HQ USAF and Support Elements OPERATIONS RESEARCH ANALYST in Los Angeles, California

Job Overview

Job Overview

The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace.

To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power. That vision orbits around three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. Core competencies and distinctive capabilities are based on a shared commitment to three core values -- integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.

WHO MAY APPLY: Click here for more information on eligibility categories and the documentation requirements. You MUST have one or more listed eligibilities to be considered. Eligibility claims must be supported with required documentation submitted within each application package to be considered. Transfer and Reinstatement eligibles must provide their most current SF-50, AND SF-50 reflecting the highest grade held if different from your latest SF-50. Air Force is not responsible for erroneous eligibilities you list or fail to list

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

Internal Employees (Air Force Employee - Current Permanent Competitive Service Career/Career-Conditional Employee and Current Permanent AF DCIPS Employees with Reinstatement Rights to the Competitive Service)

Current Federal Employees (DoD Transfer - Army, Navy, DFAS, etc.--Excluding Air Force)

Former Federal Employees (Reinstatement)

Schedule A – Individual with Disabilities - click here for additional information

ICTAP (Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program)

Federal Employees (Non-DoD Transfer - OPM, VA, Dept of Labor, etc.)

VEOA (Veterans Employment Opportunity Act)


This is a Centrally Managed Position in the Financial Management Career Field

MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE: Click here http://www.cpms.osd.mil/Content/Documents/PPP-Program%20S.pdf for specific program requirements. To request MSP hiring preference, you must submit the following documents:

. Statement requesting MSP; and

. Copy of military sponsor's PCS orders

  • The primary purpose of this position is: The incumbent of this position serves as a member of the Air Force Cost Analysis Agency to serve as lead or a member of a three to five person Cost Integrated Team (CIPT) of professional cost and operations research analysts to develop non-advocate cost assessments in building an Air Force Service Cost Position (SCP) to support major weapon systems and automated information systems for a Defense Acquisition Board (DAB) milestone decision review for reporting to Congress as the weapon system budget; develop or evaluate mathematical cost models for use in developing cost estimates; develop and maintain databases of historical cost information on previous weapon systems, information systems, and related software; develop decision information briefings for senior DoD and USAF decision makers on weapon systems, information systems, and software; support the United States Air Force Planning, Programming, and Budgeting System with special analyses related to acquisition of information systems.

  • Executes Non-Advocate Cost Assessment (NACA) Program Taskings. As member of a team, performs routine, continuing cost analysis assignments and basic cost estimating tasks associated with the preparation of system cost estimates.

  • Provides support to the Branch Chief, Technical Director, and Division Chief in development of cost databases, parametric relationships, cost estimating software and documentation, and research reports. .

  • Reviews Analytical Cost Studies. Analyzes and evaluates products of subordinate level Air Force research and cost analysis organizations. Verifies assumptions and estimating relationships for consistency with Headquarters data, and the adequacy of treatment of data in reaching conclusions on costs.

  • Performs special assignments or projects for the Air Force Secretariat, Air Staff, and the Air Force Cost Analysis Agency. Conducts cost analysis studies to evaluate and determine total resource requirements for advanced weapon and automated information systems.

  • Source of expertise of Life Cycle Cost estimating and cost analysis methodology Air Force-wide. Provides advisory and technical service on application of advanced statistical and quantitative techniques and on cost methodology.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel by military aircraft may be required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • PCS expenses if authorized will be paid IAW JTR and Air Force Regulations
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Federal Employees, Veterans, Individuals with a disability, Military Spouses, and Former Overseas Employees. See Job Summary for further information on "Who May Apply"

Questions? This job is open to 4 groups.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Incumbent must obtain and maintain TOP SECRET clearance
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, see Legal and Regulatory Guidance
  • This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program
  • This position is subject to pre-employment and random drug testing


*BASIC REQUIREMENTS: *Applicants must have a degree in operations research from an accredited educational institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees:


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, and at least 3 of the 24 semester hours of calculus.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: At least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS-13) or equivalent pay band under other pay systems in the Federal service or other work that provided me with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of an Operations Research Analyst, GS-1515-14. Specialized experience must have knowledge of Air Force weapon system programs and missions to determine how they relate to and impact other programs and costs of other federal agencies. High degree of skill in applying a wide variety of standard principles, theories, techniques and practices of quantitative and statistical analysis used in cost estimating.


To view qualifying educational requirements and/or combination of education and specialized experience click on the following link:



Click on the following link to view occupational requirements for this position:


Federal Time-In-Grade (TIG) Requirement for General Schedule (GS) Positions: Applicants must have served at least 52 weeks at the GS-13 or higher grade (or equivalent in an alternate pay system) within the Federal Civil Service to be considered for referral. TIG applies if you are in a current GS position or held a GS position within the previous 52 weeks.

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:

  1. Knowledge of a wide range of methods and techniques used in cost, economic and operations research analysis and possession of analytical abilities; quantitative techniques and methods used to develop, adapt, modify and apply models to resolve problems or define and clarify alternative solutions; especially for weapon systems.

  2. Ability to develop and utilize appropriate data and estimating relationships. Ability to understand the use of model and estimating relationships.

  3. Skill in interpersonal communications.

  4. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, negotiate complex issues; and maintain good working relations.

  5. Ability to develop and utilize appropriate data collection techniques and design, build, and use models and simulation techniques.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE*:*Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution 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.**


  1. Position requires a Top Secret security clearance.

  2. Certified at Level III in the Acquisition Professional Development Program in Business Cost Estimating, Program Management or Engineering Management.

  3. Temporary duty assignments (TDYs) are required. Overtime is required. Travel by military aircraft may be required.

  4. ‘This is a Financial Management Level 3 (GS-14 -above) Certified position IAW the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 2012, Public Law 112-81, Subtitle F-Financial Management, Section 1599d. Incumbent shall comply with the requirements of this certification program."

  5. The employee must meet the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) requirements applicable to the duties of the position.

  6. This position is designated as a Testing Designated Position (TDP) under the Air Force Civilian Drug Testing Program. Illegal drug use by employees in sensitive positions present a clear threat to the mission of the Air Force, national security, and public safety. It is required that you (a) refrain from the use of illegal drugs and (b) if requested, submit to urinalysis testing.

Security Clearance

Top Secret

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once your application package is received an acknowledgement email will be sent.

If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility and qualifications for consideration. If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.

To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

If you do not provide an email address, you are responsible for checking status updates and notifications in USAJOBS. Hard copy notifications will not be sent to you.


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

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

Other Information

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here. To be BEST-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 90 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

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.

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

90-Day Register: This announcement may result in a 90-day register that may be used to fill like vacancies for 90 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/473931500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-07-17 to 2017-07-28

Salary: $114,268 to $148,550 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 14

Series: 1515 Operations Research

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: 9L-HAF-1984284-999321-RLV

Control number: 473931500