Recent Graduate Mathematical Statistician, GS-1529-7/9/11, Census-Pathways-VM

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Jan 15, 2019
Closes
Jan 15, 2019
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
TRAVEL REQUIRED:

Not required


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed Yes Relocation expenses may be paid.


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You must successfully complete a background investigation.
  • You may be required to complete a Financial Disclosure (OGE-450).
  • A one-year probationary period may be required.
  • You must sign a Pathways Agreement.
  • Applicants must meet all education requirements within 9 months from the date of application. However, education requirements must be completed before the applicant can be appointed.

    The Census Bureau is seeking bright, innovative, results-oriented individuals to join our Recent Graduates Program (RGP). The Recent Graduate Program is a one-year program that targets individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs.  Successful applicants will be placed in a dynamic, one-year career development program.  Throughout the program, you will participate in formal training, job assignments and receive a mentor to develop competencies applicable to the Census Bureau’s mission and needs.  These positions are at the grade 7/9/11 entry levels, with an opportunity for permanent appointment upon successful completion of the program.

    To be eligible for conversion to a permanent or term position, Recent Graduates must:

    • Successfully completed at least 1-year of continuous service in addition to all requirements of the Program.
    • Demonstrate successful job performance.
    • Meet the Office of Personnel Management’s qualifications for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted.

    This position is in the excepted service.

    This is a bargaining unit position.

    This position is eligible for telework; additional criteria will be required (e.g., supervisory approval).

    Relocation expenses may be paid.

    A probationary period may be required.  If non-competitively converted, the time spent as a Recent Graduate will count towards the probationary period.

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

    Basic Entry Requirements for All Grade Levels:

    You must be a Recent College Graduates from qualifying institutions within two years of degree or certification (Veterans precluded by their military service obligation, will have up to six years to apply). 

    Applicants must meet all education requirements within 9 months from the date of application. However, education requirements must be completed before the applicant can be appointed. Graduation / expected graduation date MUST be indicated on your resume.

    Degree: that included 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, of which at least 12 semester hours were in mathematics and 6 semester hours were in statistics.

    OR

    Combination of education and experience: at least 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, including at least 12 hours in mathematics and 6 hours in statistics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    Evaluation of Education:

    Courses acceptable toward meeting the mathematics course requirement of paragraphs A or B above must have included at least four of the following: differential calculus, integral calculus, advanced calculus, theory of equations, vector analysis, advanced algebra, linear algebra, mathematical logic, differential equations, or any other advanced course in mathematics for which one of these was a prerequisite. Courses in mathematical statistics or probability theory with a prerequisite of elementary calculus or more advanced courses will be accepted toward meeting the mathematics requirements, with the provision that the same course cannot be counted toward both the mathematics and the statistics requirement.

    Applicants must meet all education requirements within 9 months from the date of application. However, education requirements must be completed before the applicant can be appointed.

    Evaluation of Experience:

    The experience offered in combination with educational courses to meet the requirements in paragraph B above should include evidence of statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying known statistical techniques to data such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance. Without other indications of statistical experience, work required in the processing of numerical or quantified information by other than statistical methods is not considered appropriate qualifying experience. Examples of such nonqualifying work include statistical clerical work; statistical drafting; Requirements calculation of totals, averages, percentages, or other arithmetic summations; preparation of simple tables or charts; or verification of data by simple comparison or proofreading.

    MINIMUM GRADE REQUIREMENTS:

    Specialized Experience: For the GS-07 you must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-05 in the Federal service. Experience for this position includes: Applying or using standard statistical methods and analyses found in college textbooks; using statistical analysis software to assist with researching, implementing, or evaluating statistical methods; assisting in planning surveys; assisting in developing a portion of a report using statistical analysis.

    OR

    Education: 1 year of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement (S.A.A.)

    S.A.A. is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership.

    1. Class standing -- Applicants 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.

    2. Grade-point average (G.P.A.)-- Applicants must have a grade-point average of:

    a. 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum;

    or

    b. 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.

    3. Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society

    Specialized Experience: For the GS-09, you must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-07 in the Federal service. Experience for this position includes: Applying or using standard statistical methods and analyses found in college textbooks to real survey data; using statistical analysis software to research, implement, or evaluate statistical methods; assisting in planning surveys or in statistical consulting; developing a report on statistical analysis; performing statistical work in a real-world setting, such as: sample design and estimation for finite populations, editing, handling missing data, outlier detection, seasonal adjustment, benchmarking, disclosure avoidance, design and analysis of experiments.

    OR

    Education: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree

    Specialized Experience: For the GS-11, you must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 in the Federal service. Experience for this position includes: Applying statistical methods to carry out statistical analyses, or assume lead role in the development of technical reports or professional papers on socio/economic or demographic survey data or socio/economic or demographic administrative records or record systems; developing sample design and allocation studies, and establishing survey specifications and methodology; documenting analyses and conclusions in written and oral reports; coordinating a complexity of projects between different organizational units, sponsors, stakeholders, and data users.

    OR

    Education: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree


    NOTE: To show proof of meeting the Basic Entry Requirements, all applicants MUST submit a copy of their college transcripts.  See the Required Documents section for more information.

    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.

    The following links provide information on various hiring authorities that do not fall under competitive examining procedures; however, they may enable you to apply through merit assignment procedures, or be eligible for a non-competitive appointment.

    Recent Graduates and their supervisors must sign Pathways Agreements setting forth expectations for the program.

    To find additional information regarding the Pathways Recent Graduate Program, please visit the folowing website: Pathways Recent Graduate Program

    The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.

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

    Your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the job opportunity announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions). Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

    How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed.

    The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

    The following competencies are desirable at the full performance level of this position.

    • Demonstration of organizational knowledge on survey and census activities
    • Ability to design, plan, and implement production, research and evaluation projects for survey and/or census activities
    • Knowledge of various methodologies such as disclosure avoidance, data editing and missing data
    • Ability to direct the work of staff in statistical project

    For more information on category rating, please go to: http://www.hr.commerce.gov/s/groups/public/@doc/@cfpasa/@phrm/documents/content/prod01_009474.pdf

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