IRS Pathways Recent Graduate Program (Economist)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
May 01, 2021
Closes
May 07, 2021
Function
Program Manager
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The IRS Internal Recent Graduates Program affords a developmental opportunity to IRS employees, who have graduated within the previous 2 years from a qualifying educational institution or program.

More information about the Recent Graduates Program can be found here: Students & Recent Graduates .

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Responsibilities

If selected, you will be placed in a developmental position as an Economist, GS-07, GS-09, or GS-11 with the FWL to a GS-12 in the Research, Applied Analytics and Statistics Division.

WHAT IS THE Research, Applied Analytics and Statistics DIVISION? Research, Applied Analytics, and Statistics (RAAS) anticipates and meets customers' needs by providing leading research, analytical, statistical, and technology services. RAAS provides an intellectually challenging and supportive environment for our employees.

WHAT DOES AN ECONOMIST DO? As an Economist, you will use advanced economic and subject matter knowledge; and skills in the execution of your duties and responsibilities. In this position, you will work with economic problems, the integration of the assigned study into the major research problems, and the planning and execution of sequential work steps.

The following are the duties of this position at the GS-12. You will have the opportunity to learn to perform these duties and will receive training to help you grow in this developmental position.

As an Economist you will:
  • Assume technical responsibility for various phases of initiation, formulation, planning, and execution of major projects.
  • Assist in determining the objectives of research projects and the methodology to be used.
  • Develop specifications for research studies by presenting analytical material.
  • Perform research to locate new sources of data, analyze pertinent information and draw conclusions.
  • Play an essential role in error resolution of more complex statistical studies.
  • Assume responsibility for the effective use of resources within assigned subject matter projects.
  • Produce tables and graphical materials using standard computer software packages.
  • Keep abreast of economic, statistical and tax literature for data and research methodology.

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS? If you want to find out more about IRS careers, visit us on the web at www.jobs.irs.gov

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
12

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

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  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • IRS Employees with Career or Career Conditional Appointments


In order to successfully complete the Recent Graduates Program, you must complete 1 year in the position, a minimum of at least 40 hours of interactive training, and demonstration of successful job performance. If for any reason do not successfully complete the program you will be returned to the previous grade of the same or similar position you previously held within IRS prior to being selected for the Recent Graduates Program.

Qualifications

In the Recent Graduate Program, you may qualify based solely on education, experience or a combination of both. You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: (All grade levels)Four (4)-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus. ORA combination of education and experience. The education must include courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. To be qualifying your experience may have included the following or must be sufficient demonstrate the ability to perform the following: 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 Teach 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; AND

In addition to the above, you must meet the requirements described below:

GS-7 LEVEL: You must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: Knowledge of and/or skill in applying: Methods and principles of economics and their application to research projects; Research and study design and administration processes; Research procedures and master basic techniques; Methods to develop, analyze, and present statistical information; Types of economic and statistical programs conducted in other Federal agencies and their usefulness in evaluating or completing research projects; Economic significance of the information reported on the tax returns, present and prior tax laws; Oral communications and descriptive report writing; and User oriented computer programming languages and statistical software packages; OR
One year of graduate level education at an accredited college or university in economics; OR
Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) may be met by having a Bachelor's degree, with one of the following: A GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all completed undergraduate courses or those completed in the last two years of study, or a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all courses in the major field of study or those courses in the major completed in the last two years of study, or rank in the upper one third of the class in the college, university, or major subdivision, or membership in a national honor society recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies.

GS-9 LEVEL: You must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: Demonstrated knowledge of and/or the ability to apply: Methods and principles of economics and their application to research projects; Research and study design and administration processes; Economic significance of the information reported on the tax returns, and tax laws; Oral communications and descriptive report writing; Developing, analyzing, and presenting statistical information; Economic and statistical programs and their usefulness in evaluating or completing research projects; User oriented computer programming languages and statistical software packages; and Rules, regulations, procedures, and related systems applicable to the area of responsibility; OR
Master's or equivalent graduate degree in economics; OR
Two full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's or equivalent graduate degree in economics.

