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

11/28/2016 8:31 AM | Anonymous

Office of Personnel Management (OPM)

Location: Multiple Locations

Open Period: 11/22/2016 to 12/6/2016

About the Job

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. 

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.

OA develops and administers organizational assessments to assess climate and organizational outcomes including organizational climate, employee satisfaction, customer satisfaction, onboarding and exit surveys, and custom surveys, and conducts program evaluation and develops organizational effectiveness indices.

Job Duties

If selected, you will serve as an assessment expert and provide assessment support for Federal agencies.  You will be responsible for leading one or more project teams to advise agencies and internal senior management on developing and implementing assessment strategies, develop and/or contract for innovative assessment tools, administer assessments, and deliver results.   

Typical duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead one or more project teams to develop and/or contract for innovative assessment tools. 
  • Conduct Government-wide and/or agency job analyses. 
  • Lead one or more project teams to develop and implement competency models, workforce gap assessments, and leadership assessments. 
  • Lead one or more project teams to help agencies identify, evaluate, and solve organizational problems using customer action planning, satisfaction surveys, employee surveys, and focus groups. 
  • Establish project objectives, activities, timelines, budgets, and staffing plans. 
  • Advise agencies and internal senior management on implementing assessment strategies. 
  • Evaluate training, candidate development, or other human resources programs.

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 at least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-13 grade level or pay band in the Federal service.  Specialized experience is defined as experience in or directly related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience must demonstrate all of the following: 

  • 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) OR Leading/managing projects involving designing and administering organizational surveys, performing statistical analyses, facilitating focus groups, conducting action planning, and conducting HR program evaluations; AND 
  • 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
  • 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/456380200

NOTE: Merit Promotion, VEOA, and Non-Competitive Eligible applicants can apply via: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/456380500



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