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Position TitleAssociate Commissioner for Survey Methods Research

Company Information

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is a unit of the United States Department of Labor. It is the principal fact-finding agency for the U.S. government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics and serves as a principal agency of the U.S. Federal Statistical

Duties and Responsibilities

The Associate Commissioner for Survey Methods Research is responsible for effectively managing the Office of Survey Methods Research, including both the Mathematical Statistics Research Center and the Behavioral Science Research Center, as well as the American Statistical Association/National Science Foundation Fellow Program; and providing leadership to the BLS statistical and behavioral science research programs.

The Associate Commissioner evaluates difficult and complex BLS program problems and analytical techniques employed, and advises the Commissioner and others on the applicability of advanced survey techniques for improving BLS output, increasing quality and user relevance and/reducing cost.

The Associate Commissioner participates in the development of policy, long-range plans and programs of BLS and in the formulation of statistical standards regarding the survey design, data collection, coding statistical computing data analysis, and data presentation for BLS data systems.

Serves as the primary consultant to BLS programs in the fields of mathematical statistics, survey design and methodology, statistical methodology and cognitive psychology and sociology as related to the design of questionnaires, data collection procedures, and user-friendly compute systems for date collection dissemination.

The Associate Commissioner for Survey Methods Research serves as the chief advisor to the Commissioner of Labor Statistics in the areas of survey methodology and statistical methods.

Position Qualifications


1. Leading Change: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

2. Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

3. Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

4. Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

5. Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.


1. Extensive training and research experience (including refereed publications) in one or more areas of survey statistics, methodology, and behavioral science.

2. Substantial research experience at the interface between (a) survey statistics, methodology, and/or behavioral science; and (b) computer science and informational technology.

3. Substantial experience in managing research and development projects in survey statistics, methodology, and/or behavioral science that requires close collaboration and coordination across two or more groups.
Degree Satisfying a Mathematical Statistics Series (1529), Statistics Series (1530), or Economics Series (110)