Economist or Statistician (Economist)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Sep 16, 2020
Closes
Sep 19, 2020
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The Bureau of Labor Statistics measures labor market activity, working conditions, price changes, and productivity in the U.S. economy to support public and private decision making.

This is with the Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics, Job Openings & Labor Turnover Survey.

- This is inside the bargaining unit.

- This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled either as an Economist or Statistician (Economics).

Learn more about this agency

Responsibilities

Duties include but are not limited to:

1. Initiates and conducts analysis on employment information and data collected in various statistical surveys and/or for publications such as the Current Employment Statistics, Current Populations Survey, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Occupational Outlook Quarterly, Job Openings & Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS), and other similar issuances from OEUS. Assignments may include the review and analysis of data, conceptualization of the problem, application of new techniques or methods of attack, and development of sound recommendations.

2. The incumbent may lead or independently conduct statistical tests of hypotheses formulated by Research Economists, and/or serve as team leader for special one-time or recurring projects or studies. Provides guidance and direction to team members, including assigning and reviewing work products.

3. Prepares written products in final draft which may include: Departmental or Bureau of Labor Statistics press releases; pre-scheduled releases on labor force developments; technical reports; bulletins; analytical articles for other governmental and non-governmental publications; and responses for Congressional committees and the President's Council of Economic Advisors.

4. Acts as project manager for special studies related to employment, unemployment, hours and earnings. Tasks may include, but are not limited to: development of special questions to be added to surveys; detailed analysis of a particular labor force development; and analysis of labor market problems; performing duties in support of the development of economic projections, etc.

5. Independently provides advice and interpretation to data users as requested, which may require extensive research and knowledge of a wide range of OEUS programs. May be requested to give formal or informal presentations on area(s) of expertise at meetings, conventions, etc.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13 - This position is at the full performance level (FPL).

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.


Applicants must meet time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection.

Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50.

Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

Qualifications

Basic Requirements:
Economist, GS-0110 : Degree: Degree in economics, which included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus; OR Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Statistician, GS-1530 : Degree: Degree that included 15 semester hours in statistics (or mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours 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; OR Combination of education and experience: courses shown 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.

Specialized Experience:
In addition to the above basic requirements applicants must have one year of specialized experience to the next lower grade, GS-12, in the Federal Service.

Specialized experience is defined as professional experience in the application of economic theory, principles and research methods used to assemble, analyze and interpret data and economic problems in order to devise solutions. This experience must demonstrate 1) individual completion of comprehensive economic reports, publications, articles, or analytical studies; 2) research that produced evidence of results, and yielded measurable improvements after implementation; and 3) the ability to lead, mentor and train a staff of professional economists.

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

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION , ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION

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

Decision Making/Problem Solving - Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals; causes change. Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.


Interpersonal Skills - Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tat, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.

Technology Application and Management - Uses machines, tools, or equipment effectively; uses computers and computer applications to analyze and communicate information in the appropriate format. Keeps up-to-date on technological developments. Makes effective use of technology to achieve results. Ensures access to and security of technology systems.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) Continued:

Economic Data Management and Analysis - Knowledge of the principles, procedures, tools, and activities of economic data management and analysis in conducting systematic and objective inquiries, such as study design, collection, analysis, and interpretation of data, and the reporting of results; knowledge of strengths and weaknesses of related data sources and the ability to know when to utilize specific data sources to analyze a particular economic phenomena; knowledge of various systems used to classify economic data; gleaning pertinent information from a body of data; employing efficient and accurate data review methods, including applying a knowledge of market issues to verify BLS estimates; keeping current with developments in the field of data management; includes micro (individuals & establishments or outlets) as well as macro (estimates) analysis.

Product Oversight and Improvement - Knowledge of methods for researching and analyzing external products to determine their potential for meeting organizational standards and business needs.

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; demonstrates responsible behavior.

Planning and Evaluating - Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes.

Click here for Evaluation details. For Displaced Employees ONLY: if you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP / CTAP , you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles will be considered "well-qualified" if they attain at least a rating score of 85 in a numerical rating scheme. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility Questions #24 to reflect that you are applying as a ICTAP or CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.

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). Your evaluation may also include a review by an HR Specialist or panel and may include other assessment tools (ex. interview, structured interview, written test, work sample, etc.). The examining Office of Human Resources (OHR) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your vacancy question responses. If not, the OHR may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
No

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

Trust determination process

Required Documents

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. 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 (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY):

ARE YOU A CURRENT OR FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE? If applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service, please provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" which shows your appointment eligibility for the position for which you are applying. Your SF-50 must identify the highest grade you held on a permanent basis, Pay Plan/Pay Schedule, Series, and Grade/Pay Band, and career status. Multiple SF-50 may be submitted to demonstrate your highest previous rate and eligibility.

*WARNING: An award SF-50 (ex. cash or time off award) may not indicate grade, step and competitive status. For current DOL employees, an award SF-50 DOES NOT indicate grade and step.

- Resume are required to provide a resume by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of your choosing. To receive full consideration for relevant and specialized experience, please list month, year, and the number of work hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to the vacancy questionnaire.

- Most recent performance appraisal/evaluation signed and dated within 18 months is requested by the agency, but will not disqualify candidates if not submitted. If not submitted during the application process, one may/will be requested at the time of the interview if the opportunity is extended. Applies to current and former Federal employees.

The following documents are required if applicable:

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP Eligibility .

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted.

- Unofficial Transcript(s) (in English) - submit if using education as a basis for qualifying for this position. If so, you must submit all applicable academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements (ex. BA/BS, MA, JD, PHD, etc). If 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.

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.

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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