Operations Research Analyst
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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
Competitive, merit promotion, and/or non-competitive referral lists may be issued based on the needs of the agency.
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.
- Occasional Travel
- Overnight travel of 1-5 nights may be required.
In order to qualify for the Operations Research Analyst position you MUST meet the Basic Requirement and Specialized experience as defined:
Bachelors or higher degree: in Operations Research; or 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.
The following are illustrative of acceptable courses: optimization; mathematical modeling; queueing theory; engineering; physics (except descriptive or survey courses); econometrics; psychometrics; biometrics; experimental psychology; physical chemistry; industrial process analysis; managerial economics; computer science; measurement for management; mathematical models in social phenomena; and courses that involved application of operations research techniques and methodologies to problems of management, marketing, systems design, and other specialized fields; or other comparable quantitative analysis courses for which college-level mathematics or statistics is a prerequisite.
Specialized Experience GS-15:
In addition to meeting the Basic Requirement, to qualify for this position at the GS-15 level applicants must also have at least one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-14 level in the Federal service (obtained in either public or private sectors) performing the following activities : 1) Using research and analysis techniques to define, quantify, and/or evaluate the feasibility of assigned project and studies; 2) Performing operations research analyses assignments in support of activities and decisions across the organization; 3) Designing and adapting mathematical, statistical, econometric, and other scientific methods and techniques for use in developing solutions or alternative options to achieve goals; 4) assessing the effectiveness and efficiency of program operations and practices; and 5) Serving as a critical infrastructure subject matter expert. NOTE: To qualify under this option, your resume must contain sufficient detail to prove you have one year experience performing these duties.
For any college courses, graduate work, research, thesis or other non-descript 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.