Personnel Psychologist

01/26/2018 1:45 PM | Anonymous

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Location:  810 Vermont Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20223

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is currently accepting applications until 02/16/2018 for the position of Personnel Psychologist ($96,970 - $148,967) (GS- 13/14) at its headquarters in Washington, DC. The selectee will be part of a team that delivers high-quality employment and organizational assessment services to VA and provides cutting-edge Human Resources management services with a specific focus on individual, organizational, and outcome assessment.

This job is open to Federal employees, current or former competitive service employees, including:  merit promotion, career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL), or transfer.

Our Mission

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country.  Every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service. If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to


The Personnel Psychologist position is with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Recruitment and Placement Policy Service (RPPS) located in Washington, D.C. RPPS provides human resources services to support the 169 Human Resources Offices within the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The incumbent applies innovative assessment procedures and technologies to develop practical solutions to human resources management hiring and retention problems, and also provides emerging occupational assessment assistance and training to Human Resources Offices, management and employees.

This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed below represent the full performance level of GS-14. At the GS-13 grade level, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence.

Major duties and responsibilities includes but are not limited to:

  •                Provides current and emerging assessment options and models; identifies steps and variables to consider when developing an assessment strategy; develops and validates effective competency models and competency-based assessments for recruitment, selection and promotion and career development. These assessments are also used to measure aptitudes, interests, abilities and achievements levels as revealed by objective test in order to accurately evaluate candidates.
  •                Develops the agency assessment strategic plan which requires the application of the latest findings in the field of industrial/organizational psychology in such areas as personnel assessment and evaluation, theories of motivation, personnel recruitment and selection, psychometrics, compensation, training/training evaluation, job design and technology in the workplace. Develops adequate and appropriate criteria for required evaluation instruments construction and constructs various surveys, questionnaires and assessment tools. Reviews the technical adequacy of evaluation procedures, such as structure interview, assessment techniques, training, and leadership development practices and recommends enhancements.
  •                Creates assessment plans designed to implement one or more assessment tool for an organization, occupation, or a specific situation.
  •                The incumbent must be able to identify and eliminate barriers to effectively assess candidates. The Psychologist ensures that key players in the federal hiring process - hiring manager, HR professional, agency leaders and OPM, work together to create an effective assessment strategy. The incumbent works with hiring managers to reduce the narrow perception of assessment tools by involving them in the hiring process which leads to a better Federal hire.
  •                Works in concert with the Agency automated staffing system to support a large range of assessments options. Work with managers to produce meaningful assessment data to evaluate the effectiveness of the assessments.
  •               Participates in the development and revision of department qualification standards and facilitates training of professional standard board members in the application of qualification standards.
  •                Convenes and conducts panels of subject matter experts to develop occupational assessments with the goal of hiring new employees who possess the right competencies and will contribute to agency success. The incumbent explains the options to the subject matter experts and guides them to ensure they are devoted resources, invest sufficient time, and outline reasonable goals for agency success.
  •                Arranges for data collection; plans for the scoring and analysis of data for surveys and questionnaires for assigned projects. Instructs personnel in data collection procedures and in reporting methods, and supplies such other information as may be required.
  •                Prepares technical reports and summaries on the resulting findings and products. Makes recommendations as to whether to adopt conclusions or question findings because of methodological, procedural, or technical failings, as well as for inappropriate conclusions.
  •                Collaborates with the Human Resources Community to provide assessment training to Human Resources Specialist, hiring managers and senior leaders.        
  •          Performing a full range of supervisory functions.

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Applications will be accepted through February 16, 2018 11:59pm EST.

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