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    Are you an excellent researcher and writer who is interested in government oversight? The USPS OIG is seeking a highly qualified applicant to fill a Research Analyst position in our Research and Insights Solution Center (RISC), located in Arlington, VA. RISC conducts research into critical economic, business, technology, and policy issues affecting the U.S. Postal Service.

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    RISC's research and white papers have touched on a wide variety of topics, including consumer sentiments about mail, the role of the Postal Service in rural areas, innovative digital and retail offerings, and critical issues affecting the Postal Service's operations. You can view previous white papers at https://www.uspsoig.gov/document-type/white-papers; just look for "RARC" or "RISC" in the report number field.

    The successful candidate will help gather and analyze qualitative and quantitative data related to postal issues, plan and conduct studies, speak at events related to research topics, conduct interviews with experts, and produce public analytical reports and other written products. The position requires excellent research, analytical, and critical thinking skills, as well as the ability to write reports in a clear and compelling language. Experience with quantitative data analysis is preferable.

    Candidates will be evaluated on the skills that they possess that are directly related to the duties of the position and the experience, education and training that indicate the applicant's ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position. Only those candidates who meet all qualification and eligibility requirements and who submit the required information by 11:59 PM EST on 01/21/2021 will be considered.

    The USPS OIG uses a Pay Banding system, which is equivalent to the Federal GS scale. Grade and salary determinations will be made based upon a candidate's education and professional experience.

    This position is being advertised at the Journey Band level, equivalent to a GS-9 to GS-13. The salary range for this position is $60,129.00 - $134,798.00. The salary figures include locality pay. Career ladder to GS-13 equivalent is at management's discretion.

    Please note that the duties and responsibilities associated with this position may vary based upon the agency's needs at the time of hire. The following description of major duties and responsibilities is only intended to give applicants a general overview of the expectations.

    • Conduct primary and secondary research, complete data analysis, and write compelling, publicly accessible summaries of strategic issues, findings, and implications.
    • Analyze postal products, services, business strategies, and operational issues; research innovative solutions to existing and potential future issues and challenges; and develop practical suggestions for improvement.
    • Apply qualitative and quantitative research methods to develop white papers and other written materials related to financial, economic, business, international, technology, operational, stakeholder, and customer policy issues.
    • Work with external research consultants: participate in the preparation of statements of work, selection process, and monitoring of their work to ensure quality of deliverables and compliance with objectives and timetables.
    • Prepare and organize public events such as workshops and roundtables to share findings and gain insights on specific research topics. Attend/present at conferences and other public events, and network with experts and institutions involved in the team's research topics.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

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    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/588663200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.