Economics/Statistician

Department of Labor Denver, CO
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This position is located in the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Field Operations, Regional Office, Division of National Compensation Survey.

This position is at the full performance level.

This position is inside the bargaining unit.

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Responsibilities

1. Develops strategies to gain participation and collect data from critical, highly weighted respondents in numerous labor market surveys for BLS. Negotiates cooperation with high level corporate officials and utilizes alternative collection strategies for maximizing cooperation. Provides guidance and suggestions to wage staff for handling problem companies. Develops and documents special collection approaches geared toward reducing burden for large and critical sample units and exporting these techniques to other field economists throughout the country.

2. Develops and tests new data transfer approaches using advanced technology. Assists in the direction of a regional survey response program; works with staff to improve cooperation rates; analyzes refusal trends; and makes recommendations to regional management.

3. Provides special services to current and potential respondents such as technical briefings on data uses, and information regarding other economic products available from the public sector. Maintains professional relationships with officials from sampled enterprises as well as the media, trade associations, labor organizations, and others in order to: provide information on local, regional and national publication criteria; explain survey findings and data uses; exchange information on developments relevant to the programs; and discuss survey results to interested groups. The incumbent must keep abreast of local, regional, and national economic trends, conditions, patterns and practices in the industries and establishments providing primary data for the various surveys.

4. Develops data collection plans based on a thorough knowledge of the socio-economic conditions of the region or area; knowledge of industry trends and practices; an understanding of the surveys' conceptual foundation and procedural requirements; knowledge of alternative strategies for maximizing cooperation; and a thorough knowledge of computer systems for electronic reporting.

5. Develops and conducts regional training workshops and provides on-the –job training for field staff on the more complex industries and procedures. Works with mentors to ensure that consistent and high quality on-the job training is provided to junior staff. Develops new training approaches to enhance current regional training, and address developmental and training needs for staff.

6. Performs wage data analysis in such areas as quality program outputs, i.e., SDA and TRP, and other national data bases in order to improve overall performance. Recommends improvements to promote consistent production and quality among staff. Analyzes the IDC, TRP and SDA data bases to identify future training needs, and to propose methodological and procedural changes aimed at improving quality and productivity.

7. Participates on national teams which address program related issues and problems that are nationwide in scope. Such issues may include refusal analysis, data review measures, regional performance results, and the assessment of collection procedures and strategies.

8. Participates in collecting cross-survey programs or test surveys in order to provide expert guidance on program design or collection procedures enhancements.

9. Works with members of the Regional Economic Analysis and Information Unit to develop an outreach and information program to support publicizing new program products, as well as to maximize survey response. Develops industry specific outreach materials for field staff distribution to respondents.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 25% or Greater

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

13

Who May Apply This job is open to… All current BLS agency employees with competitive status. Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) eligibles in the local commuting area. Qualified Land Management Eligibles.

Questions? This job is open to 4 groups.

* Job family (Series)

1530 Statistics

0110 Economist

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* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* U.S. Citizenship.

* Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.

* Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.

* Requires a security clearance.

Applicants must meet time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

Qualifications

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.

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 instruction 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.

In Addition:

Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-12, in the Federal Service. This experience must have equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and ability to successfully perform the duties of this position. At the GS-12 level, experience in performing duties which demonstrate skill and facility in the organization, direction, and coordination of difficult research programs of major economic significance; or technical competence in economics research resulting in important contributions to the fundamental knowledge in the field; conduct consultative or advisory work regarding the economic aspects of important diplomatic, executive, or legislative programs or services. Your resume must include evidence or a detailed description of your specialized experience.

Education

If you wish to use your education as a basis for meeting the eligibility and/or 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 eligibility and/or 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.

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.