Operations Research Analyst Job

Vacancy No. AWA-AJR-20-0039CM-68571 Department Federal Aviation Administration
Salary $82,632.00 to $128,103.00 Grade J to J
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 8/1/2020 Close Date 8/14/2020
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Public
Locations:
WASHINGTON, DCATLANTIC CITY, NJ


Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)
Overview
  • Open & closing dates

    Opening and closing dates 08/01/2020 to 08/14/2020

  • Service

    Excepted

  • Pay scale & grade

    FV J

  • Salary

    $82,632 to $128,103 per year

    The salary list above DOES NOT include the locality rate.

  • Appointment type

    Permanent

  • Work schedule

    Full-Time

Locations

1 vacancy in the following locations:

  • Washington, DC
  • Atlantic City, NJ
Relocation expenses reimbursed

No

Telework eligible

Yes as determined by agency policy

This job is open to
  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

  • Individuals with disabilities

  • Veterans

Clarification from the agency

Also open to those eligible for 30% or More Disabled

Announcement number

AWA-AJR-20-0039CM-68571

Control number

575197900

  • Duties
    Duties Summary

    This office is responsible for assessing the operational performance of the National Airspace System (NAS), and providing analytical products and services to Air Traffic Management personnel.

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    Responsibilities

    *Performs multiple, varying and complex assignments under the minimal direction of a manager, project/program manager.

    *Acts as principal analyst or as a project manager or team leader for large work activities. Incumbent

    *Provides guidance to lower-level staff on how to solve difficult technical issues.

    *Resolves all, but unique technical problems without the intervention of management or a more experienced analyst.

    *Formulates mathematical or simulation models of problems, relating constants and variables, restrictions, alternatives, conflicting objectives, and their numerical parameters.

    *Develops plans, techniques and policies to address current or anticipated problems and issues. Works with management to solve problems.

    *Applies project management techniques and principles to oversees contracts and contractor staff that produce the reporting tools and analysis required by the office. Analyze project data to determine specifications or requirements.

    *Defines, organizes, and assigns resources to accomplish organizational objectives. Allocates resources to accomplish large work activities within established schedules.

    *Applies experience and comprehensive technical knowledge of operations research mathematical, statistical, econometric and scientific theories, principles, concepts, methods and techniques to solve complex problems and develop improved technical processes or systems, and develop plans to improve operations in the NAS.

    *Possesses knowledge of engineering and programming sufficient to manage, coordinate, review, and provide technical advice relative to the Office requirements and tasking.

    *Observes the current system in operation and gather and analyze information about each of the parts of component problems, using a variety of sources.

    *Develops and integrates solutions to complex problems; assignments include aviation data analysis using statistical techniques or fast-time simulation models as well as oversight of office contracts and support contractors, complex system design and integration, extensive research and analyses, and direct responsibility for project/program management.

    *Analyzes and identifies areas for improved efficiency of the operational performance of the NAS by designing, developing, adapting and applying statistical models, fast-time simulation models, and other research methods.

    *Develop, enhance and apply simulation models, while working with operational data sources, such as Aviation System Performance Metrics (ASPM).

    *Conducts rigorous, scientific inquiry and analysis to compute metrics and analyze factors applicable to recurring problems in the aviation and aerospace industries including airline operations.

    *Uses sound scientific and quantitative information to provide overall project results, technical reports, and recommendations to all level of management internally and externally.

    *Conducts complex analyses of factors that affect trends in the NAS to identify shortfalls in current systems and procedures and provide possible alternative solutions and findings.

    *The work involves originating new and improved applications and strategies for existing and new concepts and principles related aviation and ATC operations. Work activities typically support and are vital to the success of projects or activities of the ATO, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and aviation industry when adopting new approaches and technologies. In some areas, the work may affect the safety and security of customers.

    *Plays a lead role in drafting, reviewing and editing reports or contractual documents for final approval prior to external distribution. Presents briefings to obtain consensus/approval on policies.

