Relocation expenses reimbursed No
Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must meet one of the Economist Basic Requirements AND at least one of the Grade-level Requirements (i.e. GS-07, GS-09, or GS-11) listed below to qualify; see the Required Documents section for submitting necessary proof.
I. Economist Basic Requirements:
One of the following (A or B):
A. Degree: Economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.
B. Combination of Education and Experience: courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Examples of qualifying experience include (a) individual economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation, conclusions and report preparation; (b) supervisory or project coordination assignments involving a staff of professional economists, and requiring the evaluation and interpretation of economic information; or (c) teaching assignments in a college or university that included both class instruction in economic subjects and one of the following: (1) personal research that produced evidence of results, (2) direction of graduate theses in economics, or (3) service as a consultant or advisor on technical economics problems.
II. Grade-level Requirements
Applicants must also meet at least one of the following three requirements for directly-related education, specialized experience, or a combination of directly-related education and specialized experience.
Bachelor’s degree and Superior Academic Achievement (SAA). SAA is the completion of all of the requirements for a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, and by meeting one of the following three: i. Class standing – must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses; ii. Grade-point average (GPA) – GPA of 2.95 or higher overall, a GPA of 2.95 or higher for courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum, or a GPA of 3.45 or higher for your major GPA or for courses in your major completed during the final 2 years; iii. Membership in a national scholastic honor society.
One year (18 semester hours or quarter hour equivalent) of graduate education
Master's or equivalent graduate degree or two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Master's degree or equivalent
Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or equivalent doctoral degree
2) Specialized Experience: Each of the 52 weeks of specialized experience described below must be in or related to the field of economics, and must have equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This paid or unpaid experience may have been obtained in the private or public sector. Your resume MUST contain a detailed description of your specialized experience or your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be removed from further consideration.
52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent in scope and responsibility to the next lower grade level (GS-05) in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is defined as the following: Performing assignments that included data collection, data analysis, data quality assurance, and data dissemination.
52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent in scope and responsibility to the next lower grade level (GS-07) in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is defined as the following: Contributing to economic research projects; or, contributing to portions of economic reports, economic papers, economic studies, or economic articles; or, developing procedures, systems, or methodology for the purpose of improving economic products.
52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent in scope and responsibility to the next lower grade level (GS-09) in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is defined as the following: Authoring economic reports, economic papers, economic studies, or economic articles; or, utilizing statistical software to perform data analyses, of which, included preparing tables and information for economic reports, economic papers, economic studies, or economic articles.
3) Combination of Education and Specialized Experience as described below.
Graduate education (less than one year) and specialized experience as required for GS-07 (less than one year) that when combined totals one year.
Graduate education (more than one year but less than two) and specialized experience as required for GS-09 (less than one year) that when combined totals one year. Only graduate education beyond the first year (18 semester hours or quarter hour equivalent) can be combined with experience to total one year.
More than two years (but less than three) of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent doctoral degree) and specialized experience as required for GS-11 (less than one year) that when combined totals one year.
Applicants MUST submit academic transcripts as proof of meeting the qualifying educational requirements. Because specific course work is required, applicants MUST submit transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit for that course work. See the 'Requirements' section of this announcement for more details.
Failure to submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate the educational requirements will result in an application being deemed incomplete and removal from further consideration.
College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from unauthorized secondary schools or post-secondary institutions that are not accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education. Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.
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The Department of Labor does not make unfavorable hiring decisions on the basis of an applicant's previous or current unemployment, or the fact that an applicant has experienced financial difficulty through no fault of his/her own and has undertaken good faith efforts to meet his/her financial obligations. Consideration is given to financial status in relation to appointments only where required by law, regulation, or Executive Order.
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You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.
Category A - Meets the minimum qualifications requirements and demonstrates superior proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position.
Category B - Meets the minimum qualifications requirements and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position.
Category C - Meets the minimum qualifications requirements and demonstrates familiarity in applying critical competencies required by this position.
Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:
Decision Making/Problem Solving
Technology Application and Management
Economic Data Management and Analysis
Program Oversight and Improvement
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