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Supervisory Statistician

New Year, New Job! Passionate about statistics and data science? Join the Food Safety & Inspection Service--the public health agency within USDA--as a Supervisory Statistician and help lead a staff of data scientists and analysts to help protect public health. Virtual and telework eligible. Location negotiable upon selection. Direct Hire Authority will be used. One opening. Salary: $111,521 - $176,300. Closes 01/12/2022 or after 60 applications have been received, whichever occurs first.

***This is a Federal job with the US Government and you MUST be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply. See vacancy announcement for full Conditions of Employment, the list of Required Documents and How To Apply:***

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Agency contact information: Amanda Smith
Phone: 612-659-8577
Fax: 1-833-840-9220

Job Duties

  • Assign work to employees and hold them accountable for performance plan objectives.
  • Evaluate and provide guidance for employee deliverables.
  • Maintain awareness of the status of all individual staff assignments and communicate them to leadership.
  • Formulate and recommend solutions to mitigate issues and prevent delays to branch analytical deliverables.
  • Collaborate with Supervisory Statisticians, Directors, and other Agency program area staff to plan and meet mission goals.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications listed in the announcement. You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has granted Direct Hire Authority for several STEM positions governmentwide, including the 1530 job series at grades 11-15. OPM has determined that there is either a severe shortage of candidates or a critical hiring need.

Due to the Direct-Hire Authority (DHA), applicants are not rated and ranked numerically, and Veteran's preference does not apply. Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide complete information about their job-related experience and education. Your transcripts and resume must document that you meet the Education and Specialized Experience requirements detailed in the Qualifications section above. Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category.

Although Veteran's preference does not apply due to the existence of the DHA for this position, applicants are still encouraged to provide documentation related to veteran's preference.

You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:
  • Oral Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Planning and Evaluating
  • Analytical Programming
  • Manages Human Resources
Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.

To view the application form, visit:

Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may be found ineligible. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.


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. Learn more about Federal benefits.


Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including specialized experience and/or education. For more information on the qualifications for these positions, visit: Professional and Scientific Positions Group Coverage Qualification Standards. IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE IN YOUR RESUME, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

To meet the minimum qualifications for this job series, you must (1) meet the Individual Occupational Requirement outlined in the Education section of this announcement, (2) provide a copy of transcripts for verification as detailed under Required Documents in the announcement. Additionally, to qualify for the GS-14 level, your resume must document at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service in each of the following:
  • Using statistical software packages and/or database software to extract, manipulate, and integrate information from relational databases.
  • Setting priorities, preparing schedules, evaluating work products, and providing technical advice and guidance on items such as analytical coding or methodologies, statistical analysis, and visualization development.
  • Developing and executing approaches for analyzing, interpreting, visualizing, and verifying complex data and analyses. Examples of complex data and analyses include but are not limited to data wrangling, dynamic macro programming, big data visualization, dynamic parameter dashboards, sample allocation optimization, cluster analysis, causal analysis, multivariate regression, and random forests.
  • Developing oral and written presentations and communicating complex and technical analyses to inform, influence, and persuade a variety of audiences.Examples of complex and technical analysis include but are not limited to stratified sampling design, survival analysis, policy effectiveness studies, machine learning techniques and outcomes, logistic regression, Bayesian statistical modeling, and randomized controlled trials.

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, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


You must submit a copy of ALL transcripts (including undergraduate; not only the most recent transcripts) to validate that you meet at least one of the basic education requirements.

Individual Occupational Requirements (Statistics Series, 1530)

Basic Requirements:
A. Degree: 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.
B. Combination of education and experience -- courses as shown in A 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.

To view the Individual Occupation Requirement for this series, click here.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

How to Apply

Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement or before 60 applications have been received, whichever occurs first.

Next Steps

Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS to check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

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.