    *Coordinates significant technical matters with representatives of external organizations.

    Travel Required

    25% or less - The job may require up to 25% travel.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    NA

  • Job family (Series)

    1515 Operations Research

  • Requirements
    Requirements Conditions Of Employment
    • US Citizenship is required.
    • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
    • This position has a positive education requirement. Transcript(s) required.
    Qualifications

    Candidates must have one year (52 weeks) of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (FV-I or FG/GS-13) that is typically related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been at least equivalent to the next lower level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is defined as:

    *Experience presenting to upper management reports for briefings using mathematical and statistical techniques to identify areas to improve processes or systems.

    *Skill analyzing data to identify trends or relationships among variables to present to upper management. OR:

    *Experience in airline operations.

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    • You should include relevant examples of the specialized experience in your work history. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or may result in you not being considered.

    • Answer all questions to the best of your ability. DO NOT ASSUME THAT BECAUSE YOU HOLD OR HAVE HELD THIS POSITION, YOU WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE FORUND ELIGIBLE. You may be asked to provide evidence or documentation that you have this type of experience later in the selection process. Your responses are subject to verification through job interviews, or any other information obtained during the application process. Any exaggeration of your experience or any attempt to conceal information can result in disqualification.

    • *Applicants who fail to demonstrate possession of any of the above criteria AND who do not provide the required documentation will receive no further consideration for this position.*

    • Applicants may be asked to verify information on your application for employment with the FAA.

    • **All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the vacancy**

    Education

    This position has a positive education requirement: Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcripts(s) and certificates by the closing date of announcement to verify qualifications. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. You may upload these documents with your application in USAJOBS or fax it to fax number provided in the announcement (please include announcement number on each page).

    Failure to do so will result in loss of consideration.

    Schools must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation may be verified at the following website: www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.

    Foreign education must be evaluated by a private professional organization specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials or an accredited U.S. educational institution in terms of equivalence to a degree acquired at an American college or university. A copy of the evaluation results must be included, otherwise your foreign education will not be considered.

    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.

    The following are illustrative of acceptable courses: optimization; mathematical modeling; queueing theory; engineering; physics (except descriptive or survey courses); econometrics; psychometrics; biometrics; experimental psychology; physical chemistry; industrial process analysis; managerial economics; computer science; measurement for management; mathematical models in social phenomena; and courses that involved application of operations research techniques and methodologies to problems of management, marketing, systems design, and other specialized fields; or other comparable quantitative analysis courses for which college-level mathematics or statistics is a prerequisite. Courses in theory of probability and statistics are highly desirable, but are not specified as minimum educational requirements because to do so would possibly exclude some applicants who would otherwise be well qualified.

    Preview Job Questionnaire

    Make sure your Resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications and answers to the job questionnaire.

    Additional information

    We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions.
    Position may be subject to a background investigation.
    A one-year probationary period may be required.
    The person selected for this position may be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of entry on duty. FAA policy limits certain outside employment and financial investments in aviation-related companies.

    1. As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the initial application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an applicant, you are NOT required to provide a narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA.

    In lieu of providing a KSA narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA section, in your work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you chose for each KSA. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your KSA answers will be evaluated further to validate whether the level that you selected is appropriate based on the work history and experience you provided. Your answers may be adjusted by a Human Resource Specialist as appropriate.

    2. Applicants may be asked to verify information they have provided on their application for employment with the FAA.

    3. Please ensure that you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or may result in you not being considered for the job.

    4. Management may choose to interview all, some, or none of the referred candidates.

    5. This position is covered by the FAA Core Compensation Plan. Additional information about core compensation is available on the website: https://employees.faa.gov/org/staffoffices/ahr/policy_guidance/hr_policies/hrpm/comp/comp_ref?

    6. This is a Level 1 (Low Risk) position requires favorable adjudication of a National Agency Check and Inquiries (NACI) background investigation prior to appointment.

