Personnel Psychologist

05/06/2017 7:03 PM | Anonymous

Drug Enforcement Administration

Location: Arlington, VA

Job Summary

Do your career "Justice" by working with DOJ, which has been ranked in the Top 10 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government. Come and join the nation's law enforcement agency, where our most important resource is our people. The Department leads the nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. Become a member of a team where you can achieve your career goals and apply your skills and talents to our important mission. All applicants for employment with DEA must possess and maintain the highest levels of character and conduct. DEA will evaluate applicants' qualifications based on these qualities. Once a conditional offer is made, DEA will conduct a continuous evaluation of information, as it is obtained, to ensure that the prospective employees with DEA meet the agency-specific qualifications in the areas of character and conduct. To this end, an unfavorable decision in any of the areas that follow will be deemed as disqualifying: Drug Policy Requirements (as specified in this announcement), Credit History, Candor and Honesty, Work History, History with the Law, and other qualities that would detract from the integrity and efficiency of the DEA.

Position will be filled subject to availability of funds.

Duties

The incumbent(s) will perform the following duties:

  • Conducts organizational surveys, collects data, and performs data analysis, including regression, correlations, and factor analysis.
  • Provides a full range of operational human resources management and advisory services for a large complex organization including leadership assessment and development activities.
  • Coordinates personnel programs involving promotion policies and procedures.
  • Develops tests and assesses validity and reliability of selection and promotion instruments and documents results in technical reports.
  • Coordinates personnel programs and policies involving Special Agents and other DEA personnel.
  • Provides agency-wide advisory, consultative, and technical services in areas related to talent measurement and organizational development to Human Resources Staff and all levels of leadership.

Travel Requirements: Occasional Travel Required

Relocation Authorized: No

Job Requirements

Key Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Background and/or Security Clearance
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Drug testing designated position

Qualifications

NOTE: This position has Basic Education Requirement criterion.  Applicants who do not meet the basic education requirement criteria will be considered as ineligible and will receive no further consideration for this position.  (Applicants MUST submit transcripts).

This position requires applicants to submit a writing sample, not to exceed one page, that specifically details the inferential statistical technique (s) you utilized to evaluate a large scale survey and/or the psychometric validation of a psychological test, including the rationale for choosing the appropriate statistical test, the details of the data analysis plan, the steps taken to compile and clean the data in preparation statistical analysis, and what rationale inferences you made based on the results of the statistical analysis.

Applicants who do not submit the writing sample will be considered as ineligible and will receive no further consideration for this position.

Basic Requirements:

Successful completion of a full 4 year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study (or equivalent) in psychology.

In addition to meeting the basic requirements above, applicants must also have one (1) year of specialized experience required for the applicable grade level as described below.

GS-12: Must have (1) one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 Federal grade level performing duties such as applying existing theory and available methods and precedents in the conduct of job analyses of various occupations; conducting test validation studies to determine the predictive usefulness of existing selection tests for specific occupations; and applying test theory and psychometrics to develop new assessments for employee selection, promotion, career development, and satisfaction.

GS-13: Must have (1) one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 Federal grade level performing such duties formulating and conducting research on personnel problems of moderate complexity such as: organizational planning, recruitment, selection, staff utilization, morale, productivity, and similar matters requiring a high degree of insight and originality; applying existing theory and available methods and precedents in the conduct of job analyses of various occupations; conducting test validation studies to determine the predictive usefulness of existing selection tests for specific occupations; and applying test theory, psychometrics, and survey design to develop new assessments for employee selection, promotion, career development, and satisfaction.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs):  Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:  

1. Knowledge of concepts and techniques related to the field of personnel psychology. 

2. Knowledge of personnel assessment principles, and standards to perform and conduct personnel psychology studies. 

3. Knowledge of test theory, statistics, logic research methods to develop new methodological applications.

4. Ability to communicate in writing to produce written technical reports or other technical information.

5. Ability to effectively communicate other than in writing to provide consultative services to individuals at all level.

6. Ability to lead, monitor, and track outcomes of projects related to personnel selection and organizational surveys.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

Successful completion of a one-year probationary period is required (unless already completed).

All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see http://www.ed.gov.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.  Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

Security Clearance: Top Secret

For more information and details on how to apply, please visit https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/PrintPreview/468401800


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