U.S. DEPARTMENT OF
An Equal Opportunity Employer
SAMPLE DUTIES AND
Entry Level: GS-0119-5
Promotion Potential: GS-7
Bargaining Unit: NCFLL
Civil Service Status Required: No
Part-time Position: Not to exceed 32 hours per week
Area of Consideration:
Any U.S. Citizen
Position Duties and
Economic Assistants collect prices and related statistical data on a wide variety of
commodities, services, and housing for the BLS Consumer Price Index. Data is collected by
conducting personal and telephonic interviews with store managers and buyers, sales
managers in auto dealerships, doctors, pharmacists, and other professionals. For housing,
interviews are with apartment managers, tenants, and home owners. Selection of the precise
items to be priced occurs on site, therefore the assistant must be able to apply
established sampling procedures in determining the sampled item. This is taught during
initial classroom training and on-the-job training. Economic Assistants will also provide
narrative reports on local economic conditions and retailing trends. Persuasive
interpersonal communication skills are necessary to obtain voluntary participation in
surveys. work is on a part-time basis, principally during regular
business hours. Must be willing to 1) travel within
the commuting area, 2) attend periodic training conferences of one to two weeks
duration in Washington, D.C., 3) work irregular hours and, 4) work as needed on
some evenings and weekends.
The GS-5 level requires one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent
to the GS-4 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience
which is in the Economic Assistant field or a related occupation which has equipped the
applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the
duties of the position. The following are examples of occupations that could be considered
creditable provided the work involved interviewing and the collection of data: data
collectors, economic assistant, economic clerks, research assistant/clerks, etc. This is
not an inclusive list and other types of experience may also be creditable.
Educational substitution for GS-5: Successful completion of a full 4-year
course of study with a major in economics, or 24 semester hours of courses in subjects
such as business law, statistics, algebra, pre-calculus, calculus, or economics.
Equivalent combination of education and experience are qualifying.
KIND OF APPOINTMENT: This is a permanent, part-time position. The number of
hours worked will vary from week to week according to the scheduled workload and not all
weeks will be worked. Some evening and weekend work will be required. **
The average hours per week will range from 16 to 32 hours. The per annum salary will be
prorated based on the number of hours actually worked. This is not a job for a
person who needs full-time work or who cannot be available for work when it is required.
Travel: 1 - 5 nights per month. Complete qualifications standards, including substitution
of education for experience, are available for review in the Human Resource Office.
1. Ability to effectively communicate
2. Ability to collect and organize data.
3. Ability to plan and organize work independently.
4. Knowledge of marketing and pricing practices for consumer goods and services.
Individuals who have special priority selection rights under ICTAP must be well
qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priorities
selection. ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they achieve a
score of 85 higher, excluding veterans preference points.CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
You must be a U.S. Citizen to be considered for this position.
B. You must be at least 16 years of age.
C. The following statements apply if checked:
|___ Requires a security
___ Requires a medical examination
___ Subject to financial disclosure
___ Requires a supervisory/managerial
probationary period if the requirement has not been met
|___ Subject to frequent
_X_ Subject to frequent travel
___ Requires a valid drivers license
___ Subject to geographic mobility
___ Subject to drug test prior to
Last Modified Date: October 16, 2001