STATISTICIAN (AGRICULTURE)

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Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Dec 07, 2018
Closes
Dec 15, 2018
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
TRAVEL REQUIRED:

Occasional travel - 10% or less


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed Yes Expenses subject to Federal Travel Regulations and NASS policies


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • You must be a US Citizen or US National.
  • Suitable for Federal employment determined by a background investigation.
  • May be subject to a one year probationary period.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.
  • •  To be eligible for appointment to this position, the new hire must be cleared to come on board once the results of the fingerprint check, review of the OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and the candidate’s Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (eQIP) entries have been reviewed and determined to be satisfactory.  This position requires a favorable credit check as part of the background investigation.

    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.

     Basic Requirements:

    A. Degree:

    That includes 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 will be given toward meeting statistical course requirements 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.

    OR

    B. Combination of education and experience--
    courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience should have included 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 tests of significance.

    Note: Transcripts are required to verify basic requirements. If non-statistical courses will be used to meet the statistical semester hour requirement, please provide information showing the course material contained at least 50% statistical content, (i.e. letter from professor or course description). For more information on the qualifications for this position, Click Here.

    In addition to the Basic Requirements listed above: Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to Federal service which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, qualifying levels of education or a combination of education and experience.

    GS-11: At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 determining validity and representative quality of reports and eliminating erroneous unrepresentative reports and assuring comparability of indications. Three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D degree or Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree, OR a qualifying combination of both.

    GS-12: At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 determining validity and representative quality of reports and eliminating erroneous unrepresentative reports, assuring comparability of indications, and ensuring proper sampling at the county, district, and State level.
     
    GS-13: At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 independently planning and conducting statistical studies or investigations in establishment survey settings and interpreting and analyzing experimental data.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement; however, the applications can be accepted from students who expect to complete qualifying education requirements within 9 months from the date of application. Applicants must verify successful completion of the required education prior to appointment. All other applicants must be available to report for duty at the time of selection. Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

    BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK:  Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

    This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements. Employee participation is at the discretion of the supervisor.

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL or ICTAP eligibility see http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.

    E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.

    Direct Deposit – Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.

    If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.

    This is a non-bargaining unit designated position.

    More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.

    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDAs TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).

    This announcement will close at 11:59 pm on the closing date or once 75 applications are received, whichever comes first.

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

    The category rating procedure is used to rank and select eligible candidates. Under category rating, applicants who meet basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position and whose job related competencies have been assessed are ranked by being placed in one of the following categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.

    You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:

    All Grades:

    • Knowledge of statistical theories and methodology to design surveys and analyze survey results.
    • Knowledge of survey systems and control data to verify accuracy of date.
    • (GS-12 and 13 Only) Ability to evaluate, prepare and present statistical recommendations to improve programs or methods
    • (GS-11 Only) Ability to develop plans and procedures to conduct surveys and collect and tabulate data.


    We will review your application, including the online Occupational Questionnaire, to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Before any certificate can be issued to the selecting official, the resume and supporting documents are reviewed by an HR Specialist to ensure that (a) minimum qualification requirements are met and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your answers will be verified against information provided in your online resume and application. Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.

    Note: If, after reviewing your resume and / or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can / will be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.

    Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button to the right.


    To view the application form, visit: https://nass.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=30125E5A-D0BE-46BA-AF90-A880008D6510

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