Assistant Director for Research

Washington D.C.
May 21, 2019
May 21, 2019
Executive, Director
Full Time

Occasional travel - occasional travel may be required

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment."
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  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S National
  • Public Trust background investigation will be required
  • The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector or volunteer service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your résumé.

    If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)) you must be assigned the middle category or better to be rated as “well qualified" to receive special selection priority.

    You must meet the following requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

    In addition to meeting the required education requirements, to qualify for this Executive-level position, you must have substantial specialized experience, which is defined as:

    • Demonstrated experience in a senior or leadership position designing, directing and leading a program, function, or other work in which PhD researchers produced technical economic research about consumers, households, or financial markets or about the costs and benefits of contemplated policy or business decisions; AND
    • Demonstrated mastery one or more applied microeconomic fields, such as consumer and/or household finance, industrial organization, regulatory economics, public finance, economics of information, or a related field, sufficient to direct and lead PhD researchers in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of complex research programs and integration of the results of that research into decision making; AND
    • Demonstrated experience in conducting complex quantitative (econometric) and qualitative research meeting the highest standards of the economics profession, as demonstrated by publication in peer-reviewed journals or similar indicia of quality; AND
    • Demonstrated experience in communicating research findings and analyses and their implications for decision making orally and in writing to the highest levels of an agency or organization.

    Education Requirements:  Degree –
    A. Economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus. A PhD in Economics is highly desirable.
    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 economics subjects and one or more 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

    The education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    You MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent.

    - We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies. 
    - This is a non bargaining unit position.
    - We offer opportunities for telework.
    - We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.
    -Ethics:  Bureau employees are subject to government-wide ethical standards of conduct, financial disclosure requirements, and post-employment prohibitions, which applicants may review at  In addition, employees must comply with the Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (5 CFR 9401), which, among other things, prohibit an employee or the employee’s spouse or minor child from owning or controlling a debt or equity interest in an entity supervised by the Bureau. Regulations also impose restrictions on the outside activities of certain Bureau employees, including examiners and attorneys.  Applicants may review the Bureau ethics regulations and a summary of the regulations at   Questions regarding these requirements and prohibitions should be directed to the Bureau Ethics Office at

    - A one year probationary period may be required. 
    - A one year supervisory or managerial probationary period may be required. 
    - Must successfully complete a background investigation.
    - Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency
    - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
    - Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9.  Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
    - Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
    -File a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278e) within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on. 

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

    Your application includes your résumé, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your résumé includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your résumé may result in a “not qualified” determination.

    Rating: If you are found minimally qualified, you MUST submit a separate, concise essay (no more than 5 total pages), that addresses your experience applying the four Executive Competencies to manage and achieve the goals of the organization.

    • Modeling Inclusive Communications and Relationships – Delivers communications clearly and tactfully and demonstrates respect in interactions; sets the expectation that staff interact with others in a respectful, collaborative, and inclusive manner and broadly solicits and incorporates input from others; builds relationships with a range of diverse others; works collaboratively and seeks to identify mutually acceptable approaches; and, manages conflicts.
    • Managing and Inspiring High Performance - Manages employees in a fair manner while defining clear work expectations aligned with goals; plans and delegates work in alignment with team member skills and provides assistance, direction, constructive feedback, and support to staff; monitors progress and deadlines, ensuring work quality, responsiveness, and timeliness; contributes to team efforts and shares credit for accomplishments; and, adheres to performance management guidelines.
    • Accountability – Demonstrates through words and actions integrity, trust, and a commitment to serve the public; understands the Bureau’s mission, why the agency exists, and how own and others’ roles contribute to success; honors commitments; takes responsibility for own actions and the work of the team; models ownership of problem solving; and, complies with external rules and regulatory requirements.
    • Managing Quality Results – Provides work that is responsive to stakeholder or mission requirements and collects and acts on feedback/data to improve quality, efficiency, or responsiveness. Anticipates stakeholder needs and proactively addresses them to resolve concerns and balances stakeholder requests against capacity.

    Your essay should include where and when the qualifications were obtained, and the organizational setting in which the experience was acquired (e.g. organization size, level, and assigned fiscal resources). A panel of Subject Matter Experts (SME's) will assess each applicant's responses to determine best qualified applicants for the position. A representative from the Office of Human Capital will contact you if you are found minimally qualified, and you will have 48 hours to submit your narrative. Alternatively, you may submit your narrative with your application, simply attach your narrative under the ‘cover letter’ or under a Narrative Response attachment category link before submitting your application.

    Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category.

    Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview. 

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    Drug test required No

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