<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br /><strong>LOCATION</strong>: This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), Office of Management, Division of Budget and Resource Management, Budget Analysis and Formulation Branch, Silver Spring, Maryland.<br /><br />Additional selections may be made from this vacancy, within the same geographical area, by other organizational elements from within FDA, through shared corporate recruiting activities.<br /> Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Participates in the analysis and evaluation of program policy and program operations</li> <li>Retrieves and analyzes data and contributes to the interpretation of data into findings and recommendations for senior management.</li> <li>Involves in selecting techniques for quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis based upon standard methodologies.</li> <li>Ensures the adequacy and accuracy of the data to the extent possible and identifies relationships among data elements.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Not required<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 13 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident is required for this appointment.</li> <li>Selective Service Registration: All applicants born male, on (or after) 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service System OR have an approved exemption. Visit www.SSS.gov for more info.</li> <li>FDA participates in e-Verify: All new hires must complete the I-9 form; this information will be processed through e-Verify to determine your employment eligibility. If a discrepancy arises, you must take affirmative steps to resolve the matter.</li> <li>Background Investigation Requirement: All employees must pass a security investigation. Failing to pass the background check may be grounds for removal or legal action. If hired, you may be subject to additional investigations at a later time.</li> <li>You must meet ALL requirements by the closing date of this announcement to be considered. Only education, experience, and qualifications attained by this date will be considered. You must continue to meet all requirements through the hiring process.</li> <li>Certification of Accuracy: All information concerning eligibility and qualification is subject to investigation and verification. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection, or appropriate legal action.</li> <li>Direct Deposit: You will be required to have all federal salary payments electronically deposited into a bank account with a financial institution of your choice.</li> <li>Overall GPA of at least 2.8 or better.</li> <li>Must sign FDA Pathways Program Participant Agreement.</li> <li>Must serve one year trial period or the duration of the program.</li> <li>Pre-employment physical required: No</li> <li>Bargaining Unit Position: Yes</li> <li>Annual leave for non-federal service authorized: No</li> <li>Immunization required: No</li> <li>Recruitment incentives may be authorized: No</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br /><strong>Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements by </strong>07/15/2019 <strong>to participate in this Recent Graduate Program:<br /><br />A. </strong>Completed all requirements for an associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational, or technical degree or qualifying certificate with a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above from an accredited educational institution within the 2 years preceding the closing date of this announcement. <strong>OR<br /> B. </strong>Released or discharged from active duty within the previous two years by 07/15/2019, where as a veteran who, due to a military service obligation, was precluded from applying to the Recent Graduate Program during any portion of the 2-year eligibility period following completion of degree or certificate requirements with a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above, are entitled to a full 2-year period of eligibility upon release or discharge from active duty. In no event, however, may the eligibility period extend beyond 6 years from the date on which the preference eligible veteran completed the requirements of the degree or certificate.<br /><br /><strong>NOTE:</strong> You must submit transcripts or official documentation, to verify Recent Graduate Program eligibility. Transcripts MUST reflect the degree/certificate program and the degree conferred date.<br /><br /><strong>In addition to the eligibility requirements for the Pathways Recent Graduate Program, you must also meet the following qualification requirements by </strong>07/15/2019 <strong>in order to qualify for the Operations Research Analyst, 1515, at GS</strong> – <strong>9/11.</strong><br /><br /><strong>EDUCATION STATEMENT – Individual Occupational Requirement: This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades) to document that you have met the education requirement. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to beginning employment. Most colleges and universities offer unofficial transcripts online – please check your school website to obtain a copy quickly. Applicants must have successfully completed the following:</strong> <br /> <strong>Basic Requirements:</strong> <br /><br />Have a Degree in Operations Research; or at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics. At least 3 of the 24 semester hours must have been in calculus.<br /><br /><strong>Evaluation of Education:</strong> <br /><br />The primary requirement of operations research work is competence in the rigorous methods of scientific inquiry and analysis rather than in the subject matter of the problem. Therefore, applicants should have sufficient knowledge of applied mathematics to understand and use the fundamental concepts and techniques of operations research methods of analysis. In addition, some positions may require knowledge of a specific subject area.<br /> <ul> <li>Courses acceptable for qualifying for operations research positions may have been taken in departments other than Operations Research, e.g., Engineering (usually Industrial Engineering), Science, Economics, Mathematics, Statistics, or Management Science.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>The following are illustrative of acceptable courses: optimization; mathematical modeling; queueing theory; engineering; physics (except descriptive or survey courses); econometrics; psychometrics; biometrics; experimental psychology; physical chemistry; industrial process analysis; managerial economics; computer science; measurement for management; mathematical models in social phenomena; and courses that involved application of operations research techniques and methodologies to problems of management, marketing, systems design, and other specialized fields; or other comparable quantitative analysis courses for which college-level mathematics or statistics is a prerequisite. Courses in theory of probability and statistics are highly desirable, but are not specified as minimum educational requirements because to do so would possibly exclude some applicants who would otherwise be well qualified.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><strong>Additional Qualification Requirements:</strong> <br /><br />GS-09:<br /> <ul> <li>Have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal Service that includes developing, and adapting mathematical, statistical, econometric, and scientific methods and techniques or analyzing problems; and providing advice and solutions to business or operation problems<b>; </b>OR</li> <li>Have two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent degree in a field directly related to the position; OR</li> <li>Have a combination of experience and education as described above.