Personnel Research Psychologist
This position is a Personnel Research Psychologist, GS-0180-14 with a full performance level of GS-14 and is located in Employee Services, Recruitment and Hiring, Classification and Assessment Policy (CAP). Classification and Assessment Policy (CAP) develops and maintains position classification, job grading and qualification standards and guides for occupations and job families under the General Schedule and Federal Wage System. CAP also develops and maintains competency profiles and model assessment tools and strategies for Government-wide occupations and serve as a technical resource to other OPM units and Federal agencies on classification, qualification, competency, and assessment policy matters.
In this role you will conduct job analyses, evaluations, examinations, fact-finding studies, and lead research projects to develop integrated position classification and qualification standards for all General Schedule and Wage Grade occupations. The incumbent will develop assessment guidance, tools and other resources for designing effective employee selection procedures.
This position is also being announcement under the Agency's Merit Promotion Plan to federal employees and non-competitive appointment eligible. If you wish to be considered under Merit Promotion or Non-Competitive procedures, you MUST apply under the Merit Promotion announcement 17-339-DCZ-MP.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.You must meet the basic education requirement for this position (listed in Education section below).
In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements, applicants must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-13 grade level (or equivalent) performing statistical analyses, conducting job analyses/test validation, managing or overseeing group or team projects; developing tests/assessment tools consistent with professional and legal requirements (e.g., the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures); and researching and applying innovative methods and techniques to solve complex problems in Human Resource Management or Industrial/Organizational Psychology.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
To meet the basic education requirement for this position you must have full 4 year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelors or higher degree with a major or equivalent in psychology to receive further consideration.
You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.
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Relocation expenses will not be paid. Current OPM employees may qualify as an exception.
The full performance level of this position is GS-14.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies across OPM.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information
If you are a veteran and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.
If you are a veteran and you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference (see https://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx).
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx).
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
For Category Rating: Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of the three quality categories: Qualified, Well Qualified, or Best Qualified. Qualified Category = Does not exceed the basic qualifications requirements described in the "Qualifications" section of this announcement. Well Qualified Category = Meets the basic qualifications requirements described in the "Qualifications" section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the Critical Competencies defined below. (This category must be met to be considered under ICTAP procedures) Best Qualified Category = Meets the basic qualifications requirements described in the "Qualifications" section of this announcement and excels in the Critical Competencies defined below. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
- Knowledge of Industrial/Organizational Psychology
- Interpersonal Skill
- Oral Communication
- Written Communication
- Planning and Evaluating
The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three," but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligible within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent or higher will be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).
Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 80 or above based on the competencies listed above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp. Read more Security clearance Public Trust - Background Investigation