Organizational Location: This position is with the Department of Homeland Security, within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Enterprise Services, Office of Programming, Washington, DC.
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Joining Customs & Border Protection will allow you to use your expertise in operations research to advise management on a wide range of program activities which will impact the total Customs Agency. This position starts at a salary of $134,789.00 (GS-15, Step 1) to $164,200.00 (GS-15, Step 10) with promotion potential to $164,200.00 (GS-15, Step 10). Apply for this exciting opportunity to strengthen the Department's ability to perform homeland security functions by identifying potentially conflicting organizational requirements.
In this Supervisory Operations Research Analyst position you will become a key team member of Homeland Security professionals by researching and advising management on a wide range of operations activities which will impact the total agency. Typical work assignments include:
Serving as Deputy to the Chief Programming Officer (CPO) of Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Managing agency-wide analytic, modeling, and simulation initiatives, including: developing research proposals and feedback programs; designing analytical products to better inform and support CBP resource decision-making processes.
Participating fully with the Chief Programming Officer (CPO) and other Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials in review and appraisal of major policy issues amid questions with major implications for CBP's stance on a variety of issues, including those with potential impact on one or more aspects of the national economy.
Representing CPO in meetings and conferences involving high level officials from other Federal agencies, business and industry executives, Members of Congress and high level representatives of various private sector groups.
Serving as a subject matter expert on analytic, modeling and simulation programs, and research practice.
25% or less - You may be expected to travel 25% for this position.
Job family (Series)
1515 Operations Research
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with Selective Service
Primary U.S. residency for the last three years (additional details below)
You may be required to pass a background investigation and/or polygraph
Upon appointment, you may be required to undergo random drug testing
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 MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS AT THE TIME OF YOUR APPLICATION TO VERIFY THAT YOU MEET THIS REQUIREMENT.
Evaluation of Education:
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.
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.
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.
GS-15: You qualify at the GS-15 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience that equipped you with the skills needed to perform the job duties. Examples include conducting regional operations research projects using advanced concepts of operations research, statistics, and scientific methods and techniques to identify and solve a variety of complex challenges; performing quantitative and qualitative analysis, data quality assurance to include the development of graphics and reports based on the analysis while serving as the primary representative on operations research matter in contacts with other agencies; and supervising and providing technical direction to individuals utilizing analytical skills.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Meet all qualification requirements, including education if applicable to this position, subject to verification at any stage of the application process; and
Meet all applicable Time in Grade requirements (current federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the federal service) by 09/26/2018.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.
Background Investigation: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency that requires all applicants to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to employment in order to promote the agency's core values of vigilance, service to country, and integrity. During the screening and/or background investigation process, you will be asked questions regarding any felony criminal convictions or current felony charges, the use of illegal drugs (e.g., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, ecstasy), and the use of non-prescribed controlled substances including any experimentation, possession, sale, receipt, manufacture, cultivation, production, transfer, shipping, trafficking, or distribution of controlled substances. For more information visit this link.
Probationary Period: Current and former federal employees may be required to serve or complete a probationary period.
Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal Government, you are not CTAP eligible. Information about CTAP eligibility can be found here. You must submit the supporting documents listed in the "Required Documents" section of this announcement. In addition, to be considered well qualified under CTAP, you must possess the knowledge, skills and abilities and/or competencies clearly exceeding the minimum requirements of the position. This will be measured by a score of 85 or higher.
Please see the Qualifications and Required Documents sections for more information if education is applicable to this position.
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