Department of Transportation - Agency Wide Statistician - Direct Hire (Remote eligible) in United States
Summary The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is a Federal Cabinet department of the U.S. government concerned with transportation. DOT informs public and private decision making with objective, comprehensive information on the extent and use of the transportation system, how well the system performs, and the effects of the system on society and the environment. The DOT collects data and compiles, analyzes and disseminates statistics. Responsibilities As a Statistician, you will: Work with economists, transportation specialists, analysts, and other statisticians in conducting analysis to identify emerging trends in transportation and in broad social, economic, safety, environmental, technological, or national security areas related to transportation. Initiate and develop projects concerning survey requirements by reviewing transportation policies and legal mandates, and consider their implications for assigned data needs, as well as the results and designs of other current or previous surveys. Work with other statisticians in identifying and evaluating sources of statistical and other transportation-related data, and prepare proposals for the collection of new data as an adjunct to established data collection programs or for the preparation of special tabulations of data presently available in a form other than that desired. Conduct research into non-traditional data collection methods emphasizing the utility of administrative records and auxiliary datasets to: (1) reduce costs of surveys through more indirect data collection; (2) increase data quality; and (3) reduce respondent burden. Contribute to design work for administrative records usage in data collection, estimation, and evaluation. Consult with other staff members in order to integrate related activities associated with a particular problem to determine the need for information and types of analysis which should be conducted, and to determine uses which will be made of the information. Prepare professional papers and make presentations to inform the transportation profession, survey practitioners, and data users about transportation related statistical and survey activities. The ideal candidate for this position conducts a broad and significant range of studies to help understand the major issues in transportation, identify gaps and inconsistencies in the data, and provide a body of research that can be used to inform policy. The ability to work cooperatively and communicate well is also critical to this position. Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. citizen & meet specialized experience to qualify Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date Required documents must be submitted by the closing date. Direct Hire Authority will be used to fill this position CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service. PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed). BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: You will be required to complete a background/security investigation and meet preliminary requirements prior to onboarding. GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only. REMOTE WORK: If selected for a remote work position, you must have access to high speed internet and cell phone service meeting current Agency standards from the approved work location within the Contiguous United States and sign a remote work agreement. TELEWORK ELIGIBILITY: If selected for a non-remote position, you may be eligible for occasional telework and you are required to report to the office on a regular basis. The number of telework days approved is determined by the agency policy, emergency situations, the approval of your immediate supervisor, and if applicable, approval of additional officials. Qualifications To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must (1) meet the Individual Occupational Requirement for the series, (2) provide a copy of transcripts for verification, AND (3) meet the additional grade level requirements. (1) All applicants must meet the basic requirements under A or B to qualify for applying to a position under series 1530: 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. OR 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. For additional reference, please refer to the OPM qualifications standard for GS-1530: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1500/statistics-series-1530/ (2) Upload the appropriate document(s) to your application for verification purposes. Students enrolled in a qualifying degree program can apply if the anticipated graduation date is within six months of the closing date of this announcement. If selected, the final transcript must be received before your start date. Other applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. (3) Specialized Experience: To further determine eligibility, review the following grade specific details. You will be asked a few questions as part of your application but make sure to verify how you meet these grade levels in your resume. For the GS-14: You qualify for this grade level if you have at least one year of specialized experience, equal or equivalent to the GS-13 grade level, which included: Experience applying advanced statistical techniques to experimental and survey design, data analysis, sampling, forecasting, quality control, and operations research; developing and/or presenting professional papers or reports on statistical studies or surveys; designing and conducting complex statistical analyses; serve as a technical expert on various statistical analyses and methods; plan and execute a variety of complex projects and develop recommendations requiring technical and administrative judgment; experience with a Systems Development Lifecycle; developing listing and mapping applications, and developing collection methodology; and/or experience writing, auditing, and identifying new procedures for automated or computer-assisted statistical survey operations. You cannot qualify on education at this grade, you must have specialized experience. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas: Statistical Theory and Models – Applies mathematical statistical theory, measures and models for developing and implementing projects; Data Fluency - Analyzes and evaluates the quality, accuracy and validity of data 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 See the Qualifications section for Mandatory Individual Occupational Requirements. Additional Information This announcement establishes an open continuous period for this series/grade. We will perform interim reviews of all applications as positions become vacant. You must meet all eligible requirements at the time of consideration. This position may be eligible for Remote Work. Remote work means the residence is the full-time official duty location. The difference in salary is determined by the locality pay in each location. Duty locations will vary. The difference in the salary is determined by the locality pay in each location. Salaries for all areas are available on the OPM website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2022/general-schedule/ This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if similar vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate. If you are hired for this position; you will not receive additional consideration from this announcement. Qualified CTAP/ICTAP candidates receive priority and will referred to the hiring manager.