Washington D.C.
Feb 26, 2019
Feb 26, 2019
Full Time

Not required

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • Must be a U.S. citizen and at least 16 years of age.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • A writing sample may be required at time of interview.
  • 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-11 or GS-12). 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.

    1) Education


    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


    Education may not be substituted for experience at this grade level; see Specialized Experience for GS-12 listed below in #2.


    2) Specialized Experience: Each of the 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 experience may have been in an unpaid or paid status.


    Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in scope and responsibility to the next lower grade level (i.e. GS-09) in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is defined as contributing (dependently) to investigations involving economics topics. Examples of experience indicators at this level include consulting with senior economists and/or project leaders to complete tasks for an economic study(ies) such as gathering economic factors affecting data, making comparisons of data, and preparing a narrative report(s) of findings; or, supporting methodological research to assure the quality and technical adequacy of estimates.


    Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in scope and responsibility to the next lower grade level (i.e. GS-11) in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is defined as contributing (independently, through others, or strategically) to investigations involving economic topics. Examples of experience indicators at this level include planning, coordinating, and executing tasks for an economic study(ies) such as the planning and collection of economic data; planning and preparation of an interpretive economic report; planning and preparation of a quantitative analysis of data; or, the planning and investigation of an economic condition(s) which includes the collection of data, analysis and interpretation of data, and presentation of findings.


    3) Combination of Education and Specialized Experience as described below. 


    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.


    Education and experience may not be combined at this level; see Specialized Experience for GS-12 listed above in #2.

    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 Required Documents section for submitting necessary proof. 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.

    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.

    DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.


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

    Under the authority of direct hire recruitment, evaluation factors are a tool to gauge one's proficiency in relevant competencies, but will not be used to determine who will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. All candidates who have provided a complete application, and meet the minimum qualifications will be referred for consideration. For Displaced Employees ONLY: if you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles will be considered "well-qualified" if they attain a rating score of at least 85 in the numerical rating scheme. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility Questions #24 and 27 to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP/CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.

    Evaluation Factors (Competencies)

    -Customer Service
    -Decision Making/Problem Solving
    -Interpersonal Skills
    -Self Management
    -Technology Application and Management
    -Economic Data Management and Analysis
    -Program Oversight and Improvement

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