Operations Research Specialist (Cost Estimator)

Employer
Department Of Homeland Securi...
Location
Arlington County, Virginia
Posted
Mar 07, 2017
Closes
Mar 22, 2017
Hours
Full Time
JOB SUMMARY:

Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

The National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) leads the national effort to protect and enhance the resilience of the nation's physical and cyber infrastructure. Learn more about NPPD.

Consider joining the Network Security Deployment (NSD) Division, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C), National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Who May Be Considered: All U.S. Citizens and Status Candidates including the following:

  • Current federal employees serving under a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service
  • Former federal employees with reinstatement eligibility based on previous career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service
  • Persons eligible for non-competitive appointment under special hiring authorities (click here for a list of authorities)
  • Persons eligible under an Interchange Agreement (click here to view a list of covered agreements)
  • Veterans applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) - Veterans' preference eligibles or veterans who have been separated from the Armed Forces under honorable conditions after substantially completing at least three consecutive years of active duty (click here for information on veterans)
  • Individuals with disabilities (See more information under "Other Information" below)
  • Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) Authority
For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here.

Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities concerning, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.


TRAVEL REQUIRED:
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional Travel

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS:
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation
  • Selective Service registration required
  • Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements
  • You must be able to obtain and hold a Top Secret/SCI security clearance
  • Financial Disclosure Statement required
  • BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR OPERATIONS RESEARCH
    I have the Basic Qualification Requirement for the Operations Research Analyst series because I have a Bachelors or higher degree in Operations Research; or I have a Bachelors or higher degree with 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.) 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. NOTE: To be found qualified under this option; you must submit transcripts (official or unofficial) to verify your education.

    IN ADDITION TO THE BASIC REQUIREMENT YOU MUST HAVE THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
    ADDITIONAL MINIMUM QUALIFICATION


    GS-11 grade level

    A.I qualify for this position at the GS-11 level because I have one year of full-time, specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors) This experience must include activities such as: 1) conducting cost estimates for programs; 2) assisting with life cycle cost analysis or cost estimating studies; 3) assessing and determining affordability, costs, and benefits of different levels of program operations; and 4) providing advice to managers on cost analyses and cost estimates. NOTE: To qualify under this option, your resume must contain sufficient detail to prove you have one year experience performing these duties. Otherwise, you will be found ineligible.
    OR

    B. I qualify for this position at the GS-11 level because I have a Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree in Operations Research or closely-related field (e.g., mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, etc.) or have successfully completed at least three full years (54 semester hours or the equivalent) of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree that demonstrates your knowledge, skills, and ability necessary to do the work. NOTE: To qualify using this alternative, must submit a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial) to verify your education. Otherwise, you will be found ineligible.
    OR

    C. I qualify for this position at the GS-11 level because I have a combination of specialized experience as described in "A" above, and graduate education as described in "B" above. To combine education and experience, first take the number of semester hours or equivalent earned towards a graduate degree in excess of the first 36 semester hours and divide by 18 semester hours or equivalent. Then take the number of months of experience and divide by 12 months. Add the percentages together. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. NOTE: To qualify using this alternative, the contents of your resume must support this response and you must submit a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial) to verify your education. Otherwise, you will be found ineligible.


    GS-12 grade level.
    A. I qualify for this position at the GS-12 level because I have at least one year of full-time, specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must include activities such as: 1) conducting cost estimates for Acquisition programs; 2) developing costs models and cost estimating relationships; 3) assessing and determining affordability, costs, and benefits of different levels of program operations, and 4) performing cost sensitivity and cost benefit analyses. NOTE: To qualify under this option, your resume must contain sufficient detail to prove you have one year experience performing these duties. (Please note that you must distinguish your experience from that required to qualify for GS-11). Otherwise, you will be found ineligible.


    GS-13 grade level.

    I qualify for this position at the GS-13 level because I have at least one year of full-time, specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must include activities such as: 1) preparing life cycle cost analysis and cost estimating studies for Acquisition programs; 2) developing qualitative information to support budget requests and gather information for cost estimates; 3) developing cost models and cost estimating relationships; and 4) analyzing interaction of factors such as methods and risks, and business and financial aspects of alternative procurement approaches in order to quantify composite risk in terms of cost and schedule. NOTE: To qualify under this option, your resume must contain sufficient detail to prove you have one year experience performing these duties (Please note that you must distinguish your experience from that required to qualify for GS-11 or 12). Otherwise, you will be found ineligible.


    For any college courses, graduate work, research, thesis or other nondescript courses listed on your transcript (such as "Independent Research"), your resume or attachment memorandum from an academic professor must indicate how each course fulfills the specific education requirement (i.e., state number of semester hours credited, topic of study, grade earned).

    NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Applicants can verify accreditation here. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

    Special Instructions For Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit here.

    Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the Federal service. All qualifications and time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    New employees must serve a one year probationary period.

    Employees who are initially appointed to supervisory positions must serve a supervisory probationary period for one year.
    (Conditions of Employment)

    You must be able to obtain and hold a Top Secret/SCI security clearance

    Essential Personnel: This position is designated as essential personnel. Essential personnel must be able to serve during continuity of operation events without regard to declarations of liberal leave or government closures due to weather, protests, and acts of terrorism or lack of funding. Failure to report for or remain in this position may result in disciplinary or adverse action in accordance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations (5 U.S.C. 7501-7533 and 5 CFR Part 752, as applicable).

    Competitive, merit promotion, and/or non-competitive referral lists may be issued based on the needs of the agency.

    More than one selection may be made from this announcement.
    Appointments are subject to the availability of funds

    Top Secret/SCI