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Job Posting: Personnel Research Psychologist (Lead) (2 positions)

10/26/2016 8:15 AM | Anonymous

U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Locations: Washington DC; Flagstaff, AZ; Miami Beach, FL; New Orleans, LA; Saint Louis, MO; Iron Station, NC; Charleston, SC; Hampton, VA; Richmond, VA

Open Period: 10/21/2016 to 11/3/2016

About the Jobs

These Personnel Research Psychologist positions are located in the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) HR Solutions (HRS) Assessment & Evaluation Branch (AEB).   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.  

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.   

If selected, you will be responsible for leading one or more project teams to develop and/or contract for innovative assessment tools, conduct job analyses, and advise agencies and internal senior management on developing and implementing assessment strategies.   

As the Personnel Research Psychologist responsible for USA Hire content management, you will serve as an assessment expert and provide assessment support for the content management component of USA Hire.  USA Hire is an online assessment platform that provides Federal agencies with cutting-edge assessments to identify top talent.  Typical duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Administer the content management component of USA Hire in direct coordination with the USA Hire program office.
  • Lead the development of innovative USA Hire assessment tools, including designing and coordinating Governmentwide job analysis studies, creating test content, developing scoring and weighting protocols, and creating technical documentation related to activities.
  • Lead the ongoing maintenance of USA Hire assessment tools, including designing and implementing maintenance strategies, securing and analyzing data related to item characteristics/performance and item exposure, and item refresh activities.
  • Coordinate with individuals across OPM to establish and implement program policies related to assessment content.
  • Design research studies and conduct data analyses to evaluate the effectiveness of USA Hire and its tools and processes.
  • Coordinate and provide input to management and other stakeholders on USA Hire content management responsibilities.

As the Personnel Research Psychologist responsible for the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) examination, you will serve as an assessment expert and provide assessment support to the ALJ Program Office. OPM has sole responsibility for administering the ALJ examination, through which Federal agencies hire ALJs.  Typical duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead a team of Personnel Research Psychologists responsible for developing the ALJ examination, and lead assessment strategy discussions.
  • Coordinate various ALJ assessment functions with the ALJ Program Office.
  • Plan and develop ALJ examination content.
  • Conduct subject matter expert focus groups with incumbent ALJs on the ALJ examination process and content.
  • Address operational considerations/conflicts related to the ALJ examination (e.g., administration, scoring, appeals).
  • Conduct assessor and test administrator training.
  • Determine the need for, and manage, vendor support contracts and track program costs.
  • Coordinate and provide input to management and other stakeholders concerning examination assessments and methodologies.

 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.


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-13 level) that demonstrates all of the following:  

  • Technical Competence: Using knowledge of the principles, theories, and methods of industrial/organizational psychology or related field (e.g. applied social psychology, applied research/evaluation) to develop practical solutions to assessment problems, including experience with assessment development and validation methods; AND
  • Data Analysis: Knowledge of statistics, including experience using a major statistical analysis package such as SPSS, SAS, or R; AND
  • Leading/managing projects involving conducting job analyses, performing statistical analyses and developing tests/assessment tools consistent with professional and legal requirements (e.g., the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures); AND
  • Financial Accountability: 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; and determining pricing for operational activities.  Experience determining estimated costs for products or services and managing resources to ensure delivery within budgeted amounts.

How to Apply:

For a full description and to apply, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/454053300

Federal employees please note there is another announcement for Merit Promotion, VEOA, and Non-Competitive Eligible applicants under Job Announcement Number: 17-030-GLM-MP.  

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