Economist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Apr 25, 2019
Closes
Apr 25, 2019
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
TRAVEL REQUIRED:

Not required


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed No


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • 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 these positions 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-07 or GS-09) listed below to qualify. Students who will meet the educational requirements set forth below within 90 days of the closing date may apply. 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.

    OR

    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.

    AND

    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

    GS-07

    Bachelor’s degree and Superior Academic Achievement (SAA). SAA is the completion of all of the requirements for a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, and by meeting one of the following three: i. Class standing – 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; ii. Grade-point average (GPA) – GPA of 2.95 or higher overall, a GPA of 2.95 or higher for courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum, or a GPA of 3.45 or higher for your major GPA or for courses in your major completed during the final 2 years; iii. Membership in a national scholastic honor society.

    OR

    One year (18 semester hours or quarter hour equivalent) of graduate education

    GS-09

    Master's or equivalent graduate degree or two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Master's degree or equivalent

    OR

    2) Specialized Experience: Each of the 52 weeks of 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 paid or unpaid experience may have been obtained in the private or public sector. Your resume MUST contain a detailed description of your specialized experience or your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be removed from further consideration.

    GS-07

    52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent in scope and responsibility to the next lower grade level (i.e. GS-05) in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is defined as assisting with tasks related to one of the following: preparation of statistical surveys; tabulation and processing of economic data; or, visualization of economic data into charts and/or graphs.

    GS-09

    52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent in scope and responsibility to the next lower grade level (i.e. GS-07) in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is defined as assisting with portions of investigations involving economic topics. An experience indicator at this level includes assisting and supporting senior economists and/or project leaders with portions of their research to prepare preliminary interpretative reports. Examples include collecting, compiling, and arranging economic data for the purpose of drafting preliminary analyses; or, analyzing and interpreting economic data for the purpose of drafting preliminary findings.

    OR

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

    GS-07

    Graduate education (less than one year) and specialized experience as required for GS-07 (less than one year) that when combined totals one year.

    GS-09

    Graduate education (more than one year but less than two) and specialized experience as required for GS-09 (less than one year) that when combined totals one year. Only graduate education beyond the first year (18 semester hours or quarter hour equivalent) can be combined with experience to total one year.

    Applicants MUST submit unofficial 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. Students who will meet educational requirements set forth in the Requirements section, i.e. under Qualifications, within 90 days of the closing date may apply. See the Required Documents section for submitting necessary proof. 

    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.

    Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION,  ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

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

    If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.

    Categories

    Category A - Meets the minimum qualifications requirements and demonstrates superior proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position.

    Category B - Meets the minimum qualifications requirements and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position.

    Category C - Meets the minimum qualifications requirements and demonstrates familiarity in applying critical competencies required by this position.

    Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

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

    The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview).  The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings.  Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.  Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)

    INFORMATION FOR ICTAP/CTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified".

    Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.


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