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ARMY POSITION DESCRIPTION
 

PD#: AG05485

Sequence#: VARIES

Replaces PD#:   

OPERATIONS RESEARCH ANALYST

GS-1515-13

Organization Title:

POSITION LOCATION:

Servicing CPAC: ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD

Agency: VARIES

Installation: VARIES

Army Command: VARIES

Region: NORTHEAST

Command Code: VARIES

POSITION CLASSIFICATION STANDARDS USED IN CLASSIFYING/GRADING POSITION:

Citation 1: OPM JFS PROFESSIONAL WORK IN MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES GROUP, SEPT 05

Supervisory Certification: I certify that this is an accurate statement of the major duties and responsibilities of this position and its organizational relationships, and that the position is necessary to carry out Government functions for which I am responsible. This certification is made with the knowledge that this information is to be used for statutory purposes relating to appointment and payment of public funds, and that false or misleading statements may constitute violations of such statutes or their implementing regulations.

 

Supervisor Name:  

Reviewed Date:

Classification Review: This position has been classified/graded as required by Title 5, U.S. Code in conformance with standard published by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management or if no published standards apply directly, consistently with the most applicable published standards.

 

Reviewed By: AL CPO

Reviewed Date: 01/15/1993

POSITION INFORMATION:

Cyber Workforce:

  • Primary Work Role: VARIES
  • Additional Work Role 1: VARIES
  • Additional Work Role 2: VARIES

FLSA: EXEMPT

FLSA Worksheet:

FLSA Appeal: NO

Bus Code: VARIES

DCIPS PD: NO

  • Mission Category: VARIES
  • Work Category: VARIES
  • Work Level: VARIES

Acquisition Position: YES ***

  • CAP: N
  • Career Category:  
  • Career Level:  

Functional Code: 13

Interdisciplinary: NO

Supervisor Status: VARIES

PD Status: VERIFIED

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:

Drug Test Required: VARIES  

Financial Mgmt Cert:

Position Designation: VARIES

Position Sensitivity: VARIES

Sec. Clearance Level: VARIES

Sec. Access (Child Care Bkgd Check): VARIES

Emergency Essential:   

Requires Access to Firearms: VARIES

Personnel Reliability Position: VARIES

Information Assurance: VARIES

Influenza Vaccination: NO

Financial Disclosure: VARIES

Financial Disclosure: NO  

Enterprise Position: VARIES

POSITION ASSIGNMENT:

Competitive Area: VARIES

Competitive Level: VARIES

Career Program: VARIES

Career Ladder PD: NO

Target Grade/FPL: 13

Career Pos 1:    

Career Pos 2:    

Career Pos 3:    

Career Pos 4:   

Career Pos 5:    

Career Pos 6:   

POSITION DUTIES:

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

Receives assignments in the form of broad policy statements, general objectives from supervisors within the Systems Analysis Division. Priorities among projects, general guidelines and supporting personnel are provided by the supervisor. The incumbent, as a senior analyst, independently develops plans for assignment accomplishment, elicits and required data, and arrives at a methodology to produce effective and reliable results. The tasks will allow opportunity for maximum exercise of technical inventiveness, originality of thought, incisive analysis and comprehensive synthesis over the complete study effort. The incumbent also serves as a principle technical expert with professional advisory authority in the operations research/systems analysis field. Work is reviewed for adequacy in meeting objectives or requirements, thoroughness of analytical model design, soundness of judgement, impact of results and quality of study documentation.

MAJOR DUTIES:

1. Incumbent is assigned major studies relating to the cost effective selection of alternatives to meet Army materiel development, acquisition or readiness requirements or allocation of resources to mission requirements. Studies and analyses are aimed at developing or analyzing a variety of alternative approaches to the way CECOM conducts its business, allocates resources to accomplish its mission or optimizes acquisition and logistics support to Communications-Electronics equipment readiness objectives. Results are a detailed portrayal of the cost, benefits, risk or effectiveness of each alternative or comprehensive rationale supporting coat effectiveness conclusions among alternatives. Incumbent develops, modifies or applies methodologies on alternative solutions to optimize or evaluate data for producing results that support cost effective decision making. Serves as a Command expert in applying one or more of the following ORSA techniques: level of repair analysis, supply support optimization analysis, analyzing system design to operational readiness requirements, payload optimization, error analysis, network analysis, artificial intelligence programming, resource allocation modeling, software resource modeling, warranty cost effectiveness analysis, statistical sampling analysis or development of measures of effectiveness. The incumbent is responsible for utilizing expert judgement and extensive background to identify and initiate action on impending problems or required areas of analysis by establishing task objectives, defining alternatives, constraints and assumptions: developing, modifying and applying required methodologies, techniques and tools: establishing required contacts and working relationships: evaluating data; and preparing the documentation and associated presentations for proliferation and defense of analysis findings. Assures the thoroughness and objectiveness of the study, significance of findings and the effectiveness of presented results to decision makers so as to secure acceptance of the conclusions and recommendations developed about probable effects of alternative solutions.
50%