GS-11 Level: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: Demonstrated professional and/or thorough knowledge of and/or the ability to apply: Methods and principles of economics and their application to research projects; Research and study design and administration processes; Economic significance of the information reported on the tax returns, tax laws and the impact of the proposed tax law changes on research projects; Developing, analyzing, and presenting statistical information; Laws, rules, regulations, and systems applicable to the area of responsibility; User oriented computer programming languages and statistical software packages; and skill in oral communications and descriptive report writing. OR
Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in economics. OR
Three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in economics.


ALL GRADES: You may qualify with a combination of qualifying education and experience. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.

In addition to the above you must have, within the previous 2 years, completed all educational requirements for a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying institution; or intended graduation is no more than 9 months from date of application.

*Veterans (as defined in 5 U.S.C. 2108 ) who, due to a military service obligation, were precluded from applying to a Recent Graduates Program during any portion of the 2 year eligibility period may have their eligibility period extended so that they receive the full 2 years of eligibility. The remaining 2-year eligibility period will begin upon his or her release or discharge from active duty. The veteran's eligibility period may not extend beyond 6 years from the date of completion of all requirements of an academic course of study.

- The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector or Volunteer Service . One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-timework is considered on a prorated basis.
- To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.

You must have been at the next lower grade level of the grade you are applying to for 52 weeks (time-in-grade requirement).

Education

This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Positions are located in Washington, D.C.

POSITION DESCRIPTIONS 93571, 93570, and 93570
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CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
  • All selectees must sign a Participant Agreement.
  • Provide proof of education (transcripts) or proof of enrollment prior to the job offer as defined in the required documents;
  • An official transcript will be required if you are selected.
  • Pay retention may be offered based on applicable laws and regulations.
  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
  • This is a bargaining unit position.
  • Alternative work schedule, staggered work hours or telework may be available.
  • Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
  • The employment of any candidate, including a current employee or a new hire, selected for this position may be conditional upon classification and/or audit of federal tax returns. This audit may include up to 2 years of returns.
  • Must meet IRS telework eligibility requirements
  • Subject to a 1-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • Must successfully complete a background investigation, including an FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check).
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that will require two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
  • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
  • Undergo an income tax verification.
  • If you are an IRS/Treasury employee eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), you must submit proof of eligibility by 11:59 PM ET on the closing date of this announcement. If you have any questions concerning your eligibility please refer back to the CTAP Documentation link in the vacancy under How You Will Be Evaluated.


How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "not qualified" determination.

Rating :
Your application will be ranked in accordance with the Service's Merit Promotion Plan (i.e., National Agreement or Internal Revenue Manual). Your application will also be rated and ranked among others, based on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, training, performance appraisals and awards relevant to the duties of this position. IRS employees may obtain most recent awards listing at https://persinfo.web.irs.gov/ . Your rating may be lowered, if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.

Referral :
If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview. We will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site.

If you are a displaced or surplus Treasury employee eligible for Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) , you must receive a score of 80 or better to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.

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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

A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question responses, 3. Provide proof of enrollment or education (see education documentation required) and 4. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. ( Cover letters are optional). To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view Resume Tips

EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION

You must submit dated documentation showing completion or intended completion (if graduation is no more than 9 months from the date of application) of all educational requirements (e.g. letter from the registrar, unofficial transcripts). An official transcript will be required if you are selected.

A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page . If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions.

CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (CTAP) DOCUMENTATION
IRS Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) eligibles can apply for jobs within and outside the commuting area.

IRS REASSIGNMENT PREFERENCE PROGRAM (RPP)

You must meet the requirements in your RPP notice. Submit a copy of your RPP Notice along with a copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal. Your performance appraisal must have a fully successful or higher overall rating.

PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL/AWARDS

Submit a copy of your most recent completed performance appraisal. If a revalidated appraisal is used for merit promotion, the supervisor must prepare a narrative for each critical job element that does not have a narrative describing the performance in the appraisal period covered by the rating. Note: If you are a manager or management official, your most recent annual performance appraisal must be used for the overall rating identified.

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