Economic Research Service Agricultural Economist in Kansas City, Missouri
Summary These positions are located within either the Food Economics Division, Market and Trade Economics Division, or Resources and Rural Economics Division for the Economic Research Service in Kansas City, MO. In this position, you will be responsible for collecting economic data and preparing analysis of economic data as part of a larger program or study. Responsibilities Uses standard software and statistical methods/techniques to conduct economic analyses. Assembles and manages appropriate data, developing tables, charts and graphics in the assigned area work. Gathers and organizes data in a timely manner under limited direction. Receives guidance in drafting written documents such as newsletters, reports and/or articles and drafts are reviewed by senior staff. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications IMPORTANT INFORMATION CONCERNING OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENTS This is an open continuous announcement and will be used to fill vacancies as openings occur. To receive consideration for vacancies, applicants must submit complete applications prior to the established cut-off date(s). An initial cut-off will take place Thursday, October 29th, 2020 to begin initial applicant consideration. Additional cut-off dates will occur November 19th, 2020; December 10th, 2020; December 31st, 2020; January 21st, 2021; February 11th, 2021; March 4th, 2021; March 25th, 2021; April 15th, 2021; May 6th, 2021; May 27th, 2021; June 17th, 2021; July 8th, 2021; July 29th, 2021; August 19th, 2021; September 9th, 2021. Candidates for the position who submit a completed application by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Thursday, October 29th, 2020, will be reviewed and referred if found eligible and qualified. This announcement will remain open until the closing date indicated; however, those who apply after the cut-off date will be considered for referral to the hiring manager only if additional vacancies occur and/or the initial referral list is exhausted. Applicants must recertify (i.e. update/resubmit their application through USAJobs) every 3 months from the date of application/certification to continue to receive consideration for the position(s). Applicants who fail to do so will not be reviewed and referred and be dropped from consideration. Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date (by cut-off dates) of the announcement including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below. Basic Requirements: 1. Degree: economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus. OR 2. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in 1 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. AND In addition to the Basic Requirement listed above, you must meet the required specialized experience below: Specialized Experience: Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience must be described for each grade level advertised. The specialized experience requirements for this position are: FOR THE GS-11: Qualifying experience for GS-11 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-09 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience conducting economic analysis using automation software and statistical methods; compiling and maintaining data sets used for market analysis; and preparing analytical reports on economic studies relevant to agriculture, food, natural resources, or rural development. OR Successful completion of 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; if related. Related degrees may include economics, agriculture, statistics, environmental science, nutrition. OR A combination of Ph.D level education and experience as described above. FOR THE GS-12: Qualifying experience for GS-12 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-11 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience conducting economic research and analyses and recommending data collection methods to be used; preparing analytical reports on economic studies relevant to agriculture, food, nutrition, natural resources or rural development; and participating in the presentation or publication of results of economic analysis. FOR THE GS-13: Qualifying experience for GS-13 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-12 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience planning economic research and analyses and developing the data collection methods to be used; preparing analytical reports on economic studies relevant to agriculture, food, nutrition, natural resources or rural development; and presenting results of economic analysis through presentations and publications. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. *This Position is being filled through OPM's government-wide Direct-Hire Authority for this occupation and is open to all U.S. Citizens. Your application will be evaluated for basic eligibility and to determine if your experience and/or education meet the minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and other basic requirements will be referred and are eligible for selection. * Education Please see above for education qualification requirement information. Additional Information Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified based on an evaluation of the following competencies: Communication, Data Management, and Economics. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be authorized. Final determination to pay an incentive will be made by the hiring official at time of job offer. Selections made under this authority will be processed as new appointments to the civil service. Current civil service employees would therefore be given a new appointment to the civil service.