Social Science Policy Analyst

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Alexandria County, Virginia
Posted
Oct 10, 2019
Closes
Oct 17, 2019
Function
Analyst
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the US Department of Agriculture, FNS, Office of Policy Support, SNAP Research and Analysis Division. The work of the office is part of the national program of research to examine the effectiveness, efficiency and operations of Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) programs.

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Responsibilities

  • Gathers and analyzes data using analytic techniques, spreadsheets, and/or statistical software. Provides an assessment of the economic, participation, and other impacts of potential program changes.
  • Assists in and/or designs, implements and manages routine and/or complex research and analysis projects.
  • Composes/contributes to written documents, including talking points, research summaries, briefing papers, decision memos, and data visualizations used to communicate findings of policy analysis/research and policy options clearly and concisely.
  • During briefings or meetings, translates complex technical information into plain language that can be understood by a non-technical audience. Represents the Office or Agency in interactions with other agency staff and other Federal agencies.


Travel Required

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

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check
  • Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served.
  • Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify at https://www.e-verify.gov/


Qualifications

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

GS-09: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 in the Federal Service or a Master's Degree or equivalent in a related field of study (for example, economics, sociology, public policy or public administration). Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. For this position, examples of specialized experience are, but are not limited to:
  • Training in quantitative analysis of data using standard analytic techniques, spreadsheets, and/or statistical programs (e.g., SPPS, SAS, STATA, or R)- Training in and/or experience using spreadsheet software (Excel) for basic tasks such as summing numbers, calculating percentages, or computing averages.
  • Training in and/or familiarity with preparing written summaries of research and analysis findings- Training in and/or familiarity with social science research methods.
  • AND

    Education: Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position, such as: economics, public policy, and political science OR Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%.

    GS-11: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 in the Federal Service or a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a related field of study (for example, economics, sociology, public policy or public administration). Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need not have been in the federal government. For this position, examples of specialized experience are, but are not limited to:
  • Training in and/or experience with quantitative and qualitative analyses of policy options using standard analytic techniques, spreadsheets, and/or statistical programs (e.g., SPPS, SAS, STATA, or R).
  • Training in and/or experience using spreadsheet software (Excel) for simple and more complex functions (e.g., conditional formula or nested functions).
  • Training in and/or experience with preparing written summaries of own or others quantitative or qualitative analyses of policy options and/or research studies.
  • Training in and/or experience with designing, implementing, and conducting routine research and analysis projects.
  • AND

    Education: Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position, such as: economics, public policy, and political science OR Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%.

    GS-12: Specialized experience is fifty-two (52) weeks of experience at the GS-11 level or equivalent in other public or private sectors that is directly related to the position which has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need not have been in the federal government. For this position, examples of specialized experience are, but are not limited to:
  • Experience conducting quantitative and qualitative analyses of the impact of policy options using cost-benefit analysis, statistics, micro simulation, or other complex quantitative methods, including use of statistical programs such as SPSS, SAS, STATA, or R-
  • Training in and/or experience using spreadsheet software (Excel) for advanced functions such as array formula, lookup functions, or pivot tables.-
  • Experience preparing written documents describing methodology used and results of research or qualitative or quantitative analyses of policy options, including decision memos, regulatory impact analyses, research briefs, and/or journal articles-
  • Experience with designing, implementing, conducting, and critiquing research and analysis projects.
  • AND

    Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%.

    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 and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Education

    Full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree or higher degree in behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position. AND/OR

    Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position, such as: economics, public policy, and political science.

    Additional information

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.

    This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 10603512. Current or former Federal employees or other eligible applicants may apply to both announcements to expand all possibilities of consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. See the above announcement for more information.

    This is a Bargaining (BU) position.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Applications will be evaluated in accordance with Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Delegated Examining Procedures and USDA policy using category rating. Applicants who meet basic minimum qualifications will be placed in one of two or three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Category placement will be determined based on applicants' quality of experience and the extent they possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) or competencies:
    • Reasoning - Identifies rules, principles, or relationships that explain facts, data, or other information; analyzes information and makes correct inferences or draws accurate conclusions.
    • Research - Knowledge of the scientific principles, methods, and processes used to conduct a systematic and objective inquiry; including study design, collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; and the reporting of results.
    • Writing: Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a brief, clear, and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material, that is appropriate for the intended audience.
    • Oral Communication: Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
    Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Those determined to be in the best qualified category will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.

    Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may be found ineligible. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.

    Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply" button to the right.

    To view the application form, visit: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10603488

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Other

    Drug test required
    No

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process
    Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
    • Resume that includes:1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) other qualifications.
    • If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application if it includes your name and the necessary course information; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. For a list of private organizations that evaluate education, visit the NACES website. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
    • If claiming veteran's preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions.If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted.Veteran's preference must be verified prior to appointment.Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted.
    • If claiming 10-point veteran's preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. For more information on veterans' preference visit FEDSHIREVETS
    • Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.

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