Personnel Research Psychologist

04/21/2018 12:30 PM | Anonymous

United States Secret Service

Location: Washington, DC

The U.S. Secret Service is currently accepting applications for the position of Personnel Research Psychologist ($81,548 - $126,062) at its headquarters in Washington, DC. This is a unique opportunity to join a rapidly expanding HR Research team tasked with providing effective competency-based assessments to support the establishment and maintenance of a quality workforce. 

Our Mission 

The United States Secret Service is mandated by statute and executive order to carry out two significant missions: protection and criminal investigations. The Secret Service protects the president and vice president, their families, heads of state, and other designated individuals; investigates threats against these protectees; protects the White House, vice president’s residence, foreign missions, and other buildings within Washington, D.C.; and plans and implements security designs for designated National Special Security Events. The Secret Service also investigates violations of laws relating to counterfeiting of obligations and securities of the United States; financial crimes that include, but are not limited to, access device fraud, financial institution fraud, identity theft, computer fraud; and computer-based attacks on our nation’s financial, banking, and telecommunications infrastructure. 


The selectee will serve as a Personnel Research Psychologist in the Office of Human Resources, HR Research and Assessment Division. Typical work assignments include: 

o Performing all phases of the research process, including problem definition, planning, execution, analysis, interpretation and reporting results; determining the proper interpretation and use of research findings and identifying implications to workforce initiatives; developing new approaches, methods, techniques and hypotheses related to assigned projects; and creating data collection plans for testing before use in large scale data collection programs. Ensuring mandated DHS laws, rules and regulations are properly assessed for potential impact on Human Resources management and development. 

o Developing special-purpose tests and related instruments for application to specific and general examining needs. 

o Conducting studies to determine the predictive effectiveness of existing tests for specific occupations.

o Ensuring mandated laws, rules, and regulations are properly assessed for potential impact on projects and assessment initiatives. 


Ideal candidates will possess an advanced degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology or related field of study; and will possess a combination of education, training, and experience in test theory, quantitative and qualitative data analytic strategies, and research methodology. Strong candidates will have experience developing and validating competency-based assessments for employee selection, promotion, and/or organizational development purposes; and experience managing projects requiring coordination across multiple lines of business. 

To Apply 

Multiple selections will be made. Interested applicants should visit for application procedures. After accessing this website, select “Search Jobs”, then enter an associated job announcement number in the field labeled “Keyword Search”. The job announcement numbers for this job opportunity are HUM-MJ138-18-DE and HUM-MJ138-18-MP

Applications will be accepted through April 26, 2018 at 11:59pm EST. 

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