Economist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Wallops Island, Virginia
Posted
Nov 29, 2022
Closes
Dec 06, 2022
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

The following are the duties of this position at the GS-14. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.

As an Economist, you will:
  • Prepare research designs for economic studies related to the Department's general housing and housing finance responsibilities, usually involving problems of great difficulty and critical importance.
  • Advise the Division Director on what policy relevant questions should be answered as part of the economic study and whether the questions are answerable within the time and resources available and within the limitations of economic methodology.
  • Develop research designs answering important economic questions as in an analysis of the impacts of new mortgage types on housing affordability and the FHA Insurance Fund.


Requirements

Conditions of Employment



Key Requirements:
  • Must be U.S. Citizen or U.S. National.
  • A one year probationary period may be required.
  • Must successfully complete a background investigation.
  • Public Trust - Background Investigation will be required.
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
  • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
  • 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.
  • Please refer to "Additional Information Section for additional Conditions of Employment."
  • File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.


Qualifications

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

Specialized Experience: For the GS-14, you must have one year (52 full weeks) of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized Experience for this position includes:

- Leading two or more simultaneous economic research design studies involving advanced statistical and econometric analysis, simulation modeling, the use of computer software, and advanced housing economics, finance, or public finance theory.;
AND
- Developing research designs related to the analysis of housing and urban economics, housing finance, public finance, or microeconomics issues;
AND
- Utilizing computer software packages (such as SAS, SPSS, STATA, RATS, or others) to conduct econometric and statistical analysis;
AND
- Communicating effectively and persuasively, both orally and in writing, on findings of economic studies with special emphasis on describing and assessing the adequacy and significance of the methodology and data employed and findings derived.


Specialized Experience: For the GS-13, you must have one year (52 full weeks) of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized Experience for this position includes:

- Developing research designs related to the analysis of housing and urban economics, housing finance, public finance, or microeconomic issues;
AND
- Utilizing computer software packages (such as SAS, SPSS, STATA, RATS, or others) to conduct econometric and statistical analysis;
AND
- Communicating effectively and persuasively, both orally and in writing, on findings of economic studies with special emphasis on describing and assessing the adequacy and significance of the methodology and data employed and findings derived.


Experience may have been gained in either the public, private sector or volunteer service . One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your resume.

Education

The education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions .

Basic Education Requirements:
A. Degree: economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.
OR
B. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Examples of qualifying experience include:
1.individual economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation, conclusions and report preparation;
2.supervisory or project coordination assignments involving a staff of professional economists, and requiring the evaluation and interpretation of economic information; or
3.teaching assignments in a college or university that included both class instruction in economics subjects and one of the following (1) personal research that produced evidence of results, (2) direction of graduate theses in economics, or (3) service as a consultant or advisor on technical economics problems.


Additional information

OTHER INFORMATION:
  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • Relocation incentive will not be paid.
  • A recruitment incentive may be paid to newly appointed (non-Federal) applicants. A service agreement will be required.
  • This is a bargaining unit position.
  • This position is Exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
  • HUD offers alternative and flexible work schedules.
  • Pay will be determined based on the duty location of the position. Remote employees will receive the locality rate associated with the location of their remote worksite.
  • This is a remote position, in which you may reside and work at a location anywhere in the United States or US territories beyond the local commuting area of the employing organization's worksite.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT (CONTINUED):
HUD employees are subject to a number of government-wide and HUD specific ethics laws and regulations, including restrictions on working in a real estate related business, and having Section 8 tenants, along with other prohibited interests and activities. To review applicable ethics rules and HUD specific restrictions, please visit https://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/general_counsel/ethics .

If selected for the position, you must sign an employment agreement prior to onboarding that details the remote working conditions/expectations.