Operations Research Analyst, GS-1515-09/12


Vacancy ID: 840012   Announcement Number: HHS-ACF-DE-13-840012   USAJOBS Control Number: 337490900

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. Read each of the following statements and select the one that demonstrates how you meet the basic requirement of the position. Transcript(s) must be provided to support educational claims. If college-level credit for calculus was obtained during high-school, transcript(s) must be submitted to support claim.

A. Successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a Bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in operations research.
B. 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.
C. I do not possess the education described above.

2. From the descriptions below, select the one that describes your experience and/or education and meet the specialized experience requirement for Operations Research Analyst, GS-1515-09.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service performing the following duties: 1) applying knowledge of research techniques to include basic mathematical modeling, statistical analysis and other operations research techniques; 2) utilizing statistical automated systems; and 3) participating in analysis of an organization program policies and operations.
B. I have two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree in a field directly related to the position. (You must provide supporting transcripts)
C. I have some specialized experience as described in A, but less than one year; and I have more than one year but less than two years of education as described in B. I have computed the percentage of the requirements that I meet, and the total is at least 100%. (To compute the percentage, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education beyond one year by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.) (You must provide supporting transcripts)
D. My education or experience is not reflected in the above statements.

3. From the descriptions below, select the one that describes your experience and/or education and meet the specialized experience requirement for Operations Research Analyst, GS-1515-11.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service performing the following duties: 1) applying knowledge of research techniques to include mathematical modeling, statistical analysis and other operations research techniques; 2) formulating mathematical expressions and drawing conclusions; and 3) participating in the development of new studies, methods, approaches, or procedures.
B. I have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field directly related to the position. (You must provide supporting transcripts)
C. I have some specialized experience as described in A, but less than one year; and I have more than two years but less than three years of education as described in B. I have computed the percentage of the requirements that I meet, and the total is at least 100%. (To compute the percentage, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education beyond two years by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.) (You must provide supporting transcripts)
D. My education or experience is not reflected in the above statements.

4. From the descriptions below, select the one that describes your experience and/or education and meet the specialized experience requirement for Operations Research Analyst, GS-1515-12.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal Service performing the following duties: 1) utilizing operations research tools and techniques and quantitative methodologies; 2) writing statistical computer programs; 3) developing methodology and studies to evaluate alternative courses of action for operations or programs; and 4) researching trends and patterns to develop new methods, criteria, or propose new policies and procedures.
B. My experience is not reflected in the above statement.

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Darken the oval corresponding to that statement in Section 25 of the Qualifications and Availability Form C. Please select only one letter for each item.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

5. Design mathematical and analytical models to evaluate alternative course of action to program issues.

6. Identify relationships among data elements to determine the impact on projects.

7. Utilize mathematical analysis to conduct operations research related to grant award modeling.

8. Design and conduct comprehensive studies.

9. Evaluate competing grant award methods, systems, or concepts.

10. Prepare grant awards for certification using data analysis, statistical analysis, and computerized systems.

11. Analyze documents describing a grant program, its operational environment and expected performance capabilities.

12. Maintain paper and electronic grant files to maintain fiscal oversight of grant awards.

13. Conduct presentations for the purpose of disseminating information and research findings.

14. Provide support to management and program officials on management policies and procedures.

15. Coordinate the contributions of team members between outside organizations.

16. Provide guidance and recommendation with the design and conduct of projects or studies.

17. Provide decision makers with an assessment of the relative values, strengths, and weaknesses of a grant program.

18. Prepare technical descriptions of computation methods for a grant award program.

19. Develop standard operating procedures for collecting financial expenditure reporting.

20. Prepare documents outlining methods and standards to ensure effectiveness of operations.