Employer: US Department of Agriculture
Passionate about solving big challenges with data? Love leading people? Help protect public health with USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, the public health agency within USDA, as a Supervisory Statistician and oversee a strong staff of data analysts, mathematical statisticians and data scientists.Multiple openings. Direct Hire Authority. Telework eligible. U.S. location negotiable after selection. ***Limited to the first 150 applicants.*** Closes 06/04/21 or once 150 applicants have been received. We are a qualifying employer of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.You must be a US Citizen or US National to apply for this position. Due to the Direct-Hire Authority (DHA), applicants are not rated and ranked numerically, and Veteran’s preference does not apply. ****No applications will be reviewed using Handshake. You MUST apply using USAJobs via this announcement link. Full information about the position and its requirements/documentation is in the announcement link.****This job is open to:The Public: U.S. Citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the United StatesCareer Transition (CTAP, ICTSP, RPL): Federal employees who meet the definition of a “surplus” or “displaced” employee.DutiesSummaryThis position is in the Office of Planning, Analysis and Risk Management (OPARM) and functions as a Supervisory Statistician within one of several branches in the Data Analysis Staff (DAS) or Inspection Data Analysis Staff (IDAS). These staffs perform complementary and collaborative work and are tasked with integrating and analyzing relational data. They provide data visualization and analytics services to support FSIS decision-making, policy development, risk management, and strategic planning.About the AgencyThe Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the public health agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) responsible for protecting the public’s health by ensuring the safety of the Nation’s commercial supply of meat, poultry, and processed egg products. For more information on USDA and the Food Safety and Inspection Service, visit the FSIS website.BenefitsA 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. 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. Learn more about Federal benefits.Applicant Contact InformationHR Specialist–Kristina Pasalich: (612) 659-8619 or firstname.lastname@example.org ResponsibilitiesAssign work to employees and hold them accountable for performance plan objectives.Evaluate and provide guidance for employee deliverables.Maintain awareness of the status of all individual staff assignments and communicate them to leadership.Formulate and recommend solutions to mitigate issues and prevent delays to branch analytical deliverables.Collaborate with OPARM Supervisory Statisticians, Directors, and other FSIS program area staff to plan and meet FSIS mission goals.Travel Required: Occasional travelRequirementsConditions of EmploymentYou must be a US Citizen or US National.Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.Successful completion of a 1-year probationary period, unless previously served.Subject to one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period unless prior service is creditable. New USDA supervisors must successfully complete all components of the required training program before the end of their probationary period.Direct Deposit – Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.Background checks and security clearanceSecurity clearance: OtherDrug test required: NoPosition sensitivity: Moderate Risk (MR)Trust determination process: Suitability/FitnessQualificationsApplicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including specialized experience and education as defined below.To meet the minimum qualifications for this job series, you must (1) meet the Individual Occupational Requirement outlined in the Education section of this announcement, (2) provide a copy of transcripts for verification as detailed under Required Documents below.Additionally, to qualify for the GS-14 level, your resume must document at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service in each of the following:Using statistical software packages and/or database software to extract, manipulate, and integrate information from relational databases.Setting priorities, preparing schedules, evaluating work products, and providing technical advice and guidance on items such as analytical coding or methodologies, statistical analysis, and visualization development.Developing and executing approaches for analyzing, interpreting, visualizing, and verifying complex data and analyses. Examples of complex data and analyses include but are not limited to data wrangling, dynamic macro programming, big data visualization, dynamic parameter dashboards, sample allocation optimization, cluster analysis, causal analysis, multivariate regression, and random forests.Developing oral and written presentations and communicating complex and technical analyses to inform, influence, and persuade a variety of audiences.Examples of complex and technical analysis include but are not limited to stratified sampling design, survival analysis, policy effectiveness studies, machine learning techniques and outcomes, logistic regression, Bayesian statistical modeling, and randomized controlled trials.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.For more information on the qualifications for these positions, see:Professional and Scientific Positions Group Coverage Qualification StandardsIN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE IN YOUR RESUME, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.EducationIndividual Occupational Requirements (Statistics Series, 1530)Basic Requirements: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.OrB. 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.View the Individual Occupation Requirement for this seriesForeign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.Additional informationThis position is eligible for up to 4 days telework per week and other flexible work arrangements. Employee participation is at the discretion of the supervisor.Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 70 out of a possible 100.Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDAs TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. To see more information visit CHCO Council.Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.If selected, you will be required to submit Form OGE-450 within 30 days of your initial appointment date, and annually thereafter. Selectee is subject to financial Disclosure Requirements in accordance with 5 CFR, Part 2635, Sub part E regarding business or personal transactions with applicants, borrowers, or business contacts who have or who are seeking business with this Agency. Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. If selected you will be subject to a National Agency Check and Inquiry (NACI) and a credit report.How You Will Be EvaluatedYou will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has granted Direct Hire Authority for several STEM positions governmentwide, including the 1530 job series at grades 11-15. OPM has determined that there is either a severe shortage of candidates or a critical hiring need.Due to the Direct-Hire Authority (DHA), applicants are not rated and ranked numerically, and Veteran’s preference does not apply. Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide complete information about their job-related experience and education. Your transcripts and resume must document that you meet the Education and Specialized Experience requirements detailed in the Qualifications section above. Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category.Although Veteran’s preference does not apply due to the existence of the DHA for this position, applicants are still encouraged to provide documentation related to veteran’s preference.You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:Oral CommunicationProblem SolvingInterpersonal SkillsPlanning and EvaluatingAnalytical ProgrammingManages Human ResourcesYour application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may be found ineligible. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your qualification determination. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.To view the application form, visit: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11079747How to ApplyPlease read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m., Monday – Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement to be entered into the system prior to its closing.This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.To begin, click “Apply Online” and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents.Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not already have one) at www.usajobs.gov. It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.Step 2: In your USAJOBS account, you will have the opportunity to select your stored USAJOBS resume, create a new resume or upload a resume, and upload other relevant documents. All uploaded documents must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). See “Required Documents” for details. Select the document you want to submit.Step 3: Click “Apply Online,” answer all required questions, verify the documents you selected from USAJOBS transferred into the Agency’s staffing system, and attach any additional documents that may not have transferred or be required. If qualifying based on education, you must submit a legible copy of your college transcript(s), with your application package, showing your conferred degree (if any) and/or applicable coursework as proof that you qualify based on education. If you have not yet graduated, submit your current transcript.NOTE: It is an applicant’s responsibility to submit updated information. You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Simply log into your USAJOBS account and click on “Application Status.” Click on the position title, and then select “Update Application” to continue.If you do not have access to the Internet, you are strongly encouraged to visit your library, state employment office, or another establishment that provides internet service to complete the online application and the assessment questionnaire. If this is not an option, refer to the Alternative Methods for Applying section below for specific instructions.Alternative Methods for Applying: If you are unable to apply using the internet, please fax your request for an application package along with your name and mailing address to: 1-833-840-9219.Next StepsYour application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS to check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications.Diversity StatementThe most valuable asset in our workforce is our employees, and it is for this reason that we are fully committed to ensuring that the workplace is inclusive of all cultures and backgrounds. We are also committed to attaining and maintaining a highly talented and diverse workforce, because we know that workforce diversity enhances our ability to successfully develop effective solutions to today’s challenges. In addition, we believe that providing employees with the opportunities, tools, and support they need will enable them to develop to their fullest potential. Making diversity and inclusion a part of how we do business assists us in becoming stronger and more inclusive. Further, the ability to deliver high-quality services to customers is undeniably linked to sustaining an organizational culture that protects and empowers the voices of all employees and leverages the diverse talent of all of our human resources. As such, we ensure that diversity is considered in all Agency practices, including but not limited to:Recruitment and outreach,Professional development and training opportunities,Social and recreational programs, andThe establishment of workgroups and committees.In accordance with Civil Rights and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) law, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations, and Agency policies, FSIS is prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), mental or physical disability, age, protected genetic information, marital or parental status, political beliefs, or reprisal for prior EEO activity. FSIS is an equal opportunity employer and provider.