Vacancy for a Lead Mathematician-Statistician – GS-14 equivalent

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service has posted a job opportunity announcement for a Lead Mathematician-Statistician (1501 series), in Washington, DC, at the AP-5 level (equivalent to a GS-14). The announcement closes on Nov. 12. Candidates may use the links below for more information and to apply. Duties and qualifications follow the links. – Open to public – Open to Federal Competitive Status employees & reinstatement eligibles; CTAP and ICTAP eligibles in the local commuting area; Non-competitive appointment eligibles under Special Authorities; and Qualified VEOA eligibles.

The Field Operations Analysis Group (FOAG) provides analytical support to a large, geographically dispersed regulatory workforce in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. The leader of this branch will be expected to have experience in the areas of data analysis and statistics, strategic thinking, leadership and communication/public speaking.
• Participates fully with the Staff Director and others to plan and conduct analyses of data generated by ODIFP and other Agency programs.
• Advises upper-management and co-workers on analytical studies.
• Demonstrates an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of various levels of management.
• Develops logical solutions to problems using an independent approach to problem solving.
• Serves as a subject matter expert in specific areas of data analysis and interpretation.
• Provides guidance by ensuring the team understands the organization’s strategic plan, mission, vision and values and integrates them into the team’s strategies, goals, objectives, work plans and products.
• Distributes work among the team according to established workflow, advising on appropriate methods and techniques for accomplishing the work.
• Interprets what the work will entail, gives deadlines, monitors the team’s work, reports status to supervisor.
• Reviews completed work to ensure deadlines and quality have been met.
• Prepares reports and maintains records of work accomplishments and other administrative information, as required.
• Presents to supervisor, along with team and individual work accomplishments and problems, progress made, and training needed.
• Serves as coach, facilitator and/or negotiator in coordinating team initiatives and in consensus-building activities among team members.
• Meets with other team leaders, program officials, and customers to convey team findings and recommendations.
• Reports back to team on progress meeting milestones and deadlines, ensuring all team members are aware of and participate in planning for achievement of team goals and objectives. Resolves simple, informal complaints.
• Informs supervisor of performance management issues, recommending a course of action in relation to the issues.
There are two basic components of your experience that together define the qualifications:

Specialized experience: In order to meet the specialized experience requirement, you will need to have completed 52 weeks of progressively responsible specialized experience at the next lower band/grade level; this requirement must be met by 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time of the closing date of this announcement.

Specialized experience must include: applying broad areas of mathematics, statistics, operations research, or computer science; include knowledge of Structured Query Language (SQL) programming to include working experience with relational databases and knowledge of data structures and data management; the ability to use Statistical Analysis Software (SAS); and working experience using Microsoft Access, Excel, Word and PowerPoint related to Food Safety.

Additionally, leadership ability is a critical component of the specialized experience required for this position. Your resume must include 3 or more of the following:
1. Experience and proven ability to meet, deal, and coordinate work with all levels of staff, and management, including the most senior-level personnel.
2. Develop and/or lead in significant internal and external program/policy issues in short-term and long range planning within program missions, goals and objectives.
3. Analyze and/or advise in analytical support in response to Congressional inquiries, Office of the Inspector General (OIG) audits, time sensitive data requests, and other special requests of high priority or urgency.
4. Lead and/or be considered an expert in conducting data analysis and integration work as needed to support initiatives such as policy development, regulatory inspection and/or public health strategies.
5. Correspond on program positions and proposals related to Food Safety, with special emphasis placed on establishing cooperative relations with senior level executives.

A) A degree in mathematics, statistics, or actuarial science. The degree must be in a major field of study (at least at the baccalaureate level) that is appropriate for the position. OR
B) Combination of education and experience demonstrated by coursework that is equivalent to a major in mathematics, statistics, or actuarial science (at least 24 semester hours), plus appropriate experience or additional education.

All qualification requirements must be met by 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time of the closing date of this announcement. Please view OPM’s Qualifications Standards. General Mathematics and Statistics Series, 1501.

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