Economist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jul 19, 2019
Closes
Jul 23, 2019
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment (ODEP). ODEP's mission is to develop and influence policies and practices that increase the number and quality of employment opportunities for people with disabilities. ODEP conducts research and evaluation activities to identify evidence-based and promising policies and practices that impact the employment of people with disabilities.

-This position is inside the bargaining unit.

Learn more about this agency

Responsibilities

At the full performance level the incumbent performs the following duties:

With guidance from supervisor and senior members of the team, plans, leads, and executes complex research and evaluation projects of major significance related to disability employment and responds to research priorities such as SAW/RTW established by the Administration.

With guidance from supervisor and senior members of the team, plans, develops, recommends, and implements internal procedures for the creation of research databases used for the continuous appraisal of trends and developments in the labor market aspects of disability employment.

Assist in developing, conducting and coordinating work with respect to contracted research and evaluation. Assists the Director of Research and Evaluation on the conceptualization, analytical design and appropriateness of alternative methodologies· for new research initiatives.

Conducts analyses of economic effects of proposed and final policies, regulations, and legislation related to disability employment such as Section 501, 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and similar requirements and provides technical advice to higher level.

With guidance from supervisor, initiates and maintains professional contacts for a mutual exchange of information and ensures productive cooperation within the Government and between government and the private sector.

Other duties assigned.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13 - There is no obligation to provide future promotions. Future promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and supervisory approval.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Position requires Public Trust-Moderate Risk Background Investigation


Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

Qualifications

BASIC REQUIREMENT:

Degree: economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.

OR

Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to meeting the BASIC REQUIREMENT above, applicants must also meet the following:

For the GS-12 Grade Level: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-11, in the Federal Service.
  • Specialized experience is defined as experience assisting the development of databases and models for economic analyses to evaluate emerging trends in workforce in general and disability employment specifically; experience combining large sets of data from various sources to assess trends and patterns in labor markets and experience in data analytics software such as SAS, Stata, R or similar.


For the GS-13 Grade Level: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-12, in the Federal Service.
  • Specialized experience is defined as experience managing projects for developing databases and models for economic analyses to evaluate emerging trends in workforce in general and disability employment specifically; experience combining large sets of data from various sources to assess trends and patterns in labor markets and examine labor economic issues to evaluate impact on disability employment; and experience in data analytics software such as SAS, Stata, R or similar


Education

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.

Additional 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

How You Will Be Evaluated

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 will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.

Categories
Category A Best Qualified - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.

Category B Well Qualified - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies required by this position.

Category C Qualified - Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.

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

Research - Knowledge of the scientific principles, methods, and processes used to conduct a systematic and objective inquiry; including study design, collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; and the reporting of results.

Economics - Knowledge of economic policy, principles, and practices, market and non-market values, and the analysis and reporting of economic data.

Data Management - Knowledge of the principles, procedures, and tools of data management, such as modeling techniques, data backup, data recovery, etc.

Compliance - Knowledge of procedures for assessing, evaluating, and monitoring programs or projects for compliance with Federal laws, regulations, and guidance.

Technical Competence - Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job.

Customer Service - Works with clients and customers to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations.

Product Evaluation - Knowledge of methods for researching and analyzing external products to determine their potential for meeting organizational standards and business needs.

Written and Oral Communication - Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience. Expresses information to individuals or groups effectively.

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.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password protected documents.

- Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting honorable or general discharge or release within 120 days, click Active Duty ). Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference. For more information, go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP or ICTAP eligibility.

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted

Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship , and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

- Unofficial Transcript(s) (in English) - submit if using education as a basis for qualifying for this position. If so, you must submit all applicable academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements (ex. BA/BS, MA, JD, PHD, etc). If specific course work is required to qualify, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit.

You may upload your transcript(s) as one document (3 MB size limit). If over 3 MB, please submit via fax feature.

OFFICIAL Transcripts MUST BE RECEIVED prior to selection and report date. Reference the "Education Section" for College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education.

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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