests. Provides comments on draft materials sent for regional review. Participates in national level task forces which address program related issues and problems that are nationwide in scope.

    Researches or directs research and contacts with companies that have complex structures, maintain highly sensitive/confidential records, and usually require highly placed corporate officers' approval before participation. Examples of such firms are insurance companies, hospitals, public utilities, and multi-location retail establishments. Explains the conceptual foundations and technical requirements of the programs to the highest level corporate officials to gain their voluntary cooperation. Researches and analyzes a variety of unique and complicated data sources, and determines which source or combination of sources will yield the kind and quality of data needed to satisfy BLS national data requirements.

    Negotiates levels of cooperation with major United States firms addressing participation in BLS surveys from a multi-survey level. This includes identifying the data needs and priorities of various programs in conjunction with regional office and national office staff.

    Prepares comprehensive, complex technical reports describing economic related statistical and market developments. Identifies difficult to assess changes/trends and emerging industry practices and developments. Evaluates impact of changes on current procedures, methodologies, and specifications, and recommends improvements to current processes.

    Travel Required

    75% or less - Frequent travel may be required.

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    13 - This position is at the full performance level (FPL).

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