<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />Click on "Learn more about this agency" button below to view <strong>Eligibilities </strong>being considered and other <strong>IMPORTANT</strong> information.<br /><br />The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a senior operations research analyst and to provide expertise in initiating, applying, and planning major developmental studies. Recognized as the Air Force authority on modeling and simulation, providing expert guidance and advice to Air Force headquarters staff, major command activities, and/or other agencies.<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Employs scientific and analytical techniques to define, quantify, and evaluate the feasibility of assigned projects, studies or problems.</li> <li>Reviews and evaluates study projects, proposals, and/or reports for adequacy of methodology, including the use or development of computerized models, ensuring the techniques used are valid and appropriate to the problem or issue identified.</li> <li>Serves as a consultant and Air Force level technical expert to senior subject matter specialists and/or agency officials responsible for broad program operations.</li> <li>Attends meetings, conferences, briefings, and seminars related to program planning, advanced technologies, and support system concepts.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> None <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>U.S. Citizenship Required</li> <li>Males must be registered for Selective Service, see www.sss.gov</li> <li>Must be able to obtain and maintain Top Secret with Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) clearance.</li> <li>Work may require travel away from the normal duty station on military and commercial aircraft.</li> <li>Recruitment incentives may/may not be authorized</li> <li>This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program</li> <li>Position may be subject to random drug testing</li> <li>Employee may be required to work other than normal duty hours, to include evenings, weekends and/or holidays</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br /><strong>This is a Centrally Managed position in the Science and Engineering career field.</strong><br /><br />In order to qualify, you must meet the specialized experience requirements described in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions, Operation Research Series 1515, and meet the positive education requirement.<br /><br /><strong>SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: </strong> Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade GS-13, or equivalent in other pay systems. Examples of specialized experience includes: Applying research techniques to obtain information concerning subject studies to perform sound analyses. Utilizing analytical, mathematical or statistical theories, principles, concepts, methods, and techniques to provide expert judgement concerning the validity of assumptions made and the criteria to evaluate alternatives. Identifying actual or potential problem areas, trends, and or/or similar factors to improve program operations and management systems. Designing, building, and using complex models to simulate real-world environments of many variables. Identifying the significant variables and determine their underlying relationships. (<strong>Note: </strong>This experience MUST be well documented on your resume).<br /><br /><strong>AND</strong><br /><br />Must possess 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>FEDERAL TIME-IN-GRADE (TIG) REQUIREMENT FOR GENERAL SCHEDULE (GS) POSITIONS:</strong> Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the GS-13 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-14 level. TIG applies if you are in a current GS position or held a GS position within the previous 52 weeks.<br /><br /><strong>KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): </strong>Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:<br /><br />1. Knowledge and mastery of a broad range of methods and techniques used in classical and modern advanced operations research studies and possession of analytical abilities.<br /><br />2. Knowledge of expert quantitative techniques and methods used to develop, adapt, modify, and apply models to resolve problems or define and clarify alternative solutions.<br /><br />3. Ability to participate in study teams; originate new ideas, projects, and methodologies; and execute projects and/or studies within established financial and/or time constraints.<br /><br />4. Ability to recognize and use correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicate information in writing in a succinct and organized manner; and produce written information, including technical material, which is appropriate for the intended audience.<br /><br />5. Ability to develop and utilize appropriate data collection techniques.<br /><br />6. Ability to design, build, and use models and simulation techniques.<br /><br /><strong>PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: </strong>Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.<br /><br /><strong>VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE:</strong> Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><strong>POSITIVE EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: </strong>Must possess 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. You <strong>MUST </strong>provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.<br /><br /><strong>FOREIGN EDUCATION:</strong> Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br /><strong>Current or Former Federal Civilian Employees (Includes current Air Force employees):</strong> You are required to submit legible copy/copies of your last or most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, (block 24 must be a "1" or "2" AND block 34 must be a"1"). Additionally, if you are applying for a higher grade (GS) and your SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you meet the one year time-in-grade requirement so you will need to provide an SF-50 which clearly demonstrates you meet the time-in-grade requirements (examples of appropriate SF-50s include Promotions, Within-grade Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s with an effective date more than one year old)<br /><br /><strong>Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): </strong>For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here . To be best-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated 90 or above for this position. You must submit a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.<br /><br /><strong>Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): </strong>Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information.<br /><br /><strong>90-Day Register: </strong>This announcement may result in a 90-day register that may be used to fill like vacancies for 90 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur.<br /><br /><strong>Direct Deposit:</strong> All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.<br /><br /><strong>If you have questions regarding this announcement and have hearing or speech difficulties click here .