Operations Research Analyst, GS-1515-14

Washington, D.C
Feb 08, 2023
Feb 16, 2023
Full Time

You will serve as a technical subject matter expert on the application of operations research theory and methodology, employing rigorous scientific processes or analysis applications to provide data driven solutions to safety risk concerns within the Office of Safety and Environmental Health and to external program managers.

Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team. Typical work assignments include:
  • Integrating operations research theory and methodology to correct deficiencies and improve the safety and performance of systems, processes or operations to reduce fatalities, injuries and property losses through proactive mishap reduction or elimination; reducing program risk; improving mission capability and readiness; reduce total ownership costs; and prioritize hazards for corrective action.
  • Providing high-level technical expertise on the aggregation, collation, and the analyzation of data from databases including, but not limited to the development, implementation and updating of data extraction queries, data mining and developing strategies, action plans, data queries modification and maintenance, quality control and validation of collected data.
  • Leveraging large longitudinal safety and personnel databases using scripting languages (e.g., R/Python) and through queries using structured query language (SQL) and visual programming tools, as well as, using diverse data science techniques including machine learning, natural language processing, deep learning, robotics process automation, advanced visualizations.
  • Working directly with senior decision makers, operations program managers, engineers, resource and acquisition managers, safety and occupational health professionals, human factors experts, and training professionals to advise and provide sound, scientific and quantitative information to ensure the full spectrum of safety risks potentially impacting operational readiness are identified, ranked, and mitigated.
  • Designing, developing, and conducting innovative research efforts to ascertain and better define the contribution and relationship of system elements to mishap analysis and prevention.


Conditions of Employment

  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Unofficial transcripts are required at the time of application.
  • A one-year probationary period may be required.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement. This includes Time-In-Grade requirements for current status employees applying through merit promotion procedures. Status applicants applying for a promotion must have 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade.



Degree: in operations research; or at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics. At least 3 of the 24 semester hours must have been in calculus.

Evaluation of Education: The primary requirement of operations research work is competence in the rigorous methods of scientific inquiry and analysis rather than in the subject matter of the problem. Therefore, applicants should have sufficient knowledge of applied mathematics to understand and use the fundamental concepts and techniques of operations research methods of analysis. In addition, some positions may require knowledge of a specific subject area.

Courses acceptable for qualifying for operations research positions may have been taken in departments other than Operations Research, e.g., Engineering (usually Industrial Engineering), Science, Economics, Mathematics, Statistics, or Management Science.

In addition to meeting the above basic requirements, applicants must possess at least one (1) of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular ability, skill, and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line of work.

To qualify for the GS-14 level, applicants must possess at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in Federal service.

Specialized experience for the GS-14 level includes:
  • Applying, mathematical and scientifically accepted principles, theories, and methodologies.
  • Utilizing methods of scientific inquiry and analysis to develop and implement search planning systems and tools.
  • Supporting development, procurement, analysis, and implementation of technologies.
  • Applying predictive analytics, forecasting, inferential statistics, data science, or machine learning.

  • National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    The Office of Personnel management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule, C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.


    This position does have a positive education requirement. If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. See Required Documents section for detail. Unofficial transcripts are required at the time of application.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications click here

    Additional information

    Applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations.

    If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete/make updates to the OF-306 and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty.

    False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, or imprisonment.

    DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about e-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities at click here

    Recruitment incentives may be authorized.

    All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit.

    The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707. Veterans , Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers , and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

    More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 45 days from the date the certificate was issued.

    If you need a reasonable accommodation for the application and hiring process, please contact 202-372-0000. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation