Social Science Analyst
This position is located in the Office of Policy and Analysis (OP&A), Smithsonian Institution. The employee works on quantitative and qualitative formative and summative program evaluation and in other studies such as needs assessments and benchmarking, and using quantitative social science research methodologies such as surveys, interviewing, observation, and statistical analysis.
- Not Required
You must meet these Basic Education Requirements:
Degree: Behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
Combination of education and experience that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.
Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.
In addition to the Basic Requirements above you must have the following:
You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position Specialized experience is defined as designing and implementing study methodologies, collecting quantitative and qualitative data with particular attention to surveys, observation, individual and group interviews, and facilitation of group discussions; analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, developing conclusions and recommendations that flow logically from the analysis, preparing deliverables (with engaging visualizations), supporting group event (including strategic planning), and measuring performance.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.
1 year of graduate-level education
Superior academic achievement
Completion of graduate level education in the amounts shown is qualifying if it provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
Superior Academic Achievement Provisions:
A Bachelor's degree in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled, plus at least one of the following superior academic achievement provisions:
1. A grade-point average (GPA) of B (3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale) for all completed
undergraduate courses, or courses completed in the last two years of undergraduate curriculum; or
2. A grade-point average (GPA) of B+ (3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale) for the required courses in your major field of study, or required courses in your major completed in the last two years of undergraduate study; or
3. Rank in the upper one-third of your class in the college, university, or major completed in the last two years of undergraduate study; or
4. Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society, other than freshman
honor societies. Honor societies that have been approved are listed in the American College of Honor Societies. Booklet of Information (1992-95) and/or Baird's Manual of American College Fraternities (1991).
To verify your claim for this provision, please submit a college transcript(s) showing that you maintained a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 for all 4 years of undergraduate courses, or on all undergraduate courses completed during the final 2 years of your curriculum, including all transferred
Note: GPAs are to be rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9. If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) was taken on a pass/fail or similar basis, your claim must be based on class standing or membership in an honor society.
One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that number cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered an academic year of graduate study. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended.
Or a Combination: Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications. For a full explanation of this option please see the Qualification Standards. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.
Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.
For information on qualification requirements, see Qualification Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions viewable on the web at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
Public Trust - Background Investigation
- Participates, as assigned by a project manager, in planning, design, and implementation of studies such as program evaluations. The tasks include literature reviews, collection of qualitative and quantitative data, data analysis, and production of reports, presentations, and other deliverables. The work may involve a range of methods and activities such as surveys, in-depth interviewing, observation, and support of group discussions and workshops.
- Works effectively on a variety of teams whose members have diverse backgrounds and work styles.
- Assists in development and implementation of strategic planning and other group events and activities.