Economist/Statistician

US Department of Labor - Atlanta, GA4.0

Full-time
Duties
Summary
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.

This position is located in the DOL,BLS, Field Operations Office, in ATL,GA.

This position is in the bargaining unit & has promotion potential to the GS-12.

Additional Selections may be made from this announcement.

Responsibilities
For the GS07: At the GS-07 level the incumbent will preform all of the duties in a developmental capacity. Full performance of the position is a GS-12.

Makes arrangements preparatory to obtaining data from enterprises for which the collection of data is expected to be straight forward and uncomplicated and requires the application of conventional methods.
Performs routine analysis of collected information in order to discover and rectify common discrepancies.
Makes follow-up contact to respondents providing data to ensure accurate and timely survey results.
Responds to queries from respondents for BLS information by providing them with the salient publications, assisting in interpretation where appropriate, or referring them to appropriate regional staff.
For the GS09: At the GS-09 level the incumbent will preform all of the duties in a developmental capacity. Full performance of the position is a GS-12.

Plans, schedules, and conducts data collection assignments using fairly complex economic or statistical techniques which are covered by established methods and procedures.
Using conventional methods, makes arrangements preparatory to obtaining data from enterprises for which the collection of data is expected to present relatively few complexities and for which precedents exist.
While assignments can be limited in scope, they require the knowledge of economic principles and statistical techniques in order to evaluate the data collected and to make adjustment to ensure reliability and comparability.
Evaluates responses for reasonableness and conformance to survey requirements, referring high impact and/or atypical responses to supervisor for guidance.
THIS IS AN INTERDISCIPLINARY POSITION AND MAY BE FILLED EITHER AS AN ECONOMIST OR STATISTICIAN (ECONOMICS).

Travel Required
50% or less - Travel may be required for training, conferences, meetings or other mandatory interactions, as scheduled.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
12 - There is no obligation to provide future promotions if you are selected. Promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, meet all the performance requirements, and supervisor’s recommendation to the next grade.

Job family (Series)
1530 Statistics

0110 Economist

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Requirements

Requirements
Conditions of Employment
Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
Requires a valid drivers license.
Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.
Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

Qualifications
Basic Requirements – Economist, applicants must have one of the following:

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

OR

B. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Examples of qualifying experience include (a) individual economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation, conclusions and report preparation; (b) supervisory or project coordination assignments involving a staff of professional economists, and requiring the evaluation and interpretation of economic information; or (c) teaching assignments in a college or university that included both class instructions 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.

Basic Requirements – Statistician, applicants must have one of the following:

1. 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

2. Combination of education and experience - courses as shown in 1 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.

IN ADDITION TO MEETING THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS LISTED ABOVE:
For the GS-07 : Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-05, in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience in, or directly related to economics or one of the specialized fields of economics. This experience must have equipped the candidate with the knowledge and ability to perform fully the work of the positon. Examples of qualifying experience include: Assisted with providing collection expertise and feedback for economic and/or statistical programs. Assisted with the collection of data in support of a wide range of economic and/or statistical surveys in the areas of; price, compensation, working conditions or related special test surveys. Assisted with performing routine analysis of collected information in order to discover and rectify common discrepancies. Applied standard techniques, procedures, and criteria to a sequence of related collection tasks. OR 1 year (18 semester hours) of graduate-level education OR superior academic achievement.

For the GS-09 : Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-07, in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience in, or directly related to economics or one of the specialized fields of economics. This experience must have equipped the candidate with the knowledge and ability to perform fully the work of the positon. Examples of qualifying experience include: With some assistance from senior staff provided collection expertise and feedback for economic and/or statistical programs. With some assistance from senior staff collected data in support of a wide range of economic and/or statistical surveys in the areas of; price, compensation, working conditions or related special test surveys. Performed routine analysis of collected information in order to discover and rectify common discrepancies. Applied knowledge of economic principles and statistical techniques in order to evaluate the data collected and to make adjustments to ensure reliability and comparability of the collected data. Prepared end-of-survey reports which critically evaluate collection experiences in relation to the following: survey design, survey specifications, survey materials, economic conditions impacting the industry, area studied, and trends in the industry and area. OR 2 years (36 semester hours) of progressively higher level education leading to a Master’s degree OR Master’s or equivalent graduate degree.

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. Interview). Your evaluation may also include a review by as HR Specialist or panel and may include other assessment tools (ex. Interview, structured interview, written test, work sample, etc.). The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your vacancy question responses. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Education
Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service.

If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

In addition, if you wish to use your education as a basis for meeting the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must submit academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements.

If specific course work is required to fulfill the minimum qualification requirements, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit for that course work. See the “Qualifications and Evaluations” section of this announcement for more details.

If you do not submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.

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.

Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION , ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION , FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

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

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.

Categories
Category A - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.
Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies required by this position.
Category C - Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.

Evaluation Factors - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

Customer Service : Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external customers. Delivers high-quality products and services; is committed to continuous improvement.

Decision Making/Problem Solving : Employs strategic & critical approaches to decision-making and/or problem solving.

Interpersonal Skills : Shows understanding, professionalism, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, & politeness, even with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed.

Self-Management : Sets well-defined & realistic personal goals; displays a high level of motivation, initiative, effort, and commitment towards timely completion of assignments with minimal supervision.

Technology Application & Management : Uses machines, tools, instruments, or equipment effectively; uses computers and computer applications to analyze and communicate information in the appropriate format. Keeps up-to-date on technological developments.

Writing : Recognizes & uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information, in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information.

Economic Data Management & Analysis : Knowledge of the principles, procedures, & tools of data management.

Oral Communication : Expresses information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information; makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means. The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments.

INFORMATION FOR ICTAP/CTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified".

Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

Required Documents
The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password protected documents.

– Unofficial Transcript(s) (in English) - submit if using education as a basis for qualifying for this position. If so, you must submit all applicable academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements (ex. BA/BS, MA, JD, PHD, etc). If specific course work is required to qualify, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit.

You may upload your transcript(s) as one document (3 MB size limit). If over 3 MB, please submit via fax feature.

OFFICIAL Transcripts MUST BE RECEIVED prior to selection and report date. Reference the “Education Section” for College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education.

  • Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting honorable or general discharge or release within 120 days, click Active Duty ). Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference. For more information, go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx
  • Displaced Employee Placement Documents – Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP or ICTAP eligibility.
  • Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted
Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship , and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hire.

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.

Benefits

Benefits
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.