U.S. Coast Guard Operations Research Analyst, GS-1515-13 in Washington, District Of Columbia

U.S. Coast Guard
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Washington DC, DC
Work Schedule is This is a full-time position. - This is a permanent appointment.

Opened Sunday 3/19/2017 (9 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 3/28/2017 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

Apply for this exciting position to support the CG missions of safeguarding our Nation's maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe.

For over two centuries the The U.S. Coast Guard has protected the maritime economy and the environment, we defend our maritime borders, and we save those in peril. This history has forged our character and purpose as America's Maritime Guardian - Always Ready for all hazards and all threats.

This position is located in DHS, U.S. Coast Guard, Deputy Commandant for Operations, Assistant Commandant for Capabilities, Office of Boat Forces, Policy & Competency Development Division in Washington, DC.


Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities concerning, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.


The position is located in the Office of Boat Forces. The division is responsible for all Coast Guard Boat Forces units and personnel resources. The selectee serves as the operations research analyst supporting the entire Office of Boat Forces, coordinating, integrating and consolidating office efforts to provide overall analysis, justification and evaluation of program resources projections and commitments. The position is also responsible for all aspects of measurement and evaluation of Boat Forces units, workforce and equipment, creating marketing strategy to promote applicable indicators to appropriate decision makers. Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team. Typical work assignments include:

  • Providing expert analysis and evaluations to management that encompass programmatic milestones, schedules and execution required for effective management, operations and decision making in support of a project or program area.

  • Participating in teams to develop resource proposals affecting Coast Guard Boat Forces.

  • Selecting and applying accepted analytical and evaluative techniques to the identification and consideration of issues or problems of a procedural or factual nature. Providing expert analysis and advice on complex program issues.

  • Conducting special studies or research projects related to specific program goals and issues, performing tasks such as literature searches, work measurements, task analyses, and productivity charting. Preparing information for measuring accomplishments. Assisting in gathering metrics for reports and other evaluations products.

  • Working with top management to develop long-range management plans for the efficient effective operation of the organization. Making recommendations for solutions to routine project or operations research problems that can be resolved by statistical or mathematical calculations typical of the specialization or area of assignment.

  • Using standard methodology in obtaining and analyzing data and information on a broad range of issues. Working on studies that involve the full range of methods, procedures, techniques, and activities routinely carried out in the operations research area.

  • Ensuring that defined project segments are performed satisfactorily and in their entirety. Using established methods and procedures, making adaptations to procedures and accepted practices when necessary. Performing work to exacting but clearly stated standards.

  • Selecting standard methods, techniques, and procedures in planning and carrying out routine work.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Less than 5 percent per month.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • PCS/Moving Expenses Authorized
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.

In addition to the education requirements above:

For GS-13, applicants must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in Federal service: developing strategies for planning and developing major agency programs of national scope and impact; developing, coordinating, and implementing strategic plans to include mission goals, objectives, and implementation strategies; lecturing at seminars; serving as an expert consultant in planning, monitoring, and administering projects of national or international significance; preparing and contributing to reports and other presentations on program planning and evaluation; and identifying and proposing solution to management problems which are of major importance to planning program direction.

Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular ability, skill, and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line of work.

National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): 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.

This position has a positive education requirement.

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.

If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. For further information on the evaluation of foreign education, refer to the U.S. Department of Education's web site at click here

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

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Applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. At the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306. Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations.

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Recruitment incentives may be authorized.

Moving expenses will be paid in accordance with appropriate regulations.

All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit.

For Veterans' preference eligibility, visit Veterans' Employment Resources. Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility and to understand the documentation that would be required with your application, click on the links above and contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for the application and hiring process, please contact 202-795-6302. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation

Salary Range: $94,796.00 to $123,234.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-1515-13/13

Promotion Potential: 13

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: This vacancy is open to all U.S. Citizens and is being advertised under delegated examining procedures. For definitions of common terms found in this announcement

Control Number: 466110900

Job Announcement Number: 17-1231-HQ-RM-D