    7. AFSCME Interview Criteria: Article 42, Section 13 states: If the selecting official decides to interview any employee on the selection list for a vacancy, then all who remain under consideration for the position at that point in the process must be interviewed. If the selection list is shortened to a best qualified list through a comparative process, then the best qualified list shall be considered to be the selection list. If it is determined that interviews are required and telephone interviews are not utilized, travel expenses incidental to these interviews will be paid in accordance with the Agency's travel regulations and this Agreement.


    This is a bargaining unit position.

    Links to Important Information: Locality Pay , COLA

    How You Will Be Evaluated



    IMPORTANT: Applicants may be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position(s). All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated. Ensure that your application package/resume supports your responses.

    Background checks and security clearance
    Security clearance

    Other

    Drug test required

    No

  • Required Documents
    Required Documents

    Only supplemental documentation (e.g. transcript, certifications, SF-50, and/or veterans' documentation) will be accepted in combination with your on-line application. These documents must be uploaded or faxed to 202-267-7032 or 1-866-291-3009 on or before the closing date of the announcement. All submitted documents must reference the announcement number.

    This position has a positive education requirement; college transcripts are required for ALL candidates newly appointed to the FAA in the 1515 series.

    College transcripts must be submitted from current FAA employees applying for internal vacancies if they have never held a position in the, 1515 series with the FAA.

    College transcripts are not required from current FAA employees who are currently occupying a 1515 series.

    If selected, official transcripts are required prior to employment.

    All Veterans: If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit either a DD Form 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member 4 Copy or equivalent), or a document from the armed forces certifying that within 120 days you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions. If you are claiming 10 point preference, you must also submit a completed SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference, and supporting documents outlined on the SF-15. Documents must be uploaded or faxed to the Servicing Human Resource Management Office listed in this announcement and all documents must be received by the closing date of the announcement. If you fail to submit documentation, you will be assessed as a non-veteran.

    If you are claiming 10 point preference but fail to submit the supporting documents outlined on the SF-15, you will be tentatively assessed as a 5 point preference eligible provided your DD Form 214 reflects that you have the service required to qualify for preference. Documents must be uploaded or faxed to the Servicing Human Resource Management Office listed in this announcement and all documents must be received by the closing date of the announcement. If you fail to submit documentation, you will be assessed as a non-veteran.

    Veterans currently on active duty claiming veterans' preference: You will be granted tentative preference if you submit a document from the armed forces certifying that within 120 days you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions and your application shows that you have the required service. Prior to being appointed, you must provide to the Servicing Human Resource Management Office a DD Form 214 documenting discharge/release and showing that the service was honorable or general. If you are on terminal leave, you must provide documentation certifying authorized terminal leave.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits
    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    http://www.faa.gov/jobs/working_here/benefits/

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply
    How to Apply

    You must apply online to receive consideration. Your application must have a status of "Received" by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the Close Date for it to be accepted. If you are applying for positions associated with FAA registers, your application must have a status of "Received" each time a referral list is created in order to receive consideration for positions associated with register.

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR WORK EXPERIENCE AND/OR EDUCATION, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE OR EDUCATION.

    We strongly encourage applicants to utilize the USAJOBS resume builder in the creation of resumes.

    Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:

    • Job Title (include series and grade if Federal Job)

    • Duties (be specific in describing your duties)

    • Employer's name and address

    • Supervisor name and phone number

    • Start and end dates including month, day and year (e.g. June 18 2007 to April 05 2008)

    • Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)

    • Salary


    Determining length of General or Specialized Experience is dependent on the above information and failure to provide ALL of this information may result in a finding of ineligible.

    You may upload completed documents to your USAJOBS Account. This will provide you the opportunity to utilize the uploaded information again when applying for future vacancies. Please see this guide, Document Upload Guide, for more information on uploading and re-using the documents in your applications.

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    Address

    Federal Aviation Administration
    HQ Employment Services Branch
    800 Independence Ave, SW, Room 523
    AHF-110
    Washington, DC 20591
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