Operations Research Analyst
Department of Defense - Richmond, VA

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The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) agency. DLA provides worldwide logistics support for the missions of the Military Departments and the Unified Combatant Commands under conditions of peace and war. It also provides logistics support to other DoD Components and certain Federal agencies, foreign governments, international organizations, and others as authorized.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

See Conditions of Employment for requirements related to this position

DUTIES:
As an Operations Research Analyst, you will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Incumbent will participate in formal and on-the-job training designed to prepare them for advancement to the target level position. Assignments are designed to provide diversified experience as a foundation for future responsibility.
  • Conducts, organizes, directs and coordinates analytical studies (i.e. statistical analysis, linear programming, modeling and simulations) in a primary business area that often incorporates factors from other functional areas.
  • Conducts economic analyses.
  • Serves as a technical and operations research advisor to management officials and DORRA teams, team chiefs and other analysts.
  • Prepares written and oral reports and makes presentations regarding study findings, conclusions, and recommendations.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
To qualify for an Operations Research Analyst, your resume must support:

A. Basic Education: Degree: Successful completion of a 4-year 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.

AND

B. GS-9 Level: Experience: In addition to meeting the basic education requirements above, applicants must demonstrate in their resume at least one (1) year of specialized experience that equipped them with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) to successfully perform the duties of the position and is directly in or related to this position. To be creditable, specialized experience must be at the GS-07 grade level or equivalent under other pay systems in the Federal service, military or private sector. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements including time-in-grade (General Schedule (GS) positions only), time-after-competitive appointment, minimum qualifications, and any other regulatory requirements by the cut-off/closing date of the announcement. Examples of creditable specialized experience include:

  • Experience applying scientific methods to problem solving.
  • Experience utilizing mathematical and statistical techniques.
  • Experience performing inquiry into basic data.
  • Experience using analytical models.
OR

C. GS-09 level: Education Substitution: In addition to the basic education requirements listed above, applicants may substitute education for the required specialized experience as follows: Possess two (2) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or possess a master's or equivalent graduate degree. Such education must be from an accredited college or university and must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work.

OR

D. GS-09 level: Combination: A combination of education and experience described in B and C above.

E. GS-11 Level: Experience: In addition to meeting the basic education requirements above, applicants must demonstrate in their resume at least one (1) year of specialized experience that equipped them with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) to successfully perform the duties of the position and is directly in or related to this position. To be creditable, specialized experience must be at the GS-09 grade level or equivalent under other pay systems in the Federal service, military or private sector. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements including time-in-grade (General Schedule (GS) positions only), time-after-competitive appointment, minimum qualifications, and any other regulatory requirements by the cut-off/closing date of the announcement. Examples of creditable specialized experience include:

  • Experience designing, developing, and adapting mathematical, statistical, econometrical, and other scientific methods and techniques to analyze problems.
  • Experience selecting appropriate analysis methods or techniques from a variety of possible alternatives.
  • Experience serving as a consultant to study groups in the general area of mathematical modeling, economic analysis, statistics, simulation, optimization programming, probability theory, or other quantitative methods.
  • Experience reviewing studies performed by other for technical accuracy or applicability.
  • Experience preparing study plans which define study efforts by providing the background, description, approach, project milestones, and expected business improvements.
OR

F. GS-11 level: Education Substitution: In addition to the basic education requirements listed above, applicants may substitute education for the required specialized experience as follows: Possess 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. Such education must be from an accredited college or university and must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work.

OR

G. GS-11 level: Combination: A combination of successfully completed education and experience described in E and F above.

EDUCATION: Education must be from an accredited college recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education. If using education completed outside the U.S., it must be submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs. YOU MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS. Failure to submit transcripts will result in a rating of ineligible.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills and abilities) in the following areas.

  • Knowledge of a wide range of methods and techniques used in operations research studies and economic analyses.
  • Skill in applying and adapting standard approaches to gather, analyze, and evaluate information concerning processes, operations, or questions.
  • Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Expenses: Not Authorized
Relocation (Government Home Sale) Expenses: Not Authorized
Work Schedule: Full-Time
Tour of Duty: Flexible
Overtime Work: Occasionally
Temporary Duty (TDY) Travel: Occasionally
Security Requirements: Non-Critical Sensitive/Without Secret Access
Drug Testing Designated Position: No
Fair Labor Standards Act: Non-Exempt
Bargaining Unit Position: Yes
Preemployment Physical: No
Emergency Essential: No
Reemployed Annuitant: Does Not Meet Criteria
The DoD criteria for hiring Reemployed Annuitants can be found at:
http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/1400.25-V300.pdf
For an explanation of the conditions of employment, please review the definitions at:
http://www.hr.dla.mil/downloads/ApplicationInfo/GenAppInfoDef.pdf

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your résumé and supporting documents, to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences as it relates to fundamental competencies, identified in the Qualifications section above, required for this position. Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of the following quality categories:

Best-Qualified: This highest category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective placement factors and appropriate quality ranking factor(s), as determined by the job analysis.

Highly-Qualified: This higher category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position, as determined by the job analysis.

Qualified: This lowest category will be used for those candidates that meet the minimum qualifications of the position and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position. Candidates may require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.

Names of the candidates in the Best-Qualified category will be sent first to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Applicants in other categories will be referred in accordance with category rating procedures.

Veterans’ Preference : If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you should indicate the type of veterans’ preference you are claiming on your résumé. Your veterans’ preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. If you are entitled to veterans’ preference and qualified for the position, your name will be placed above non-preference candidates on a list sent to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Qualified veterans' preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category depending on the position and grade level of the job. For information on entitlement see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .

All Veterans: You are required to submit a DD Form 214, Military Discharge (Member Copy 4). Veterans claiming 10 Point Preference in addition to your DD 214, you are required to submit a completed SF-15 and, supporting documents outline on the SF-15. http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf

BENEFITS:
For information regarding Federal benefits, please see: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits

OTHER INFORMATION:
ICTAP (Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan): Information and required documentation for surplus or displaced Federal employees may be found at the General Information and Definitions link below.

MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE: Information and required documentation for claiming Military Spouse Preference may be found at the General Information and Definitions link below.

Please review the General information and Definitions at: http://www.hr.dla.mil/downloads/ApplicationInfo/GenAppInfoDef.pdf

SELECTIVE SERVICE: ATTENTION MALE APPLICANTS BORN AFTER 12/31/1959 must certify prior to job offer that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

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