Analyst in Social Policy (Social Security)
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Domestic Social Policy Division (DSP) is seeking an Analyst in Social Policy (Social Security) to serve the United States Congress by providing expertise on issues pertinent to Social Security (e.g., financing, solvency of trust funds, program impact on beneficiaries, and program design and operations) or related income security programs. Work may include design and evaluation of options for Congress that would change Social Security's existing benefit and financing structure.
Analyst duties include preparing objective, non-partisan analytical studies and descriptive background reports on issues of national significance; providing personal consultation and assistance to congressional committees, Members, and staff on public policy issues throughout the legislative process; and participating in or leading team research projects and seminars. The employee is also expected to develop over time the skills necessary to provide public policy and legislative analysis and consultation to congressional committees, Members, and staff at increasingly sophisticated levels.
Applicants should have experience conducting policy analysis related to Social Security and income security and must be able to work as part of a collaborative team. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices of one or more social science disciplines (e.g., economics, demography, public policy, political science, sociology, or related field) as it relates to the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Program or similar social insurance/income security program; and the ability to design and implement quantitative methodologies and techniques such as regression analysis, cohort analysis, microsimulation, and stochastic modeling. Strong writing, research, and presentation skills are essential. Familiarity with OASDI operations is desirable.
CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for more than a century.
CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective, and nonpartisan.
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
No additional requirements to those listed above.Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.
Knowledge of Social Security policy.**
Ability to analyze public policy issues.**
Ability to write in a public policy context.**
Ability to convey analysis and information orally through briefings, consultations and other presentations.
Ability to work collaboratively with others.
Ability to exercise objectivity in all phases of analysis and consultation.
Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.
Applicants who wish to be considered for the GS-0110 (economist) job series MUST SUBMIT legible copies of transcripts that verify completion of at least one of the following BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
A. Degree in economics that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus; OR
B. A combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A. above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Photocopies of transcripts, copies downloaded from the university website, or a self-generated list of courses with grades and credits (indicate quarter/semester hours, names of all colleges and universities attended including city, state, major(s) and type and year of degree(s) received) are sufficient at the application stage. Official transcripts will be required if selected.
Applicants who do not submit transcripts supporting their eligibility for the GS-0110 (economist) job series at the time of application will be considered for the GS-0101 (social science analyst) job series.
This position is an interdisciplinary position.
Although it is the Library's policy to afford the maximum pay benefit to employees when setting rates of pay, a new appointee who has had no previous Federal service will generally be paid the minimum step of the grade.
The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.
Applicants must submit a complete application package that is received by the closing date of this announcement.
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