Economist
Offices, Boards and Divisions - Washington, DC

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Are you interested in a rewarding and challenging career? Join the U.S. Department of Justice!! This vacancy is also being announced as Vacancy Announcement Number 14-CRD-005 (MPP) under Merit Promotion procedures. Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under Merit Promotion Procedures. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately to each announcement in order to be considered under both procedures.

The Civil Rights Division (Division) of the Department of Justice, created by the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The Division is primarily responsible for enforcing federal statutes and executive orders that prohibit, among other things, unlawful discrimination in education, employment, housing, police service, public accommodations and facilities, voting, and federally funded and conducted programs. The Division also has jurisdiction to enforce constitutional prohibitions on certain conduct by law enforcement agencies and public residential institutions, such as health care and correctional facilities. The Housing and Civil Enforcement Section (HCE or Section) works to protect some of the most fundamental rights of individuals, including the right to access housing free from discrimination, the right to access credit on an equal basis, the right to patronize places of business that provide public accommodations and the right to practice one's faith free from discrimination.

TRAVEL REQUIRED
  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED
  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • You must complete a background investigation.
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
  • A one-year probationary period may be required.

DUTIES: Back to top The individual selected for this position will work with staff attorneys and other economists to identify and investigate potential illegal discrimination. As such, the incumbent will perform the following duties and responsibilities:
  • Develop, estimate and evaluate econometric models, engage in other statistical analysis, and clean, manipulate and evaluate large databases.

  • Identify statistical patterns consistent with discrimination and calculate monetary damages; and

  • Work as part of a team on specific investigations. Candidates will be expected to conduct and manage multiple investigations.


  • QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Back to top Qualifying experience for the GS-13 level include one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience at this level include experience performing empirical research or statistical analysis projects requiring data assembly and manipulation with minimal supervision; selection and use of appropriate existing econometric or statistical analysis techniques; application of current methodologies and/or theories to reach appropriate results or conclusions; projects or assignments involving working cooperatively with a group or under the direction of other professionals; and presentation of results in a variety of written or oral formats. Qualifying experience for the GS-14 level include one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience at this level include experience performing empirical research or statistical analysis projects requiring the collection, manipulation, evaluation and interpretation of large data sets; development of new techniques or extension of existing econometric or statistical analysis techniques for application to major projects significant to the success of organization activities; projects or assignments involving coordinating a group of professionals; and presentation of authoritative results or conclusions in a variety of written or oral formats designed to maximize user understanding. Qualifying experience for the GS-15 level include one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience at this level include experience performing complex empirical research or statistical analysis projects requiring the independent design of procedures or protocols for collection, manipulation, evaluation and/or interpretation of large data sets; development either independently or as a team leader of new econometric or statistical analysis techniques and means for application to major projects to reach appropriate results or conclusions significant to the success of major organization activities; projects or assignments involving leading a group of professionals and resolving operational or personnel problems; and development of interpretive materials presenting results and conclusions of major empirical projects in a balanced, thorough manner to maximize understanding for a wide variety of audience.

    All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see http://www.ed.gov/ .

    You must meet all qualification requirement by the closing date of this announcement. It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment. Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. A one year probationary period may be required.

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ's Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Names of all candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Candidates within the best qualified category who are eligible for veteran preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles. All applicants' qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies. The competencies listed below are required for this position; please outline experience/education in these competencies in your resume:
  • Decision Making
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Oral Communication
  • Attention to Detail
  • Writing
  • Creative Thinking
  • Self-Management
  • Mathematical Reasoning


  • BENEFITS: Back to top The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.

    OTHER INFORMATION: Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the DOJ with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your DOJ component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria. Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria. Veterans' Preference : If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of preference (5 or 10 points) you are claiming on your résumé. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214; official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation. For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF-15), Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference, and the other required documentation identified on the SF-15 to support your preference claim. Schedule A : The Department of Justice encourages applicants with disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements. Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire under Schedule A hiring authority. Individuals with targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Bender Registry by submitting their resume to resume@benderconsult.com , and reference "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line. For additional information see: http://www.benderconsult.com/ . Individuals with targeted/severe disabilities are also encouraged to submit their resumes to the Division by emailing them to CRT.Specprogvacancies@usdoj.gov . Applicants with questions about this process may contact the Division's Disability Point of Contact (DPOC) at (202) 514-3934. Department Policy : The Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factor. The Department welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. DOJ is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice.

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