Economist (Direct Hire)

Washington D.C.
Jan 14, 2019
Jan 14, 2019
Full Time

Not required

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • You must be a U.S. citizen & meet the specialized experience to qualify.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a background investigation.
  • Selective Service registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Probationary period of one (1) year may be required
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • This position is being advertised under the DIRECT HIRING AUTHORITY. Veteran's preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants does not apply to positions filled under this announcement.

    All applications must be received on-line via USA Jobs.

    Please submit transcripts, a writing sample (preferably sole-authored), a resume detailing your work history and experience, and three letters of recommendation.

    Please send your letters of recommendation via email to

    You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Basic Requirements

  • Degree: economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.


  • Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in 1 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

  • In addition to the above, you must meet the requirements described below:

    For the GS-12 Level:
    You must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Specialized experience is defined as working on a portion of an economic research project overseen by a senior co-worker or manager, and authoring an unpublished research paper.

    For the GS-13 Level:
    You must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level or above. Specialized experience is defined as applying statistical research techniques to collect and interpret data and developing new economic models or theories with assistance from senior researchers.

    For the GS-14 Level:
    You must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level or above. Specialized experience consists of preparing economic reports or studies that require advanced research techniques and crafting independent research that demonstrates familiarity with advanced analytical techniques.

    For the GS-15 Level:
    You must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level or above. Specialized experience includes authoring research articles/books on topics in microeconomics and testifying in regulatory proceedings.

    This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your transcripts. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to receiving an official offer.

    If you are currently or were previously in this occupation series you do not need to submit transcripts. Instead, submit an SF-50 showing the appointment in this occupational series.

    A newly appointed or reappointed employee may receive service credit for prior work experience or active duty uniformed service that otherwise would not be creditable for the purpose of determining his or her annual leave accrual rate. All creditable service must be directly related to the duties of the position being filled and decisions to allow for such credit must be finalized prior to the selectee's entrance on duty. The use of this service credit incentive is at the discretion of the selecting official and service credit is granted only for a position deemed hard-to-fill.

    FTC may repay certain outstanding Federally-insured student loans to facilitate the recruitment and retention of highly qualified people. Recipients will be determined on a case-by-case basis based on organizational need, specific case justification, and budget limitations.

    Qualified applicants must exhibit thorough comprehension of microeconomic analysis and effective written and oral communication skills. Economists in all fields of applied microeconomics or econometrics are encouraged to apply.

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

    To determine if you are qualified for this position your application package and qualifications will be assessed in five distinct stages:

    1. Upon completion of the application process in Monster, each applicant will receive an initial rating based solely on his or her responses to the assessment questionnaire.
    2. Assessment of your resume and supporting documentation against the qualifications and eligibility requirements listed in the vacancy announcement.
    3. Assessment of the quality your writing sample by a team of subject matter experts.
    4. Assessment of your educational program by a team of subject matter experts.
    5. Assessment of your letters of reference.

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    Drug test required No

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