Bureau Of Labor Statistics New York , NY 10001
There is one position announcement, work primarily in the boroughs of Manhattan & the Bronx. This Positon requires the incumbent to be fluent in the Spanish Language.
Job requires going to retail stores, businesses and residences in the local area to gather required information. If required, employee will be given notification to appear at a specified office. Relocation expenses will not be provided.
Economic Assistants collect prices and related statistical data on a wide variety of commodities, services, and housing for the BLS Consumer Price Index. Data for commodities and services are collected by conducting personal and telephone interviews with store managers and buyers, managers in auto dealerships, doctors, pharmacists, and other professionals.
Data for the housing survey are obtained by personal visit or telephone interview with either property managers, tenants, or home owners. The incumbent conducts the duties of this position in situations requiring written and verbal fluency in Spanish and English. Converses and writes fluently in both languages in order to communicate with various customers, as well as read and analyze documents containing Spanish language.The Duties include, but are not limited to:
1.Visiting retail and service establishments such as department stores, supermarkets, medical offices and hotels to collect retail price data. A limited amount of data is collected by telephone/fax/web.
2.Contacting homeowners, renters, and apartment management companies by personal visit to neighborhoods and follow up telephone interviews.
3.Collecting and entering data on a hand held computer.
4.Obtaining voluntary cooperation from survey respondents.
5.Traveling to office to have work reviewed during on-the-job training and for monthly meetings.
75% or less
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
Requires a valid drivers license.
Subject to frequent travel.
Appointment to this position will require a background investigation.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:The GS-5 level requires one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience which is in the Economic Assistant field or a related occupation which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.
Examples of qualifying experience may include: Significant experience in retail sales, cold-calling sales, real estate sales or management, survey or marketing work, interviewers or in-take workers, jobs or volunteer experience that required detailed record keeping, jobs or volunteer experience that required oral persuasion skills, jobs or volunteer experience that involved public contact. Specialized experience must demonstrate the applicant's ability to perform research or related work that involved collecting, compiling, verifying, analyzing, or reporting data.
Direct contact with, and direct sales to, the public is a plus. Examples of specialized experience include: experience in retail sales; specific knowledge of a wide variety of assorted products and/or service(s) offered by retail stores and businesses to the consumer; knowledge of products and service specifications; real estate experience in selling and public outreach, specific knowledge of area sales and housing stock, pricing and customer base. General knowledge of constantly changing consumer marketing practices.
Knowledge of consumer product and service terminology and characteristics. Familiarity with state, federal and local laws as they relate to consumer products/services especially prices, (i.e., licensing requirements, state taxes, excise taxes, labeling regulations, etc.). Using good skill in communicating, both orally and in writing. Using personal computers and application such as windows-based software applications, email, and the internet.
EDUCATIONAL SUBSTITUTION: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in economics, or 24 semester hours of courses in subjects such as business law, statistics, algebra, precalculus, calculus, or economics.
Equivalent combination of education and experience are qualifying. Complete application packages must be received by the closing date of the vacancy announcement, this includes copies of college transcripts.
The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process.
The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. It is essential that your resume provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions.
If your responses are not adequately substantiated by your resume, the HRO will amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency that is indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments such as an interview.
If you wish to use your education as a basis for meeting the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must submit academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements. If specific course work is required to fulfill the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit for that course work. See the 'Qualifications and Evaluations' section of this announcement for more details.
If you do not submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.
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The Department of Labor does not make unfavorable hiring decisions on the basis of an applicant's previous or current unemployment, or the fact that an applicant has experienced financial difficulty through no fault of his/her own and has undertaken good faith efforts to meet his/her financial obligations. Consideration is given to financial status in relation to appointments only where required by law, regulation, or Executive Order.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.
Category A - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.
Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies required by this position.
Category C - Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.
The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions.
If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)
INFORMATION FOR ICTAP/CTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified".
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Drug test required
The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Follow the instructions: click . You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you.
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Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.
To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting honorable or general discharge or release within 120 days, click ). Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference. For more information, go to:
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Only required if requesting priority consideration under eligibility.
Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted
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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 .
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.
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