Student Trainee (Personnel Research Psychologist)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Feb 18, 2019
Closes
Feb 18, 2019
Hours
Full Time
TRAVEL REQUIRED:

Occasional travel - Travel average 10%-15% yearly, but may exceed that percentage during periods of increased service delivery.


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed No


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National (a resident of American Samoa and Swain Island)
  • 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
  • Pathways participant agreement is required.
  • BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: You 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.

    To qualify for the GS-09 grade level: In addition to the basic education requirement, you MUST meet onerequirement below:

    A. Education: 2 or more academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Master's degree or Ph.D. (or equivalent) in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology or related field (e.g., organizational development; applied, social, or applied social psychology) but not completed the degree requirements (1 year of full-time graduate education equals the number of credit hours the school determines represents 1 year of full-time study. If the information cannot be determined from the school, 18 semester hours equals 1 year of full-time study); OR
    B. Education: Completed all requirements for a Master's degree (or equivalent) in I/O Psychology or related field; OR
    C. Education: Completed all requirements for a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in I/O Psychology or related field; OR
    D. Experience: Completed 1 year (52 weeks) or more of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the Federal GS-07 grade or pay band performing I/O Psychology duties (e.g., conducting literature searches; performing statistical analyses; identifying job requirements or analyzing job analysis data; administering routine assessments or organizational surveys; maintaining the integrity of data and performing quality assurance controls on data); OR
    E. Combination of Education and Experience: Less than the 2 academic years of graduate education in "A" and less than the experience in "D," but have a combination of the type of education in "A" and type of experience in "D" totaling 100% of the required qualifications. To determine the combination, compute experience as a percentage of experience in "D"; compute education as a percentage of education in "A"; add the 2 percentages. Total percentages must equal at least 100%. Only graduate education exceeding 1 year (i.e., 18 semester hours) may be combined with experience.

    To qualify for the GS-11 grade level: In addition to the basic education requirement, you MUST meet one requirement below:

    A. Education: Completed all requirements for a Master's degree (or equivalent) in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology or related field (e.g., applied, social, or applied social psychology, or organizational development); OR
    B. Education: Completed all requirements for a Ph.D (or equivalent) in I/O Psychology or related field; OR
    C. Experience: Completed 1 full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the Federal GS-09 grade or pay band in the Federal service performing I/O Psychology duties (e.g., developing and implementing research plans; conducting complex statistical analyses; assisting with developing assessments and organizational surveys; assisting with focus groups and surveys to collect job analysis data; carrying out project activities to develop tests consistent with professional and legal requirements (e.g., the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures), including item development or review; and documenting research results);OR
    D. Combination of Education and Experience: Less than the graduate education described in "A" or "B" and less than the experience described in "C", but have a combination of the type of education in "A" or "B" and type of experience in "C" totaling 100% of the required qualifications. To determine the combination, compute experience as a percentage of experience in "C"; determine education as a percentage of education in "A" or "B"; add the 2 percentages. Total percentages must equal at least 100%. Only graduate education exceeding 1 year (i.e., 18 semester hours) may be combined with experience.

    If using education to qualify, you must submit copies of your transcript(s) to verify eligibility.

    Related Degrees:
    The curriculum of related degrees should include coursework such as research methods, statistical methods, and core industrial and organizational domains, including: measurement of individual differences; criterion theory and development; job and task analysis; employee selection, placement, and classification; performance appraisal and feedback; training theory, program design, and evaluation; work motivation; attitude theory; small group theory and process; leadership theory; organizational theory; and organizational development.

    To meet the Intern Eligibility requirements, you must be a student accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, degree) in a qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis (as defined by the institution in which the student is enrolled).

    All Education must be accredited by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accredited institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants may verify accreditation at the following website: Accreditation. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by OPM accordingly.

    You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    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.

    The U.S. Office of Personnel Management is the President's agent and advisor for the Government's human resources management systems. Our key responsibility is to ensure these systems support agencies in recruiting, hiring and retaining a merit-based, high-quality, diverse workforce necessary to meet the needs of the American people.

    This Intern position is part of the Pathways Internship Program within the Office of Personnel Management, Human Resources Solutions (HRS), HR Strategy & Evaluation Solutions, Assessment & Evaluation Branch. HRS provides exceptional human resources products and services to meet the dynamic needs of the Federal government by offering customer focused, optimal solutions in staff acquisition, personnel and organizational assessment, HR strategy, leadership training, workforce planning and much more. The Assessment & Evaluation Branch includes approximately 30 industrial-organizational psychologists who deliver high quality employment and organizational assessment services to client agencies and provide cutting-edge HR management services by conducting basic, applied, and innovative research encompassing the full gamut of human capital management, with a specific focus on individual, organizational, and outcome assessment.

    The Pathways Internship Program targets students accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program in an accredited educational institution, on at least a half-time basis. At the successful conclusion of this program, you may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a Federal career or career-conditional position.

    This position has a basic education requirement listed under the Qualifications section of this announcement.