</strong><br /><br /><strong>Tax Law Impact for PCS: </strong> On 22-Dec-2017, Public Law 115-97 – the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 suspended qualified moving expense deductions along with the exclusion for employer reimbursements and payments of moving expenses effective 01-Jan-2018 for tax years 2018 through 2025. The law made taxable certain reimbursements and other payments, including driving mileage, airfare and lodging expenses, en-route travel to the new duty station, and temporary storage of those items. The Federal Travel Regulation Bulletin (FTR) 18-05 issued by General Services Administration (GSA) has authorized agencies to use the Withholding Tax Allowance (WTA) and Relocation Income Tax Allowance (RITA) to pay for "substantially all" of the increased tax liability resulting from the "2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" for certain eligible individuals. For additional information on WTA/RITA allowances and eligibilities, please click here . <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 />Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.<br /><br />The resume/documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "insufficient information" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.<br /><br />For additional information on what to include in your resume, click here .<br /><br />Applicants who meet the requirements for and apply as a non-competitive eligible that meet minimal qualifications and other requirements of this position, will be given consideration as a non-competitive candidate and will be referred unless blocked by an individual with priority/preference.<br /><br /><strong>APPRAISALS/AWARDS: </strong> Hiring Managers use objective methods and consider previous performance appraisals and awards in the selection process. Current Federal Civilian employees should list any relevant performance related rating and/or awards in your resume.<br /><br />Applicants who disqualify themselves will not be evaluated further. <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Sensitive Compartmented Information <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> Yes <br /><br />Position sensitivity and risk <br /> Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk <br /><br />Trust determination process <br /> National security <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br /><strong>The following documents are required and must be provided with your application. Other documents may be required based on the eligibility/eligibilities you are claiming. Click here to view the AF Civilian Employment Eligibility Guide and the required documents you must submit to substantiate the eligibilities you are claiming. </strong> <li>Online Application – Questionnaire</li> <li>Resume – must include beginning and ending month and year for each employment period and hours worked per week. If you are a current Federal employee or previous Federal employee, provide your pay plan, series and grade level, i.e., GS-0301-09. Do <strong>NOT</strong> include photographs (or links to social media such as LinkedIn ), inappropriate material, inappropriate content, or personal information such as age, gender, religion, social security number, etc., on your resume.</li> <li>Transcripts – if you are basing your qualifications on education or if the position requires education, you must submit copies of your transcripts</li> <li>Registration/License – active, current registration/license <strong>if applicable</strong> for the position</li> <li>If claiming VRA, VEOA or Veterans' Preference – a copy of your DD Form 214, which must include character of service or a Statement of Service/Proof of Service which must include service dates and character of service. In addition, if claiming 10-point preference and/or 30% Disabled Veteran, you must submit a VA Letter or a disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces (or documentation of purple heart, if applicable) and a SF 15 (Application for 10-point veteran preference).</li> <li>Current or Former Federal Civilian Employees (Includes current Air Force employees): You are required to submit legible copy/copies of your last or most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, (block 24 must be a "1" or "2" AND block 34 must be a"1"). Additionally, if you are applying for a higher grade (GS) and your SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you meet the one year time-in-grade requirement so you will need to provide an SF-50 which clearly demonstrates you meet the time-in-grade requirements (examples of appropriate SF-50s include Promotions, Within-grade Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s with an effective date more than one year old).</li> <li>Applicants must refer to the AF Civilian Employment Eligibility Guide (link provided above) for a complete list of required documents for each eligibility you identify.</li> <strong>ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS:</strong> The VOW Act Chapter 21 of Title 5, United States Code (U.S.C.), Section 2108a, requires Federal agencies treat active duty service member as veterans, disabled veterans, and preference eligible, when they submit, at the time they apply for a Federal job, a "certification" of active service in lieu of a DD-214, assuming the service member is otherwise eligible. A "certification" letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service. The service member's military service dates are necessary in order to determine whether he or she meets the definition of "veteran" under 5 U.S.C. 2108(1). The "certification" must reflect the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions <strong>not later than 120 days after the date of submission</strong>. The "certification" must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin (if applicable), your rank, dates of active duty service, the type of discharge and character of service (i.e. honorable). Further, under paragraph (h) of the rule, agencies are required to verify a qualifying separation from military service prior to appointment, through the DD-214 or other appropriate documentation. Your preference and/or appointment eligibility will be verified prior to appointment. Active duty members that fail to provide a valid "certification" of service with their initial application will be found "not eligible." Military members may be appointed before the effective date of their military retirement/separation if member is on terminal leave.<br /><br /><strong>MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE: </strong>To request MSP hiring preference, you must submit the following documents:<br /> – Statement requesting MSP; and<br /> – Copy of military sponsor's PCS orders<br /><br /><strong>OPTIONAL DOCUMENTS:<br /> Performance Appraisals for Current Federal Civilian Employees</strong> – Most recent performance appraisals (dated within last 3 years) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Applicant should not submit an appraisal that does not include this information.<br /><br /><strong>Awards for Current Federal Civilian Employees</strong> – Copies of any award received within the last 3 years. <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.