The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a senior Air Force operations research analyst and to provide expertise in initiating, applying, and planning major developmental studies. Air Force Studies and Analyses, Assessments, and Lessons Learned is recognized as the Air Force authority on operations research.
Employs scientific and analytical techniques to define, quantify, and evaluate the feasibility of assigned projects, studies or problems.
Reviews and evaluates study projects, proposals, and/or reports for adequacy of methodology, including the use or development of computerized models, ensuring the techniques used are valid and appropriate to the problem or issue identified.
Serves as a consultant and Air Force level technical expert to senior subject matter specialists and/or agency officials responsible for broad program operations.
Attends meetings, conferences, briefings, and seminars related to program planning, advanced technologies, and support system concepts.
Occasional travel - Work may occasionally require travel away from the normal duty station on military or commercial aircraft.
Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship Required
Males must be registered for Selective Service, see www.sss.gov
Incumbent must obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI Clearance
Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid
Recruitment incentives may/may not be authorized
This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program
Must have a bachelor's degree in operations research or in a related technical discipline such as mathematics, computer science, one of the physical sciences, or engineering
Advanced degree(s) are preferred
Work may occasionally require travel away from the normal duty station on military or commercial aircraft
Must exhibit a high degree of judgment, resourcefulness, originality, and the ability to foresee the impact of changing technology
Disclosure of Political Appointments
The investigative requirement CANNOT be waived for special sensitive positions, the selectee must possess this clearance prior to starting in the position
This position has been designated by the Air Force as a Testing Designated Position (TDP) under the Air Force Civilian Drug Demand Reduction Program. Employee must pass initial and periodic short notice drug testing.
Illegal drug use by employees in sensitive positions presents a clear threat to the mission of the Air Force, national security, and public safety
In order to qualify, you must meet the specialized experience requirements described in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions, Professional and Scientific Positions, to include the Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR) for the GS-1515, OPERATIONS RESEARCH ANALYST Series. Click here to view occupational requirements for this position.
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. NOTE: You must submit a copy of your college transcripts.
AND in addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade GS-13, or equivalent in other pay systems. Examples of specialized experience includes 1) Comprehensive knowledge and mastery of one or more specialized area of operations research sufficient to apply new analytical developments, methodologies, and research findings to broad studies of an unprecedented nature. 2) Knowledge of advanced, analytical, mathematical or statistical theories, principles, concepts, methods, and techniques to provide expert judgement concerning the validity of assumptions made and the criteria to evaluate alternatives. 3) Coordinating extensive projects that are characterized by high visibility, unusual urgency, or critical. 4) Identifying actual or potential problem areas, trends, and or/or similar factors to improve program operations and management systems. 5) Designing, building, and using very complex, sophisticated models to simulate real-world environments of many variables.
FEDERAL TIME-IN-GRADE (TIG) REQUIREMENT FOR GENERAL SCHEDULE (GS) POSITIONS: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the GS-13 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-14 level. TIG applies if you are in a current GS position or held a GS position within the previous 52 weeks. NOTE: Applicants applying as VEOA candidates who are current GS civil service employees or are prior GS civil service employees within the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
Knowledge and mastery of a broad range of methods and techniques used in classical and modern advanced operations research studies and possession of analytical abilities.
Knowledge of expert quantitative techniques and methods used to develop, adapt, modify, and apply models to resolve problems or define and clarify alternative solutions.
Ability to participate in study teams; originate new ideas, projects, and methodologies; and execute projects and/or studies within established financial and/or time constraints.
Ability to recognize and use correct English grammar, punctuation, and spellings; communicate information in writing in a succinct and organized manner; and produce written information, including technical material, which is appropriate for the intended audience.
Ability to develop and utilize appropriate data collection techniques.
Ability to design, build, and use models and simulation techniques.
PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.
VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.