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Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
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WHAT IS THE SMALL BUSINESS/SELF EMPLOYED (SBSE)DIVISION?
A description of the business units can be found at: https://www.jobs.irs.gov/about/who/business-divisions

Vacancies will be filled in the following specialty areas:
SB/SE, Operations Support, Business Development Office

The following are the duties of this position at the full working level.

  • Provide assistance to analysts when initiating, planning, implementing, controlling, modifying and executing all or part of an entire research project. The projects include such tasks as formulation of workload estimates for program segments, specification of the methodology, preparation of appropriate procedures, and review of computer systems specifications and materials and instructions needed for assuring the adequacy of the study's design.
  • Assists other analysts in determining the scope, goals and schedules for future programs in the Staff. Acts as a troubleshooter in resolving bottlenecks in a particular step in a nationwide program or research project.
  • Working with higher graded analysts, help to resolve very complex problems requiring incumbent's in-depth statistical and subject matter knowledge.
  • Assumes responsibility for the planning the efficient use of available staff and resources within assigned subject-matter projects. Monitors such use to advise superiors of necessary remedial action or changes.
  • Recommends the use of automated data processing methods to statistical techniques used in the Division. Produces tables and graphical materials using standard computer software packages.
If this position has promotion potential and you are selected at a grade level lower than the full working level, you may be non-competitively promoted to more complex duties and work more independently, as your career progresses. For example, you may be hired as a GS-05, but if the position has promotion potential to GS-11, then you can move from a GS-05 to a GS-11 in as little as three years. Promotions are not automatic, and may occur after you have:
  • met time-in-grade requirements;
  • performed at an acceptable level of competence; and
  • demonstrated your ability to perform work at the next higher grade level.

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Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National and provide proof of U.S. Citizenship. (Birth certificate showing birth in the U.S; Unexpired U.S. Passport; Certificate of Citizenship or Naturalization; or Report of Birth Abroad of a U.S. Citizen (Form FS-240))
  • Undergo a review of prior performance/conduct and an income tax verification. Refer to "Get Your Tax Record" at http://www.irs.gov/(https://www.irs.gov/individuals/get-transcript) to check the status of your account, balance owed, payment history, make a payment, or review answers to tax questions. If you are not in compliance, you will be determined unsuitable for employment with IRS.
  • Must successfully complete a background investigation, including a FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check).
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S. These documents must be unexpired original or certified copies.
  • The Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act prohibits the Department of Treasury and its bureaus from requesting an applicant's criminal history record before that individual receives a conditional offer of employment. In accordance with 5 U.S. Code § 9202(c) and 5 C.F.R § 920.201 certain positions are exempt from the provisions of the Fair Chance to Compete Act. Applicants who believe they have been subjected to a violation of the Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act, may submit a written complaint to the Department of Treasury by email at, FairChanceAct@treasury.gov. To learn more, please visit our page at: Treasury.gov/fairchanceact.

Qualifications

Federal experience is not required. The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector or Volunteer Service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-timework is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.

You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

BASIC REQUIREMENT (ALL GRADES): A Degree that included 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc. Credit toward meeting statistical course requirements should be given for courses in which 50 percent of the course content appears to be statistical methods, e.g., courses that included studies in research methods in psychology or economics such as tests and measurements or business cycles, or courses in methods of processing mass statistical data such as tabulating methods or electronic data processing

A combination of education and experience that includes courses as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience should have included a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-09: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience that includes experience demonstrating the basic comprehension of statistical and mathematical theories and techniques that relate to experimental design, data analysis, sampling, forecasting, quality control, and operations research; basic professional knowledge of the methods and principles of mathematical statistics and their application to relevant IRS projects and studies; experience researching and gathering pertinent data from a wide variety of sources, and presenting the data in a professional manner; experience conducting statistical analysis and make recommendations on the results; experience in project planning techniques that can be used to plan develop and evaluate programs; experience using knowledge of systems analysis techniques and cost benefit analysis and skills in the use of statistical software packages and computer database tools.

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EDUCATION: You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: master's or equivalent graduate degree in a related field of study such as mathematics or statistics
OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's or equivalent graduate degree in a related field of study such as mathematics or statistics.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-11: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience that includes experience using statistical theories and techniques that relate to experimental design, data analysis, sampling, forecasting, quality control, and operations research; experience using knowledge of research and study design and administration processes from the formulation of concepts through specification and analysis of output to the presentation of conclusions; experience in facilitating the planning and execution of a variety of projects and in developing authoritative recommendations requiring technical and administrative judgment; ability to prepare reports and conduct statistical analysis to provide recommendations on results; experience in project planning techniques that can be used to plan develop and evaluate programs; experience in systems analysis techniques and cost benefit analysis and skills in the use of statistical software packages and computer database tools and of other types of mainframes and personal computer software.

