Senior Research Economist

Washington, D.C
Oct 19, 2019
Oct 27, 2019
Analyst, Research
Full Time


This position is located at the U. S. Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics, Washington, DC.

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This is the position for a Senior-level research economist in the Division of Productivity Research and Program Development, Office of Productivity and Technology. In this capacity, he/she performs and directs extensive research and program development activities in the area of productivity measurement and the sources of productivity growth. The incumbent serves as the principal advisor to the Associate Commissioner for Productivity and Technology and to the Commissioner on all applications of research and development activities related to productivity measurement.

provides advice and expertise to Bureau senior management as well as to officials of other agencies, research foundations, universities, and other groups on such matters as the appropriateness of the best use of microeconomic theory to address particular economic problems, relevant research that should be undertaken, and the interpretation of research findings made in this area.

serves as the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) for the Bureau's Technical Advisory Committee. As DFO, the incumbent ensures that the advisory committee operates in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act and with Department of Labor policies and procedures.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Less than 25% may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Requires an initial probationary period if requirement has not been met.
  • Requires a supervisory probationary period if requirement has not been met.
  • Appointment to this position requires a background investigation.

Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.


In addition to the basic education requirement listed applicants must meet the specialized experience requirement. Specialized experience is defined as: Senior level experience initiating, directing, and successfully concluding theoretical and quantitative research on exceedingly difficult topics about which little is known.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs): In writing your narrative responses to the MTQs, please give examples and explain how often you used your skills, the complexity of the knowledge possessed, the level of people you interacted with, the sensitivity of the issues you handled, etc.

The MTQs are:

1. Knowledge of and experience in the application of economic theories and concepts, econometrics, statistics, and economic research methodology, including the ability to understand the nature of unsolved problems and the likelihood of solving them.

2. Ability to initiate, plan, and lead research projects, effectively communicate results, and make fundamental contributions to solving problems related to productivity measurement.

3. Demonstrated ability to initiate, direct, and successfully conclude theoretical and quantitative research on exceedingly difficult topics about which little is known.

A PH.D. in Economics is preferred but not required.


Applicants must have one of the following:

A. Degree: Economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting or calculus;


B. Combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Examples of qualifying experience include (a) individual economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation, conclusions and report preparation; (b) supervisory or project coordination assignments involving a staff of professional economists, and requiring the evaluation and interpretation of economic information; or (c) teaching assignments in a college or university that included both class instruction in economics subjects and one of the following (1) personal research that produced evidence of results, (2) direction of graduate theses in economics, or (3) service as a consultant or advisor on technical economics problems.

You MUST submit academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements for this position. Because specific course work is required to fulfill the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements, you MUST supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit for that course work. See the 'Qualifications and Evaluations' section of this announcement for more details.

If you do not submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.

College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from unauthorized secondary schools or post-secondary institutions that are not accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education. Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

Additional information

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION , REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION , ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references, and through other means (ex. interview). The Office of Executive Resources (OER) makes the final determination concerning applicant rating. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy question. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)

Category A - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.

Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies required by this position.

Category C - Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

Technical: Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform the duties of the position; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the position; and advises others on technical issues.

Self-Management: Sets well-defined and realistic personal goals; displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner; works with minimal supervision; is motivated to achieve; and demonstrates responsible behavior.

Reasoning: Identifies rules, principles, or relationships that explain facts, data, or other information; analyzes information, and makes correct inferences or draws accurate conclusions.

Communication: Expresses information (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.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Follow the instructions: click How To Submit Supplemental Documentation Document . Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password protected documents.

The following documents are required from all applicants:

- Unofficial Transcript(s) (in English) - you must submit all applicable academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements (ex. BA/BS, MA, JD, PHD, etc). Because specific course work is required to qualify, you MUST supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit. Please note that submitting a transcript demonstrating education higher than the qualifying education requirement cannot be credited if it does not show ALL the specific course work required to qualify.

You may upload your transcript(s) as one document (3 MB size limit). If over 3 MB, please submit via fax feature.

OFFICIAL Transcripts MUST BE RECEIVED prior to selection and report date. Reference the "Education Section" for College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education.

Please note, you will be deemed ineligible for this vacancy if you do not submit college transcripts as proof of meeting education requirements. This applies to ALL applicants, including those currently or previously qualified in this series and/or grade.

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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