Survey Statistician

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Hyattsville, Maryland
Posted
Dec 01, 2020
Closes
Dec 09, 2020
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The incumbent serves as an expert advisor and consultant on analytical and statistical issues and concerns, advising the Division and NCHS leadership on complex issues involved in collecting, producing, and analyzing health and nutrition examination statistics, which provide data and information critical to formulating national policies and program initiatives.

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Responsibilities

As a Survey Statistician, you will:
  • Serve as an expert advisor and consultant on analytical and statistical issues and concerns, advising the Division and NCHS leadership on complex issues involved in collecting, producing, and analyzing health and nutrition examination statistics.
  • Serve as an expert advisor to the Division and NCHS leadership on technical issues relating to the application of mathematical and statistical principles and concepts to the design, planning, development and conduct of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).
  • Provide expert technical advice and guidelines on statistical issues for nationally representative surveys such as NHANES, including measurement of sampling and non-sampling error, the assessment of the risk for bias, and determining the effects of different sources of error of estimation and inference.
  • Conceive, design, plan, and implement research programs using new and emerging statistical techniques and processes for the analysis of health and nutritional data. Examples of such research topics include variance estimation procedures for data from complex surveys, analysis of combined multiple years of survey data, survey non-response bias analysis, combining survey data collected using multiple modes, development of weights for multi-mode surveys and survey subsamples, small area population estimation, multiple imputation, and curve smoothing techniques.
  • Plan and develop the Division's statistical research program, and any respective reports, to evaluate and improve existing data collection, data quality and reliability, and statistical computation procedures for health and nutrition examination statistics.
  • Represent DHANES at professional meetings, conferences, and on high level task forces and committees, presenting the viewpoint of the Division and Center with the authority to speak for NCHS.
  • Plan work to be accomplished by subordinates, set and adjust short-term priorities, and prepare schedules for completion of work, when necessary. Assign work to subordinates based on priorities, considering difficulty and requirements of assignments as well as the capabilities of employees.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel 5% domestically for this position.

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
None

Requirements

Conditions of Employment


  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Background Investigation is required.
  • E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.
  • Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
  • All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
  • One-year probationary period may be required.
  • Travel, transportation, and moving expenses will be paid: No
  • Bargaining Unit Position: No
  • Drug Screening Required: No
  • Recruitment Incentive may be authorized: May be authorized
  • Annual Leave for non-federal service may be authorized: May be authorized
  • Student loan repayment incentive: May be authorized
    Research position: No
  • Promotion potential: No
  • Supervisory position: Yes: This position has 20% supervisory duties, candidates must also have demonstrated or shown the potential to develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities. Applicants should describe any previous experience or responsibilities which could be used in relation to the supervisory requirements of this position.
  • Public Trust/Moderate Background Investigation (5) is required


Qualifications

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have successfully completed a degree that included 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 toward meeting statistical course requirements should 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 of business cycles, or courses in methods of processing mass statistical data such as tabulating methods or electronic data processing.
OR
Have a combination of education and experience of courses as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience includes 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 QUALIFICATION: Applicants must also have at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-14 level of difficulty and responsibility in the Federal service as defined in the next paragraph.
Specialized Experience: Specialized experience is experience which is directly related to the position which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the duties of the position to include experience in advising and consulting on survey sample design methodology, sampling and non-sampling errors, and assessment of risk for bias.

Education

Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the education requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/jobs/future-applicant-information.html .

Additional information

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-CDC-M2-21-10968129 under merit promotion procedures. Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under merit promotion procedures. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

PHS Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps (not as a career/career-conditional employee) are encouraged to apply under the merit promotion announcement (if applicable).

Additional selections may be made within the same geographical location CDC-wide.

The utilization of shared certificates within multiple Centers of the Center of Disease Control and Prevention may be used from this vacancy announcement for specialties to include but not limited to: Applied Epidemiology, Behavioral Epidemiology, Chronic Diseases, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Environmental Health, HIV/AIDS, Immunization, Infectious Diseases (e.g. Viral, Parasitic, etc.), Influenza, Malaria, Non-communicable Diseases, Outbreak Investigations, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), Surveillance, Tropical Medicine, Tuberculosis (TB), Viral Hepatitis, and/or Zoonotic Diseases.

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.

For more information on veterans' preference see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http://www.sss.gov ).

For information on "People with Disabilities" please see http://opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp
and https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/getting-a-job/sampleschedaletters.pdf .

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see http://opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap . To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

Former and Present Peace Corps personnel may be considered to fill vacancies. If you have completed no less than 36 months of continuous service without a break in service of 3 days or more under section 7(a) of the Peace Corps Act (22 U.S.C. 2506) which pertains to the appointment of Peace Corps staff (not volunteers); or within 3 years after separation from qualifying service with the Peace Corps. A copy of your SF-50 is required to support your request.

Peace Corps Volunteers may be considered to fill vacancies. Executive Order 11103-Provides eligibility for appointment in the competitive service any person who is certified by the Director of the Peace Corps as having served satisfactorily as a Volunteer or Volunteer Leader under the Peace Corps Act and who passes such examination as the Office of Personnel Management may prescribe.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

To view the questionnaire, click on the following link:
https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10964096

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document(s), view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

Once the application process is complete, a review of the resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

The category assignment is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Qualified candidates will be ranked into one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified. The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher).Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics).
  • Advising and Consulting (3)
  • Analytical Planning and Specification
  • Conflict Management
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation
  • Decision Making
  • Oral Communication
  • Performance Management
  • Problem Solving
  • Project Management (2)
  • Public Health Knowledge
  • Quantitative Theories and Methods
  • Research Presentation and Publication
  • Resilience
  • Results Driven
  • Self-Direction
  • Survey Development
  • Team Building
  • Technical Credibility
  • Written Communication


To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Your résumé showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed.
  • Other supporting documents:
    • Cover Letter, optional
    • Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable
    • Transcripts are required*
    • Schedule A Eligibility Letter, if you are applying as a Schedule A candidate
    • Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal).
    *Note: You may submit an unofficial transcript or a list of college courses completed indicating course titles, credit hours, and grades received. An official transcript from an accredited educational institution is required if you are selected for the position.

    Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents will result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.

    For Résumé and Application Tips visit: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Tips.

    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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