Operations Research Analyst-Homeland Security Investigation

Washington, D.C
Oct 28, 2021
Nov 04, 2021
Full Time

Performs complete studies of limited scope or portions of larger projects, modifying/adapting techniques to fit situations, some requiring innovative approaches.

Works under the guidance of Section and Unit Chiefs, to formulate, plan, direct, and carry to completion a variety of analyses and/or works on specific problems of major studies.

Establishes assumptions, measures effectiveness of approaches, and evaluates available alternatives. Identifies and structures studies with clearly defined objectives.

Employs innovation in a variety of analytical techniques to formulate and solve problems. Determines sources of data, plans, and conducts test(s) to validate study findings and conclusions. Compiles, organizes, and analyzes data.

Utilizes scientific inquiry in the development of mathematical models and computer programs to evaluate and predict the ability to support assigned projects, studies, or problems.

Diagnoses problems using a comprehensive knowledge of scientific techniques (such as data collection and analysis procedures). Participates in problem definition and refinement.

Identifies significant variables and thoroughly examines underlying relationships. Utilizes mathematical and statistical techniques, elements of operations research theory, and engineering knowledge to develop solutions to problems.

Attends meetings, conferences, briefings, and seminars related to program planning, advanced technologies, and support system concepts.

Represents the organization during visits with government and industry representatives.

Prepares and presents briefings on the progress and results of studies.

Prepares technical reports and/or documents progress and results of each study.

Perform other duties as assigned.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a current permanent Federal employee
  • Must have supervisory approval to apply to the Joint Duty Assignment
  • Must NOT have any pending/outstanding disciplinary actions
  • Must have achieved a minimum of "meet expectations/proficiency" on latest performance appraisal/evaluation
  • Must currently be at the grade level of the detail or equivalent in other pay system . ? No Temporary Promotion Opportunity
  • The program does not apply to members of the Military service or contractors.
  • Must complete DHS 250-2 Application Form.? Supervisory signature is required.? Please see "Required Documents" section for form.


Qualifications Required:

You qualify for the GS-13 grade level if you are currently a GS-13 and meet the qualifications or you qualify for the GS-14 level if you are currently a GS-14 and meet the qualifications below
  • Knowledge of a wide range of methods and techniques used in operations research studies and possession of analytical abilities.
  • Knowledge of quantitative techniques and methods used to develop, adapt, modify, and apply models to resolve problems or define and clarify alternative solutions.
  • Ability to originate new ideas, projects, and methodologies; and execute projects and/or studies within established financial and/or time constraints.
  • Ability to develop and utilize appropriate data collection techniques.
  • Ability to design, build, and use models and simulation techniques.
  • Ability to manage sensitive matters and/or complex problems and make key contributions to group efforts.
  • Ability to listen to, clarify, and communicate complex information clearly, concisely, and in a manner that is targeted to and meets the needs of diverse audiences with different perspectives and objectives.

  • Please read the following important information to ensure we have everything we need to consider your application:

    It is your responsibility to ensure that you submit appropriate documentation prior to the closing date. Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant experience as it relates to this Joint Duty assignment opportunity announcement. Be clear and specific when describing your work history since human resources cannot make assumptions regarding your experience. Your application will be rated based on your resume. Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:
  • Job Title (Include series and grade of Federal Job)
  • Duties (Be specific in describing your duties)
  • Name of Federal agency
  • Supervisor name, email, and phone number
  • Start and end dates including month and year (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)

  • Education

    EDUCATIONAL SUBSTITUTION: There is no educational substitution for this position.

    Additional information

    **DHS does not offer any additional benefits beyond that which the Federal employee is already receiving.

    If the position requires a security clearance, employees must have a SECRET or TOP SECRET clearance to placement AND must maintain that level of clearance while performing in the position. Selected applicants for a JDA are requested to fulfill the items below during the JDA:
  • Complete the DHS Training Course 15 days prior to the arrival to the JDA.
  • Complete the DHS Joint Duty Assignment Progress Plan to include:
    • Phase 1: Establish assignment objectives within the first 30 days of the JDA.
    • Phase 2: Complete a self-assessment of the duties performed at the mid-point of the JDA.
    • Phase 3: Complete a final review within the last 30 days of the JDA.
  • Complete 12 hours of professional development using Skillsoft courses, videos, and books in conjunction with the established assignment objectives for the JDA.
  • Attend each of the DHS Joint Duty Program Director's quarterly webinars (1 hour per quarter).

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