Associate Commissioner for Publications and Special Studies

Washington, D.C
Apr 30, 2021
May 07, 2021
Full Time


This position is located at the U.S. Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics, Washington, DC.

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The Associate Commissioner serves as the principal advisor to the Commissioner in the area of public information. Acts on behalf of the Commissioner to provide policy review of Bureau publications and other forms of public information, including the BLS public website, social media, and other contemporary communication tools for the dissemination of data and information.

In conjunction with the Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, and other Associate and Assistant Commissioners, plans and evaluates all Bureau projects and programs in terms of their ultimate publication form. Ensures the publication program is a balanced representation of the Bureau reaching the spectrum of users who require information developed by the Bureau.

The incumbent provides policy direction for the scheduling, review, editing, and publication of all analytical work produced by Bureau program offices to ensure that the economic and statistical content are of the highest quality and conform to Bureau and Departmental policies. Plans and directs all work related to the publication of the Bureau's periodicals, bulletins, reports, and other published materials.

The Associate Commissioner serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Monthly Labor Review , a leading professional journal in the field of labor economics, labor statistics, industrial relations, and related topics. The Review provides public access to the research and analysis completed by the Bureau.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Less than 25%

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Subject to financial disclosure requirements.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.

Candidates will be evaluated based on their resume and their responses to the ECQs and MTQs. Current/Former Career SES or SES Candidate Development graduates who have been certified by OPM must address the MTQ's, but need not address the ECQs. In order to successfully complete the online application process you must input the term, "noncompetitive eligible" in the text boxes for each of the ECQs. You must submit a Standard Form 50 that documents your SES Career appointment or a copy of your OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program certificate.

Candidates must possess technical and management experience, and have developed the knowledge and skills required for effective performance of the specific duties of the position. Candidates must have had experience at a major management level (normally equivalent to the GS-15 level in the federal service).


MANDATORY EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): In writing your responses to the ECQs, your narrative must address each ECQ separately in the spaces provided. Each ECQ should contain at least two examples describing your experiences and accomplishments/results. Responses to ECQ's must not exceed 10 pages. For additional guidance, applicants may visit the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Senior Executive Qualifications located at: Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action, and Result model outlined in the guide.

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 to this ECQ 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 to this ECQ 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: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ 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, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs): In writing your narrative responses to the MTQs, please give examples and explain how often you used your skills, the complexity of the knowledge possessed, the level of people you interacted with, the sensitivity of the issues you handled, etc.

Mandatory Technical Qualifications

1. Demonstrated experience in successfully managing the operations of a complex survey or information dissemination program that provides economic and statistical data, research, and analysis to the public through a variety of contemporary communication tools.

2. Demonstrated ability to lead major organizational change in a challenging environment, including the ability to prioritize, allocate, and manage resources.

3. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain relationships with the press, advisory groups, professional organizations, top-level researchers in the academic and private research community, and other government agencies.

4. Knowledge of economic theory and analysis, statistics, communications and publishing, the uses of economic data, and the information needs of a major statistical agency's customers and potential customers.


Basic Requirements

A. Degree: economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.


B. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Evaluation of Experience

Examples of qualifying experience include:
1.individual economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation, conclusions and report preparation;
2.supervisory or project coordination assignments involving a staff of professional economists, and requiring the evaluation and interpretation of economic information; or
3.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.

Experience in related fields that did not involve the use and understanding of economic principles and theories may not be used as qualifying experience for these positions. Special attention on this point should be given to certain types of work that may or may not have provided professional economic experience. The following examples of work require special care in such determinations:
1.economic statistics;
2.industrial surveys; of individual business enterprises, including farms;
4.industrial planning;
5.writing or editorial work in economic subjects; and market analysis.

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.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

You will be evaluated based on your experience and your responses to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs). It is essential that your resume provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions. If your responses are not adequately substantiated by your resume, your application will be rated ineligible.

Current/Former Career SES or SES Candidate Development graduates who have been certified by OPM must provide a narrative response to address each of the MTQ's, but need not address the ECQs. In order to successfully complete the online application process you must input the term, "noncompetitive eligible" in the text boxes for each of the ECQs. You must submit a Standard Form 50 that documents your SES Career appointment or a copy of your OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program certificate.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

1. SF-50 documentation of career SES appointment or other Federal appointment (if applicable).

2. Certificate of completion of OPM certified SES candidate program (if applicable).

3. Copy of most recent performance appraisal (optional).

4. Copy of college transcripts (required).

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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