Operations Research Analyst

Washington D.C.
Jun 05, 2017
Jun 27, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency


Closing date has been extended to 6/26/17.

This position reports to the Associate Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Office of the Chief Financial Officer (IM050). The Agency's Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) ensures the financial health of the organization, including responsibility for ensuring that NASA resources are effectively employed toward the achievement of NASA's strategic plan. It manages the organization's budget and financial operations and the Agency's appropriations liaison with the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations, directs the preparation and submission of annual financial and budgetary reports, and coordinates agency financial management activities with other federal agencies.


Applicants who applied under announcement HQ17D0019 will need to reply.

Please list your General Schedule (GS) equivalency on your resume for every federal position you have held.

This position is being announced in conjunction with a Merit Promotion vacancy announcement number HQ17C0061. Current and former Federal employees, disabled Veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities wishing to be considered under merit promotion procedures may apply to vacancy announcement HQ17C0061. Only one position will be filled as a result of these two vacancy announcements.

To receive consideration, you must submit a resume and answer NASA-specific questions. The NASA questions appear after you submit your resume and are transferred to the NASA web site. If you successfully apply, USAJOBS will show your application status as 'Received'. If your status is 'Application Status Not Available', you have not successfully applied. Do not rely on a USAJOBS email to confirm successful application. Only an email from NASA confirms a successful application.

  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
  • Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement
  • A one-year probationary period may be required
  • Occasional travel may be required
  • Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade, which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

    Specialized experience at the GS-14 grade level is defined as experience in the following skill sets:

    1) Utilizing programming or coding language such as SQL, Hyperion, R or Python, and a database querying language to collect and conduct data analytics;

    2) Gathering and manipulating unstructured data, analyzing data, and using data visualization tools to present data and advise senior management in order to facilitate short-term and long-term decision making and resources allocation;

    3) Assessing data needs, data reporting and storage; and

    4) Identifying and designing technical systems, data analytics, reporting, and requirements for an organization.

    Your resume must fully support how you meet the specialized experience in order to be found qualified for this position.

    This position requires a 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.

    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.

    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. Courses in theory of probability and statistics are highly desirable, but are not specified as minimum educational requirements because to do so would possibly exclude some applicants who would otherwise be well qualified.

    U.S. citizenship is required.

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