U.S. Department Of Labor company profile

Economics Assistant (PART-TIME)

Job Location:

Boston, MA, United States

Job Description:

APPLICATION PERIOD: 07/30/2018 to 08/13/2018

This position is located with the U.S. Dept. of Labor Bureau Labor Statistics Boston Region. There is one position for this announcement, with regular work primarily in Suffolk County, Massachusetts. There may also be work assignments in other counties of the Boston Metropolitan area. Job requires that employee goes to retail stores, businesses and residences in the local area to gather the required information. If required, employee will be given notification to appear at a specified office. Relocation expenses will not be provided.

TYPE OF APPOINTMENT: THIS IS A PERMANENT PART-TIME POSITION 16-32 HOURS. The initial average hours per week will be 28 hours and may fluctuate based on workload and training requirements. This is not a job for a person who needs full-time work or who cannot be available for work when it is required, including a mix of day, evening and weekend hours. This position will not lead to a permanent full-time position This position is an Economic Assistant position in a regional Division of Price Programs. Incumbents of the position have responsibility for the collection of data for the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Assignments are designed to develop technical competence in the CPI Program. NOTE: Visits to residences are necessary and evening and weekend work is scheduled. Work in retail stores is typically completed during normal business hours. In addition, you must travel to the Bureau of Labor Statistics training center in Washington, D.C. two times during the first 18 months for mandatory classroom training as follows: Two (2) week introductory commodities and services training and One (1) week of advanced data collection. Additionally, you will attend mandatory Housing survey training in your local area during the first year.

VALID DRIVER'S LICENSE IS REQUIRED - Driving conditions will include highway and local streets, and driving at night and in adverse weather conditions. This position has promotion potential to the grade of GS-07. This position is inside the Bargaining Unit.


Economic Assistants collect prices and related statistical data on a wide variety of commodities, services, and housing for the BLS Consumer Price Index. Data for commodities and services are collected by conducting personal and telephone interviews with store managers and buyers, managers in auto dealerships, doctors, pharmacists, and other professionals. Data for the housing survey are obtained by personal visit or telephone interview with either property managers, tenants, or home owners. Duties include, but are not limited to:

1. Visiting retail and service establishments such as department stores, supermarkets, medical offices and hotels to collect retail price data. A limited amount of data is collected by telephone/fax/web.

2. Contacting homeowners, renters, and apartment management companies by personal visit to neighborhoods and follow up telephone interviews.

3. Collecting and entering data on a hand held computer.

4. Obtaining voluntary cooperation from survey respondents.

5. Traveling to office to have work reviewed during on-the-job training and for monthly meetings.

Who May Apply
This job is open to…
U.S. Citizens and ICTAP eligibles in the local commuting area of selected county.

YOU SHOULD NOT APPLY FOR THIS POSITION IF YOU WISH FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT. Applications for this vacancy will be accepted on-line by clicking the Apply Online button below. Please carefully read and follow the instructions described under the "How to Apply" section of the announcement to ensure submission of a complete package.


• U.S. Citizenship.
• Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
• Requires a valid drivers license.
• Subject to frequent travel.
• Appointment to this position will require a background investigation.

Job Requirements:

Please view vacancy announcement for a complete list of requirements and to apply:

Contact Information:

Contact: U.S. Department Of Labor
Frances Perkins Building
200 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC, United States 20210
Website: http://www.dol.gov/


August 7, 2018

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