Statistician, GS-1530-13, MP (Open Continuous)

Washington, D.C
Jan 08, 2022
Jan 16, 2022
Full Time

This is an open continuous announcement with cutoff dates. Applications will be referred based on receipt of application and established cutoff dates as follows:

1 st cutoff: August 5, 2021

2 nd cutoff: September 6, 2021

3 rd cutoff: October 6, 2021

4th cutoff: November 8, 2021

5th cutoff: December 7, 2021

6th cutoff: January 6, 2022

7th cutoff: February 7, 2022

8th cutoff: March 7, 2022

9th cutoff: April 6, 2022

10th cutoff: May 5, 2022

11th cutoff: June 6, 2022

END DATE: July 5, 2022

We encourage you to read this entire vacancy announcement prior to submitting your application.

As a Statistician, GS-1530-13, you will be responsible for:

The incumbent of this position provides methodological, statistical and conceptual formulations, advice, and guidance to OCR managers to determine institutional compliance with the civil rights laws, a major component of OCR's national civil rights compliance and enforcement program.

The Statistician:

- Handles the most complex aspects of applying the principles and theories of statistical analytics and OCR-related legal requirements to determining compliance with the civil rights laws under OCR's jurisdiction.
- Provides coordination and leadership where necessary to OCR managers, staff, or representatives from other ED components to develop, plan, and use statistical evaluation methodologies to determine civil rights compliance.
- Researches and develops new or revised methodological and analytical statistical approaches to determine compliance with the subject matter areas under OCR's jurisdiction, as well as to gather additional research to be used by policymakers and researchers in civil rights and educational fields.
- Represents OCR in a variety of meetings and conferences, maintains effective relationships with professional groups and education officials at the federal, state, and local levels, and presents information to OCR and Department leaders in an accurate and thorough manner.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Males 18 and over must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • You may be subject to serve a one-year probationary period.
  • Relocation will not be paid.

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

If you are a current federal employee, you must meet all time-in-grade and time-after competitive appointment qualifications within 30 days of the closing date of this vacancy announcement. To verify that you meet these requirements, we will review your responses to the core eligibility questions on the occupational questionnaire, as well as your submitted resume and required documents. To make an accurate determination, you will need to include on your resume your federal position title, pay plan, occupational series, grade level, agency, dates for which you held the grade level (stated as MM/YYYY to MM/YYYY, OR MM/YYYY to PRESENT), and total hours worked per week.

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).


Minimum Qualification Requirements
You may meet the minimum qualifications for the GS-13, if you possess the specialized experience, education, or a combination of the two.

Specialized Experience for the GS-13
One year of experience in either federal or non-federal service that is equivalent to at least a GS-12 performing two (2) out of three (3) of the following duties or work assignments:

1. Experience conducting complex statistical analyses concerning civil rights matters and effectively communicating about such analyses with internal and external stakeholders.
2. Experience publishing high-quality reports on data from large data files with many data elements, and effectively communicating about such reports with internal and external stakeholders.
3. Experience developing/drafting surveys and submission tools to measure and collect data related to civil rights compliance, including development of business rules and other data quality checks demonstrated to improve data quality.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)
The quality of your experience will be measured by the extent to which you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). You do not need to provide separate narrative responses to these KSAs, as they will be measured by your responses to the occupational questionnaire (you may preview the occupational questionnaire by clicking the link at the end of the Evaluations section of this vacancy announcement).

1. Knowledge of a wide range of complex analytical and statistical theories, principles, and practices to perform the full range of statistical duties.
2. Ability to plan, coordinate, and execute studies of marked difficulty and responsibility in a timely and effective manner.
3. Knowledge of OCRs jurisdiction and adjacent legal and policy areas, and skill in designing sample surveys and modifying established methods.
4. Skill in communicating effectively in order to effectively explain and exchange information with colleagues and management, including written and oral/in-person communication skills.


This position has a positive education requirement.


A. 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


B. 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.

Foreign Education:

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must submit a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, please click Foreign Education .

Additional information

Veterans' Career Counseling: If you are a veteran interested in receiving tips on preparing a Federal resume and/or how to prepare for an interview, you may email to schedule a session with a career counselor ("Veterans Counseling Session" should be placed in the subject line of the email).

Student Loan Default: If selected for this position, we will verify that you have not defaulted on any loan funded or guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Education. If you are found to be in default, we will contact you to make arrangements for repayment prior to making an official offer of employment.

Suitability and Investigation: If selected for this position, you will be required to complete the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine your suitability for federal employment and successfully complete a pre-appointment investigation/background check.

Essential/Non-Essential: This position is considered non-essential for purposes of reporting to work during federal government closures.

Financial Disclosure: This position does not require financial disclosure.

Telework: During the current period of mandatory telework required by the Agency's COVID-19 response, telework will be mandatory. When it is determined the Agency will be moving to the reopening phase, employees will be expected to physically return to the office of their official duty locations. Telework days and any required waiting period for eligibility will be determined at that time.

Bargaining Unit: This position is not included in the bargaining unit.

Selections: Agencies have broad authority under law to hire from any appropriate source of eligibles and may fill a vacancy in the competitive service by any method authorized. We may make additional selections from this vacancy announcement within 90 days from the date the selection certificates are issued, should vacancies occur. We may also share selection certificates amongst program offices across the agency.

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