U.S. Census Bureau
$50,598.00 to $79,586.00
Open & closing dates
$50,598 to $79,586 per year
Pay scale & grade
GG 09 - 11
Full-Time - Competitive Service: Temporary Promotion NTE 13 months. May be extended.
Temporary Promotion - Mixed Tour Work Schedule
2 vacancies in the following location:
This job is open to
Current or former competitive service employees, including:
Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
This job opportunity is for a Geographer position in the Technical Support Unit, Geography Branch, National Processing Center located in Jeffersonville, Indiana. This position is not included in the bargaining unit.
Applications under this job opportunity announcement will be considered under merit promotion (internal competitive) procedures and consideration is limited to those specified above in the “Who May Apply” section. If you are not eligible under this announcement, see announcement number NPC-2018-0079, Geographer, GG-0150-09/11, GB-JD-DEU-External, which can be accessed at http://jobsearch.USAJOBS.gov/
Employees on a permanent appointment who were hired through a Recruiting Bulletin, who have not served in their current appointment for at least 90 days, are not eligible to apply. However, if this vacancy is in the same line of work as your current position (same qualification requirements), and selection for this position would not result in a promotion action, the 90 day waiting period does not apply.
NPC Term employees with duty station in Jeffersonville who were hired through a Recruiting Bulletin, and who have not served in their current appointment for at least 90 days, are not eligible to apply. However, if this vacancy is in the same line of work as your current position (same qualification requirements), and selection for this position would not result in a promotion action, the 90 day waiting period does not apply.
If a Term employee is selected for this position, this will not change your current not-to-exceed date.
One year trial period may be required.
Tour of Duty: Mixed Tour - Monday – Friday, 7:00am-3:30pm. Alternate Work Schedule may be available at a later date. Alternate Work Schedule is an 80-hour biweekly basic work requirement that is scheduled in less than 10 days; i.e., eight 9-hour days/nights, one 8-hour day/night, and one day off.
Mixed Tour Work Schedule: Mixed tour is a combination of periods of full-time, part-time, and intermittent work schedules which allows the best utilization of the employee based on the work requirements of the organization. Whenever there is a change in the workload, your work schedule may be changed to full, part-time or intermittent.
Relocation expenses may not be authorized.
Candidates may be required to clear the fingerprint process and initiate the required background investigation prior to selection.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
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The full performance of this position will:
Explain work requirements, methods and procedures as needed, giving special instructions on difficult or different operations and answering technical questions about work.
Formulate and issue special instructions for non-routine or complex assignments and clarifies published guidelines or procedures.
Develop procedures related to such projects as geographic coding, geographic data reconciliation, special projects, boundary updates, digitizing, etc.
Use sophisticated interactive software, large databases, and investigative methods.
Update spatial digital databases with the most complex digitizing assignments.
Assign geographic location codes to very complicated sets of substandard and/or conflicting address information requiring an in-depth knowledge of Internet search engines.
Research and resolve discrepancies between geographic databases that require in-depth knowledge of the databases and processing methods to resolve geographic problems of a very complex nature.
Develop responses to geographically oriented problems initiated by telephone calls and correspondence from other divisions in the Bureau, other Federal agencies, and various agencies or persons outside the Federal government in both the public and private sectors.
Assume responsibility of mapping projects that are moderate in scope and are related to a larger diversified operation.
Keep current on changes to geographic software and communicate this information, including any new training required, to branch employees.
Document productivity and quality levels, recommending appropriate methodology, processing workflow, and technical changes to branch management.
Coordinate activities that pertain to this integration of universal technologies, including Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and commercially available Geographic Information Systems (GIS) into census processing methods.
Train newly hired cartographic aids in digital or manual plotting of political and statistical boundary allocations, and geographic coding.
Perform actual production work in various areas such as cartographic, digital and clerical operations. Review completed work in these areas for errors.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
Current competitive service National Processing Center (NPC) employees on a permanent and term appointment; current permanent competitive service Department of Commerce employees; Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) eligible employees.
Questions? This job is open to 1 group.
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Conditions of Employment
Must be U.S. citizen and suitable for Federal employment.
If resume is incomplete, applicant may not be considered for this vacancy.
Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov).
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Time in Grade: In addition to specialized experience you must meet the time in grade requirement.Current and former Federal civilian employees must have held a position at the grade 07 for at least 52 weeks in the Federal Service for promotion to the grade 09, and at the grade 09 for at least 52 weeks in the Federal Service for promotion to the grade 11. Time-in-grade/band requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement unless eligible for special hiring authority, reinstatement eligible, non-current Federal employee applying as VEOA eligible which do not require time-in-grade/band.
Grade 09 Specialized Experience: In addition to the basic entry requirements, you must have one year of experience as a Geographer at the grade 07 level in the Federal Service or one year of equivalent professional work experience. Examples of such work include: performing as an assistant to a higher graded geographer and involves the compiling of geographic facts from a variety of specified sources. Discrepancies in data are ascertained, discrepancies remedied, and information is presented in the appropriate format.
