Operations Research Analyst, GS-1515-12/13
Department Of Homeland Security - Washington, DC

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Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

Apply for this exciting position to support the CG missions of safeguarding our Nation's maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe.

For over two centuries the The U.S. Coast Guard has protected the maritime economy and the environment, we defend our maritime borders, and we save those in peril. This history has forged our character and purpose as America's Maritime Guardian - Always Ready for all hazards and all threats.

The vacancy is being concurrently advertised under merit promotion procedures for status applicants under announcement 13-1555-HQ-TS-M. APPLICANTS WISHING TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER BOTH DELEGATED EXAMINING AND MERIT PROMOTION PROCEDURES MUST APPLY TO BOTH VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS.


This position is located in U.S. Coast Guard, Deputy Commandant for Operations, Assistant Commandant for Capabilities, Office of Boat Forces, Washington, DC.

Note: Currently this position is located at 2100 2nd Street, SW, Washington, DC. In the Fall of 2013, this position will relocate to new facilities being constructed at the historic St. Elizabeth's west campus located at 2701 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, Washington DC 20020. The historic campus is currently under renovation and will eventually serve as the new DHS Consolidated Headquarters Campus. Information on this new site can be found on the Coast Guard web page at http://www.uscg.mil/stelizabeths , and at GSA's web site http://www.stelizabethsdevelopment.com .
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • This position requires a Secret clearance.
  • This position may require occasional travel.

DUTIES: The position is located in the Office of Boat Forces. The division is responsible for all Coast Guard Boat Forces units and personnel resources. The incumbent serves as the operations research analyst supporting the entire Office of Boat Forces, coordinating, integrating and consolidating office efforts to provide overall analysis, justification and evaluation of program resources projections and commitments. The position is also responsible for all aspects of measurement and evaluation of Boat Forces units, workforce and equipment, creating marketing strategy to promote applicable indicators to appropriate decision makers.

Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team. Typical work assignments include:

- Providing expert analysis and evaluations to management that encompass programmatic milestones, schedules and execution required for effective management, operations and decision making in support of a project or program area.

- Participating in teams to develop resource proposals affecting Coast Guard Boat Forces. –

Selecting and applying accepted analytical and evaluative techniques to the identification and consideration of issues or problems of a procedural or factual nature. Providing expert analysis and advice on complex program issues.

- Conducting special studies or research projects related to specific program goals and issues, performing tasks such as literature searches, work measurements, task analyses, and productivity charting. Preparing information for measuring accomplishments. Assisting in gathering metrics for reports and other evaluations products.

- Working with top management to develop long-range management plans for the efficient effective operation of the organization. Making recommendations for solutions to routine project or operations research problems that can be resolved by statistical or mathematical calculations typical of the specialization or area of assignment.

- Using standard methodology in obtaining and analyzing data and information on a broad range of issues. Working on studies that involve the full range of methods, procedures, techniques, and activities routinely carried out in the operations research area.

- Ensuring that defined project segments are performed satisfactorily and in their entirety. Using established methods and procedures, making adaptations to procedures and accepted practices when necessary. Performing work to exacting but clearly stated standards.

- Selecting standard methods, techniques, and procedures in planning and carrying out routine work.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Additional Qualifications

For GS-12: One year of specialist experience equivalent to the GS-11 level is required. For GS-13: One year of specialist experience equivalent to the GS-12 level is required. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular ability, skill, and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line of work.

Examples of specialized experience for the GS-12 include: assisting in developing strategies for planning developing major agency programs of national scope and impact; developing, coordinating, and implementing strategic plans to include mission goals, objectives, and implementation strategies; lecturing at seminars; serving as a consultant in planning, monitoring, and administering projects of national or international significance; preparing and contributing to reports and other presentations on program planning and evaluation; and identifying and proposing solution to management problems which are of importance to planning program direction.

Examples of specialized experience for the GS-13 include: developing strategies for planning developing major agency programs of national scope and impact; developing, coordinating, and implementing strategic plans to include mission goals, objectives, and implementation strategies; lecturing at seminars; serving as an expert consultant in planning, monitoring, and administering projects of national or international significance; preparing and contributing to reports and other presentations on program planning and evaluation; and identifying and proposing solution to management problems which are of major importance to planning program direction.

This position does have a positive education requirement.

Basic Requirements: 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.

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.

If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using the on-line assessment to place you in one of three categories. The necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities to perform this job are:

  • Knowledge and skill applying quantitative and qualitative analytical methods
  • Knowledge of the major issues, program goals and objectives of the organization
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of operations research analysis

  • If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

    1. Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
    2. Well Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
    3. Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

    Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for the position. Therefore, you must support your responses to the self-assessment questions by providing examples of past and present experience in your resume.

    Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they are qualified. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. For information on veterans' preference, click here.

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    BENEFITS: DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to www.dhs.gov/careers and select "benefits."

    OTHER INFORMATION: Please be aware that applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306. Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations e.g., an affirmative answer to a conviction of a felony.

    If you are selected for this position, you will be subject to a determination of your suitability for Federal employment.

    Recruitment incentives may be authorized.

    Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit Selective Service Registration

    Moving expenses will not be paid.

    If selection is made below the full performance level, the incumbent may be promoted up to the target grade without further competition, if all legal and regulatory requirements are met and when recommended by the supervisor. However, promotion to the full performance level is not guaranteed and is dependent on successful performance at the lower grade level(s).

    All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

    All selectees are subject to an appropriate investigation.

    For Veterans' preference eligibility, visit Veterans' Employment Resources

    More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.

    The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors.

    USCG provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact 703-872-6307. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation

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