Economist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Alexandria, Virginia
Posted
Jun 13, 2019
Closes
Jun 21, 2019
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

Come work for the USPTO, we have been ranked as one of the best places to work in the federal government! The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been serving the economic interests of America for more than 200 years. We are responsible for granting US intellectual property rights for patents and trademarks. The USPTO is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, and has over 12,000 employees. For more information about the USPTO, please visit the USPTO Jobs Website .

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Responsibilities

About this vacancy

This Vacancy is using the Direct-Hire authority to recruit for positions for which there is a critical hiring need. Using the Office of Personnel Management's approved government-wide direct hire authorities, agencies may appoint candidates directly to jobs, without regard to the provision of Title 5 U.S.C 3309 through 3318, for which OPM determines that there is a severe shortage of candidates or a critical hiring need.

Office Overview

This position is located in the Office of Chief Economist, Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA), an office vested with the responsibility of overseeing IP policy and enforcement and leading efforts to strengthen both domestic and international IP protection.

Duties for this position include:
  • Applying economic principles, models, and statistical methods to perform analyses, prepare reports and academic studies addressing domestic and international intellectual property (IP) matters.
  • Related duties will include: developing and maintaining state of the art knowledge of the research approaches, findings, and policy issues in the areas of intellectual property, innovation economics, and entrepreneurship; understanding and implementing advanced methodological approaches, utilizing and programing state of the art databases and statistical software; using statistical software (STATA, R and Python are preferred, but not required); identifying and collecting information and constructing databases; developing, testing and selecting advanced statistical models for causal analysis or prediction; ensuring the accuracy of measurements that data represent; evaluating the precision, reliability and validity of statistical models; testing hypotheses and accurately interpreting results; and preparing technical reports, other documents, and presentations or other briefing materials.
  • Providing consultation, guidance and other related technical support on IP data, economics and related advanced mathematical matters to the USPTO Chief Economist, other team members reporting to the USPTO Chief Economist, and other subject-matter experts in the OPIA
  • Participating in USPTO Chief Economist's team efforts and activities, such as formulating and refining team goals, planning team activities, establishing priorities, developing measures of progress, providing feedback and resolution of issues, and preparing progress reports, briefing material, talking points or other documents as needed.


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • You must meet the definition of specialized experience.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov)


See "Education Requirements", "Required Documents" and the "Education" sections of this vacancy.

Qualifications

You must meet the United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements (including specialized experience and/or educational requirements) for the advertised position. You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on the OPM Website .

Specialized Experience: is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the federal service.

GS 12
Candidates for the GS-12 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower GS-11 grade level in the Federal service.

At the GS-12 level, specialized experience for this position is:

Skill Set 1 - Experience locating and integrating large amounts of information into a database for analysis using signature statistical packages (e.g. STATA, R, SAS, etc.);

Skill Set 2 - Experience summarizing and reporting statistical results through text, tables, charts, and graphs;

Skill Set 3 - Experience implementing advanced statistical models for causal and/or predictive analyses using regression or machine learning methods applied to a variety of data structures (e.g. cross sectional, time series, and panel data);

Skill Set 4 - Experience identifying and synthesizing professional journal articles from the economics or other professional literatures for narrow topic areas.

GS13

Candidates for the GS-13 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower GS-12 grade level in the Federal service.

At the GS-13 level, specialized experience for this position is:

Skill Set 1 - Experience locating and integrating large amounts of information into a database for analysis using signature statistical packages (e.g. STATA, R, SAS, etc.);

Skill Set 2 - Experience summarizing and reporting statistical results through text, tables, charts, and graphs;

Skill Set 3 - Experience developing and implementing research plans that use advanced statistical models for causal and/or predictive analyses using regression or machine learning methods applied to a variety of data structures (e.g. cross sectional, time series, and panel data) for broad economic problem areas.

Skill Set 4 - Experience identifying and synthesizing professional journal articles from the economics or other professional literatures and publishing results as official reports or academic journal articles for broad economic problem areas.

GS14
Candidates for the GS-14 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower GS-13 grade level in the Federal service.

At the GS-14 level, specialized experience for this position is defined as experience in the following:

Skill Set 1 - Experience locating, obtaining, cleaning, and integrating large amounts of information into a database for analysis using signature statistical packages (e.g. STATA, R, SAS, etc.);

Skill Set 2 - Experience summarizing, analyzing and reporting statistical results through text, tables, charts, and graphs;

Skill Set 3 - Experience independently leading a team in a major economics program area using advanced statistical models for causal and/or predictive analyses using regression or machine learning methods applied to a variety of data structures (e.g. cross sectional, time series, and panel data).

Skill Set 4 - Experience independently leading a team in a major economics program area to identify, analyze and publish original findings as official reports or academic journal articles.

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 experience.

