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Air Force Civilian Service Hill Afb, UT

Job Description



As an Operations Research Analyst, GS-1515-7 potential 12, you will perform the less complex tasks of the position independently, and receive specific instructional guidance in accomplishing more difficult assignments while gaining experience to be able to fully perform all duties at the journeyman level.

At the GS-12 grade level you will also:


- Perform professional and scientific work requiring the design, development, and adaptation of mathematical, statistical, econometric, and other scientific methods and techniques and provide advice and insight about probable effects of alternative courses of action.
- Perform complete studies of limited scope or portions of larger projects, modifying/adapting techniques to fit situations, some requiring innovative approaches.
- Utilize scientific inquiry in the development of mathematical models and computer programs to evaluate and predict the ability to support assigned projects, studies, or problems.

- Provide technical guidance, advisory support, and assistance.
- Attend meetings, conferences, briefings, and seminars related to program planning, advanced technologies and support system concepts.
- Accomplish professional development and maintain technical proficiency.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  This position will be filled at the entry level grade (GS-07).  This GS-1515-07 potential GS-09, then GS-11, then GS-12 position is considered a developmental position.  The candidate will perform less complex tasks of the position independently.  You will receive specific instructional guidance in the accomplishment of the more difficult assignments.  You will gain experience and develop the ability to fully perform all journeyman duties listed above.  Attainment of knowledge, skills and abilities (and a minimum of 52 weeks of specialized experience) is required before promotion to the next higher grade (GS-09 then GS-11 and then GS-12).


BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (All Grade Levels) Candidates for these positions must possess:  A 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 COPIES OF YOUR TRANSCRIPTS WITH YOUR APPLICATION.

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. The following are illustrative of acceptable courses: optimization; mathematical modeling; queueing theory; engineering; physics (except descriptive or survey courses); econometrics; psychometrics; biometrics; experimental psychology; physical chemistry; industrial process analysis; managerial economics; computer science; measurement for management; mathematical models in social phenomena; and courses that involved application of operations research techniques and methodologies to problems of management, marketing, systems design, and other specialized fields; or other comparable quantitative analysis courses for which college-level mathematics or statistics is a prerequisite. Courses in theory of probability and statistics are highly desirable, but are not specified as minimum educational requirements because to do so would possibly exclude some applicants who would otherwise be well qualified.

AND SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-07: Subsequent to meeting the Basic Education requirements outlined above, you must also possess at least one year of specialized experience in or directly related to the work of the position.  This experience must have equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties described above.  To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to that of the next lower grade level (GS-05), pay band or equivalent.  Specialized experience is described as helping to perform professional and scientific work requiring the design development, and adaptation of mathematical, statistical, econometric, and other scientific methods and techniques and provide advice and insight about probable effects of alternative courses of action.

OR EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION:  Successfully completed 1 full year of graduate level education or Bachelors degree with superior academic achievement.  S.A.A. is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership.    (1). Class standing -- Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses. (2.)  Grade-point average (G.P.A.) -- Applicants must have a grade-point average of (a) 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better)as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (b) 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum. 

OR COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: An equivalent combination of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total experience requirements.   NOTE: YOU MUST SUBMIT COPIES OF YOUR TRANSCRIPTS WITH YOUR APPLICATION IF USING EDUCATION AS A SUBSTITUTION OF 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, but you must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.


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 as reported on your résumé

1. Knowledge of wide range of methods and techniques used in operations research studies and possession of analytical abilities.
2. Knowledge of quantitative techniques and methods used to develop, adapt, modify, and apply models to resolve problems or define and clarify alternative solutions.
3. 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.
4. Ability to develop and utilize appropriate data collection techniques.
5. Ability to design, build and use models, and simulation techniques.
6. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; negotiate complex issues; and maintain good working relations.

ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Unofficial transcripts on college letterhead are acceptable, and must display major field of study and date degree conferred. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation here.

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; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.



Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. For additional information, click here.


1. Must have a bachelors degree in a related technical discipline such as mathematics, computer science, one of the physical sciences, or engineering. Advanced degree(s) are preferred.
2. Work may occasionally require travel away from the normal duty station on military or commercial aircraft.
3. Must exhibit a high degree of judgement, resourcefulness, originality, and the ability to foresee the impact of changing technology.

SECURITY CLEARANCE: Incumbent must be able to obtain and maintain a SECRET level security clearance as a condition of employment.

PHYSICAL EFFORT: The employee performs sedentary work while sitting comfortably. There may be some walking, standing, bending, carrying of light items, or driving an automobile. No special physical effort or ability is required to perform the work.
WORKING CONDITIONS: The employee works in an adequately lighted and ventilated office environment. Exercises normal safety precautions.


The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program. In addition to your take-home pay, click here for an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.

Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.

Other Information

ICTAP: The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be rated well-qualified or higher on the assessment questionnaire for this vacancy. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPMs Career Transition Resources website here.

Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information.

Military Spouse Preference: Military Spouse preference applies to the wife or husband of an active duty military member of the armed forces, including a member of the U.S. Coast Guard, relocating because of service under a statutory tour. Applicant must meet all pre-employment criteria for suitability and citizenship. Eligibility does not extend to the spouse unless the marriage took place prior to the sponsor and the spouse relocating to the new duty station area. To be eligible for MSP, applicants must be ranked in the "Best Qualified" category, and be applying for a vacancy within the commuting area of the sponsors new duty location. NOTE: To receive Military Spouse Preference (MSP), please submit a copy of the sponsors orders showing your name as an accompanying dependent, along with your completed application.

Incentives: Recruitment and/or retention incentives may or may not be used.

Temporary and Term Appointments: If you are selected for a temporary or term position, your appointment may be extended to the maximum period allowed by law without further competition.

Job Details

Date Posted July 11, 2018
Date Closes August 10, 2018
Requisition 466591700
Located In Hill afb, UT
SOC Category 00-0000.00