Job Posting: Personnel Research Psychologist

06/14/2016 6:58 AM | Anonymous

National Security Agency (NSA)

Location: Fort George G. Meade, Maryland

About the Organization

The National Security Agency (NSA) is a world leader in signals intelligence and information assurance. We carry out some of the nation’s most important and sensitive intelligence activities to secure information superiority for America and its allies.

We have two primary missions. Our information assurance mission is the defense: it protects U.S. information by preventing foreign adversaries from gaining access to our information systems. Our signals intelligence mission is the offense: collecting foreign signals and producing intelligence to give U.S. policy makers and warfighters the decision advantage. NSA also enables network warfare operations to defeat terrorists and their organizations at home and abroad, consistent with U.S. laws and the protection of privacy and civil liberties.

As the nation’s top cryptologic organization, we employ the best and the brightest, who use their intelligence to solve some of the nation’s most difficult challenges. We are a world-class cyber center, the largest employer of mathematicians in the country, as well as a national leader in foreign language analysis and research.

Visit our new careers site at www.IntelligenceCareers.gov/NSA.

About the Job

The NSA Office of Organizational Effectiveness and Workforce Research provides a broad range of client-centered, evidence-based consulting services, with units focusing on personnel selection, organizational assessment and effectiveness, and workforce analytics.

The incumbent will work as part of a group of industrial and organizational psychologists in the Personnel Assessment Research and Development Unit. In this position, the incumbent will:

  • contribute to the design, development, validation, of high stakes personnel selection tests, including computer adaptive tests;
  • conduct test equating analyses and demonstrate equivalency of test forms
  • apply item response theory to establish and maintain item banks for static and computer adaptive tests
  • coordinate the implementation of high stakes personnel selection systems;
  • contribute to basic and applied research projects seeking to improve the measurement of critical knowledge, skills, abilities, and personal characteristics;
  • present research results at professional conferences and publish research results in professional journals; and
  • collaborate with staff in other units on the entire range of services offered by the Office of Organizational Effectiveness and Workforce Research. 

Job Qualifications

Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Minimum qualifications appear first, followed by a description of an ideal candidate.

Salary Range:  $64,650 - $100,736 (Full Performance)

Minimum Qualifications:

Entry is with a High School diploma plus 7 years of experience, or an Associate's degree plus 7 years of experience, or a Bachelor's degree plus 2 years of experience, or a post-baccalaureate certificate and 2 years of experience, or a Master's degree.

  • Degree must be in applied social sciences or applied behavioral sciences (Human Resource Development, Sociology, Social Work, Organizational Development, Business Management).
  • Experience must be in the social sciences (e.g., organizational development, organizational effectiveness, performance improvement, social networking analysis, systems thinking).
  • Some of the experience must be current (i.e., within the past 2 years).

Salary Range:  $92,145 - $141,555 (Senior)

Minimum Qualifications:

Entry is with a High School diploma and 10 years of experience, or an Associate's degree and 10 years of experience, or a Bachelor's degree and 5 years of experience, or a post-baccalaureate certificate and 5 years of experience, or a Master's degree and 2 years of experience, or a Doctoral degree.

  • Degree must be in applied social sciences or applied behavioral sciences (Human Resource Development, Sociology, Social Work, Organizational Development, Business Management).
  • Experience must be in the social sciences (e.g., organizational development, organizational effectiveness, performance improvement, social networking analysis, systems thinking).
  • Some of the experience must be current (i.e., within the past 2 years).
  • Formal or informal leadership experience is required.

The above minimum qualifications are generic for this work role; however, for this position, the ideal candidate would be expected to

  • Hold a Master's degree and three years of experience in personnel selection or educational testing, or a Doctoral degree and one year of experience in personnel selection or educational testing.
  • Degree must be in Industrial and Organizational Psychology or a related field (Quantitative Psychology, Psychometrics, and Educational Psychology).
  • Experience analyzing and interpreting data for clients as the basis for action
  • Strong research design and analysis skills
  • Knowledge of item response theory and structural equation modeling, with preference given to candidates with experience applying knowledge in these areas'
  • Proficiency in SPSS or R
  • Strong interpersonal skills

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

This is a full-time position, Monday through Friday with flexible hours.

Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

This Ad closes on July 16, 2016.

How To Apply - External

To apply for this position, please go to https://www.intelligencecareers.gov/nsa/  and click the ‘Search NSA Jobs' button located at the bottom of the page and search for Personnel Research Psychologist, Job ID 1072290.  Click the ‘Apply Now’ button and after completing the application and clicking the 'Submit Final' button, you will receive a confirmation email.  Emails regarding your application status will be sent periodically.  Please ensure your spam filters are configured to accept emails from noreply@nsa.gov.

***PLEASE NOTE:

U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants.  Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate.  NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations.  All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564.  Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph.

This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility.       

DCIPS Disclaimer

The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS).  All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.


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