IRS INTERNAL RECENT GRADUATE PROGRAM (SOCIAL SCIENTIST)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Aug 23, 2019
Closes
Aug 29, 2019
Function
Program Manager
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The IRS Internal Recent Graduates Program affords a developmental opportunity to IRS employees, who have graduated within the previous 2 years from a qualifying educational institution or program.

More information about the Recent Graduates Program can be found here: Students & Recent Graduates .

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Responsibilities

If selected into Recent Graduates Program , you will be placed in a position as a Social Scientist, GS-0101, Career Ladder 5/7/9/11/12 in the Wage & Investment division.

WHAT IS THE WAGE & INVESTMENT (W&I) DIVISION? The Wage & Investment Division (W&I) serves about 122 million taxpayers who file upwards of 94 million returns each year. W&I provides high-quality taxpayer assistance, and enable taxpayers to transact and communicate electronically to file their returns and make payments.

WHAT DOES A SOCIAL SCIENTIST DO? A Social Scientist serves as a technical expert making use of advanced behavioral and social science knowledge to execute projects and duties. You will be required to possess a thorough understanding of the basic social economic and social psychology problems. In this role, you will be responsible for the integration of the assigned study into the major social economic and social psychology research problem, and the planning and execution of sequential work steps.

The following are the duties of a Social Scientist at the GS-12. You will have the opportunity to learn to perform these duties and will receive training to help you grow in this position.
  • Develops social economic and social psychology studies, using social science methods, to identify behavioral segments and profiles of taxpayer behavior.
  • Performs a wide variety of duties involving social economics and social psychology to determine conclusions.
  • Assumes technical responsibility for various phases of initiation, formulation, planning, execution, and control of major social psychology and social economic studies or continuous projects to recognize and evaluate significant and critical factors, to solve complex problems and to draw rational inferences based on research findings.
  • Develops, analyzes, and presents social science information statistically, recognizing and adopting new techniques to fit the needs of research projects and prepares comprehensive reports necessary for the successful completion of assignments.
  • Applies social economic and social psychology methods to tax administration research, including tax compliance. Such methods include social marketing, social norms marketing, anthropological marketing, and metaphor marketing.
  • Applies social science concepts and theories when framing research questions, analyzing data, and interpreting findings.
  • Determines the objectives of research projects and the methodology to be used to obtain the objectives.
  • Develops specifications for all or a segment of the social psychology and social economic research study, presenting the data and analytical materials in the form most suitable to the end users.
  • Performs research to locate new sources of social science data, analyses and interpret pertinent information, draws conclusions for use in social science research studies.
  • Plays an essential role in error resolution of more complex statistical studies. Resolves complex problems or errors requiring professional attention.
  • Utilizes various resources with unrelated processes within assigned subject matter projects and monitors such use to advise superiors of necessary remedial action or changes.
  • Produces tables and graphical materials using standard computer software packages to report findings.


WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS?
If you want to find out more about IRS careers, visit us on the web at www.jobs.irs.gov

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 1 to 5 nights per month

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
12

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

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  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • IRS Employees with Career or Career Conditional Appointments


In order to successfully complete the Recent Graduates Program, you must complete 1 year in the position, a minimum of at least 40 hours of interactive training, and demonstration of successful job performance. If for any reason you do not successfully complete the program you will be returned to the previous grade of the same or similar position you previously held within IRS prior to being selected for the Recent Graduates Program.



Qualifications

You must first meet Recent Graduate Program Eligibility to be considered for this position. You may then Qualify for the position based on education, experience or a combination of both. You must meet the following requirements prior to appointment/enter on duty date:

BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS(GS-5 LEVEL)
A. Four (4) years course of study leading to a Bachelor's Degree at an accredited college or university in behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position. OR
B. Four (4) years of appropriate experience that demonstrated knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field. OR
C. Combination of education and experience that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.


GS-7 LEVEL: In addition to meeting the basic requirements your experience must also include one of the following:
A. One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level. Your experience must demonstrate knowledge of standard methods and principles of social economics and social psychology and their application to tax return statistics, and related research projects; Experience using basic knowledge of social economic and social psychology research and study design and administration processes from the formulation of concepts through specification and analysis of output to the presentation of conclusions; Experience using knowledge of standard statistical principles and practices sufficient to perform developmental assignments; Experience using knowledge of oriented computer programming languages and statistical software packages. OR
B. One (1) year of graduate level education at an accredited college or university in behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position. OR
C. Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) may be met by having a Bachelor's degree, with one of the following: A GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all completed undergraduate courses or those completed in the last two years of study, or a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all courses in the major field of study or those courses in the major completed in the last two years of study, or rank in the upper one third of the class in the college, university, or major subdivision, or membership in a national honor society recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies. OR
D. A combination of qualifying graduate education and experience equivalent to the amount required.


