MATHEMATICAL STATISTICIAN

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Arlington, Virginia
Posted
Aug 23, 2019
Closes
Aug 31, 2019
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is part of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
Learn more about this agency

Responsibilities

As a MATHEMATICAL STATISTICIAN at the GS-1529-12/13/14 some of your typical work assignments may include:
  • Serves as a senior statistician.
  • Applies objective and critical thinking to the analysis of complex problems as they relate to the counter improvised-threat mission.
  • Supports this analysis with the application of a wide range of advanced statistical theories, concepts, and methods to include statistical inference, parameter development, modeling and simulation, mathematical programming, statistical quality control, stochastic processes, time series analysis, sensitivity analysis, and data mining.
  • Applies software and statistical analysis tools (e.g., SAS, R, Excel, MatLab) to support these analytical processes.
  • Plans, develops, and evaluates statistical methodologies used in the collection, classification, and analysis to support tactical to strategic level issues related to JIDO mission areas.
  • Synthesizes information and relationships from diverse sources of activity including data from open source, operational, and intelligence reporting, comprehensively interrelating these into a coherent whole.
  • Serves as a statistics subject matter expert and advises personnel, internal and external to the division, on the proper application of statistical methods.
  • Serves as a study team leader/senior team member working with groups internal and external to the organization tasked to develop solutions to complex problems where initial source or research data are typically inadequate, inappropriate, or lacking.
  • Exercises originality to define the problem, visualize the approaches, provide statistical guidance and coordination, and apply and extend new methods in the application of statistics.
  • Work is performed through cross-functional teams, matrixed with military, government civilian, and contracted analysts and engineers.
  • Prepares professional written technical evaluations and reports for supervisor and senior leaders within the organization.
  • Prepares and presents briefings to senior decision makers (internal/external to the organization) that summarize results of studies and statistical methodologies in order to facilitate leader decisions.
  • Develops and maintains a network of contacts and working relationships with relevant members both internal and external to the organization (DTRA, deployed forces, defense intelligence community, defense analytical community, academia, and industry) to exchange technical information, advise on problem solution, and advance the organization's technical capabilities.
  • Keeps abreast of latest developments in the field of mathematics and statistics for possible application to assigned projects.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • Work Schedule: Fulltime
  • Overtime: Occasionally
  • Tour of Duty: Flexible
  • Recruitment Incentives: Authorized
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt
  • Financial Disclosure: Not Required
  • Telework Eligibility: This position is not telework eligible


Qualifications

You may qualify at the GS-12, if you fulfill the following qualifications:

A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service:
  • Experience applying commonly available statistical analysis and software tools to extract, maintain, and transform large, complex data sets, to include conceptualizing and programming methods for data analysis and presentation.
  • Experience performing tasks to correct deficiencies or to improve the performance of systems, processes, or operations.

You may qualify at the GS-13, if you fulfill the following qualifications:

B. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service:
  • Experience conducting statistical analysis to support decisions concerning department of defense systems, initiatives, events, operations, process, and capabilities, including analyzing risks and mitigation.
  • Experience compiling objective data for acquisition decisions, studies, system comparisons, analytic models, or war games.
  • Experience providing support by developing statistics, performing standard statistical tests and conducting exploratory analyses.
  • Experience consolidating ill-defined problems with limited available data into executable tasks, research designs, and study methods.

You may qualify at the GS-14, if you fulfill the following qualifications:

C. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service:
  • Experience conducting statistical analysis to support decisions concerning department of defense systems, initiatives, events, operations, process, and capabilities, including analyzing risks and mitigation.
  • Experience compiling objective data for acquisition decisions, studies, system comparisons, analytic models, or war games.
  • Experience providing support by developing statistics, performing standard statistical tests and conducting exploratory analyses.
  • Experience consolidating ill-defined problems with limited available data into executable tasks, research designs, and study methods.
  • Experience applying commonly available statistical analysis and software tools to extract, maintain, and transform large, complex data sets, to include conceptualizing and programming methods for data analysis and presentation.
  • Experience performing tasks to correct deficiencies or to improve the performance of systems, processes, or operations.

