Economic Assistant (Part-Time)

US Department of Labor - Chico, CA4.0

This position is located in the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Filed Operations, Regional Office, Division Price Programs, Branch of Consumer Price Index Programs. The mission is to provide collection expertise and feedback to the development of Bureau survey programs, to effective and efficiently execute survey activities both directly and through grantees and to conduct an active program of information and outreach for Bureau products.

This position is inside the bargaining unit.

Incumbent is responsible for the collection of primary data for the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Economic Assistants collect process and related statistical data on a wide variety of commodities, services, and housing for the BLS CPI. Data for commodities and services are collected by conducting personal and telephone interviews with store managers, buyers, managers in auto dealerships, doctors, pharmacists, and other professionals. Data for the housing survey are obtained by personal visit or telephone interviews with either property managers, tenants, or home owners.

Duties include, but are not limited to: Visiting retails and service establishments such as department stores, supermarkets, medical offices and hotels to collect retail price data; contacting homeowners, renters, and apartment management companies by personal visit to neighborhood and follow up telephone interviews; and collecting and entering data on a hand held computer and obtaining voluntary cooperation from survey responders.

Travel Required
25% or less - The position requires travel throughout pricing areas in Butte County, CA, including neighborhoods of all economic types. During the first year, travel to Washington office is necessary for training. There will be a 1 two-week trip, and 1 one-week trip. Additional travel outside of local area may be necessary, as needed, for training.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
07 - There is no obligation to provide future promotions. Future promotions are dependent on your ability to perform duties at higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to higher level, and supervisory approval.

Job family (Series)
0119 Economics Assistant


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

To qualify at the GS-05 level: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-04, in the Federal Service; OR successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with major study in Economics or 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as business law, statistics, algebra, precalculus, calculus, or economics; OR a combination of specialized experience and education.

Specializedexperience is defined as experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience is performing research or related work that involved collecting, compiling, verifying, analyzing, or reporting data.

Combination of specialized experience and education: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience are also qualifying. For GS-5 level positions, only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements. Two full academic years of study, or 60 semester hours, beyond the second year is equivalent to l year of specialized experience.

For additional information, refer to the Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards for Individual Occupational Requirements for Economics Assistant Series, 0119 and Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Technical and Medical Support Positions.

College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from unauthorized secondary schools or post-secondary institutions that are not accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Department of 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.

Additional information

Economic Assistants are paid the hourly rate depending on the number of hours worked. This position is a permanent part-time position. Some weekend or evening hours will be required. The weekly hours of work vary, but are expected to average 16-32 hours per week. The average weekly and/or total hours may increase or decrease. This is not a job opportunity for a person that needs full-time employment or whom cannot be available for work when work is required, including a mix of day, evening, and weekend hours.

The selectee will be placed on a telework agreement, with a local reporting office to be identified in the telework agreement. The selectee will be required to travel throughout Butte County, CA to perform data collection. Some weekend or evening hours will be required and the weekly hours of work vary. The average weekly and/or total hours of work may increase or decrease. This is not a job opportunity for a person that needs full-time employment or whom cannot be available for work when work is required, including a mix of day, evening, and weekend hours.

  • At least one position will be filled through this vacancy. If additional vacancies become available, additional selections may be made from this announcement.
  • This position is inside the bargaining unit.
NOTE: Work in retail store must be completed during business hours.

Additional Competencies (continued):
Planning and Evaluation - Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes.

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

Influencing/ Negotiation – Persuades others to accept recommendations, cooperate, or change their behavior; works with others towards an agreement; negotiates to find mutually acceptable solutions.

Stress Tolerance - Deals calmly and effectively with high stress situations (for example, tight deadlines, hostile individuals, emergency situations, dangerous situations). Manages engagement with contacts who may be reluctant or irritable making gathering of information challenging.

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.


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.

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 (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

Decision Making and Problem Solving - Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals.

Interpersonal Skills - Organizes work and sets realistic personal goals; displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner; is motivated to achieve; and demonstrates responsible behavior.

Oral Communication - Shows understanding, professionalism, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern and politeness, even with individual who are difficult, hostile or distressed. Communicates with staff within the agency and customers.

For additional competencies required, refer to the section on Other Information of this job announcement.

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). 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 (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)

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
Q - Nonsensitive

Drug test required

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.

  • 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:
  • 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 hires.

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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