Statistician (Recent Graduate)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Alexandria, Virginia
Posted
Jan 07, 2021
Closes
Jan 19, 2021
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

Come work for the USPTO, we have been ranked as one of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government! The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been serving the economic interests of America for more than 200 years. We are responsible for granting US intellectual property rights for patents and trademarks. The USPTO is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, and has over 12,000 employees. For more information about the USPTO, please visit the USPTO Jobs Website .

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Responsibilities

This is an entry-level trainee position being advertised under the Pathways Recent Graduate Program. At the full performance level, the individual selected for this position will:
  • Assist senior analysts in designing and implementing fee restructuring programs. Act cooperatively in the execution of assigned segments of projects and works collaboratively with other staff to make tentative recommendations requiring technical judgments. Collaborate to review, draft, and edit rulemaking items.
  • Assist project leaders and management to assume responsibility for the development of project planning, coordination of overall team efforts, and maintaining appropriate lines of communication.
  • Study limited aspects of the role of intellectual property rights in the domestic and global economy and performs economic, revenue, and workload forecasting for specific functions. Select and adapt quantitative methods, practices and theories to perform forecasting and analysis, interpret results, and document findings.
  • Model revenue flows in current and future fiscal years based on planned USPTO operations and economic and other conditions for input into agency resource and budget planning.


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov)
  • You must meet the definition of specialized experience.
  • Suitable for Federal employment


This position is an excepted service appointment under the Pathways Recent Graduates Program.

The Recent Graduates Program is a one-year program that targets individuals who have graduated from a qualifying educational institution or program within the past two years. Veterans have up to six years after graduating from a qualifying educational institution to be eligible for the program due to their military service obligation. Successful applicants will be placed in a dynamic, one-year career development program. Throughout the program, selectees will participate in formal training, job assignments, and receive a mentor to develop competencies that enhance their career goals. After successful completion of the program requirements, the individual may, at the agency's discretion, be converted to a term or permanent appointment in the competitive service.

Recent Graduates are on a trial period for the duration of the program. If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under an Individual Development Plan (IDP) plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed. In order to fulfill the training and development requirements of the Recent Graduates Program, participants must:
  • Be placed on an Individual Development Plan (IDP) completed and approved by the supervisor within 45 days of appointment.
  • Assigned a mentor within 90 days of appointment.
  • Participate in at least 40 hours of formal interactive, occupation-specific training annually.

Conversion is not mandatory or guaranteed. Recent Graduates may be non-competitively converted to a term or permanent position into the competitive service, provided there is an available position and they meet the following requirements for conversion:
  • Successfully complete at least one year of continuous service; Complete all requirements of the Recent Graduates program.
    • Receive a favorable recommendation by supervisor.
    • Meet the OPM Qualification Standards for the position to which the Recent Graduate may be converted.
    • Meet any agency specific requirements as outlined in the Participant Agreement.
    • Perform the job successfully.

Graduates who are converted from the Recent Graduate Program to a term appointment may later be converted into a permanent competitive service position.

Qualifications

To be eligible, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
  • U.S. Citizen.
  • Must be at least 16 years old.
  • Applicants must sign a Participant Agreement for Pathways Recent Graduates.
  • Completed all requirements for an associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational, or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution within the previous two (2) years; OR
  • If you are a current student who is in the process of completing your degree, academic documentation must accompany your application package to validate your upcoming graduation date (you must complete all degree requirements within 9 months of the application closing date to be considered a Recent Graduate); OR
  • Individuals who, due to military service obligation, were precluded from applying to the Recent Graduate Program during any portion of the 2-year eligibility period described above shall have a full two-year period of eligibility upon release or discharge from active duty. This eligibility period cannot extend more than 6 years from the date on which the requirement for the academic degree or certificate was received.

The minimum qualification requirements for each grade level of this vacancy announcement are described below:

Basic Requirements:
  • 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 or business cycles, or courses in methods of processing mass statistical data such as tabulating methods or electronic data processing.

  • OR
  • B) 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.

  • Specialized Experience: is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the federal service.

    Candidates for the GS-07 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes:

    1) Experience assisting in the design and implementation of fee restructuring programs;

    2) Experience using quantitative methods to conduct analyses;

    3) Experience assisting in the development limited financial models;

    OR

    1 year of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement.

    Candidates for the GS-09 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes:

    1) Experience assisting in the design and implementation of fee restructuring programs;

    2) Experience using quantitative methods to conduct analyses;

    3) Experience developing limited financial models;

    OR

    2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree.

    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.

    Education

    Education may be substituted for experience at this grade level.

