Operations Research Analyst
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.
This is a key position within the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE utilizes the government's second largest cadre of law enforcement officers to ensure our nation's economic, transportation and infrastructure security. ICE enforces immigration and customs laws. Our talented and courageous workforce identifies criminal activities and eliminates vulnerabilities that pose a threat to our nation's borders.
ICE is the primary investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). With more than 19,000 employees in 400 offices around the world, ICE is a key component of the DHS layered defense approach to protecting our nation. For additional information about ICE and career opportunities go to http://www.ice.gov/
Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, 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.
Who May Apply
- All U.S. citizens
- View common definitions of terms found in this announcement.
Organizational Location: This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), Law Enforcement Systems Analysis (LESA) Division, Strategy and Operations Analysis (SOA) Branch, Duty Location: Washington, DC.
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be paid.
Note: One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement. Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.
- Occasional Travel
- Occasional travel may be required.
GS-11: You qualify at the GS-11 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience performing duties such as:
- Applying the principles, concepts, and methodology of mathematics and analysis sufficient to conducting analytical investigations;
- Using scientific methodology and problem solving to conduct data analysis;
- Performing academic based research (including academic libraries peer review journals, scientific journals, etc.) and/or reviewing existing methodologies and studies to apply best practices and lessons learned to assigned data and/or operational analysis projects;
- Using testing and evaluating methodologies and practices related to program management and data analysis; and
- Preparing reports, studies and conducting briefings.
BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT:
- 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.
Substitution of Education for Experience for the GS-11: You may substitute a Ph. D. or equivalent graduate degree from an accredited college or university 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.
Combining Experience and Education: Combination of successfully completed education leading towards a doctoral degree in an appropriate discipline and experience as describe above, the total of which equals at least one year.
National Service Experience (i.e. volunteer experience): Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including 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.
Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.
Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification claims will be subject to verification.
Requirements by Closing Date: You must meet all requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Probationary Period: This is a full-time permanent position (Career/Career-Conditional appointment). Upon appointment to this position, you may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
This position is located within the Department of Homeland Security (OHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), Law Enforcement Systems and Analysis Division (LESA), Strategic and Operational Analysis Unit (SOA). The primary purpose of the position is to serve as an analyst responsible for the planning and execution of assignments aimed at assessing and improving the effectiveness and efficiency of work methods and procedures used in immigration enforcement. Specifically, you will:
- Identify and define strategic, operational and budgetary issues that may impact division and/or immigration enforcement effectiveness, efficiency and mission accomplishment;
- Collect, organize and study information, operations and processes from a variety of sources, such as publications, computer databases and field personnel;
- Collaborate with management, decision-makers, and subject matter experts to clarify issues and objectives, and propose process improvements; and
- Perform analytical work that involves designing, developing and adapting mathematical, statistical, econometric and other methods and techniques.