Education

Basic Requirement for Economist:

A. Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in economics that includes 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.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the Education Requirement listed above, you must meet the required specialized experience (listed in the qualifications section of this vacancy)

If this position requires proof of higher education, or you are substituting education for experience, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp for more information.

You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - US Department of Education . Another listing of services that can perform this evaluation is available at the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) website. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

NOTE: Only education and experience acquired before the filing deadline will be considered. Report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Additional information

Applicants applying for this position must be a United States Citizen or National.

If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System. If you are exempt from registration under Selective Service Law, you must provide appropriate proof of exemption. Please visit the Selective Service System website for more information.

This is a Bargaining Unit position.

This is a Public Trust position and has a risk level designation of "high".

Background Investigation - If selected for this position, you may be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306), which includes a fingerprint and credit check, to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.

The USPTO participates in E-Verify. For more information on E-Verify, please visit the Department of Homeland Security Website .

Probationary Period- If selected, you may be required to complete an initial one-year probationary period.

All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.

Relocation Expenses are not authorized and will not be paid.

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) will be eligible if they are assigned to the "well qualified" quality category under the category rating procedures. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website CTAP/ICTAP documentation requirements are listed in the ‘Required Documents' section of this announcement.

More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.

All application materials become the property of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors. If you believe that you have been discriminated against and would like to file an EEO complaint, you must do so within 45 days of the date of the alleged discriminatory act. Claims of employment discrimination must be submitted to the attention of the USPTO's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity & Diversity via email ( oeeod@uspto.gov ) or phone (571-272-8292).

How You Will Be Evaluated

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 qualification requirements for the position. Under the provisions of the Direct-Hire Authority (DHA), rating, ranking and veterans' preference does not apply; therefore, your responses to the questionnaire will not be used to determine a scored rating. All applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements, as defined in the job opportunity announcement, will be referred for selection consideration. While veterans' preference does not apply in DHA, preference eligibles are encouraged to submit their supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15, etc.).

Applicants applying as CTAP or ICTAP candidates, and are determined CTAP or ICTAP eligible, must exceed the minimum qualification requirements to be referred under this selection priority placement program by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. For those deemed eligible and who meet the minimum qualifications, 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. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles who are not determined well-qualified by scoring at least 85 will not be referred under the CTAP/ICTAP selection priority placement program; however, will be referred for selection consideration with other minimally qualified applicants. The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies, please do not provide a separate written response:

KSA 1 - Ability to construct databases from diverse sources of information and quality check the data for performing advanced mathematical and economic research using statistical software.

KSA 2 - Ability to write computer code, manage large databases, statistically summarize and test hypotheses.

KSA 3 - Ability to locate and synthesize professional journal articles to characterize the state of understanding on a topic or subject in economics

KSA 4 - Ability to understand and communicate economic principles and interpret statistical findings for superiors in the form of briefings, reports, professional journal articles or other documents

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

A complete application consists of:
1. A resume or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications; optional cover letter: Your resume should indicate your citizenship and should list your educational and work experience including job titles, salary, employment dates, duties and accomplishments, experience and how it relates to the specialized experience in the job announcement. Please Note: Responses to job questions that are not fully supported by the information in your resume may result in adjustments to your rating. Any experience claimed in a cover letter should be substantiated by information contained in your resume.

2. Transcripts: You must submit copies of your college transcripts for verification of the education requirements. Unofficial copies are acceptable, however, if selected you will be required to furnish official transcripts. It is your responsibility to provide adequate proof that you meet the above educational requirements. Inadequate or illegible information could result in non-qualification and loss of consideration.

Supporting Documentation:

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants who meet the minimum eligibility and qualification requirements for this position may be contacted within 7 business days of the closing date of this announcement to submit follow-up supporting documentation if applicable. Applicants CTAP/ICTAP eligibility who fail to submit supplemental documentation within 5 business days of receiving the request will not lose consideration for this position, however they will not be entitled to special or priority consideration.

Supporting documents that may be requested of applicants after the closing date of this announcement are:
1. Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) documentation: Applicants will be asked to submit:
(1) A copy of your specific RIF notice, written notice of your expected separation or other documentation of priority consideration status; and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL etc.;
(2) A copy of your latest SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location;
(3) A copy of your last performance appraisal and rating; and
(4) Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

You can choose ONE of the following methods to submit Supporting Documents:
1) You can upload your documents when you register or update your information on the Department of Commerce application site which you access through the USAJobs site.
OR
2) You can fax your documents to 571-258-4254 using the system generated fax cover sheet.

Your application and all required documentation must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of this job announcement.

NOTE: The preceding documentation requirements are based on job requirements and individual applicant eligibility. Not all documents are applicable to all applicants--if you are unsure which documents apply to you, contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement.

Review your resume and responses carefully. Responses to job questions that are not fully supported by the information in your application package may result in adjustments to your rating. A Human Resources Representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the hiring official.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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