Operations Research Analyst

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Arlington, Virginia
Posted
Mar 15, 2018
Closes
Mar 15, 2018
Hours
Full Time
TRAVEL REQUIRED:

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed No


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation
  • Selective Service registration required
  • Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements
  • You must be able to obtain and hold a Non-Critical Sensitive/SECRET clearance
  • This position requires a pre-employment drug test and you must have a negative drug test result prior to appointment into the position. After appointment, you may be subject to periodic random drug testing.
  • New employees must serve a one year probationary period.
  • To qualify for this position you must meet the below Basic Requirement and Specialized Experience/Education:

    Basic Requirement:

    A bachelor's degree or higher 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.

    You qualify for the GS-11 grade level (starting salary $68,036) if you possess one of the following:

    1. Completed three (3) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D.; or successfully completed a Ph.D.; or equivalent degree, e.g., LL.M., at an accredited college or university in a field that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

    2. One full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-09 level in the Federal service performing the following duties:
    • Assisting in the analysis of strategic management and resource allocation
    • Working on research analysis (e.g., mathematical modeling, cost-benefit analysis, and optimization) to improve program management
    • Reviewing long-term priorities and resource projections to report on existing resource levels
    3. A combination of graduate education (beyond the Master's level) and specialized experience (less than one year) as described above, that when combined equals 100% of the qualification requirement. NOTE: Only graduate education beyond the Master's level may be used in this calculation.


    You qualify for the GS-12 grade level (starting salary $81,548) if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-11 grade level performing the following duties:
    • Performing research to identify program and performance issues
    • Working on research analysis (e.g., mathematical modeling, cost-benefit analysis, and optimization) to improve program management
    • Applying analysis and research methods to support the planning of organizational programs of national scope and impact
    • Reviewing long-term priorities and resource projections to report on existing resource levels

    You qualify for the GS-13 grade level (starting salary $96,970) if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 grade level performing the following duties:
    • Performing analysis to support the continuous improvement of strategic management and resource allocation
    • Performing program review activities on organizational-wide programs and analytic studies (e.g., mathematical modeling, cost-benefit analysis, and optimization)
    • Adapting mathematical, statistical, economic, or other scientific methods to formulate procedures to improve budget planning and performance management
    • Applying analysis and research methods to plan, develop, and implement organizational programs of national scope and impact

    National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): 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.

    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.

    Qualifications Must Be Met
    The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Time-in-Grade
    Current federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade level or equivalent grade band in the federal service. The time-in-grade requirement must be met by closing date of this announcement.

    Submit a copy of your most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) that demonstrates your eligibility for consideration, e.g., length of time you have been in your current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, with-in grade/range increases); your current promotion potential; proof of permanent appointment if applying based on an interchange agreement; etc.

    Are you qualifying based on education? Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. For example, specific courses accepted for college-level credit by an accredited U.S. college or university, or foreign education evaluated by an organization recognized for accreditation by the Department of Education as education equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. college or university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications for more information.

    DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select Benefits. Disabled veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

    This position may be designated as essential personnel. Essential personnel must be able to serve during continuity of operation events without regard to declarations of liberal leave or government closures due to weather, protests, and acts of terrorism or lack of funding. Failure to report for or remain in this position may result in disciplinary or adverse action in accordance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations (5 U.S.C. § 7501-7533 and 5 CFR Part 752, as applicable).

    This position has been designated exempt from bargaining unit representation under the national security provision of 5 USC Section 7112(B)(6).

    All employees are required to participate in Direct Deposit/ Electronic Funds Transfer for salary payments.

    If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

    E-Verify
    DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

    Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, persons with disabilities, and those covered under the Interchange Agreement possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the documentation that is required, click on the links in Who May Be Considered section or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

    Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online if at all possible. Applying online, through your USAJOBS account, will expedite the application process and allow you to check your application status as well as verify the documentation submitted with your application. If you utilize the Alternate Application method, your USAJOBS account will not display this application and you will not receive status updates.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Applicants will be evaluated on their resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using an Assessment Questionnaire that is based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job:

    • Business Operations Analyses
    • Interpersonal Skills
    • Operations Research Analysis
    • Program Planning


    Category Rating Procedures: If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
    1. Best-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate high proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all Selective Placement Factors (SPF) and appropriate Quality Ranking Factors (QRF) as determined by the job analysis.
    2. Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates acceptable proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all SPFs and appropriate QRFs as determined by the job analysis.
    3. Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate basic proficiency in most of the critical competencies, including all SPFs and appropriate QRFs as determined by the job analysis.
    Veterans: Qualified veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best-qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. This position is considered scientific/professional. Other 10-point preference eligibles and veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. View information on www.fedshirevets.org

    Candidates who apply under Competitive Merit Promotion procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are best qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Best qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.

    Candidate who apply under Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are minimally qualified based on the content of their resume, supporting documentation submitted and their responses to the assessment questionnaire.

    If you are determined qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. Preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10136527

    Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Program (I/CTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not I/CTAP eligible. View information about I/CTAP eligibility on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under I/CTAP, you must be rated at a minimum score of 85 for this position. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

    Interviews are required for this position. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration.

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