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"DOL-SES-BLS-19-36" Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Position Title:
Associate Commissioner for Survey Methods Research
Open Period:
05/16/2019 - 06/17/2019


ES - 1529,1530 00
USD $127,914 - USD $192,300
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full-time.
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Washington DC, DC, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Tania Burkley


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
• Senior Executives
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
This is a re-advertisement of announcement number DOL-SES-BLS-18-10.  Applicants who previously applied must reapply to be considered. Please review the announcement in its entirety.
Security Clearance Required:
Not Required
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Marketing Statement:
The Department of Labor (DOL) seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

The Department of Labor values its customers. Every DOL employee is responsible for delivering good customer service through accurate, courteous, efficient and effective transactions.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is seeking a highly motivated and capable executive to serve as the Associate Commissioner for Survey Methods Research.  This position is located in the U. S. Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics, Washington, DC.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:

Relocated costs associated with the permanent change of duty location of the selected candidate will not be paid by BLS. Recruitment, Relocation and Retention Incentives may be paid.

Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Travel by any means of government or public transportation may be required.


The Associate Commissioner for Survey Methods Research is responsible for directing the Office of Survey Methods Research, which includes the Mathematical Statistics Research Center and the Behavioral Science Research Center. These Centers provide methodology support and leadership across BLS in the areas of statistical methods, behavioral science, survey methodology, disclosure limitation, data science, and other related fields. 

The Associate Commissioner evaluates complex problems arising in BLS survey programs, along with the analytical techniques employed, and serves as the chief advisor to the Commissioner of Labor Statistics and others in BLS leadership in the areas of survey methodology and statistical methods.

The Associate Commissioner participates in the development of policy, long-range plans and programs of BLS and in the formulation of statistical objectives related to quality, efficiency and effectiveness, as well as statistical standards regarding survey design, data collection, and integration, coding, statistical computing, data analysis, and data dissemination .The Associate Commissioner serves as the primary technical advisory and consultant to BLS programs in the fields of mathematical statistics, survey design and methodology, statistical methodology, disclosure avoidance, and cognitive psychology and usability, as related to the design of questionnaires, data collection procedures, and user-friendly computer systems for data collection and dissemination.

The Associate Commissioner for Survey Methods Research engages in a variety of interagency and professional leadership and collaboration activities, consulting on the quality of BLS statistical surveys and programs in partnership with stakeholders, and ensuring that BLS remains current in state-of-the-art methodologies and techniques.


Qualifications and Evaluations


See below requirements

Key Requirements:
  • Subject to a security background investigation.
  • Subject to financial disclosure requirements.
  • Must complete 1-year SES probationary period, if not previously completed.
  • Subject to drug test prior to and during appointment.
  • U. S. Citizenship.
  • Education Requirements:

    Degree: Mathematical Statistics, series 1529, that included 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, of which at least 12 semester hours were in mathematics and 6 semester hours were in statistics or combination of education and experience - at least 24 semesters hours of mathematics and statistics, including at least 12 hours in mathematics and 6 hours in statistics, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    Degree: Statistics Series, 1530: 

    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. or Combination of education and experience -- courses as shown 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


    College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - The U. S. Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from unauthorized secondary schools or post-secondary institutions that are not accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U. S. Department of Education.  Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position.   

    Candidates will be evaluated based on their resume and their responses to the ECQs and MTQs.

    Current/Former Career SES or SES Candidate Development graduates who have been certified by OPM must address the MTQ's, but need not address the ECQs. In order to successfully complete the online application process you must input the term, "noncompetitive eligible" in the text boxes for each of the ECQs. You must submit a Standard Form 50 that documents your SES Career appointment or a copy of your OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program certificate.


    In writing your responses to the ECQs, your narrative must address each ECQ separately in the spaces provided. Each ECQ should contain at least two examples describing your experiences and accomplishments/results. Responses to ECQ's must not exceed 10 pages. For additional guidance, applicants may visit the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Senior Executive Qualifications located at: Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action, and Result model outlined in the guide.

    1. Leading Change:  This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals.  Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

    2. Leading People:  This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals.  Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

    3. Results Driven:  This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations.  Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

    4. Business Acumen:  This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

    5. Building Coalitions:  This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

    MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs): In writing your narrative responses to the MTQs, please give examples and explain how often you used your skills, the complexity of the knowledge possessed, the level of people you interacted with, the sensitivity of the issues you handled, etc. 

    The MTQs are:

    1. Extensive training and research experience (including refereed publications) in one or more areas of mathematical statistics, survey methodology, behavioral science, or data science.

    2. Substantial research experience at the interface between (a) mathematical statistics, survey methodology, behavioral science and/or data science; and (b) computer science and information technology.

    3. Substantial experience in leading and managing research and development programs and projects in mathematical statistics, survey methodology, behavioral science and/or data science that requires close collaboration and coordination among multiple stakeholders.

    Benefits and Other Info

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    Other Information:
    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    Follow the 6 steps below to apply. Your application and ALL required supplemental documents specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy must be receive by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to be considered or your application WILL BE INCOMPLETE AND WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered.

    For more details, click How To Apply Detailed Instructions.  For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact in the "Questions about this job" section.  You must SAVE your information before the 60 MINUTE TIMEOUT!

    STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account, including Resume and Saved Documents
    Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions.  If not, your application will be rated ineligible. 

    STEP 2 - Apply online 
    Click the Apply Online button, which is available when you search for a job on, and select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will then be redirected to DOL's DOORS website to complete the application process. 

    STEP 3 - Answer Vacancy Questions
    Answer all the online questions including writing your narrative answer to the ECQs and MTQs in the space provided following each ECQ and MTQ.

    STEP 4 - Submit Supplemental Documents Submit the required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the Required Documents section of this vacancy by the closing date.   For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation.  Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.  To avoid this, submit documents (ex. undergraduate and graduate degree transcripts) as one document.  

    STEP 5 - Review Application and click Finish  Click here to submit an updated resume after initial application.

    STEP 6- Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Closing Date
    Required Documents:
    1. SF-50 documentation of career SES appointment or other Federal appointment (if applicable).
    2. Certificate of completion of OPM certified SES candidate program (if applicable).
    3. Copy of most recent performance appraisal (optional).
    Next Steps:

    The Office of Executive Resources will review all applications to determine if applicants meet the mandatory technical qualifications of this position and the SES ECQs. Those who meet the qualifications will be referred to a panel of SES members for rating and ranking to determine the "best qualified" candidates. The panel will make a recommendation to the selecting official about the top candidates that s/he should interview. Once a selection is made, the selectee's application will be forwarded to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for approval by an OPM independent Qualifications Review Board (QRB), unless the selectee is a current/former SES executive or has successfully participated in an OPM approval SES Candidate Development Program.

    To check the status of your application: Click here.  To sign up for Application Status Updates via email: Click Here.