Statistician (Data Scientist), GS-1530-13, Census-DHA-LDS

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Suitland, Maryland
Posted
Oct 14, 2021
Closes
Oct 19, 2021
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This vacancy is for a Statistician (Data Scientist) position in the Center for Economic Studies located at the U.S. Census Bureau Headquarters in Suitland, Maryland. The Census Bureau is accessible from the Metro Rail Green Line - Suitland Station.

This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Statistician (Data Scientist), GS-1530-13, FPL: GS-13 positions within the Census Bureau in the same geographical location with the same qualifications and specialized experience.

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Responsibilities

  • Plans, initiates, and directs continued programs in data science. Projects including scientific, statistical, and predictive techniques (e.g., regression analysis, statistical analysis, modeling, mathematical programming, and data visualization).
  • Collects, sources, processes and cleans data. Writes and executes program code to perform complex processes that is clear and efficient, interpret and analyze results, and uses data visualization to communicate insights and outcomes to stakeholders.
  • Defines data requirements and integration of enabling technologies to collect, extract, engineer, and transform data from traditional and non-traditional sources.
  • Uses knowledge of developments and advancements in these data science topics, and identifies opportunities to incorporate the latest technology or techniques and to minimize potential negative impact on current projects.
  • Identifies and uses a wide variety of internal and external data sources and collaborates with Census Bureau directorates and external parties to identify and address potential barriers associated with accessing, analyzing, and using the data.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizen.
  • Suitable for Federal Employment.
  • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable. (www.sss.gov)
  • You may be required to complete a Financial Disclosure (OGE-450).


Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

A probationary period may be required.

This position is ELIGIBLE for telework; additional criteria will be required (e.g., supervisory approval).

This is a NON-BARGAINING unit position.

Relocation expenses may be paid.

Qualifications

Minimum Education Requirement:
  • 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
  • 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.

  • AND

    Specialized Experience: For the GS-13, you must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 in the Federal service. Experience for this position includes: planning, conducting, and reviewing analyses using techniques such as regression analysis, statistical analysis, modeling, mathematical programming, and machine learning; interpreting and analyzing results from data collected using statistical programming languages and/or software (such as Python, R, SAS, and Stata); using data visualization software such as Tableau, Qlikview, ArcGIS, MATLAB; incorporating a variety of data sources to identify and address potential issues related to accessing, analyzing and using data; using advanced data science technologies and techniques to collect, extract, guide, clean, and transform data; writing reports or publications and conducting presentations; collaborating and communicating with individuals within the scientific community; facilitating work across teams.

    Education: Education cannot be substituted for experience at this grade level.

    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

    Additional information

    The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.

    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. Under the provisions of the Direct-Hire Authority (DHA), rating, ranking and veterans' preference does not apply; therefore, your responses to the questionnaire will not be used to determine a scored rating. All applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements, as defined in the job opportunity announcement, will be referred for selection consideration. While veterans' preference does not apply in DHA, preference eligibles are encouraged to submit their supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15, etc.).

    Applicants applying as CTAP or ICTAP candidates, and are determined CTAP or ICTAP eligible, must exceed the minimum qualification requirements to be referred under this selection priority placement program by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. For those deemed eligible and who meet the minimum qualifications, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions). Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles who are not determined well-qualified by scoring at least 85 will not be referred under the CTAP/ICTAP selection priority placement program; however, will be referred for selection consideration with other minimally qualified applicants. The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies, please do not provide a separate written response.

    The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
    • Knowledge of data science techniques to collect, extract, engineer, and transform data. Skill in developing data projects and/or defining scope, project plans, tasks, and schedule.
    • Ability to clean, tabulate, review, and evaluate large data sets.
    • Ability to determine efficiencies or solutions to problems. Skill in applying data science topics to incorporate innovative technologies and techniques.
    • Ability to communicate and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to identify and address barriers associated with accessing and using data.
    • Ability to collaborate and communicate across the agency to implement data science solutions and accomplish specific goals.

    We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.

    Do NOT include the following types of information in your application:
    • Social Security Number (SSN)
    • Date of Birth (DOB)
    • Photos of yourself (if included on your resume you will not be considered for this position)
    • Personal information: such as age, gender, religious affiliation, etc.

    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required
    No

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process
    Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    A complete application consists of the following:
    • Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. If applying under CTAP/ICTAP your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire. Your resume should indicate your citizenship and if you are registered with the Selective Service System if you are a male born after 12/31/59.
    • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable (see other information).
    • Education Documentation: 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. This also includes Census Bureau employees. 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; 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 - http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html . 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.

    CTAP and ICTAP Eligibles

    CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible for selection priority if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ctap_guideline.pdf .

    CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
  • A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a directed geographic relocation outside of the local commuting area; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice of eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice);
  • A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", noting current position, grade/band level, and duty location;
  • A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
  • Any documentation from your bureau/operating unit that shows your current promotion potential.

  • ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
  • A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a directed geographic relocation outside of the local commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination, certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a work-related compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement.
  • A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", documenting your RIF separation, noting your position, grade/band level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;
  • A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
  • Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

  • NOTE: You will not be considered if you fail to provide all required documents.

    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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