Economist

5 days left

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Sep 12, 2019
Closes
Sep 20, 2019
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The candidate selected for this position will be a member of a small economist staff in the Housing and Civil Enforcement Section (HCE or Section) that has an important role in conceptualizing, planning, programming, and carrying out innovative, in-depth studies (econometric models and statistical analyses) to ascertain the potential existence of discriminatory and illegal practices in housing and in all forms of lending by all types of lenders throughout the entire nation.
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Responsibilities

The individual selected for this position will work with staff attorneys and other economists to identify and investigate potential illegal discrimination. As such, the incumbent will perform the following duties and responsibilities:
  • Develop, estimate and evaluate econometric models, engage in other statistical analysis, and clean, manipulate and evaluate large databases;
  • Identify statistical patterns consistent with discrimination and calculate monetary damages; and
  • Work as part of a team on specific investigations. Candidates will be expected to conduct and manage multiple investigations.


Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
15

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen or National.
  • You must successfully pass a security/background investigation and a drug screening.
  • Selective Service registration is required, see the "Requirements" section for full details.


Qualifications

To qualify for the position of Economist at (GS-0110-13/14/15), you must meet the basic qualification requirements listed below AND possess the required specialized experience specific to this series and grade.

BASIC REQUIREMENT

A. Degree: A bachelor's (or higher) degree in economics that included at least 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 Basic Requirement listed above, you must meet the required specialized experience below:


Qualifying experience for the GS-13 level include one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience at this level include experience performing empirical research or statistical analysis projects requiring data assembly and manipulation with minimal supervision; selection and use of appropriate existing econometric or statistical analysis techniques; application of current methodologies and/or theories to reach appropriate results or conclusions; projects or assignments involving working cooperatively with a group or under the direction of other professionals; and presentation of results in a variety of written or oral formats.

Qualifying experience for the GS-14 level include one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience at this level include experience performing empirical research or statistical analysis projects requiring the collection, manipulation, evaluation and interpretation of large data sets; development of new techniques or extension of existing econometric or statistical analysis techniques for application to major projects significant to the success of organization activities; projects or assignments involving coordinating a group of professionals; and presentation of authoritative results or conclusions in a variety of written or oral formats designed to maximize user understanding.

Qualifying experience for the GS-15 level include one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience at this level include experience performing complex empirical research or statistical analysis projects requiring the independent design of procedures or protocols for collection, manipulation, evaluation and/or interpretation of large data sets; development either independently or as a team leader of new econometric or statistical analysis techniques and means for application to major projects to reach appropriate results or conclusions significant to the success of major organization activities; projects or assignments involving leading a group of professionals and resolving operational or personnel problems; and development of interpretive materials presenting results and conclusions of major empirical projects in a balanced, thorough manner to maximize understanding for a wide variety of audience.

You MUST meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/17/2019.

YOUR RESUME MUST support your responses to the online questionnaire and the qualification requirements. Failure to do so may result in an ineligible rating. See the "Required Documents" section for important notes about what information you must include in your resume!

Education

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements, please see the statements below.
Education must be reviewed and certified by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, in order for it to be creditable towards your qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .
Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.For more information about this requirement, please visit the U.S. Department of Education website for Foreign Education Evaluation .

All documentation must be in English or include an English translation.

Additional information

This announcement is being advertised under a government-wide Direct-Hire Authority issued by OPM for positions in certain hard-to-fill occupational fields. Veterans Preference and other Category Rating procedures do not apply to this announcement.
Applicants must simply be determined possess the specialized experience required of the position. The hiring office may interview and select any qualified candidate of their choosing from the qualified pool. See OPM, Direct Hire Authority for more information...

Other Information:
  • Reasonable Accommodation Statement: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
  • DOJ EEO Statement/Policy: http://www.justice.gov/jmd/eeos/08-eeo-policy.pdf
  • Selective Service: If you were born male, on or after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Additional information is found at: www.sss.gov .


How You Will Be Evaluated

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

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

Once the job opportunity announcement closes (at 11:59 pm ET on09/17/2019), a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be conducted, the information will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your eligibility for Federal employment, and then whether you are qualified for this particular position. Per Direct-Hire Authority requirements, all qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring office for consideration. The hiring office may select any qualified candidate without regard to special eligibility considerations.

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
  • Skill in empirical economic research in an area related to fair lending, such as applied micro economics, urban economics, housing economics or demography.
  • Skill in estimating econometric models using statistical software, such as SAS or R, and in manipulating and analyzing large data sets.
  • Knowledge of related professional disciplines such as statistics, quantitative analysis, financial analysis, and information technology sufficient to conduct a variety of studies pertaining to lending violations.
  • Ability to work independently, often juggling and prioritizing multiple projects.
  • Written and oral communication skill and ability to cogently explain, orally and in writing, statistical analysis to non-economists.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.

  • Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience(s) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity.

    In order to fully evaluate your application and receive proper credit, your resume should include: (1) paid and non-paid experience, job title, dates held (month and year for qualifying purposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary (2) knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to this position; (3) specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work; and (4) names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s).

    Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic and specialized experience requirements as stated in this job opportunity announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying.
    Please Note: Additional selections may be made from this announcement for up to 90 days should additional similar openings occur in this, or any other office within DOJ.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required
    Yes

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process
    Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    The following documents are REQUIRED for this vacancy :

    RESUME: All applicants are required to submit a resume by either 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 you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please review Resume Tips .

    EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION: This position has an education requirement. For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency.

    The following documents are ACCEPTED for this vacancy :
    • Cover Letter
    • DD-214/ Statement of Service
    • OF-306
    • Other (1)
    • Other (2)
    • Resume
    • SF-15
    • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
    • Transcript
    • Writing Sample

    These are documents that may be required for some applicants, based on what eligibility you are applying for or if you are using education to qualify.

    NEED HELP?
    If you need help submitting your documents, please review the Applicant Help Site, Documents page. If you need help understanding document requirements, contact Delicia Taylor at Delicia.Taylor@usdoj.gov or (202) 514-0292 during normal business hours. If you're having difficulty with your application or document submission, don't wait until the last minute, contact us right away so we can help you before the announcement closes.

    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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