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EDUCATION: You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a related field of study such as mathematics or statistics.
OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a related field of study such as mathematics or statistics.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-12: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience that includes experience using statistical and mathematical theories and techniques that relate to experimental design, data analysis, sampling, forecasting, quality control, and operations research. Your experience must demonstrate the capability of applying this professional knowledge to IRS programs; experience researching and gathering pertinent data from a variety of sources, and using them in analyzing complex and highly technical program areas and experience explaining technical terminology and making recommendations on the results; experience in research and study design and administration processes from the formulation of concepts through specification and analysis of output to the presentation of conclusions; experience in planning and execution of a variety of projects and in developing authoritative recommendations requiring technical and administrative judgment. Your experience must also include gathering facts, related findings, negotiating resolution of problems, and selling new approaches to various levels of management; experience in project planning techniques that can be used to plan develop and evaluate programs; experience using systems analysis techniques and cost benefit analysis and in the use of statistical software packages and computer database tools and other types of mainframe and personal computer software.

For more information on qualifications please refer to OPM's Qualifications Standards.

Education

For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected.

A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click here for Foreign Education Credentialing instructions.

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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.

Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "not qualified" determination.

Rating: You will be assessed on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics):

  • Customer Service
  • Oral Communication
  • Planning and Evaluating
  • Problem Solving
  • Statistical Expertise
  • Technology Application
  • Writing


Category rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of two quality level categories, CAT A/B, CAT C depending on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, and training related to this position. Your rating may be lowered if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.

Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. Candidates, if required to participate in a selection interview (telephonic and/or in person at the discretion of the Selecting Official in accordance with hiring practices), will be interviewed in quality group order. We will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site.

Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Qualified preference eligibiles who have a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more (CPS, CP) are placed at the top of the highest category on the referral list (except for scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher). Remaining preference eligibles are placed above non-preference eligibles within their assigned category.

If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must receive a rating of category CAT C to be rated as "well qualified" to receive special selection priority.

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Required Documents

The following documents are required and must be provided with your application. All application materials, including transcripts, must be in English.

  1. Resume - Your resume MUST contain dates of employment (i.e., month/year to month/year or present). To ensure you receive full credit for relevant experience, include the hours worked per week. We recommend that your resume not exceed 5 pages. If including Federal service experience, you MUST provide the pay plan, series, and grade, i.e., GS-0301-09. If the pay plan, series, and grade are not provided, it may result in an ineligible determination.
    Your resume must NOT include photographs, classified or government sensitive information, social security number (SSN), encrypted/digitally signed documents, or other inappropriate material or content. If your resume contains prohibited information as listed above, your application will be determined ineligible, and you will not receive consideration for this position. (Cover letters are optional.) Please view Resume Tips.
    It is also recommended that your resume not include personal information such as age, gender, religion, race, disability, etc.
  2. Online Application - Questionnaire
  3. Education - See Education Section above
  4. Registration/License (if applicable) - active, current registration/license
  5. Veterans' Preference (if applicable) - You MUST submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. If you are serving under active duty, provide certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released within 120 days from the date of certification. The certification must indicate your dates of service, rank and that you will be separated under honorable conditions.
    10-point preference eligible - Submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15. Veterans Affairs/Armed Forces certification must include the percentage of the service-connected disability or disabilities (including the "combined" percentage if you have more than one disability). Refer to FedsHireVets for additional information on veterans' preference.
  6. Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) (if applicable) - You MUST submit the required documentation as outlined at: Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP). If you are an IRS CTAP eligible, you can apply for jobs within and outside the commuting area. If you are a Treasury CTAP eligible can apply for jobs within the commuting area.
  7. Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) (if applicable) - If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, click Interchange Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents.
  8. High School Diploma (or equivalent) - If you are 16 or 17 years of age, you MUST submit documentation of graduation from high school (or equivalent); OR completion of a formal vocational training program; OR statement from school authorities agreeing with your decision to pursue employment rather than continuing your education.
Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, your application will be determined incomplete, and you will not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

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SBSE OPS - Operations Support
1111 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20224
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