Personnel Research Psychologist (Lead)

03/23/2018 10:03 AM | Anonymous

U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Location: Washington DC and Kansas City, MO

Open Period: 3/22/2018 to 4/05/2086

Salary: $103,759 to $ 148,967/ Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0180-14/14

About the Job

The Personnel Research Psychologist position is 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 position is 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 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 Government wide job analysis studies, creating test content, developing scoring and weighting protocols, and creating technical documentation.
  • 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.
  • Lead one or more project teams to develop and/or contract for innovative assessment tools.
  • Conduct Government wide and/or agency job analyses.
  • Advise agencies and internal senior management on implementing assessment strategies.

Job Requirements

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • Complete the initial online assessment and USA Hire Assessment, if required
  • Relevant experience (see Qualifications below)
  • Telework may be authorized.


Basic Requirements

  • 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:
  • 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 monitoring project or program budgets to include experience negotiating funding with management or agency officials; monitoring budget progression including overages or underutilization; determining pricing for operational activities; determining estimated costs for products or services; and managing resources to ensure delivery within budgeted amounts.

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