Operations Research Analyst, GS-1515-13/14
Occasional travel - Occasional travel is required.
Relocation expenses reimbursed Yes PCS/Relocation is authorized.
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
Degree: 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.
Evaluation of Education: The primary requirement of operations research work is competence in the rigorous methods of scientific inquiry and analysis rather than in the subject matter of the problem. Therefore, applicants should have sufficient knowledge of applied mathematics to understand and use the fundamental concepts and techniques of operations research methods of analysis. In addition, some positions may require knowledge of a specific subject area.
Courses acceptable for qualifying for operations research positions may have been taken in departments other than Operations Research, e.g., Engineering (usually Industrial Engineering), Science, Economics, Mathematics, Statistics, or Management Science.
In addition to meeting the above basic requirements, applicants must possess at least one (1) of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular ability, skill, and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line of work.
To qualify for the GS-13 level, applicants must possess at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in Federal service.
Specialized experience for the GS-13 level includes:
- Experience developing and maintaining mathematical methods, models, and databases applicable to operations research;
- Experience using software products and Structured Query Language (SQL) to develop queries to manipulate and retrieve data from a complex database;
- Experience conducting research and analysis relevant to marine safety and prevention policies, marine casualties, and commercial vessel compliance.
To qualify for the GS-14 level, applicants must possess at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in Federal service.
Specialized experience for the GS-14 level includes:
- Experience formulating and executing analytical studies and mathematical methods and models related to enhancing maritime safety;
- Experience conducting research and analysis relevant to marine safety, prevention policies, marine casualties, and commercial vessel compliance.;
- Experience using software products and Structured Query Language (SQL) to develop queries to manipulate and retrieve data from a complex database.
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.
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This position does have a positive education requirement. If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. See Required Documents section for detail.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: 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. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications click here
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Recruitment incentives may be authorized.
If selection is made below the full performance level, the incumbent may be promoted up to the target grade without further competition, if all legal and regulatory requirements are met and when recommended by the supervisor. However, promotion to the full performance level is not guaranteed and is dependent on successful performance at the lower grade level(s).
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For Veterans' preference eligibility, visit Veterans' Employment Resources. Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. See the required documents section of the announcement.
More than one (1) selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 45 days from the date the certificate was issued.
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You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
We will review your résumé 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 the on-line assessment to place you in one of three categories.
The necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities to perform this job are:
- Skill in applying the advanced principles and practices of operations research analysis.
- Skill in designing and developing appropriate modeling and simulation techniques sufficient to solve prevention challenges, enhance the utilization of allocated resources and increase the efficiency of engineering and logistical policies.
- Knowledge of operations research analysis, investigations, and computer programs sufficient to make recommendations and predict outcomes related to engineering, logistics, and resource allocation.
- Knowledge of the Coast Guard commercial vessel compliance and marine casualty investigation programs including all federal regulations, policies, and directives.
- Skill in oral and written communication skills in order to prepare various reports, and ability to defend the validity of those reports before various hearings and audiences.
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.
If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for the position. Therefore, you must support your responses to the self-assessment questions by providing examples of past and present experience in your resume.
Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they are 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. For information on veterans' preference, click here.
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