Recent Graduate Survey Statistician, GS-1530-9/11, Census-Pathways-VM

Washington D.C.
Apr 19, 2019
Apr 19, 2019
Full Time

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.

Relocation expenses reimbursed Yes Relocation expenses may be reimbursed.

  • 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 qualification 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 developmental 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 entry level grades, 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 complete 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.


    Basic Entry Requirements for All Grade Levels:

    You must be a Recent College Graduate from a qualifying institution 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 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 toward meeting statistical course requirements should be given 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.


    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.


    GS-09: Completion of 2 academic years of graduate level education, or a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree.


    One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-7 or a combination of both experience and education.

    GS-11: Three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or PD.D. or equivalent doctoral degree


    One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-9 or a combination of both experience and education

    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 GS-12.

    • Knowledge of statistical theories and methodologies in order to coordinate simultaneous projects and apply knowledge of a particular statistical specialty.

    • Skill in data analysis.

    • Knowledge of organizational programs, terminology, procedures, and standards in order to perform the full scope of the investigative process from study and planning to execution to final reports.

    • Ability to analyze factual information and evaluate significant factors, solve complex problems based on statistical data.

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    Drug test required No

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