Statistician (TERM)

Washington, D.C
Nov 06, 2019
Nov 12, 2019
Full Time


This position is located in the U.S. International Trade Commission, Office of Operations, Office of Analysis and Research Services, Statistical and Data Services Division. As a Statistician, you will be involved in the collection, compilation, and analysis of data; preparation of reports; and the presentation of relevant information. In addition, you will develop analytic and management data tools, assist others, conduct research, and assist with the advancement office initiatives.
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Statisticians provide statistical analysis and support to agency programs. They plan out and implement projects for collecting and analyzing detailed statistical data. They assist in the design and development of surveys, manage datasets incorporating primary and secondary source data, and provide in-depth, statistically and mathematically sound analyses of data and data outputs. Statisticians are responsible for the development and maintenance of statistical applications and platforms. Statisticians need to apply expertise in defining and quantifying analytical problems and suggest possible approaches to their resolution.

Statisticians also plan, prepare, and present quantitative and qualitative formal analyses of data. They develop data tables, graphics, and charts illustrating the results of analyses. They prepare, present, and defend findings in oral and written presentations to senior staff and project team members. Additionally, Statisticians are responsible for checking reports, data tables, and associated statistical analyses for accuracy.

Microsoft Excel and Access, SQL, SAS, and STATA will be the most commonly used software platforms to accomplish agency work. At times, use of Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), JavaScript, and other computers programming languages will be necessary to efficiently complete assigned tasks.

This position requires a high level of intellectual curiosity, resourcefulness, initiative, creativity, perseverance, and the ability to work independently.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or national.
  • You will be required to successfully complete a background investigation.
  • You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
  • Males born after 12/03/59 must be registered for Selective Service.


All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. In addition to meeting the Basic Entry Requirements above, applicants must have the experience listed below.

Specialized Experience: For GS-09, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector which has given the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. Specialized experience for this position includes: having technical judgment in the formulation of statistical data, evaluating efficiency, accuracy and compliance to specifications; monitoring and analyzing program areas and solving difficult and unique statistical problems.


A master's or equivalent graduate degree, or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or a LL.B. or J.D., if related. Qualifying graduate education majors include: statistics, mathematics, economics, international law, public administration, business administration, finance, industrial management, international trade/relations or fields directly related to this position.

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


Positive education requirement: A Degree: that includes 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics), and 9 additional 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. Credit towards meeting statistical course requirements will be given for courses in which 50 percent of the course content appears to be statistical methods, e.g., courses that included studies in research methods in psychology or economics such as tests and measurements or business cycles, or courses in methods of processing mass statistical data such as tabulating methods or electronic data processing.


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.

Additional information

Surplus or Displaced Federal Employees: The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) Programs are available to federal employees that qualify. Those eligible for these programs are granted special priority selection rights. To be considered, you must be deemed well-qualified by receiving a score of 85 or higher. If you are a federal employee claiming CTAP/ICTAP, you must provide the documents listed under the Required Documents section to verify your eligibility. Also, you must indicate in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For additional information regarding CTAP/ICTAP, please visit:

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you are registered with the Selective Service or are exempt under Selective Service regulations. For additional information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit

Severely disabled persons program information: with disabilities.asp

Cover page to fax paper application - OPM Form 1203fx:

Assessment Question:

Vacancy ID number: EX-20-007-SP

Reasonable accommodations: This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the contact listed on the vacancy announcement. The decision to grant a reasonable accommodation is made on a case-by-case basis. Verification of information: Any information claimed on your resume and in application materials, such as education, credentials, employment history, etc., will be verified as part of the security clearance process.

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.

Your application will be rated by our applications system using the Category Rating procedure. A quality review will then be conducted by the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME). Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following area:
  • Knowledge and skill in applying statistical theory and principles sufficient to perform research using trade, economic, and survey data.
  • Knowledge of & experience in computer data processing, database management, and computer programming.
  • Skill in applying statistical theory & principles in performing research using quantitative methods.
  • Written and oral communication skill and abilities.
  • We will evaluate your relevant education and/or work experience as they relate to the competencies, knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) mentioned above. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.

    Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

    Best: placement in this category indicates you have the type and quality of experience and/or education that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including any selective placement factors and/or appropriate quality ranking factor(s).

    Better: this category indicates you have the type and quality of experience and/or education that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position.

    Good: if you are placed in this category, it indicates you meet the minimum qualifications and/or education of the position and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position. You may require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.

    Candidates in the Best category will be the first ones sent to the hiring manager for interview consideration. Within each category, those with veterans' preference eligibility will receive selection priority over non-veterans.

    To preview the assessment questionnaire, click the following link:

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    To receive consideration, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified below by 11/11/2019

    1. Resume: 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/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job opportunity announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. We will review your resume and supporting documents, to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.

    2. Occupational questionnaire: A completed job-specific occupational questionnaire should be submitted through your Application Manager account.

    3. Veterans' Preference: If claiming veterans' preference, you must indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume.

    A. For 5-point veterans' preference, you must provide:

    a copy of your DD 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge which shows the type of discharge and dates of active duty (Member 4 copy preferred).

    B. If you are currently on active duty, to receive 5-point preference you must provide an official statement of service from your command/unit which states:

    - your branch of service;
    - period(s) of service;
    - campaign medals or expeditionary medals earned;
    - expected discharge type and date; and
    - date you will be separated or be on approved terminal leave

    If you supply a statement of service at this stage, your preference/eligibility will be verified by a DD 214 prior to your appointment with our agency.

    C. To receive 10-point veterans' preference, you must provide: -any documentation required by this form to support your claim.

    If we cannot verify your 10-point preference status, you will receive 5-point preference if you meet the requirements. You can obtain an SF-15 through this link:

    To access to your DD 214 online, please visit:

    4. Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles.
    You must submit the following documents:
    • a copy of your agency notice;
    • a copy of your most recent performance rating; and
    • a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.
    5. Cover Letter. This is optional.

    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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