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    Summary

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics measures labor market activity, working conditions, price changes, and productivity in the U.S. economy to support public and private decision making.

    This position is located in the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Field Operations, Regional Office, Division of National Compensation Survey.

    This is inside the bargaining unit

    This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled either as an Economist or Statistician (Economics). 

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    Responsibilities

    Duties include but are not limited to:

    • Develops strategies to gain participation and collect data from critical, highly weighted respondents in numerous labor market surveys for BLS. Negotiates cooperation with high level corporate officials and utilizes alternative collection strategies for maximizing cooperation. Provides guidance and suggestions to wage staff for handling problem companies. Develops and documents special collection approaches geared toward reducing burden for large and critical sample units and exporting these techniques to other field economists throughout the country.

    • Develops and tests new data transfer approaches using advanced technology. Assists in the direction of a regional survey response program; works with staff to improve cooperation rates; analyzes refusal trends; and makes recommendations to regional management.

    • Provides special services to current and potential respondents such as technical briefings on data uses, and information regarding other economic products available from the public sector. Maintains professional relationships with officials from sampled enterprises as well as the media, trade associations, labor organizations, and others in order to: provide information on local, regional and national publication criteria; explain survey findings and data uses; exchange information on developments relevant to the programs; and discuss survey results to interested groups.

    • Develops data collection plans based on a thorough knowledge of the socio-economic conditions of the region or area; knowledge of industry trends and practices; an understanding of the surveys’ conceptual foundation and procedural requirements; knowledge of alternative strategies for maximizing cooperation; and a thorough knowledge of computer systems for electronic reporting.

    • Develops and conducts regional training workshops and provides on-the–job training for field staff on the more complex industries and procedures. Works with mentors to ensure that consistent and high quality on-the job training is provided to junior staff. Develops new training approaches to enhance current regional training, and address developmental and training needs for staff.

    • Performs wage data analysis in such areas as quality program outputs, i.e., SDA and TRP, and other national data bases in order to improve overall performance. Recommends improvements to promote consistent production and quality among staff. Analyzes the IDC, TRP and SDA data bases to identify future training needs, and to propose methodological and procedural changes aimed at improving quality and productivity.

    • Participates on national teams which address program related issues and problems that are nationwide in scope. Such issues may include refusal analysis, data review measures, regional performance results, and the assessment of collection procedures and strategies.

    • Participates in collecting cross-survey programs or test surveys in order to provide expert guidance on program design or collection procedures enhancements.

    • Works with members of the Regional Economic Analysis and Information Unit to develop an outreach and information program to support publicizing new program products, as well as to maximize survey response. Develops industry specific outreach materials for field staff distribution to respondents.

    Travel Required

    50% or less - Travel required for this position is related to: conducting and observing personal visit interviews with survey respondents; preparing and presenting training to staff; meeting with co-workers of lower grades for mentoring assignments; attending meetings; participating in training programs; attending work-related conferences; and other various matters.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

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

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/592316200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.