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Job Posting: Supervisory Personnel Research Psychologist (2 positions)

07/21/2016 3:30 PM | Anonymous

U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Location: Washington DC (Denver, CO, Jacksonville, FL,  Kansas City, MO, or Nashville, TN will also be considered)

Open Period: 7/18/2016 to 8/1/2016

About the Job

The Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) HR Solutions (HRS) Assessment & Evaluation Branch (AEB) has two Supervisory Personnel Research Psychologist positions available.   AEB provides assessment services on a reimbursable basis to other Federal agencies and offers a fast-paced environment where your duties and responsibilities require interacting at all levels, across multiple offices, within and external to HRS and OPM. AEB has three sections. The anticipated positions are in AEB's Selection and Promotion Assessment (SPA) section and Leadership and Workforce Development Assessment (LWDA) section.  

SPA develops, validates, and administers cognitive and non-cognitive competency assessments for selection, promotion, and diagnostic purposes to include written and non-written tests, job knowledge tests, performance tests, and computer simulations; and conducts job analyses and provides assessment training and support.   

LWDA develops, validates, and administers leadership and workforce planning assessments to assess leader and employee effectiveness by targeting competencies, personality, and leadership potential and conducts competency modeling and gap analysis for workforce training and development.   

Typical duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Direct a highly specialized staff and serve as the principal advisor on matters pertaining to research and assessment.   
  • Manage the reimbursable business to ensure the delivery of high quality assessments and achieve full cost recovery including generating new business, maintaining customer relations, and managing the section's budget.  
  • Consult with individuals across OPM on topics related to assessments and advise agencies and internal senior management on implementing assessment strategies.  
  • Plan and direct reimbursable research, analysis, and evaluation in human resources management, industrial/organizational and/or applied social psychology and develop proposals for assessment services.  
  • Oversee the development and administration of developmental leadership and gap assessments or internet based assessment tools used for selection and promotion.  

Job Requirements

Key Requirements:

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Relevant experience (see Qualifications below)
  • Must complete initial online questionnaire and additional assessment(s)
  • Salary does not include locality pay and will differ based on the location.

Job Qualifications

Basic Requirement:  Applicants must have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited or pre-accredited academic institution leading to a bachelor's or higher degree with a major or equivalent in psychology to receive further consideration.

In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements, applicants must have one year of experience (equivalent to the GS-14 level) that demonstrates all of the following:  

  • Using advanced knowledge of the principles, theories and methods of industrial/organizational psychology or applied social psychology or equivalent fields (e.g., applied research/evaluation) to develop practical solutions to human resource management problems;
  • Administering large scale assessment services, in areas such as test development and validation, job analysis, competency modeling, survey development and delivery, and leadership assessment;
  • Managing assessment research through its various phases to completion; and
  • Performing project lead functions including staff planning, direction and evaluation (i.e., setting priorities, determining resource requirements, organizing work, establishing deadlines, monitoring progress, and evaluating outcomes).

Specialized experience must demonstrate the following: 

  • Technical Competency:  Experience managing complex and large scale applied research projects that involve areas such as developing and validating assessment procedures; performing statistical analyses; implementing leadership 360s and/or other leadership assessments; conducting occupational analyses; and designing and implementing assessment strategies.  This includes experience as a project or team leader or supervisor where you provided direction to team members, set priorities, provided advice, counsel and instruction, as needed; and reviewed and evaluated work for technical adequacy.


  • Financial Management:  Experience planning and monitoring project or program budgets to include experience in negotiating funding with management or agency officials; monitoring budget progression including overages or underutilization; reviewing, analyzing and organizing budget estimates into a comprehensive budget; and determining pricing for operational activities.

Salary: $102,646 to $133,444  plus locality adjustment/ Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0180-15

How to Apply:

For a full description and to apply, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/440925300

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