Supervisory Economist\\Statistician

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Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Feb 18, 2021
Closes
Feb 26, 2021
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 position is outside the bargaining unit.

This is with the Office of Field Operations, Division of Consumer Price Surveys.

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

Learn more about this agency

Responsibilities

Duties include but are not limited to:
  • Designs the conceptual, technical, and operational framework for training relevant to the subject survey. Plans training objectives, deliverables, workload and resources. Maintains expertise in training literature, techniques, and approaches. Consults with technicians and executives in other agencies and elsewhere with respect to advances in techniques and methods which could materially aid in achievement of training goals.
  • Designs, plans, manages, and evaluates classroom training and distance education for subject surveys. Defines training policy and procedures. Works with program and regional management to define training priorities and needs.
  • Leads the liaison activities and technical support functions between regional and national offices on issues related to assigned surveys and training activities. Resolves operational problems, coordinates responses on technical issues, and ensures timely and effective responses from technical experts in other organizations. In consultation with other organizations, develops plans to resolve data collection issues, enhance respondent cooperation and improve survey response. Identifies establishments that overlap with other programs, and coordinates survey procedures, training, and data collection across program areas.
  • Works with regional management to recommend OFO positions and inputs to program design. Coordinates closely with program and project offices and with all BLS regional offices to ensure program and priority support and mutual goal/accomplishment.
  • Serves on management oversight groups in order to contribute to the accomplishment of program and organizational goals. Provides leadership to staff serving on steering groups and technical teams in order to contribute to the accomplishment of program and organizational goals. Facilitates the performance of teams by promoting teamwork and removing barriers to team productivity.
  • Provides input to senior staff in formulating short-term and strategic plans. Advises senior management in national and regional offices of the likely impact of program and BLS initiatives on data collection, training and staff development, quality, resource utilization, and management goals. Assists in the development of program assumptions and approaches to planning, workload, budgeting, and staffing.
  • Supervises a staff of economists, making assignments, monitoring work performance, and evaluating results. Has responsibility for recruiting, hiring, evaluating and overall staff development. Provides feedback to staff on performance and their contributions to the assigned programs.
  • Determines appropriate training technique(s) (classroom, web, video or other innovative technologies) to best meet training goals. Maintains databases and learning management systems necessary for training support.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
14 - This position is at the Full-Performance Level (FPL).

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Requires supervisory probationary period if 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.

You may not be aware, but in the regulations for agency ethics programs, there are requirements for supervisors. Section 2638.103 of Title 5 of the CFR states:

Every supervisor in the executive branch has a heightened personal responsibility for advancing government ethics. It is imperative that supervisors serve as models of ethical behavior for subordinates. Supervisors have a responsibility to help ensure that subordinates are aware of their ethical obligations under the Standards of Conduct and that subordinates know how to contact agency ethics officials. Supervisors are also responsible for working with agency ethics officials to help resolve conflicts of interests and enforce government ethics laws and regulations, including those requiring certain employees to file financial disclosure reports. In addition, supervisors are responsible, when requested, for assisting agency ethics officials in evaluating potential conflicts of interest and identifying positions subject to financial disclosure requirements.

Qualifications

Basic Requirements:

Economist, GS-0110: A) Degree: Degree in economics, which included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus;

OR

B) Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Examples of qualifying experience include:
  • Individual economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation, conclusions and report preparation;
  • Supervisory or project coordination assignments involving a staff of professional economists, and requiring the evaluation and interpretation of economic information; or
  • Teaching assignments in a college or university that included both class instruction in economics subjects and one of the following (1) personal research that produced evidence of results, (2) direction of graduate theses in economics, or (3) service as a consultant or advisor on technical economics problems.

  • Statistician, GS-1530: A) 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

    B) 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.

    Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-13 , in the Federal Service.

    Specialized experience

    In addition to the basic requirements above, applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-13, in the Federal Service

    This experience must have equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and ability to successfully perform the duties of this position. This experience must demonstrate a thorough understanding of economic principles and theories and a wide knowledge of current economic factors and their implications. Examples of qualifying experience include: experience applying comprehensive knowledge and understanding of economics or statistical theory to survey collection operations and survey training; experience in general economic survey collection design, data collection approaches, curriculum development, and quality assurance principles. Candidates must have demonstrated in their work experience or training that they possess, or have the potential to develop, the qualities of successful supervision.

    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

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

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

    Team Building - Inspires and fosters team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust. Facilitates cooperation and motivates team members to accomplish group goals.

    Conflict Management- Encourages creative tension and differences of opinions. Anticipates and takes steps to prevent counter-productive confrontations. Manages and resolves conflicts and disagreements in a constructive manner.

    Customer Service- Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external customers. Delivers high-quality products and services; is committed to continuous improvement.

    Influencing/Negotiating- Persuades others; builds consensus through give and take; gains cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals.

    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 and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations.

    Interpersonal Skills - Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.

    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.

    Product Oversight and Improvement- Using accepted process design and product management tools and methods to accomplish a quality product in a timely fashion; developing plans, providing training and assistance, providing oversight (such as tracking, analyzing, monitoring, reporting, risk analysis) to promote product improvement and successful outcomes as well as seeking and implementing opportunities to improve process and output quality.

    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.

    Click here for Evaluation details.

    INFORMATION FOR CTAP/ICTAP ELIGIBLE(S) ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under CTAP or ICTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP/CTAP eligible(s) 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 an ICTAP or CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation. Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.

    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required
    No

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process
    Suitability/Fitness

    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.

    - Resumes are required- provide a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one from your profile. 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 also suggest that you preview the vacancy questions, and confirm that your resume supports your question responses.

    - 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 .

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

    Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship , and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

    Unofficial Transcript(s) (in English) - If you are using education as a basis for qualifying for this position, you must submit all applicable academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements (ex. BA/BS, MA, JD, Ph.D., etc.). If specific coursework is required to qualify, you must supply an unofficial transcript from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit.

    You may upload your unofficial transcript(s) as one document (3 MB size limit). If over 3 MB, please submit via fax feature.

    NOTE: The OFFICIAL Transcript(s) MUST BE RECEIVED, if you are selected, and prior to receiving the firm offer with a start 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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