Bethesda, Maryland
Sep 14, 2019
Sep 22, 2019
Full Time


Join the team! This position is located in the Headquarters Office of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Directorate for Epidemiology, Office of Hazard Identification and Reduction, Division of Hazard and Injury Data Systems, Statistical Support Branch. The branch is responsible for all statistical aspects of the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System and the statistical aspects of Interagency Agreements (IAGs) with other federal agencies.

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The selectee will serve as a Supervisory Statistician who serves as Branch Chief, Statistical Support Branch in the Division of Hazard and Injury Data Systems, Directorate for Epidemiology.

The position is responsible for: Performs duties as Branch Chief for the Statistical Support Branch of the Division of Hazard and Injury Data Systems. Serves as supervisor of Branch staff members, independently coordinating work assignments, managing time and attendance, evaluating staff performance, making recommendations for incentive awards, providing opportunities for training and professional development as needed. Serves as technical expert responsible for statistical validity of CPSC national databases, including the NEISS, the primary statistical database in support of the agency's program.

Responsible for the planning, development, and execution of an ongoing quality control program for Commission databases to assure that CPSC data are reliable and timely. As a recognized authority on CPSC injury and death databases, advises senior statisticians in other federal agencies and in the private sector on the mathematical design of the sample and the most appropriate and effective use of Commission data.

Serves as expert advisor/consultant to other researchers on the most effective techniques for data collection of injury and death data. Initiates, develops plans and budgets, designs, directs, monitors, and assesses national research projects where other federal agencies contribute (as much as $3,500,000 per year) to CPSC to share Commission data systems.

Represents CPSC and oversees all such interagency agreements; liaison with these agencies is a critical function for CPSC. In the past such agreements have been negotiated with CDC-NCIPC, CDC-NIOSH, FDA, HUD, BJS, NIH, and NHTSA. Often, the research provides the other agency with the first statistically valid measure of a national estimate of extreme importance to the public health concerns of the country and plays a major role in the future agency program. An example is providing national estimates of prescription drug abuse treated in hospital emergency departments. These study designs often address complex sampling, non-sampling, and data collection issues. Serves as consultant to other Commission staff on statistical computing and analysis packages such as SAS. Advises senior agency staff in techniques for designing and conducting major national statistical studies to meet CPSC needs for hazard and injury data and information. Performs other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Up to 25% travel in Local Commuting Area

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required.
  • Background Investigation Required.
  • Must meet education requirements.

Must be a U.S. Citizen.

This is a Public Trust Position. Employment in this position requires a background investigation. If you are selected and cannot obtain a favorable security determination within a reasonable period of time due to disclosed or undisclosed background issues, the tentative employment offer may be withdrawn.

If you are a male born 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. Please see for more information.

Selectees will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to appointment and the appropriate background investigation forms to determine suitability for Federal employment. False statements or responses on these forms can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

The selectee will be required to complete a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the I-9 Form . We will compare information provided on the I-9 Form to records available from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The system confirms employee's identity and eligibility to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify , including your rights and responsibilities.

Upon appointment, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450. You will need to provide the information annually.

Depending on your status, this position may require serving a 1-year probationary period. This position will require you to serve a 1-year supervisory probationary period.


In addition to the mandatory education requirement, all applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.

Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

GS-14: 1) Experience working, advising and consulting on a variety of problems involving theory or application of statistical methods; 2) Ability to implement statistical methods; 3) Experience being a comprehensive subject matter expert on data requirements, data collection techniques, statistical theory and methodology, and concepts of reliability and validity to determine feasibility of various data collection options 4) Experience in the performance of analytical work in the evaluation of injury and hazard data to evaluate utility of proposed information sets; and 5) Expertise in statistical software such as SAS needed to do analysis of injury and hazard data.

Evidence of the above specialized experience must be supported by detailed documentation of duties performed in positions held. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your experience.

Applicants must meet the qualifications for this position within thirty (30) days of the closing date of this announcement.


Mandatory Education Requirement - All applicants must meet one of the following requirements to qualify:

Degree: that included 15 semester hours in statistics or 15 semester hours in a combination of mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics. In addition to the 15 semester hours, applicants must have 9 semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc.


Combination of education and experience -- courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience should have included a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.

In addition to meeting the basic education requirements indicated above, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education in the amounts shown below:

GS-14: There is no substitution for specialized experience for this grade level. Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience (as stated above) equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade level.

You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable during the application process. Official transcripts will be required upon appointment.

All education claimed by applicants will be verified.

All materials must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement.

Additional information

CPSC provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed in this vacancy announcement.

Payment of relocation expenses is NOT authorized.

All the information you provide will be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application, by checking reference and through other means, such as the interview process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for not hiring you or for firing you after you begin work.

Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

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 above.

After the vacancy closes, we will review your application package to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your resume and supporting documentation will then be reviewed. Your resume must contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make a qualification determination. Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, salary, duties performed for each position, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level/pay band. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited to an interview. Qualified candidates will be considered in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management Direct Hire Guidelines.

CTAP/ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 90.

Veterans' Preference does not apply to the direct hire recruitment procedures. Selections made under this notice will be processed as new appointments to the civil service. You may not be considered for the position if any part of the application is incomplete. Your application may not receive appropriate consideration without the required supporting documentation.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

Your package must be complete and submitted in the manner specified in this section. Packages that are submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the agency point of contact will not be considered.

A complete application includes: 1. Resume; 2. Vacancy question responses; and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

Other documents identified in this announcement.

All supplemental documents must be submitted electronically before the closing date of this vacancy announcement. You have three choices for submitting your supplemental documents:
1. Download from your USAJOBS account; or
2. Upload your file(s); or
3. Fax using the online Fax Cover Sheet.

Failure to submit required documents, based upon how you apply, may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted. Official documents are not required at the time of application, copies are sufficient. If selected, official documentation must be submitted prior to appointment.

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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