Survey Statistician (Social Science)
This position is located in the Office of Opinion Research, Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR/OPN). This office is responsible for designing, directing, and implementing foreign public opinion research on political, economic, social, military, and refugee affairs as well as bilateral and multilateral relationships of countries around the world. This research is part of comprehensive analysis area affairs based on classified, unclassified, and open source materials. The incumbent serves as an expert in survey research methodology and statistics as they pertain to the development and analysis of public opinion research. This research is typically based on public opinion surveys and focus groups conducted among general populations, as well as special populations such as elites, refugees, or ethnic minorities. The incumbent applies his/her knowledge of survey design and analysis to provide technical advice and methodological consultations to geographic area analysts and division chiefs. He/she is responsible for assisting in the development of designs for policy-relevant public opinion research in a variety of challenging circumstances. He/she works in collaboration with analysts and overseas contractors to improve the survey designs that undergird the public opinion surveys that are the primary basis for analyses and reporting. In addition, the incumbent helps to resolve issues concerning the reliability and validity of surveys conducted by other organizations. The incumbent also takes the lead in educating analysts about new sampling designs, statistical procedures, and methodological developments and helps to apply new approaches in the field.
This position is eligible for telework; additional criteria will be required (e.g., supervisory approval).
Occasional travel - Periodic travel of varying duration to posts worldwide may be required.
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
.Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement. Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.
Applicants must meet ONE of the required basic entry qualification requirements described below:
Have an undergraduate or higher level degree from an accredited college or university that included 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics), AND 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; OR in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc. Credit toward meeting statistical course requirements is given for courses in which 50 percent of the course content appears to be statistical methods, e.g., courses that included studies in research methods in psychology or economics such as tests and measurements or business cycles, or courses in methods of processing mass statistical data such as tabulating methods or electronic data processing;
Have a combination of education from an accredited college or university as shown above PLUS appropriate experience or additional education. This experience include a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and test of significance.
Note: All applicants MUST submit transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you WILL lose consideration for this position.
IN ADDITION to meeting one of the basic entry qualifications requirements listed above, the applicant MUST have at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped them with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service. Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:
-Experience assisting analysts in developing appropriate survey questions and question batteries.
-Experience using appropriate computer software to perform analysis and presentation of public opinion data.
-Experience working collaboratively and providing methodological and statistical advice to others in their work with public opinion surveys.
IN ADDITION to meeting one of the basic entry qualifications requirements listed above, the applicant MUST have at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped them with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal service. Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:
-Experience applying mathematical statistics to sampling problems, applying multivariate statistical techniques to problems of measurement and analysis.
-Experience instructing analysts in developing appropriate survey questions and question batteries.
-Experience using appropriate computer software to perform advanced analysis and presentation of public opinion data.
-Experience providing methodological and statistical advice to others in their work with public opinion surveys.
SELECTIVE SERVICE - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify prior to appointment that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION - This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Office of Accessibility and Accommodations at (202) 663-3474 or ReasonableAccommodations@state.gov. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application may not get full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined.
More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection procedures. Based on your responses to the job-specific self-assessment questions, eligible candidates are placed for selection consideration into one of three pre-defined quality categories as described below:
Highly-qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications for the position, candidates must fully demonstrate proficiency in all major aspects of the position.
Well Qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, candidates must demonstrate proficiency in some, but not all of the major aspects of the position.
Qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, applicants must demonstrate a basic level of knowledge, skill and ability of the position.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:
- Knowledge of creating probability-based area sampling designs.
- Knowledge of various probability and sample designs.
- Knowledge of estimating sampling errors.
- Knowledge of using multivariate statistical techniques.
- Knowledge of assessing measurement errors.
- Knowledge of statistical programs / languages.
Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. 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). Your resume must include the dates of all qualifying experience (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours worked/volunteered per week. For assistance with creating a resume, please click here.
Application of Veterans Preference: The Category Rating Method does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three," but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each pre-defined quality category. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent (i.e., CPS and CP) must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.
Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) candidates must be rated "Well Qualified" for the position to receive consideration for special priority.
Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any required supporting documentation by the closing date of this announcement. Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview.
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