Personnel Research Psychologist II

05/28/2019 7:52 AM | Anonymous

United States Postal Service

Location: Washington, D.C

The United States Postal Service Headquarters is recruiting for a Personnel Research Psychologist II to support the Selection Programs department. The position is permanent and full-time with federal benefits located at the Headquarters Building in Washington, D.C (L’Enfant Plaza)  

Job Title: Personnel Research Psychologist II

Functional Purpose: Serves as a subject matter expert in conducting complex job/needs analyses and developing, validating, evaluating, and deploying selection and learning evaluation systems, tools, processes, and procedures used to make personnel staffing decisions. This classification is responsible for the development and maintenance of complete selection and/or evaluation systems, tools, processes, and procedures, requiring greater accountability, coordination, influence, and professional experience than the Personnel Research Psychologist classification. Positions of this classification are used in the Learning Evaluation and Selection Programs departments.

Salary Range: $77,300 – $95,654 USD Annually (salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience)

Benefits: We offer excellent benefits including health and life insurance, retirement plan, savings/investment plan with employer contribution, flexible spending, flextime scheduling of core work hours, annual and sick leave.  

How You Will Be Evaluated: You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the requirements listed in the job posting. Please make sure you are clear and specific in describing your knowledge and experience in your application/resume. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience. Applicants who do not fully address the requirements needed for the position (as described in the job posting) or meet the education requirement will not be referred for consideration.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Develops and maintains complete selection and/or evaluation systems, tools, processes, and procedures including competency frameworks and their component models; conducts job analysis and needs assessment to identify key job requirements and evaluate applicants? and/or employees? capabilities.

Identifies job requirements using psychometric principles and methods to develop valid assessments measuring applicants? and/or employees? knowledge, skills and abilities.

Researches, designs, reviews, and implements project plans; validates selection and/or evaluation systems, tools, and processes based on professional standards, legal guidelines, and internal requirements.

Develops, validates, and deploys selection and evaluation tools and systems of larger scope, impact, content, and complexity.

Conducts technical and complex data analyses (e.g., Factor Analysis, MANOVA/MANCOVA, Multiple Regression) to develop, support, and improve personnel selection systems using statistical analysis software (e.g., SPSS, SAS, R).

Applies testing theories such as item response theory and classical test theory to develop, analyze, and calibrate reliable, valid, predictive, and legally defensible assessment systems, tools, and processes using statistical analysis software (e.g., SPSS, R, SAS).

Serves as a technical resource (liaison) to the function and organization on selection and evaluation-related topics. Consults with internal stakeholders to identify, address, or resolve problems with selection/evaluation systems. Collaborates with team members to implement personnel selection evaluation systems.

Researches current trends and changes in professional standards regarding selection and evaluation methodologies; develops recommendations to advance selection/evaluation programs and procedures.

Develops and presents technical reports and presentations summarizing results of projects (e.g., job analyses, validation studies, competency models) to technical and non-technical audiences.


EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Graduate degree (Ph.D. preferred) in I-O Psychology or applied degree (e.g., Applied Psychology, Educational Psychology), which included a focus on selection methods and/or psychometrics from a college or university accredited by a national or regional accreditation organization recognized and sanctioned by the U.S. Department of Education.

Ability to use standard office software (e.g., Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word) sufficient to develop reports, presentations, and graphically present data.

Knowledge of Industrial-Organizational, Educational Psychology or other closely related applied field with a focus on selection, testing, evaluation or psychometric methodologies.

Ability to apply the principles of psychometric theory (e.g., classical test theory, item response theory) sufficient to analyze and estimate the reliability and validity of test content and related components.

Ability to apply legal and professional implications for the development and deployment of high stakes selection and training procedures as set forth in the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures (EEO), Principles for the Development and Validation of Employee Selection Procedures (SIOP), and Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (AERA, APA) to develop and design of selection systems.

Ability to design and conduct job analytic procedures (e.g., data analysis, needs assessment, competency modeling) and perform the appropriate data analyses in the development of reliable, valid, and legally defensible selection procedures.

Ability to perform advanced quantitative (e.g., Factor Analysis, MANOVA/MANCOVA, Multiple Regression) and qualitative (e.g., open coding, focused coding) analyses to make appropriate conclusions from data using standard social science statistical analysis packages (e.g., R, SAS, SPSS, Text Analytics).

Ability to develop, validate, and evaluate selection testing and evaluation initiatives and programs demonstrated through 4 years of professional work experience.

Ability to communicate orally and in writing sufficient to convey a range of technical concepts related to selection programs, policies, and procedures to technical and non-technical audiences.

How to Apply:

Please apply online at in order to be considered.

Here is the link to the application.

The application process may take up to 2 hours to complete, please make sure you give yourself ample time to complete. Additionally, make sure that you are using a Windows based computer and Internet Explorer, as our applicant system is not MAC compatible or compatible with other browsers.

If you need assistance or have any questions/concerns please give me a call at 202-568-8969 or email:

Thank you for considering United States Postal Service as an Employer of Choice!

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