2. The incumbent utilizes knowledge and extensive experience to organize, define guide and perform major studies-for implementing analysis and evaluations. Directs and assimilates the efforts of other specialists (e.g. operations research analysts in own organization. technical/functional specialists from other organizations) whose study contributions are components of incumbents major study of command-wide implication. Establishes and maintains the contacts and cooperative working relationships between other commands, agencies, and higher headquarters for the purpose of establishing objectives, acquiring data, and resolving difficulties. Presents and defends methodologies, recommendations, and conclusions to the highest level of management both within and external to CECOM.
30%

3. Attends conferences as a representative of the Systems Analysis Division. Provides advice and consultation within the area of specialization to aid in determining the value and feasibility of proposed projects. Prepares internal reports and contributes as author or co-author of publications setting forth results of investigations. Maintains contact with personnel of other organizations in the Systems Analysis field for the purpose of exchange of information or to discuss mutual problems.
20%

4. Performs other duties as assigned.

Factor 1. Knowledge Required by the Position Level 1-8 1550 Points

Mastery of one or more specialized areas of operations research sufficient to apply new analytical developments, methodologies and research findings to broad studies of an unprecedented nature.

Mastery of research techniques and concomitant ability to obtain information concerning subject studies so as to be able to perform sound analyses.

Skill in coordinating extensive projects in assigned areas of responsibility. Projects are characterized by high visibility, unusual urgency or program criticality.

Ability to use advanced techniques and the modification and extension of theories, precepts and practices of operations research and related sciences and disciplines.

Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with customers, information sources and project team members.

Skill in written and oral communication sufficient to present information on the cope, methods and results of studies.

Intensive knowledge of characteristics of a major weapons system or group of related weapons systems and/or concomitant military operations, strategies, and tactics and associated logistics.

Expert knowledge of complex subjects under study so that conclusions reflect real world environments.

Ability to organize and lead teams engaged in studies of complex issues and problems.

Ability to design and build very complex, sophisticated models.

Ability to use very complex, sophisticated models to simulate real world environments of many variables.

Skill in articulating and negotiating complex issues.

Expert knowledge of a full range of cost economic analyses techniques.

Factor 2. Supervisory Controls Level 2-4 450 Points

Employee receives assignments with overall objectives and resources limits, and collaborates with the supervisor on time frames and approaches to unusual or controversial problems. Independently plans and carries out projects, coordinating the work of other analysis when needed. Completes assignments independently, keeping the supervisor informed of progress and potential controversies of problems with widespread impact. Completed work is reviewed for adequacy in meeting the problem and for information purposes.

Factor 3. Guidelines Level 3-4 450 Points

The employee often does not have technical precedents and guidelines available for the assigned projects, or if some does exist, they only provide foundation for departure. The employee develops or redesigns new methods, approaches or criteria to meet the demands of the specific assignment.

Factor 4. Complexity Level 4-5 325 Points

The employee performs complete assignments, individually or as a team leader, which are characterized by substantial breadth or depth, numerous interrelationships, complex variables, and new theories and methodologies. The problem studied typically are unique in nature and difficult to define. Often a study must be approached in phases, requiring the analyst to coordinate the contributions of others. A thorough understanding of the substantive areas of problems studied is required, as well as competence in scientific analytical techniques. Originally and creativity are required to adapt, extend and synthesize existing theories and techniques for unrelated purposes, or to isolate and define critical feature of long-range problems. Widely different views are often held on what the issues are, on relevant economic factors and forecasts, appropriate study techniques and approaches, and on best courses of action. In depth analyses and extensive coordination and intensive negotiations with different high officials are required to resolve issues.

Factor 5. Scope and Effect Level 5-5 325 Points

The employee isolates and defines unknown conditions, resolves critical problems or develops new theories. The work results affect the work of other experts, the development of major aspects of administrative or scientific programs or missions, or the well being of substantial numbers of people.

Factor 6. Personal Contacts Level 6-3 60 Points

The employee regularly meets with analysts and specialists within the agency or with professionals and program directors in other DOD elements and on the staffs of private contractors.

Factor 7. Purpose of Contacts Level 7-3 120 Points

The purpose is to summarize, interpret and exchange information on issues, to present and defend results of work, and to negotiate with groups and individuals holding differing goals/viewpoints. May encounter resistance due to such issues as organizational conflict, competing objectives or resource problems.

Factor 8. Physical Demands Level 8-1 5 Points

The employee does sedentary work, such as 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.

Factor 9. Work Environment Level 9-1 5 Points

The employee works in an adequately lighted and ventilated office environment. Exercises normal safety precautions.

TOTAL POINTS - 3290
(3155 - 3600 = GS-13)


Duties of this position require periodic travel, frequently on short notice to worldwide locations using the fastest mode of transportation available.

ACQ DINS:
JYL-3
JYM-N
JYN-4
JYP-8
JYQ-8
JYR-S
JYS-4
JYT-*

 
*** This is an Army Acquisition and Technology Workforce position.
The employee must meet DoD 5000.52-M requirements applicable to the duties of the position.


Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Determination

 

1. Availability Pay Exemption - (e.g., Criminal Investigators, U.S. Customs and Border Protection pilots who are also Law Enforcement Officers).

 

2. Foreign Exemption - (Note: Puerto Rico and certain other locations do not qualify for this exemption – See 5 CFR 551.104 for a list of Nonexempt areas.)

 

3. Executive Exemption:

    

a. Exercises appropriate management responsibility (primary duty) over a recognized organizational unit with a continuing function, AND

    

b. Customarily and regularly directs 2 or more employees, AND

    

c. Has the authority to make or recommend hiring, firing, or other status-change decisions, when such recommendations have particular weight.

 

4. Professional Exemption:

    

a. Professional work (primary duty)

    

b. Learned Professional, (See 5 CFR, 551.208 ) (Registered Nurses, Dental Hygienists, Physician’s Assistants, Medical Technologists, Teachers, Attorneys, Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists, Engineers, Architects, and Accountants at the independent level as just some of the typical examples of exempt professionals). Or

    

c. Creative Professional, (See 5 CFR, 551.209 ) (The primary duty requires invention and originality in a recognized artistic field (music, writing, etc.) and does not typically include newspapers or other media or work subject to control by the organization are just some examples of Creative Professionals). Or

    

d. Computer Employee, (See 5 CFR, 551.210 ) ( must meet salary test and perform such duties as system analysis, program/system design, or program/system testing, documentation, and modification). Computer manufacture or repair is excluded (non-exempt work).

 

5. Administrative Exemption:

    

a. Primary duty consistent with 5 CFR 551 (e.g.; non-manual work directly related to the management or general business operations of the employer or its customers), AND job duties require exercise of discretion & independent judgment.

  FLSA Conclusion:
  Exempt
  Non Exempt


FLSA Comments/Explanations:

Not Listed


CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT & NOTES:



POSITION EVALUATION:

New GS-1500 JFS applied 9/06
Evaluation:

The assigned duties of the subject position involve serving as Operations Research Analyst on major studies relating to determine the appropriate cost effective selection of alternatives to meet the Army materiel development, acquisition and readiness requirements or allocation of command resources. The incumbent develops, modifies or applies methodologies on alternative solutions, techniques and tools. Thus, the most appropriate series is the Operations Research, GS-1515 series.

Grade Determination:

1. Assignment Characteristics: Size and scope of the project and the nature of the system being studied in terms of its complexity and the number, relationships and subtlety of variables involved; Degree to which the issues and problems arc known or specified and the relative availability of precedents and guidelines, extent of conceptualization, innovation, creativity and judgment required to structure and pursue the work and to apply methods and techniques. Extent of operations research and related knowledge, skill and ability required to carry out the work. Extent of participation in projects and nature of functions performed.

Assigned duties requires the incumbent serve as the Operations Research Analyst for major studies. The tasks allow the employee maximum exercise of technical inventiveness, originality of thought, incisive analysis and comprehensive synthesis over the complete study effort. The incumbent is responsible for using expert judgment and extensive background to identify and initiate action on impending problems or required areas of analysis by establishing task objectives; defining alternatives, constraints and assumptions, developing, modifying and applying required methodologies, techniques and tools; establishing required contacts and working relationships; evaluating data; and preparing the documentation and associated presentations for proliferation and defense of analysis find. This is illustrative of the GS-13 level in which employees receive a wide variety of assignments which are characterized by their breadth and depth and the work requires ingenuity in determining the approach and innovation in selecting the techniques to solve the problems. (See pg. 14 & 15 of the cited PCS.)

2. Level of Responsibility: Includes the nature and extent of supervisory control exercised over the work of personal contacts, or responsibility for project formulation, and the significance of recommendations and advice rendered. It is measured by the degree to which the analyst is held accountable for processes such as the formulating and structuring problems, specifying alternatives and establishing assumptions governing the work. This factor is also measured by the degree to which the analyst is held accountable for the effectiveness of planning, the adequacy of treatment, the accuracy of analysis, the validity of interpretations, and the significance of findings.

The employee receives assignments in the form of broad policy statements, general objectives from the supervisor. Priorities among projects, general guidelines and supporting personnel are provided by the supervisor. The incumbent, as a senior analyst, independently develops plans for assignment accomplishment, elicits and evaluates required data and arrives at a methodology to produce effective and reliable results. The incumbent also serves as a principle technical expert with professional advisory authority in the operations research/systems analysis field. Work is reviewed for adequacy in meeting objectives or requirements, thoroughness of analytical model design, soundness of judgment, impact of results and quality of study documentation. This compares to the GS-13 level of the cited PCS where the work is marked by a degree of professional independence and technical authority (See pg. 16 & 17 of the cited PCS). It contrasts to the lower GS-12 level in that the assignments are broadly stated or ill-structured problems, studies or projects and, therefore, the analyst is held accountable for formulating or structuring the problem(s).

The position is correctly classified as a Operations Research Analyst, GS-1515-13.

LORI HAMILTON
Personnel Management Specialist