    You will NOT be considered under Pathways unless you provide supporting information from your school. Documentation may be provided in letter format from your academic advisor, school counselor, admission office, etc. to prove enrollment OR it may be provided in the form of several official documents from your school such as a copy of your official transcripts and a copy of your class schedule for next semester. Copies of documents from your school website are acceptable if they contain all relevant information as listed above. Letters from advisors or other school officials must be on school letterhead.

    If selected, you will be required to sign a Pathways Agreement which specifies the conditions of your employment as we've indicated in this job announcement. You must continue to meet the Pathways Program requirements throughout the duration of your appointment. To verify that you do, we will require proof of your continued enrollment and good standing each semester or grading period throughout your internship. Failure to do so will result in termination of your internship and employment.

    Must be a U.S. Citizen or National (a resident of American Samoa and Swain Island).

    These are 1-year Term, Excepted Service appointments that may continue if you continue to meet the eligibility requirements under the Pathways Internship Program and funding is available.

    Relocation expenses will not be paid.

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies across OPM.

    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).

    CONVERSION ELIGIBILITY:
    Interns may be converted, without a break in service, to a term, career or career conditional appointment upon completion of program requirements.
    To be eligible for conversion, Interns must:

    • Be a United States citizen
    • Complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program while enrolled as a half- or full-time degree- or certificate-seeking student
    • Complete their degree or certificate requirements, within the preceding 120-day period
    • Meet the qualification standards for the position to which the Intern will be converted
    • Meet agency-specific requirements, as specified in the Participant's Agreement
    • Perform their job successfully
    Agencies may waive up to 320 of the required 640 hours of work for Interns who demonstrate high potential as evidenced by outstanding academic achievement and exceptional job performance.

    In addition, students working in agencies through third-party intern providers may count up to 320 of the hours they work toward the 640 hour requirement.

    Time spent under previous Internship Program appointments may count towards required work.

    If converted to a permanent or term appointment, the anticipated target position will be GS-9 or GS-11 with full performance level of GS-13; however, the target position and full performance level may change based on the need of the organization at that time. Interns must meet the qualification requirements for the position to which converted.

    Extensions: This appointment may be extended without further competition based on the need of the organization for the work to continue and provided the individual continues to meet the eligibility requirements.

    This position will have multiple work schedules (Full Time and Part Time) as workload and school schedules allow. These are 1-year Term appointments in the Excepted Service that may be extended as a part-time/full-time Intern in the Pathways Internship Program within the U. S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Reasonable Accommodation Requests: If you believe you have a disability (i.e., physical or mental), covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended and Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 as amended, that would interfere with completing the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, you will be granted the opportunity to request a reasonable accommodation in your online application. Requests for Reasonable Accommodations for the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments and appropriate supporting documentation for Reasonable Accommodation must be received prior to starting the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. Decisions on requests for Reasonable Accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis. If you meet the minimum qualifications of the position, after notification of the adjudication of your request, you will receive an email invitation to complete the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. You must complete all assessments within 48 hours of receiving the URL to access the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, if you received the link after the close of the announcement. To determine if you need a Reasonable Accommodation, please review the Procedures for Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation for Online Assessments here: (https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Reasonable_Accommodations_for_USA_Hire)

    Once the application process is complete, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Qualified applicants may also be interviewed. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

    • Accountability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Customer Service
    • Decision Making
    • Flexibility
    • Integrity/Honesty
    • Interpersonal Skills
    • Learning
    • Reading
    • Self Management
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Teamwork
    • Writing
    In order to be considered for this position, you must complete all required steps in the process. In addition to the application and application questionnaire, this position requires an online assessment. The online assessment measures critical general competencies required to perform the job. Overstating your qualifications and/or experience in your application materials or application questionnaire may result in your removal from consideration. Cheating on the online assessment may also result in your removal from consideration.

    Qualified applicants will be placed in one of four groupings:
    1. Preference eligible having a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more
    2. Other 10-point preference eligible
    3. 5-point preference eligible
    4. No preference eligible
    Selection will be made from the highest available preference group, as long as at least three candidates remain in that group. When fewer than three candidates remain in the highest group, consideration may be expanded to include the next grouping. Candidates may be interviewed.

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    Drug test required No

    This position has a basic education requirement listed under the Qualifications section of this announcement.

    You will NOT be considered under Pathways unless you provide supporting information from your school. Documentation may be provided in letter format from your academic advisor, school counselor, admission office, etc. to prove enrollment OR it may be provided in the form of several official documents from your school such as a copy of your official transcripts and a copy of your class schedule for next semester. Copies of documents from your school website are acceptable if they contain all relevant information as listed above. Letters from advisors or other school officials must be on school letterhead.

    If selected, you will be required to sign a Pathways Agreement which specifies the conditions of your employment as we've indicated in this job announcement. You must continue to meet the Pathways Program requirements throughout the duration of your appointment. To verify that you do, we will require proof of your continued enrollment and good standing each semester or grading period throughout your internship. Failure to do so will result in termination of your internship and employment.

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