GS-9 LEVEL: In addition to meeting the basic requirements your experience must also include one of the following:
A. One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level. Your experience must demonstrate knowledge of standard methods and principles of social economics and social psychology and their application to tax return statistics, and related research projects; Experience using basic knowledge of social economic and social psychology research and study design and administration processes from the planning and formulation of concepts through specification and analysis of output to the presentation of conclusions and control of the studies; Experience using knowledge of standard statistical principles and practices sufficient to perform developmental assignments; Experience should include assisting in performing social psychology, and social economics research, and interpreting pertinent information and transforming research into statistical and tax literature for data and social psychology research methodology; Experience using knowledge of oriented computer programming languages and statistical software packages.
B. Master's or equivalent graduate degree in behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position. OR
C. Two (2) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's or equivalent graduate degree in behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position. OR
D. A combination of experience and education equivalent to the amount required.

AND
In addition to the above, you must meet the requirements described below:

One (1) year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-5 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes:]

For Grades 5 through 9: You may qualify with a combination of qualifying education and experience. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.

In addition to the above you must have, within the previous 2 years, completed all educational requirements for a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying institution; or intended graduation is no more than 9 months from date of application.

*Veterans (as defined in 5 U.S.C. 2108 ) who, due to a military service obligation, were precluded from applying to a Recent Graduates Program during any portion of the 2 year eligibility period may have their eligibility period extended so that they receive the full 2 years of eligibility. The remaining 2-year eligibility period will begin upon his or her release or discharge from active duty. The veteran's eligibility period may not extend beyond 6 years from the date of completion of all requirements of an academic course of study.

- The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector or Volunteer Service . One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-timework 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 resume.

In addition to the above requirements, you must meet the following, if applicable:
You must have been at the next lower grade level of the grade you are applying to for 52 weeks (time-in-grade requirement).

Education

Additional information

6 Positions are located in the following locations: (2)Managers Research Group 3, 401 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta GA. 30308(GA0087); (1)Manager Research Group 2, 77 K Street NE, Washington, DC 20002(DC0198); (3) Managers Research Group 1, 401 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30308(GA0087)

POSITION DESCRIPTION: 95249A, 95250A, 95251A
A PM/C SharePoint site is available for IRS Employees at: https://organization.ds.irsnet.gov/sites/HCOETS/PMC/SPDLibrary/SitePages/Home.aspx

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
  • All selectees must sign a Participant Agreement.
  • An official transcript will be required if you are selected.
  • Pay retention may be offered based on applicable laws and regulations.
  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
  • This is a bargaining unit position.
  • Alternative work schedule, staggered work hours or telework may be available.
  • Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday 8:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Must meet IRS telework eligibility requirements


How You Will Be Evaluated

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

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

Rating: Your application will be ranked in accordance with the Service's Merit Promotion Plan (i.e., National Agreement or Internal Revenue Manual). Your application will also be rated and ranked among others, based on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, training, performance appraisals and awards relevant to the duties of this position. IRS employees may obtain most recent awards listing at https://persinfo.web.irs.gov/ . Your rating may be lowered, if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.

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. We will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site.

If you are a displaced or surplus Treasury employee eligible for Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) , you must receive a score of 80 or better to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question responses, 3. Provide proof of enrollment or education (see education documentation required) and 4. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. ( Cover letters are optional). To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view Resume Tips

EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION
You must submit dated documentation showing completion or intended completion (if graduation is no more than 9 months from the date of application) of all educational requirements (e.g. letter from the registrar, unofficial transcripts). An official transcript will be required if you are selected. A college or university degree or certificate generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page . If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions.

A Certificate is a post-secondary educational program, in a qualifying educational institution, equivalent to at least one full-time academic year of study, that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational or business school curriculum. For study at a business or technical school, 36 weeks of study (20+ classroom hours per week) is comparable to 1 academic year of full-time study, IF your academic institution calculates a full-year of academic studies with fewer hours, or academic credits are expressed in contract months, units, or other terms that differ from the conventional hours, please have your academic advisor provide a letter certifying the Certificate program meets the regulatory definition.

CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (CTAP) DOCUMENTATION
IRS Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) eligibles can apply for jobs within and outside the commuting area.

IRS REASSIGNMENT PREFERENCE PROGRAM (RPP)
You must meet the requirements in your RPP notice. Submit a copy of your RPP Notice along with a copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal. Your performance appraisal must have a fully successful or higher overall rating.

PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL/AWARDS
Submit a copy of your most recent completed performance appraisal.

If a revalidated appraisal is used for merit promotion, the supervisor must prepare a narrative for each critical job element that does not have a narrative describing the performance in the appraisal period covered by the rating. Note: If you are a manager or management official, your most recent annual performance appraisal must be used for the overall rating identified.

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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