Public Policy Analyst

Arlington, Virginia
Jun 21, 2017
Jul 20, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

The United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General's (USPS OIG) mission is to promote integrity and accountability to minimize costs, and prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement.

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Are you a good writer and do you love research? The USPS OIG is seeking a highly qualified applicant to fill a Public Policy Analyst position in our research group, located in Arlington, VA. The group conducts innovative research and analysis on economic, business, and public policy issues affecting the Postal Service (View white papers at ( Look for RARC in the report name.) The successful candidate will help gather and analyze qualitative and quantitative data related to public policy issues, plan and conduct studies, speak at events related to research topics, and produce full-fledged, public analytical reports and other written products.

Candidates will be evaluated on the skills that they possess that are directly related to the duties of the position and the experience, education and training that indicate the applicant's ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position. Only those candidates who meet all qualification and eligibility requirements and who submit the required information by 11:59 PM EST on 07/19/2017 will be considered.

The USPS OIG uses a Pay Banding system, which is equivalent to the Federal GS scale. Grade and salary determinations will be made based upon a candidate's education and professional experience.

This position is being advertised at the Journey Band level, equivalent to a GS-9 - GS-13. The salary range for this position is $54,942 - $123,234. The salary figures include locality pay. Promotion potential to a GS-13 at management's discretion.

  • Occasional Travel
  • You may be expected to travel for this position.

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  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be able to pass a drug screening and physical examination
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain moderate background investigations
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a government-issued credit card
  • May be required to successfully complete a 12-month probationary period
  • May be required to take a writing assessment
  • You will no longer be considered for this position if you: receive a zero (0) rating on any evaluation factor.

    Failure to demonstrate that you meet all evaluation factor requirements will result in a score of zero (0). Upon receipt of a zero score, you will be deemed "not minimally qualified," and you will not be referred for further consideration.


    You must meet ALL of the minimum qualifications listed below.

    • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university

    • An advanced degree or advanced studies in public policy, economics, business administration, or any other related discipline
    • Previous experience writing for a nontechnical audience, and demonstrated ability to concisely communicate complicated issues
    • Strong writing skills and experience in drafting and editing a variety of written products such as full white papers, short reports, blogs, and brief articles
    • Proven ability to communicate your work visually.
    • Previous experience developing or executing research methodologies
    • Experience with creating and delivering presentations
    • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, particularly Excel and Access, and knowledge of other analytical software like SAS, STATA, or SPSS
    • An interest in or experience with Postal Service business and operations, or regulated industries, at the domestic or international level
    • Ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively in a fast-paced, high-profile environment
    • Intellectual curiosity and experience in imagining strategic solutions to complex problems.
    • Ability to be detail oriented and meet tight deadlines

    Education must be accredited by an institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation here: Special Instructions for Candidates with Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in U.S. education programs. You must submit all necessary documents to a private U.S. credential evaluation service to interpret equivalency of your education against courses given in U.S. accredited colleges and universities. For further information visit:

    You must have the experience, knowledge and skills as listed in EACH of the evaluation factors. Failure to demonstrate that you meet all of the evaluation factor requirements as listed below will result in a score of zero (0); an ineligible status, and you will not be referred for further consideration. Include your major accomplishments relevant to the position requirements in your resume.

    Include your major accomplishments relevant to the position requirements in your STATEMENT ADDRESSING EVALUATION FACTORS. You must include and upload a separate statement of no more than two pages showing how your skills, experience, education, and/or training address the evaluation factors for this vacancy. Failure to submit the statement will result in an ineligible status for this vacancy announcement.

    • Knowledge of public policy, business, or economic issues
    • Ability to conduct research and analysis, and use that information to prepare high-quality analytical reports, white papers, and other written materials
    • Quantitative and/or qualitative analytical skills for the purpose of determining systemic or procedural problems and developing findings as well as suggesting solutions
    • Ability to express and present ideas clearly and concisely, both in writing and orally



    Please note that the duties and responsibilities associated with this position may vary based upon the agency's needs at the time of hire. The following description of major duties and responsibilities is only intended to give applicants a general overview of the expectations.

    • Conduct primary and secondary research, complete data analysis, and write cogent, publicly accessible, summaries of policy issues, findings, and implications.
    • Research innovative solutions to existing postal-related policy and operational challenges and develop practical suggestions for improvement.
    • Apply public policy analysis, market research methods, quantitative techniques, and qualitative research to develop white papers or other written materials related to financial, economic, business, technology, operational, stakeholder, and customer policy issues.
    • Prepare and organize public presentations that engage stakeholders and lead to the expression of new ideas.

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