Chief, Office of Statistical Methodology and Research

Posted to IASSIST on: 2014-02-05

Employer: Department Of Commerce Bureau of the Census

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The U.S. Census Bureau is seeking a highly motivated, innovative, and capable individual to serve as the Chief, Office of Statistical Methodology and Research. The Chief, OSMR is responsible for developing, directing, and coordinating the application of mathematical statistical techniques to the design, conduct and quality of the statistical programs associated with the Economic Programs Directorate. You will provide managerial, technical and administrative leadership to the formulation and conduct of economic and government survey programs, participate in the development of Census Bureau quality standard, policies, and represent the Census Bureau with professional groups or organizations interested in the OSMR and economic program modernization and improvements work.

This position is a Senior Executive Service (SES) career-reserved position. Positions in the SES are not graded. SES pay is commensurate with qualifications. SES employees are eligible for bonuses and awards based on performance. Veteran’s preference is not applicable to SES.


The Chief, OSMR plans, initiates, and directs applied statistical methods and techniques covering the total field of mathematical statistical theory as it applies to the censuses, surveys and special data products conducted in the Economic Programs Directorate. 

You will work directly with the senior staff of the Economic Programs Directorate to plan methods and designs of programs, conduct related special studies, and formulate important applied methodological goals that affect economic statistics. Additionally, you will advise and inform Economic Programs Directorate management on optimal changes to the programs that provide the most information for the least cost and with the desired degree of reliability and quality.  The Chief, OSMR directs the development of special-purpose mathematical statistical theory for use in solving specific problems and documents such work for knowledge retention and transfer; directs programs that assess the statistical appropriateness and validity of current procedures; and directs the development associated with the control of non-sampling errors.

You will direct studies and initiate actions to improve the frames for business and government entities, reducing duplications in these populations and improving overall quality.  Direct the broad usage of these frames in programs, including the development for ongoing and systematic update of information maintained and managed on the business register and governments master address files. Direct the acquisition and use of new administrative data that supports the business register, the governments master address files, or for use in new data products by supplementing existing publication releases.

The Chief, OSMR directs the activities to develop and test new concepts and new response patterns associated with the collection of information from business and government populations. Conducts analysis of response, and researches new cognitive and usability components associated with electronic technologies.

You will represent the Census Bureau and the Federal government where designated, on interdepartmental committees, with representatives of other agencies, conferences of international statisticians, and other statistical groups advising and consulting on mathematical statistical methodology.

You may FAX supplemental documents at any time during the open period of a vacancy announcement by going to 1) Log into My USAJOBS, 2) Click on “Applications”, 3) Locate the vacancy you applied to, 4) Under “Application Status” column, click on “More Information”. This will take you from Recruitment-One-Stop (ROS) to the Department of Commerce site (this will take a few seconds, please be patient); 5) Select “View/Generate Fax Cover Sheets” and click “Continue”, 6) Select type of document to be faxed, 7) Click on “Print Cover Sheet” to print fax cover sheet 8) Once the cover sheet has printed click button “Return to ROS” to bring you back to the USAJOBS site. You can then logout.   Current and former career SES members only - A copy of the most recent SF-50 documenting your SES career appointment. (No response to ECQ statements is required.)   SES Candidate Development Program graduates only - A copy of your OPM Qualifications Review Board certification. (No response to ECQ statements is required.)   Background and/or Security Investigation required.   Relocation expenses may be paid.   Individuals selected for Senior Executive Service positions may be subject to reassignment across geographical, organizational and functional lines.   If you left federal employment and received a buyout and you are selected for this position, you may be required to repay the full amount of the buyout to the agency that paid you.   You may be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.   Filing of the Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report is required if selected for this position (Ethics in Government Act P.L. 95-251).   Public law requires all new appointees to submit proof of identity/employment eligibility.   If selected, male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must confirm their selective service registration status.   In accordance with 5 USC 3303, any recommendation by Members of Congress, Congressional employees, elected State or local government officials, political party officials or other individuals or organizations making the recommendation on the basis of the party affiliation of the applicant is prohibited.   Executive Branch agencies are barred from accepting or considering prohibited political recommendations, and indeed, are required to return to the individual any prohibited political recommendation with reference to statutory prohibition. Such officials may supply a statement which “relates solely to the character and residence” of the individual.   The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.   The Department of Commerce does not condone or tolerate discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation.

Key requirements:

  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Background investigation and/or security clearance is required.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • One year probationary period may be required.

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs): ECQ 1 - Leading Change: 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. Leadership Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, and Vision.   ECQ 2 - Leading People: 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. Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, and Team Building.   ECQ 3 - Results Driven: 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. Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, and Technical Credibility.   ECQ 4 - Business Acumen: involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management.   ECQ 5 - Building Coalitions: 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. Leadership Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, and Influencing/Negotiating. Fundamental Competencies: These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications. Interpersonal Skills, Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, Public Service Motivation


Applications should be submitted electronically through   Basic requirements:   A. Degree: You must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university OR a combination of education and experience equivalent to the completion of a bachelor’s degree. Studies must have included at least 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, 12 of which must be in mathematics and 6 of which must be in statistics. OR   B. Combination of education and experience – at least 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, including at least 12 hours in mathematics and 6 hours in statistics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.   NOTE: To show proof of meeting the Basic Entry Requirements, all applicants MUST submit a copy of their college transcripts. See the Required Documents section for more information.


In addition to the education requirements, in order to be considered for the position, applicants are required to submit a resume and a separate statement addressing each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and each of the Professional and Technical Qualifications (PTQs). A narrative description of 1-2 pages per ECQ and PTQ is normally sufficient.   When addressing the ECQs and PTQs, statements that describe personal beliefs or philosophies should be avoided. Each response should include a brief summary of the applicant’s executive experience in relation to the specific ECQ and PTQ and specific examples of accomplishments.   Please review the complete guide to writing executive qualifications at and use the Challenge, Context, Action, Result (CCAR) model to develop your statements.   Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of the quality and extent of total accomplishments, experience, and education they possess. All applicants must meet the mandatory ECQs to be eligible for further consideration, and must provide detailed evidence of how they meet the additional PTQs for this position. Applicants must show that they possess the required experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, and must show how and when they were used. This evidence must include clear, concise examples that demonstrate the level of accomplishment and degree of responsibility.   Professional and Technical Qualifications (PTQs):   PTQ#1 Extensive experience and understanding of statistical theory and applications that can be applied to the leadership of a primarily mathematical statistical organization that supports large, complex surveys and/or censuses. PTQ#2  Experience in dealing effectively with and understanding the statistical needs of a broad range of data users including high-level statistical officials in Federal, State, and/or local organizations, professional groups, industry, the general public, and/or international agencies. PTQ#3 Broad level of experience managing or overseeing multiple, large-scale complex projects, within scope, schedule, and budget.

Archived on: 2014-02-28