Operations Research Analyst


Vacancy ID: 832121   Announcement Number: FS-832121-SW13   USAJOBS Control Number: 337328500

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832121
1. Title of Job

Operations Research Analyst
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12. Special Knowledge

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20. Occupational Specialties

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001 - Open to All U.S. Citizens.

002 - Competitive Merit Promotion. This includes current Federal employees who serve under a competitive career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service, reinstatement eligibles (former Federal employees who served under a career appointment in the competitive service) and VEOA eligibles (veterans with preference and veterans who have been honorably discharged and substantially completed at least 3 years of continuous active duty service.  You must provide qualifying documentation (i.e. – SF-50 or veterans documentation).

003 - Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities. This includes applicants who are eligible for noncompetitive or special appointment authorities such as: 30% or more compensably disabled veterans, Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA - for positions at GS-11 and below), and persons with disabilities (Schedule A), military spouse preference, Federal employees in excepted positions covered under an interchange agreement, and other eligible special hiring authorities (such as Peace Corps, Boren Fellows, etc.). This also includes applicants who previously held, or currently hold, this position and grade with the same promotion potential as announced for this 832121.  For more information about special hiring authorities, visit: http://www.opm.gov/hr_practitioners/lawsregulations/appointingauthorities/index.asp.  You must provide qualifying documentation for a noncompetitive or special hiring authority.


001 All U.S. Citizens
002 Competitive Merit Promotion
003 Noncompetitive & Special Hiring Authorities

21. Geographic Availability

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510100013 Arlington, VA

22. Transition Assistance Plan

Complete this section ONLY IF you are a surplus or displaced Federal employee requesting special priority consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). To be considered, you must be a surplus or displaced Federal employee as defined in the regulations, be applying for a vacancy at or below the grade level of the position from which you have been or are being separated (and with no greater promotion potential than your position), and be occupying or have been displaced from a position in the same local commuting area as the vacancy.

Note: To receive consideration for the CTAP or ICTAP, you must submit the necessary supporting documentation as specified in the vacancy announcement.


23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Basic Qualification Requirements

1. All applicants must meet the basic qualification requirement for this position. Please select the response which best describes how you meet the basic qualification requirement for the Operations Research Analyst.

A. I have successfully completed a full four (4) year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree in operations research. (Copies of transcripts must be included in your application package to support meeting the basic qualification requirement.)
B. I have successfully completed a full four (4) year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree with 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. Examples of acceptable courses: optimization; mathematical modeling; queuing 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. (Copies of transcripts must be included in your application package to support meeting the basic qualification requirement.)
C. My education does not reflect in the above statements and therefore I do not qualify for this position.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

2. From the descriptions below, select one statement that best describes your experience to qualify for this position at the GS-13 level.

A. In addition to meeting the basic qualification requirement, I qualify for this position at the grade GS-13 as I have at least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-12 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities such as: 1) analyze projects and programs to increase technical knowledge and recommend solutions to risk and uncertainty; 2) develop life cycle cost analysis methodology and mathematical modeling to identify alternative solutions to problems, and 3) perform cost sensitivity and cost benefit analyses.
B. My experience is not reflected in the above statement and therefore I do not qualify for the position.

3. From the descriptions below, select one statement that best describes your experience to qualify for this position at the GS-14 level.

A. In addition to meeting the basic qualification requirement, I qualify for this position at the grade GS-14 as I have at least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-13 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities such as: 1) execute and evaluate projects and programs to increase technical knowledge and provide solutions to risk and uncertainty; 2) develop and apply statistical, analytical, and operations research techniques to assess, improve or guide internal research studies and perform data analyses; and 3) develop new policies, procedures and/or techniques designed to improve cost analysis/estimating in research, development, test and evaluation processes.
B. My experience is not reflected in the above statement and therefore I do not qualify for the position.

KNOWLEDGE OF APPLIED MATHEMATICS TO UNDERSTAND AND USE THE FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS AND TECHNIQUES OF OPERATIONS RESEARCH METHODS ANALYSIS

For each task in the following groups, choose the statement from the list A through E following each task that best describes your experience. Your resume must support your answers or your overall score may be lowered or considered ineligible.

A- I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
B- I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
C- I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
D- I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
E- I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or superiors to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.

4. Develop and analyze complex studies which require advanced analytical and statistical methods.

5. Analyze operational requirements in research, development, test, and evaluation programs.

6. Conduct program review activities utilizing complex mathematical analysis techniques to support findings.

7. Recommend program changes based on analytical analysis and supported by mathematical calculations.

SKILL IN QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE ANALYTICAL METHODS AND TECHNIQUES TO EVALUATE RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION PROGRAMS

8. Evaluate research, development, test and evaluation programs within an organization.

9. Identify relevant issues based on changing research, development, test and evaluation program requirements.

10. Present findings and recommendations on issues or programs impacting research, development, test, and evaluation programs.

11. Provide advice related to program or policy issues that involve major areas of uncertainty in approach or methodology.

12. Develop qualitative program and project evaluation to gather information for program and project performance measurement.

13. Research and interpret laws, regulations, policies or precedents relating to budget formulation and execution affecting organizational programs.

KNOWLEDGE OF MATHEMATICAL, STATISTICAL, ECONOMETRIC AND SCIENTIFIC METHODS AND TECHNIQUES.

14. Formulate, test, and evaluate new cost estimating and analysis theories, principles, and practices.

15. Review manual and automated methods of cost data collection, evaluation and analysis to determine need for development and operation of cost estimating and analysis products.

16. Research techniques for the development and adjustment of cost estimating relationships relating cost to physical and performance variables by mathematical expressions (i.e. regression analysis, sensitivity analyses, trend analysis and uncertainty analysis).

17. Adapt mathematical, statistical, economic, and other scientific methods to cost analysis applications for use in drafting policy and procedures.

ORAL COMMUNICATION

18. Brief an organization's leadership on program materials.

19. Brief external audiences (which include high-ranking officials) on program materials.

20. Maintain effective working relationships with analysts, managers, and upper management officials within and outside the organization in order to influence or persuade persons or groups to comply with policies or accept established methods and procedures.

21. Facilitate interaction between program staff, subject matter experts, and contractors to accomplish required duties and assignments.

WRITTEN COMMUNICATION

22. Prepare and present written proposals and justifications for original studies in cost analysis.

23. Prepare a wide variety of written documents and briefing materials on aspects of cost estimating and analysis programs.

24. Draft reports, memoranda and correspondence related to research, development, test, and evaluation programs.