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.

In addition to meeting qualifications, your application package must reflect the applicable experience to meet the Individual Occupational Requirements for the 1529 series.

Basic Requirements:
  • Degree: that included 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, of which at least 12 semester hours were in mathematics and 6 semester hours were in statistics.

    or
  • Combination of education and experience -- at least 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, including at least 12 hours in mathematics and 6 hours in statistics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

  • *NOTE: Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position.

    Education

    Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.

    Additional information

    Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment under Merit Promotion procedures, the veteran must be a preference eligible or a veteran separated after 3 years or more of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions.

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs: This program applies to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position; Well qualified is defined as possessing the type and quality of experience that exceeds the positions minimum qualifications. and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. For more information: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ .

    Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: For more information on noncompetitive appointment authority eligibility requirements:
    Persons with Disabilities - Schedule A
    Special Hiring Authority for Veterans
    Special Hiring Authority for Certain Military Spouses
    Other Special Appointment Authorities
    Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx

    The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.
    NOTE: Declining to be interviewed or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy.

    Selective Service Requirement: Please visit http://www.sss.gov for more information.

    For more information, please visit http://www.dla.mil/Careers/SearchApply/Downloads.aspx .

    Other Notes:

    Must be able to obtain and maintain a TOP SECRET/SCI security clearance.

    Must consent to and pass pre-employment drug testing and be subject to periodic random drug testing thereafter.

    Travel in the performance of temporary assignments may be required up to 20% of duty time. Temporary assignments may also include Outside Continental United States deployments.

    Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Once the application process is complete, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

    Competencies:
    • Data Analysis, Systems Analysis and System Architecture
    • Problem Solving
    • Technical Credibility
    • Technical Expertise
    • Writing and Speaking


    Military Spouse Preference: If you are entitled to military spouse preference, in order to receive this preference you must choose the spousal eligibility in your application package referencing MSP Military Spouse Preference. Your preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. To claim Military Spouse Preference (MSP) please complete the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification Checklist , save the document and attach it to your application package.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Sensitive Compartmented Information

    Drug test required
    Yes

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process
    National security

    Required Documents

    The documents you are required to submit vary based on the authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee, applying as a reinstatement, etc). Your complete application includes your COMPLETE resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

    The following documents are REQUIRED

    1. Your resume:
    • Your resume may be submitted in any format. It must include your name and contact information and support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
    • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain the number of hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e.," HRS per week and month/year" or "HRS per week and month/year to present").
    • For additional information see: What to include in your resume.
    2. Transcripts
    • This position has a degree or education requirement so you are required to submit a copy of your transcript
    • College transcript(s), required if qualifying based on education. We accept unofficial transcripts, as long as they contain your name, the name of the school, the date and degree that was awarded, and the lists of classes and credits earned.

    3. Veteran's Documents
    • If applying using veteran's preference or under a Veteran's hiring authority you must submit the following documents:
    • DD214 showing character of service, SF-15 Form and VA letter showing final percentage, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty.
    PLEASE REVIEW THE BELOW LINK FOR OTHER SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS needed for proof of eligibility: https://www.dla.mil/Portals/104/Documents/Careers/downloads/FourthEstateRequiredSupportingDocumentation-06-2019.pdf?ver=2019-07-22-131229-740

    If you are claiming Military Spouse Preference, you must submit supporting documents with your application package. These documents must provide acceptable information to verify: you reside within the commuting area of your sponsor's permanent duty station (PDS); proof of marriage to the active duty sponsor, proof of military member's active duty status, and other documentation required by the vacancy announcement to which you are applying; and must meet all pre-employment criteria and be eligible for immediate noncompetitive appointment to a position in the competitive service. Documentation required: Marriage Certificate or License, Signed Self-Certification Checklist, Veterans' Preference documentation (e.g., DD-214, VA Letter, Statement of Service, if applicable), Transcripts (if applicable). Additional documentation required if previously held a federal position: SF-50s (e.g., LWOP, highest grade held, overseas appointments, etc.), SF-75 Information, and documentation of performance rating of record (dated within the last 12 months)

    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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