</li> </ul> <br />GS-11:<br /> <ul> <li>Have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal Service that includes designing, developing, and adapting mathematical, statistical, econometric, and scientific methods and techniques or analyzing problems; and providing recommendations for regulations, policies, programs, and industries related to the activities of the organization; OR</li> <li>Possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree in a field directly related to the position; OR</li> <li>Have a combination of experience and education as described above.</li> </ul> <strong>Note</strong>: One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school you attended has determined to represent one year of study. If this information cannot be obtained from your school, we will consider 18 semester/27 quarter hours to be equal to one year of full-time study. This position requires a degree or completion of specific courses in order to meet the basic education requirement. You must submit an official transcript, unofficial transcript, or a list including courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Your transcript(s) must clearly demonstrate the course(s) listed in the Basic Qualification requirement section. If the transcript(s) does not clearly demonstrate this, you must submit a copy of the course description and/or other documentation demonstrating that the courses are equivalent. Degree requirements must be met by the closing date of this job announcement and your transcript(s) submitted must reflect this.<br /><br /><strong>IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Qualifications are based on breadth/level of experience. In addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from MM/YY to MM/YY) and the number of hours worked per week if part time. As qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, failure to provide this information may result in disqualification. Applicants are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder to develop their federal resume.</strong> <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><strong>Official Transcript</strong>: <br /> If you are claiming education as any part of your qualifications for this position, you must submit an official transcript, unofficial transcript, or a list including courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. 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. For further information, click on foreign education.<br /><br /><strong>Foreign Education:</strong> <br /> If you are using education completed at 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.<br /><br />If you have transferred educational credit from a foreign institution to one in the U.S., you must still show that your foreign education was evaluated by an organization recognized by the Department of Education, even if that foreign education was accepted as transfer credit by a domestic college or university.<br /><br /><strong>For more information about this requirement, please visit the U.S. Department of Education website for Foreign Education Evaluation .</strong> <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />More information on the Pathways Programs for Recent Graduates can be found at: https: www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-information/students-recent-graduates/ <br /><br />The Pathways Recent Graduates may be non-competitively converted to a term, career-conditional, or career appointment following successful completion of at least one year of continuous service, demonstrated successful job performance, and after meeting all other qualification requirements in accordance with 5 CFR 362.305. To be eligible for conversion to a permanent or term position, Recent Graduates must: <ul> <li>Successfully completed at least 1-year of continuous service in addition to all requirements of the Program.</li> <li>Demonstrate successful job performance.</li> <li>Meet the Office of Personnel Management's qualifications for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted.</li> <li>Recent Graduates are on a trial period for the duration of the program.</li> <li>Positions will Require 40 hours of formal training per year.</li> <li>Must be a citizen of the United States.</li> </ul> <br /> <strong>ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:</strong> <ul> <li><strong>If you are serving, or have served in the last 5 years (from 07/15/2019) as an Executive Branch political, Schedule C, or Non-career SES appointee, HHS/FDA may be required to obtain approval by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) prior to beginning employment.</strong> You can find out if you have held one of these appointment types by looking at your Standard Form 50s in your Electronic Official Personnel Folder (eOPF), in Section 5 where the legal authorities are listed. If you have served or are currently serving, you must provide a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting this appointment. In addition, you will be required to respond to the question in the assessment and certify your responses to the questionnaire. Political Appointee FAQ – OPM </li> <li><strong>Incentives may be authorized; however, this is contingent upon funds availability.</strong> If authorized, certain incentives will require you to sign a service agreement to remain in the Federal government for a period of up to 3 years. Note: This statement does not imply nor guarantee an incentive will be offered and paid. Incentives include the following: moving expenses, recruitment or relocation incentive; student loan repayment, superior qualifications appointment, creditable service for annual leave for prior non-federal work experience or prior uniformed military service, etc.</li> <li><strong>Veteran's Preference: </strong>If you are claiming veterans' preference under competitive procedures, you must submit a copy of your military discharge certificate (DD 214 member 2 or 4 copy), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other proof of eligibility. To be acceptable, the document must show character of service. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference (SF-15) and the required documentation specified on the reverse of the SF 15. Preference will be granted based on the documents received. S ee Veterans Preference for more. </li> <li><strong>Financial disclosure statement, OGE-450, ma be required</strong>: Please be advised that this position will be subject to FDA's prohibited financial interest regulation. If you are hired, you may be required to divest of certain financial interests. You are advised to seek additional information on this requirement from the hiring official before accepting any job offers.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />Once the job opportunity announcement closes (at 11:59 pm Eastern Time on <strong>07/15/2019</strong>), a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be conducted, the information will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your eligibility for Federal employment, and then whether you are qualified for this particular position.<br /> If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your responses when compared to your background information, you may be deemed ineligible, or your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your skills and abilities.