Chief Statistician, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics

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Employer
USAJobs
Location
Alexandria, Virginia
Posted
Jan 12, 2021
Closes
Jan 20, 2021
Function
Executive, Chief
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

Become a part of our mission to maintain and strengthen the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise. For over 70 years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has remained the premier Federal agency supporting basic research at the frontiers of discovery across all fields, as well as science and engineering education at all levels.

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Responsibilities

STATEMENT OF DUTIES

The Chief Statistician, together with the Division Director and Deputy Division Director, leads overall strategic planning and policy-setting for the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics
(NCSES), exercising principal responsibility for developing and executing policies and practices in the areas of survey methods, statistical standards, data quality, data access, disclosure avoidance, and survey innovation. The incumbent implements the requirements of the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act (CIPSEA) and NSF's confidentiality legislation and is the Senior Statistician within the National Science Foundation as well as NCSES and is recognized as the foremost technical resource in the agency.

NCSES is designated by the Office of Management and Budget as one of thirteen principal statistical agencies within the Federal government and has as its prime objective the development of both statistical data and analytical information on the U.S. science and engineering enterprise, including research and development; the science and engineering workforce; U.S. competitiveness in science, engineering, technology, and R&D; and the condition and progress of STEM education in the U.S. In fulfillment of its mission, NCSES conducts large-scale statistical surveys, special studies, and complex analyses. NCSES is also responsible for producing the biennial Science and Engineering Indicators report for the National Science Board as well as other congressionally mandated products. Its data and analyses are disseminated to a broad range of clients using the latest technologies and data access mechanisms. NCSES accomplishes its work through a combination of in-house performance and contractual arrangements.

Along with the Division Director and Deputy Division Director, the Chief Statistician maintains statistical oversight and preserves statistical integrity and efficiency of NCSES' survey operations, advances survey methods employed in the Center's data collection programs, ensures statistical rigor in data collection, analysis and reporting, acts to protect privacy and ensure confidentiality by establishing and implementing appropriate disclosure avoidance protocols, develops license agreements with researchers to permit access to restricted use data and provides oversight of those researchers and strives to expand the Center's use of administrative/unstructured data to enhance and supplement NCSES' survey and analytic activities. The Chief Statistician supervises and manages assigned staff, recommending personnel staffing requirements, determining position responsibilities, preparing hiring materials, and making hiring selection.

The Chief Statistician represents NCSES to relevant external groups, fosters partnerships within SBE, the research community and the Federal statistical community, and with other Divisions, Directorates, Federal agencies, scientific organizations, international bodies and relevant professional associations and the academic community.

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
00 - All new SES members serve a one-year probationary period

Requirements

Conditions of Employment


  • One year probationary period required for all new Career SES appointments.
  • Requires an "Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report" (OGE-278).
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Public Trust Security Clearance.

It is NSF policy that NSF personnel employed at or IPAs detailed to NSF are not permitted to participate in foreign government talent recruitment programs. Failure to comply with this NSF policy could result in disciplinary action up to and including removal from Federal Service or termination of an IPA assignment and referral to the Office of Inspector General. Foreign Talent Definitions

Qualifications

EXECUTIVE/MANAGERIAL (E/Ms): Unless you are currently under a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program approved by OPM, you must submit written statements (narrative format) describing accomplishments that would satisfy the E/M qualifications. Applicants who do not provide a narrative statement will be rated as ineligible.

Mandatory

1. Leading Change. This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent in this E/M is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

2. Leading People. This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent in this E/M is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

3. Results-Driven Leadership. This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent in this E/M is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

4. Business Acumen. This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

5. Building Coalitions. This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, non-profit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL (P/Ts): All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) of accomplishments that would satisfy the P/T qualifications. You must address each P/T qualification separately.

Mandatory

1. Demonstrated knowledge or experience with the requirements of the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act, the protection of and access to confidential survey data, federal program evaluation, and knowledge of other laws, policies, and practices and procedures surrounding the federal statistical system (e.g., implementation of the Foundations for Evidence Based Policymaking Act of 2018).
2. Experience leading one or more aspects of a large, complex statistical, analytic or research organization.
3. Professional experience in: 1) applying social science theory to support the publication of relevant, reliable and timely information, and 2) assessing alternative data sources including various forms of administrative data, web-based crowd-source data, or other forms of unstructured or organic data

When responding to the P/T and E/M qualifications, you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of this position by submitting narrative responses in which you detail your experience in each of the E/Ms and P/Ts.

Your examples should be clear and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope, and complexity of the programs managed and program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts.

Applicants who do not provide narrative statements addressing both the E/M and P/T qualifications will only be rated as ineligible.

Applicants currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM are not required to address the Executive/Managerial (E/M) qualifications; but a narrative statement for each of the Professional/Technical (P/T) qualifications is required.

To view additional information on the proper preparation of E/M narrative statements, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications .

( http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/executive-core-qualifications/ )

Education

Additional information

The Senior Executive Service (SES) covers managerial positions above GS-15 in the Federal Service. Persons appointed to the SES are eligible for health benefits, life insurance, social security, Federal retirement and thrift savings plan coverage, and participate in the Federal leave system. Competitive status is not required, veteran's preference does not apply and there are no grade restrictions. New appointees to the SES are required to serve a one-year probationary period.

Final selection of career appointees requires the approval of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). OPM approval will be based on the selectee's background in the following five executive core qualification areas: (1) Leading Change, (2) Leading People, (3) Results Driven Leadership, (4) Business Acumen, and (5) Building Coalitions. These areas are incorporated in the five executive/managerial requirements for the position. Information about the leadership requirements for SES-level positions is available on the OPM

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applicants will be screened for basic eligibility according to the qualification requirements. Eligible applicants will be reviewed by an Evaluation Panel according to the criteria based on the qualification requirements. The best qualified candidates will be referred to the appropriate official who will recommend selection. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, physical disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit reason.

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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

1. Resume: In addition to your written statements addressing the Essential Executive/Managerial (E/M) qualifications, the Essential Professional/Technical (P/T) qualifications, and other qualifications as applicable, submit a resume or any other written format you choose to describe your qualifications. Applicants typically provide the following information:

Full name, mailing address, and day email address and evening telephone numbers.

Educational information, including the name, city and state of your colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type and year of any degrees received.

Information about your paid and non paid work experience related to this position including:
  • Job title (include series and grade, if Federal job)
  • Duties and accomplishments
  • Employer's name and address
  • Supervisor's name and phone number (indicate if we may contact your current supervisor)
  • Starting and ending dates of employment (month/year)
  • Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments

2. P/T Statement: A narrative statement specifically addressing the Professional/Technical qualifications. Applicants who do not provide a narrative statement addressing each P/T qualification will only be rated as ineligible.

3. E/M Statement: A narrative statement specifically addressing each individual Executive/Managerial qualification. In lieu of the narrative statement, current career SES members, reinstatement eligible, and SES Candidate Development Program graduates must provide the documentation in item #4. Applicants who do not provide a narrative statement addressing each E/M qualification will only be rated as ineligible.

4. All current and former career SES members must provide an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action documenting their status or reinstatement eligibility. Candidates who have successfully completed an Office of Personnel Management approved SES Candidate Development Program must submit a copy of their Qualification Review Board (QRB) certificate.

Please review your application packet to ensure that you have submitted all documentation that you want considered.

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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