Research Assistant, Economics

Employer
Legislative Branch, Library o...
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Mar 02, 2017
Closes
Apr 03, 2017
Function
Analyst, Research
Hours
Full Time
JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Government and Finance Division (G&F) is seeking a Research Assistant to support its Government, Finance and Taxation Section. The selectee will perform data analysis, research, writing, and quality control duties in support of research analysts and managers developing CRS products and otherwise addressing congressional requests for information and analysis.

The ideal applicant will have experience conducting research on economics with a focus on public finance and/or macroeconomics and must be able to work as part of a collaborative team. Strong research, writing, and presentation skills are essential.

Candidates with strong data analysis skills (e.g., STATA, SAS, SPSS, Excel) are especially encouraged to apply.

CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for nearly a century.

CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective, and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation's best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.

The Congressional Research Service, within the Library of Congress, is part of the Legislative Branch of the federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustment for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. While it is the Library's policy to afford the maximum pay benefit to employees when setting rates of pay, a new appointee who has had no previous federal service will generally be paid the minimum step of the grade.

The tour of duty for this position is full-time.

The position description number for this position is 308072.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

The incumbent of this position is eligible to work a flexitime or compflex work schedule.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

RELOCATION EXPENSES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED FOR THE PERSON(S) SELECTED UNDER THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT.


TRAVEL REQUIRED:
  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS:
  • See QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED below
  • Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

    • Knowledge of economics**
    • Ability to apply knowledge of the analytic research process to conduct research in economics**
    • Ability to identify, exploit, and manipulate research resources and tools to perform research tasks pertinent to economics**
    • Ability to prepare written research materials related to economics**
    • Ability to convey information orally through briefings, consultations, and other presentations.
    • Ability to collaborate.
    • Ability to exercise objectivity in all phases of research, including written and oral presentations.
    • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

    BASIC REQUIREMENT: Applicants must meet at least one of the following basic requirements in order to be eligible for consideration for this position:

    (A) Degree in economics that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus; OR

    (B) A combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: Applicants MUST SUBMIT legible copies of transcripts that verify completion of the BASIC REQUIREMENT listed under QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED. Applicants who do not submit the required documentation at the time of the application will be disqualified from further consideration.

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