    Applicants can qualify by meeting the EDUCATION requirements specified below and/or the SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE requirements. You must meet the United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements (including specialized experience and/or educational requirements) for the advertised position. You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions for Administrative and Management Positions. It is available for your review Here

    If this position requires proof of higher education, or you are substituting education for experience, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp for more information.

    You are not required to submit official documents at this time; unofficial copies are sufficient.

    Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - US Department of Education . Another listing of services that can perform this evaluation is available at the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) website. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

    NOTE: Only education and experience acquired before the filing deadline will be considered. Report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Additional information

    Applicants applying for this position must be a United States Citizen.

    If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System. If you are exempt from registration under Selective Service Law, you must provide appropriate proof of exemption. Please visit the Selective Service System website for more information.

    This is a Bargaining Unit position.

    This is a Public Trust position and has a risk level designation of "MODERATE".

    Background Investigation - If selected for this position, you may be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306), which includes a fingerprint and credit check, to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.

    The USPTO participates in E-Verify. For more information on E-Verify, please visit the Department of Homeland Security Website .

    Trial Period- If selected, you may be required to complete an initial one-year trial period.

    All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.

    Relocation Expenses are not authorized and will not be paid.

    Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) will be eligible if they are assigned to the "well qualified" quality category under the category rating procedures. Information about CTAP/ICTAP may be found here: OPM CTAP/ICTAP . CTAP/ICTAP documentation requirements are listed in the ‘Required Documents' section of this announcement.

    More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.

    All application materials become the property of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

    The United States Patent and Trademark Office is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate 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 factors. If you believe that you have been discriminated against and would like to file an EEO complaint, you must do so within 45 days of the date of the alleged discriminatory act. Claims of employment discrimination must be submitted to the attention of the USPTO's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity & Diversity via email ( oeeod@uspto.gov ) or phone (571-272-8292).

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualification requirements for the position.

    Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your detailed resume. Your resume will be evaluated based on evidence of your ability to demonstrate possession of any specialized experience and how well your background and experience relates to the self-assessment questions in the job announcement.

    The self-assessment questions relate to the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies (KSA's). You do not have to respond to the KSA's.

    KSA 1 - Knowledge and skill in the field of statistics, economics, or operations research analysis in order to perform data gathering, quantitative analysis, and identification of major trends or issues for input into agency mission strategic planning and budgeting processes.

    KSA 2 - Knowledge and skill in applying standard principles and theories of applied quantitative methods related to USPTO business processes, the economic impact of intellectual property issues, and resource and financial systems.

    KSA 3 - Ability to assist in project planning, maintaining appropriate oral and written communication.

    KSA 4 - Ability to plan and organize work performing quantitative data gathering and analysis, document data gathering and analysis, and prepare written reports of findings.

    If you are invited for an interview, you will be required to provide a writing sample.

    If you are invited for an interview, you will be asked to bring a copy of your most recent performance appraisal.

    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Other

    Drug test required
    No

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process
    Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    Your application and all required documentation must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of this job announcement.

    A complete application consists of:

    1. A resume or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications; optional cover letter: Your resume should indicate your citizenship and should list your educational and work experience including job titles, salary, employment dates, duties and accomplishments, experience and how it relates to the specialized experience in the job announcement. Please Note: Responses to job questions that are not fully supported by the information in your resume may result in adjustments to your rating. Any experience claimed in a cover letter should be substantiated by information contained in your resume.

    2. Transcripts: (for Individual Occupational Requirements and/or Substitution of Education for specialized experience): You must submit copies of your college transcripts for verification of the education requirements. Unofficial copies are acceptable, however, if selected you will be required to furnish official transcripts. It is your responsibility to provide adequate proof that you meet the above educational requirements. Inadequate or illegible information could result in non-qualification and loss of consideration.

    Supporting Documentation:

    Supporting documents that may be requested of applicants after the closing date of this announcement are:

    1. Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) documentation: Applicants will be asked to submit:

    (1) A copy of your specific RIF notice, written notice of your expected separation or other documentation of priority consideration status; and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL etc.;

    (2) A copy of your latest SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location;

    (3) A copy of your last performance appraisal and rating; and

    (4) Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

    You can choose ONE of the following methods to submit Supporting Documents:

    1) You can upload your documents when you register or update your information on the Department of Commerce application site which you access through the USAJobs site.

    OR

    2) You can fax your documents to 571-258-4254 using the system generated fax cover sheet.

    NOTE: The preceding documentation requirements are based on job requirements and individual applicant eligibility. Not all documents are applicable to all applicants--if you are unsure which documents apply to you, contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement.

    Review your resume and responses carefully. Responses to job questions that are not fully supported by the information in your application package may result in adjustments to your rating. A Human Resources Representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the hiring official.

    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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