Supervisory Statistician

Washington, D.C
Oct 08, 2019
Oct 16, 2019
Full Time


This position is located in the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) as a supervisory statistician for the Corrections Statistics Unit. You will have responsibilities for maintaining, enhancing, and expanding major statistical series and programs to ensure that the knowledge created has utility to stakeholders and that BJS's data collection activities are implemented in ways that maintain the trust and confidence of its data providers.
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(The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position)

Supervises a group of employees performing work at the GS-9 to GS-14 levels. Provides administrative and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the unit.
Performs the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised. Plans, schedules, and assigns work to subordinates. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff members; provides feedback and periodically evaluates employee performance. Provides advice, counsel, and/or instruction to staff members. Develops annual work plans through the employee performance-management system. Provides informal feedback and periodically evaluates employee performance. Recommends or approves appointments, selections, or reassignments to positions appropriate to the selection authority delegated. Effects disciplinary measures as appropriate to the authority delegated in this area. Carries out Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies and program activities.
Consults and collaborates with government officials, professional associations, and others to advise on the application of statistics to criminal justice issues, policies, and programs.

Provides technical guidance to contractors or grantees on documentation requirements including problem reports and troubleshooting plans. Ensures the contractor/grantee performs in accordance with established procedures and their collection activities and analyses conform to established specifications and requirements..

Performs statistical data-collection activities, such as preparing, processing, analyzing, and coordinating ad hoc and standing collection requirements. Ensures the collection of statistical data and use of collection systems to satisfy immediate, mid-range, and long-term statistical data collection requirements.
Develops and follows best practices related to data collection, analysis and dissemination, including adhering to all Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidelines and directives, and data collection requirements associated with the Paperwork Reduction Act.

Manages, leads, or performs scientific work in applying statistical theories, techniques, and methods for gathering, studying, analyzing, interpreting, and reporting on statistically quantified information.

Prepares and gives presentations concerning the interpretation and analysis of statistics and technical data to government entities, subject matter experts, upper levels of management, general public, and other stakeholders.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Up to 4 Days Per Quarter

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Subject to background/suitability investigation/determination.
  • Federal payments are required to be made by Direct Deposit.
  • Requires registration for the Selective Service. Visit
  • Pre-employment drug testing required.
  • 1-year supervisory probationary period may be required.
  • Submit all required documentation.

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A. Applicants must show successful completion of a full four-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included 15 semester/22 quarter hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester/9 quarter hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester (13 quarter) 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. Credit toward meeting statistical course requirements is given for courses in which 50 percent of the course content includes statistical methods, e.g., courses that included studies in research methods in psychology or economics such as tests and measurements of business cycles, or courses in methods of processing mass statistical data, such as tabulating methods or electronic data processing.


B. 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 qualification requirements, applicants must have had one (1) year of specialized experience at or equivalent to at least the GS-13 level.

Specialized experience is experience which is in or related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples include providing technical assistance and guidance to projects involving complex methodological issues; evaluating statistical result for research; serving as an expert on broad statistical research or specialized statistical methods; developing study methodologies including specifications, survey instruments and approaches; or, writing/reviewing analytical and technical reports for publication and dissemination.


In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 level.

Specialized experience is experience which is in or related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples include overseeing the sample design, methods of collection, data quality control, estimation procedures, and analytic plans for a major data collection project; designing/directing the development major statistical studies which applied quantitative analysis and sophisticated statistical techniques to data collected; planning protocols for the design of studies; or, designing and developing data analysis methodologies and techniques, and adapting them to specialized statistical studies or investigations.

At both the GS-14 and GS-15 levels, experience in corrections or law enforcement is desired but not necessary.

Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website:

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Click here to see the full Qualifications Statement.


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Additional information

THIS IS A DIRECT HIRE PUBLIC NOTICE: Direct Hire allows agencies to appoint candidates directly to occupations for which the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has determined there is a severe shortage of candidates or a critical hiring need. Qualified candidates will be considered in accordance with the OPM Direct Hire Guidelines. Your resume must contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make a qualification determination. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. Veterans' Preference does not apply to the direct hire recruitment procedures.

Current civil service employees will receive new appointments if selected under this Direct Hire Authority.

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)/Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP): The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. The CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, or if your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP/CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website, which can be found at

This position is excluded from the bargaining unit.

This position is eligible for part time or situational telework.

OJP offers opportunities for flexible work schedules.

Recruitment Incentives May Be Authorized.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

You will be rated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience and training you report relative to this position which shows that you possess the knowledges, skills and abilities required. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents



1. Resume and/or work history profile, and

2. Unofficial Transcripts (official transcripts required upon selection). Please highlight applicable courses required for this position

Note: Incomplete applications will not be considered.

If you wish to submit a cover letter, please attach it to your application package.

If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(u) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the Agency notice, your most recent performance appraisal, and your most recent SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action for Competitive 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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