<br /><br /><strong>Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.</strong> <br /><br /><strong>About Category Rating (DEU) Procedures (Basis for Rating):</strong> <ul> <li> Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. </li> <li>The answers you provide to the applicant self-assessment questions will be used, in conjunction with the supporting documents you include, and your resume, to determine your eligibility for Federal employment and your qualification for this position specifically.</li> <li>Your application score is used to place you into one of three quality categories: "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified", and "Qualified". (The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.)</li> <li>The cut-off score for each quality category may vary from announcement to announcement, and is determined by each agency, in advance of the advertisement going live.</li> <li>Category Rating does not add veterans preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles Vets who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 30% must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher).</li> <li>Only applications in the Best Qualified category are referred to the hiring office for consideration.</li> <li>If a high volume of applications are from highly qualified preference eligible Veterans, FDA's HR office may elect to refer ONLY those preference eligible Veterans to the hiring office for consideration.</li> <li>If FDA receives a small number of applications, or if the score range of applications in the highest quality category is low enough, the Best Qualified category may be merged with the Well Qualified category and the merged list may be provided to the hiring office instead.</li> </ul> <br /><strong>Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics). You do not have to respond to the KSA's separately, but your resume should contain sufficient information to demonstrate possession of the Competencies/KSA's.</strong><br /><br />1. Technical Competence-Operations Research<br /><br />2. Data Collection, Modeling and Analysis<br /><br />3. Written communication.<br /><br />4. Oral communication.<br /> <strong> To preview the application assessment questions, click the link below:<br /> https: apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10529579 </strong> <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Not Required <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br /><strong>These documents will be required for ALL applicants:</strong> <br /> <strong><ul><li>Resume</li><li>Transcript</li></ul></strong><br /> If you need instructions or assistance with submitting documentation, please see the Applicant Help Site – Documents page. <br /><br /><strong>These documents may be required for some applicants:</strong> <br /> <strong><ul><li>Cover Letter</li><li>DD-214/ Statement of Service</li><li>Disability Letter (Schedule A)</li><li>Disability Letter (VA)</li><li>License</li><li>Other supporting documentation not listed above</li><li>PCS Orders</li><li>Performance Appraisal</li><li>Professional Certification</li><li>Resume</li><li>Separation Notice (RIF)</li><li>SF-15</li><li>SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action</li><li>Transcript</li></ul></strong><br /> Documents in this list are being accepted from all applicants, but may be required for some. If you are unsure what documents might apply to you, please review the USAJOBS FAQ article: " What types of documents might I need to provide? " or contact the FDA Applicant Help Desk. <br /><br /><strong>TRANSCRIPTS:</strong> <br /> Transcripts MUST reflect the degree/certificate program and the degree conferred date (Official transcript is required upon selection).<br /> Positions which are scientific or technical in nature often have very specific educational requirements. A transcript is required to verify educational achievement. Pay careful attention to the Qualifications and Education sections to identify vacancies where a transcript is required. Even if you hold a similar position or are a current employee, you are not exempt from transcript requirements.<br /><br /><strong>RESUME REQUIREMENTS:</strong> <br /> The federal government has very specific resume requirements. If you have not written a federal resume before, you may want to watch this <strong> Resume Writing Tutorial </strong>video on the USAJOBS YouTube channel , or read through a helpful <strong> Resume Writing FAQ </strong> on the USAJOBS Help Site to learn what details you should, and should not, include in your resume. <strong> A CV (curriculum vitae) may not contain enough information to meet these resume requirements. </strong><br /><br /><strong>DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS WHEN CLAIMING VETERANS PREFERENCE: </strong> <br /> Must submit a copy of your DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from the armed forces that has the dates of service and discharge status. <ul> <li><strong>Active Duty Members: </strong> To claim status Under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to hire Heroes Act of 2011, submit written documentation from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted with your application package. </li> <li><strong>Parents of Deceased or Disabled Veterans:</strong> To claim status under Gold Star Fathers Act of 2015, you must submit a copy of the deceased or disabled veterans' DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from the armed forces that has the dates of service and discharge status AND the SF-15, Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. Please follow the instructions in the SF-15 on required documentation to be submitted. </li> <li><strong>Widow or Widower</strong>: To claim preference, you must submit a copy of the deceased or disabled veterans' DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from the armed forces that has the dates of service and discharge status AND the SF-15, Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. Please follow the instructions in the SF-15 on required documentation to be submitted. </li> <li><strong>Spouse of a Living Veteran: </strong> To claim preference, you must submit a copy of the veterans' DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from the armed forces that has the dates of service and discharge status AND the SF-15, Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference, and Documentation of Veteran's Inability to Work Because of a Service-Connected Disability. Please follow the instructions in the SF-15 on required documentation to be submitted. </li> </ul> See the Feds Hire Vets site for detailed information about documentation requirements.<br /> USAJOBS also maintains a help page for Veterans .<br /><br /><b>NOTE:</b> It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https: my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login , select the <b>Application Status </b>link and then select the M<b>ore Information </b>link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.<br /><br /><b>To return to an incomplete application</b>, log into your USAJOBS account and click <b>Update Application </b>in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete. <br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />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 . <br /><br />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.