JOB: Social Scientist Analyst at USDA, Washington, DC

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    Alicia Mazzara
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    Job Title: Social Scientist Analyst
    Department: Department Of Agriculture
    Agency: Economic Research Service
    Sub Agency: Economic Research Service
    Job Announcement Number: ERS-2011-0045

    SALARY RANGE: $51,630.00 – $67,114.00 /year
    OPEN PERIOD: Wednesday, June 08, 2011 to Sunday, June 12, 2011
    SERIES & GRADE: GS-0101-09/09
    POSITION INFORMATION: Full-Time Term Appointment-Not to Exceed 2 years
    PROMOTION POTENTIAL: 11
    DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy(s) in one of the following locations: Washington DC Metro Area, DC
    WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: All U.S. Citizens (Federal Status Not Required)

    JOB SUMMARY:

    The Economic Research Service (ERS) conducts broad programs of economic and other social science research and analysis relating to agriculture, food, natural resources, and rural America for use by public and private decision makers. ERS’ clients are the executive and legislative branches; environmental, consumer and public interest groups, including farm and industry groups; and the general public.

    The Food Economics Division provides economic research, monitoring and statistical indicators, and staff and policy analysis of consumer, food marketing, and food assistance issues, including: consumption determinants and trends; consumer demand for food quality, safety, and nutrition; food security; food market competition and coordination; low-income assistance programs; and food safety regulation.

    The incumbent serves in the Food Assistance Branch. He/she reviews economic and scientific literature to provide support for economic analysis and research activities. Analysis focuses on priority issues related to using food assistance program administrative data to strengthen food assistance program research. The incumbent conducts complex analyses of food assistance program administrative data that is linked with other program and/or survey data.

    KEY REQUIREMENTS:

    * Must be a U.S. Citizen.
    * Must be able to pass a background/security clearance.
    * One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.

    DUTIES:

    Performs individual research and analysis assignments of a well-defined scope and moderate difficulty.

    Supports program specialists in their preparation of complex projects, and helps conduct detailed phases of technical work as part of larger research projects.

    Uses a large variety of data sources and computer software tools to support data gathering, analysis, and dissemination.

    Uses data-matching procedures to match data across administrative data systems and between administrative and survey databases.

    Completes a variety of assignments requiring the application of software and the design of information systems needed to support the analytical work of the incumbent and other agency economists.

    Prepares data and analysis for publication and briefings related to market analysis and special studies.

    Coordinates with data coordinators across States and agencies.

    Supports outreach, such as workshops and conferences, to disseminate research findings.

    For more information, see http://jobview.usajobs.gov/GetJob.aspx?JobID=100020132&JobTitle=Social+Scientist+Analyst&x=81&y=13&brd=3876&vw=b&FedEmp=N&FedPub=Y&tm=0&pg=2&re=3&AVSDM=2011-06-08+00%3a03%3a00.

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