Chief Mathematical Statistician

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Become a part of our mission to maintain and strengthen the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise. For over 60 years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has remained the premier Federal agency supporting basic research at the frontiers of discovery across all fields, as well as science and engineering education at all levels.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is seeking a candidate for the position of Chief Mathematical Statistician within the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE), Office of the Division Director, Arlington, VA. NCSES is designated by the Office of Management and Budget as one of thirteen principal statistical agencies within the federal government and the incubment is recognized as the foremost technical resource in the agency. NCSES has as its prime objective the development of both statistical data and analytical information on the U.S. science and engineering enterprise, including research and development; the science and engineering workforce; U.S. competitiveness in science, engineering, technology, and R&D; and the condition and progress of STEM education in the U.S. NCSES is the principal source within the federal government for both statistics and in-depth analyses in the areas. NCSES is responsible for gathering, analyzing, and disseminating data on financial and human resources for science, technology, and innovation in the United States and globally. For more information about NCSES and its Programs, please visit /.
THIS POSITION IS OUTSIDE THE COMPETITIVE CIVIL SERVICE. BARGAINING UNIT STATUS: This position is excluded from the bargaining unit. The individual selected for this position will serve as the Chief Mathematical Statistician. The incumbent:
Provides guidance in statistical areas to NCSES staff engaged in designing or redesigning all surveys conducted with NCSES. This includes working with appropriate NCSES personnel to identify the objectives of the survey which impact the statistical design, and identifying appropriate survey and statistical methodologies and techniques for optimally meeting these objectives. It also entails reviewing technical documents addressing these issues prepared by staff or contractors.
The incumbent is the lead expert in NCSES for all new or redesigned statistical samples.
Exercises continuous oversight with respect to mathematical statistical operations of the Division. Serves as the principal technical advisor and chief assistant to the Division Director of NCSES and other senior staff on mathematical statistical issues.
Evaluates statistical survey research and analysis study proposals originating in the operating programs of the Division. Makes technical recommendations to the Division Director regarding the design, development, and adaptation of mathematical methods and techniques to statistical processes of Division surveys and related activities.
Develops procedures for, and oversees rigorous technical review and quality assurance procedures consistent with, or when necessary exceeding, the Division's published standards for every step in the process of producing a statistical product in the Division for release to public use. Refers any survey, analysis or output plan that fails, or may fail, to meet such standards back to the relevant Program Director with specific direction for needed changes, additions, or deletions. Develops and oversees formal certification that each product scheduled for release has met all Division standards or that a failure to meet one or more of such standards has been clearly explained and justified. Ensures that standards used in Division reflect current research in the basic theories and science of statistics.
Oversees and expands the use of administrative records sources for use in collection and disseminating data and information on the U.S. S&E; enterprise.
You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.
You are highly encouraged to address the below professional skills within your cover letter, which will be used to evaluate your experience, education and training as related to the knowledge, skills and abilities for this position during the review process.
Demonstrated ability to develop and implement an organizational vision that integrates the objectives of the Division with statistical and analytic information requirements of policy-makers.
Knowledge and demonstrated use of state-of-the-art survey, mathematical, statistical, and social science methods relevant to the advancement of research and data collection activities conducted by federal statistical agencies.
Broad familiarity with standards and procedures of the federal statistical system.
Demonstrated knowledge of or experience in assessing and resolving issues of confidentiality of survey data and disclosure avoidance.
Recognized professional standing in the statistical and survey research communities as evidenced by publications and/or professional awards or scientific leadership roles.
Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with staff and customers to solve challenging technical problems related to the collection and use of statistical information.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in non-technical terms with federal officials, representatives of professional organizations, the public sector, and scientific/engineering academic communities.
You will be evaluated on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and research relevant to the duties of the position.
To preview questions please click here. Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent professional experience or a combination of education and equivalent experience in research methodology, mathematical statistics, and social science disciplines.
Formal education or equivalent experience with sophisticated survey and mathematical statistical techniques are necessary and must be sufficient to apply state-of-the-art statistical methods, data collection techniques, statistical sampling, imputation and analysis techniques, mathematical theory, and continuing quality improvement methods.
Appointment to this position will be made under the Excepted Authority of the NSF Act. Candidates who do not have civil service status or reinstatement eligibility will not obtain civil service status if selected. Candidates currently in the competitive service will be required to waive competitive civil service rights if selected. Usual civil service benefits (retirement, health benefits, and life insurance) are applicable. You must submit your application so that it will be received by 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date of the announcement.
Ensure that your application includes the documents listed below and reflects your background in terms of the qualification requirements for the position. 1. Resume or other application format of your choice . Your application should contain the following information: Announcement number and your country of citizenship ( If you are not a U.S. citizen, please indicate whether or not you are a permanent U.S. resident, and whether or not you are actively seeking U.S. citizenship. Therefore, you are required to provide documentation that confirms you are actively seeking citizenship at the time you submit your application. Non-citizens who do not provide documentation will not be considered ); Information about your education, your major, and type and year of degree(s); and Information about all your work experience, including job titles, duties, and accomplishments, employer's name and phone number, number of hours worked per week, starting and ending dates (month and year), and salary. If you have held various positions with the same employer, describe each separately.
2. Narrative statement addressing your background in terms of (a) the executive/managerial, and (b) the professional/technical requirements .
3. NSF Form 1232, Applicant Survey . We also ask that you complete and submit the Applicant Survey Form. This will help NSF to ensure that our recruiting efforts are attracting a diverse candidate pool; it will be used for statistical purposes only.
APPLICATION SUBMISSION: Applications must be received by the closing date on this announcement. Applications may be transmitted electronically to or mailed or delivered to the following address:
National Science Foundation.
Division of Human Resource Management.
Executive Personnel, Room 315.
ATTN: NCSES-2014-0013
4201 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22230
Inquiries or questions should be directed to: Executive Personnel Staff at ; hearing impaired individuals should call TDD for assistance.
Additional information on the NSF mission, structure, programs, and operations may be accessed through our website. The NSF provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of this application and hiring process, please notify the point of contact on this job opportunity announcement.
IMPORTANT NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER OR DATE OF BIRTH ON YOUR APPLICATION DOCUMENTS. The Evaluation Panel will rate and rank each eligible applicant based on the qualification requirements and refer the top candidate to the selecting official. A GREAT LOCATION! The National Science Foundation is conveniently located one block from the Ballston Metro Station, a few blocks from Routes 66 and 50, and about three miles from downtown Washington. Employees may rent parking spaces in the building garage. There are many shops and restaurants within easy walking distance. Employees receive the Federal benefits package and NSF offers:
Pre-tax parking
Public transportation subsidy
Child development center on site
Child care subsidy
Flexible working hours
Physical fitness facility on site
NSF Federal Credit Union on site
Health services unit on site
Employee assistance program
If you do not have civil service status or reinstatement eligibility, you will not obtain civil service status if selected. If you are currently in the competitive civil service, you will be required to waive competitive civil service rights if selected.
Relocation expenses may be paid subject to funds availability.
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