Grade 11 Specialized Experience: In addition to the basic entry requirements, you must have one year of experience as a Geographer at the grade 09 level in the Federal Service or one year of equivalent professional work experience. Examples of such work include: integrating geographical information for presentation from a regional or topical view point; presenting and illustrating geographic information in narrative and graphic form; using basic statistical methods; and carrying out basic field research including the mapping of phenomena, assists with the design and programming of automated production and control systems.
Grade 09: You have a Master's Degree or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Master's degree in Geography or related field.
Grade 11: 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D degree in Geography or a related field or a Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree.
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.
Qualification requirements contained in this vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Standards Handbook, which contains Federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on OPM’s website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications
Minimum Education Requirements:
Basic Entry Requirements For All Grade Levels: A. Degree: geography or related physical or social science such as geology, meteorology, economics, statistics, sociology, anthropology, political science, history, cartography, computer science, urban studies, or planning that included at least 24 semester hours in geography or related fields. Or B. Combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major in geography or a related field that included at least 24 semester hours in geography or related fields, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience and/or additional education. The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field.
The following links provide information on various hiring authorities that may enable you to apply through merit assignment procedures, or be eligible for a non-competitive appointment.
30% or more disabled veteran
Persons with disabilities
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) candidates will be eligible for selection priority if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining a rating of at least 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap.
CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
A copy of your Reduction In Force (RIF) separation notice; notice of proposed removal for declining a directed geographic relocation outside of the local commuting area. A Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice of eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice).
A copy of your latest SF-50 “Notification of Personnel Action”, - noting current position, grade/band level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc;
A copy of your last performance appraisal including rating; and
Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
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, notify the Human Resources Branch. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Branch via the Federal Relay Service, 1-812-218-3610.
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factor.
Employees who receive a buyout and subsequently return to positions in a Federal agency within 5 years after the date of separation, on which the payment is based, whether by reemployment or contracts for personal service, are generally obligated to repay the full amount of the buyout to the agency that paid it before the individual’s first day of reemployment.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
We will review your resume, optional cover letter, supporting documentation, and dates of employment (mm/dd/yy) on the resume to determine if you meet the qualifications for the position. If you meet the qualifications stated in the job opportunity announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions) that you completed as part of the application. Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the occupational questionnaire, or your score will be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. If referred, all relevant documents, including performance appraisals and incentive awards submitted with your application package, will be forwarded to the selecting official for review and consideration.
Due weight shall be given to performance appraisals and awards in accordance with 5 CFR 335-103(b)(3), during the interview/selection process conduced by the hiring manager.
The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate the applicant on the following competencies; do not provide a separate written response:
Knowledge of geographic reference materials and procedures in order to apply cartographic principles and methods to update maps and other geographic products, and to train.
Skill with using GIS and other software with the principles of automated cartography.
Skill necessary to present technical guidance and communicate complex technical information in written form and in person to a variety of audiences.
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Background checks and security clearance
Q - Nonsensitive
A complete application consists of the following:
Resume showing relevant experience, optional cover letter, and the online questionnaire.Your resume must indicate country of citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week, annual salary, and specify the job duties related to the advertised position. For work in the Federal service, include the grade level of the position(s). Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the occupational questionnaire.
Performance Appraisals and Incentive Awards – Submit your most recent performance appraisal with supervisor’s signature showing the official final rating of record and copy/listing of incentive awards received. In cases where the performance appraisal is incomplete or unavailable, applicants may provide explanation of the reason.
SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, if applicable, supporting current or former federal employee’s eligibility.
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) documentation, if applicable. See the Other Information section.
Documentation supporting eligibility for non-competitive appointment. (severely disabled, eligible veterans, certain military spouses, etc.)
Education: If using education substitution, a combination of experience and education, or the position requires higher education, you must submit a transcript (official or unofficial) or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Refer to http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp
for more information.
Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education’s website – http://www.ed.gov/international/usnei/us/workrecog.doc
. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation will result in lost consideration.
You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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How to Apply
How to Apply
To apply online, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov
. Enter the job announcement number in the left hand box titled “Keywords” and then click on the SEARCH button. To begin, click the Apply button in the middle of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. (After registering in your USAJOBS account and clicking “Submit”, you will automatically transition to the Department of Commerce’s specific site where you will complete your application. You must click “Submit” at the end of the application process to send your applications for consideration.)
To return to a saved application, log into your USAJOBS account at http://www.usajobs.gov and click on Applications. Click on the position title and then select “UPDATE APPLICATION” to continue.
If you have problems completing the online application, including problems submitting the supporting documents, contact the Help Desk by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 866-656-6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (ET), excluding Federal holidays.
All online applications and supplemental materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the closing date of the vacancy. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications online using the application process outlined at www.usajobs.gov
. While electronic applications are strongly encouraged, paper applications will also be accepted. Please contact the Human Resources Specialist identified in the vacancy announcement for details and instructions on the process for submitting your paper application. Paper applications and supplemental materials must be received by 4:30 p.m. (ET) on the closing date of the vacancy.
Agency contact information
BUREAU OF THE CENSUS
1201 East 10th Street
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Application Received or Application Incomplete;
Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;
Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official); and
Selected or Not Selected
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