Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Statistician in Rockville, Maryland

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Rockville, MD
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Wednesday 9/14/2016 (162 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 3/13/2017 (18 day(s) away)

Job Overview
Summary

Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

This is an open continuous announcement. The initial cutoff date for referral is October 11, 2016. After this date additional referral lists will be created every 30 days up until the vacancy closes. This announcement covers multiple positions within the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ) through March 13, 2017. **If necessary, additional cut-off dates will be established throughout the open period of the announcement depending on the hiring needs of the agency.

This position is located in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), within Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ) in Rockville, MD.

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-SAMHSA-MP-16-1781449*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 for each announcement in order to be considered.*

All Current PHS Commissioned Corps Officers interested in this position are encouraged to apply via Merit Promotion procedures listed above. If selected from this vacancy announcement, you will become a Federal Employee.

Additional selections may be made across the Department of Health and Human Services through this vacancy announcement.

Duties
  • Identifies specific statistical research areas that merit investigation, develops new hypotheses and approaches for studies, and evaluates the feasibility of such endeavors.

  • Initiates, plans, execute, and controls statistical studies, which are designed for the purpose of identifying, analyzing, and reporting on behavioral health-related issues.

  • Advises management on the selection of an appropriate study design, on statistical analysis, and in interpretation of study results.

  • Prepares analyses of statistical reports for distribution to staff and for transmittal to managers

  • Serves as a technical expert with respect to all phases of statistical interpretation.

  • Provides technical advice to peers and senior managers within and outside of organization on statistical methods and techniques.

  • Prepares reviews of contract deliverables such as analysis plans, statistical models, and reports.

  • Advises on statistical aspects of surveys, such as the design and implementation of establishment surveys.

  • Prepares and plans sampling strategies, data editing specifications, quantitative data analysis, and statistical modeling.

  • Prepares an explanation of the methodologies, results, and relevance of issues and problems under study.

  • Presents results to the scientific community at professional meetings and conferences.

  • May serve as a project leader, assuming responsibility for the development of project planning, coordination of overall team efforts, and maintaining appropriate lines of communication.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship required.
Qualifications

Basic Requirements:

A. Degree: that included 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc. Credit toward meeting statistical course requirements should be given for courses in which 50 percent of the course content appears to be statistical methods, e.g., courses that included studies in research methods in psychology or economics such as tests and measurements or business cycles, or courses in methods of processing mass statistical data such as tabulating methods or electronic data processing. (NOTE: Transcripts are required by the closing date of the announcement)

OR

B. Combination of education and experience -- courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience should have included a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.

In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements above, applicants must have the experience listed below.

To qualify for the GS-12: Must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level of Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: experience in statistical aspects of surveys, such as the design and implementation of establishment surveys, sampling strategies, editing, imputation, quantitative data analysis, and statistical modeling; experience reviewing contract deliverables such as analysis plans, statistical models, and reports.

To qualify for the GS-13: Must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level of Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: experience in statistical aspects of surveys, such as the design and implementation of establishment surveys and methodological studies to support them, sampling strategies, editing, imputation, quantitative data analysis, and statistical modeling; experience reviewing contract deliverables such as analysis plans, statistical models, and reports.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov.

Conditions of Employment:

  1. Security and Background Requirements: If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

  2. *E-Verify: * If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.

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

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

  5. A financial disclosure statement may be required.

  6. A one-year probationary period may be required.

  7. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid: No

  8. Bargaining Unit Position: Yes

  9. Drug Screening Required: No

  10. Recruitment incentives may be authorized: No

  11. Student loan repayment incentive may be authorized: No

  12. Annual leave for non-federal service may be authorized: No

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement.

You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).

BENEFITS

The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/PayandBenefits.

Other Information

Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans - http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx

Special Hiring Authorities for Military Spouses and Family Members - http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx

People With Disabilities (Schedule A) - https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/IndividualswithDisabilities

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service - http://www.sss.gov

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see http://opm.gov/rif/employeeguides/careertransition.asp#ictap. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

Beginning January 1, 2010, agencies must seek prior approval from OPM before they can appoint a current or recent political appointee to a competitive or non-political excepted service position at any level under the provisions of title 5, United States Code. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you MUST disclose that to the Human Resources Office.

Salary Range: $77,490.00 to $119,794.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-1530-12/13

Promotion Potential: 13

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 448130500

Job Announcement Number: HHS-SAMHSA-DE-16-1781522