Personnel Research Psychologist (Pathways Recent Graduates)
Occasional travel - Occasional travel, Travel averages 15% yearly, but may exceed that percentage during periods of increased service delivery.
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
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 USAHire Assessment, if required.
To meet the Recent Graduate Program Eligibility requirements, you must have obtained a qualifying Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Professional, Doctorate, Vocational or Technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution, within the previous 2 years.
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.
ATTENTION VETERANS: A veteran, as defined in 5 U.S.C. 2108, who due to military service obligation, was precluded from applying to the Recent Graduates Program during any portion of the 2-year eligibility period shall have a full 2-year period of eligibility upon his or her release or discharge from active duty. In no event, however, may the individual's eligibility period extend beyond 6 years from the date on which the individual completed the requirements of an academic course of study.
All applicants must meet the following Basic 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.
Additional Qualification Requirements:
To qualify for the GS-09 grade level: In addition to the basic education requirement, you MUST meet one requirement 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);
B. Education: Completed all requirements for a Master's degree (or equivalent) in I/O Psychology or related field;
C. Education: Completed all requirements for a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in I/O Psychology or related field;
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);
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);
B. Education: Completed all requirements for a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in I/O Psychology or related field;
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);
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.
To qualify for the GS-12 grade level: In addition to the basic education requirement, you MUST meet one requirement below:
A. Education: Completed all requirements for a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology or related field (e.g. organizational development; applied social, or applied social psychology);
B. Experience: Completed 52 weeks or more of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the Federal GS-11 grade or pay bank. Specialized experience must demonstrate ALL of the following: a) Leading/managing part of a project or working on projects involving conducting job analyses, performing statistical analyses and developing tests/assessment tools consistent with professional and legal requirements (e.g., Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures) or leading/managing part of project or working on projects involving designing and administering organizational surveys, performing statistical analyses, facilitating focus groups, conducting action planning, and conducting HR program evaluations; AND b) Using knowledge of the principles, theories, and methods of I/O psychology or related fields (e.g., applied social psychology, applied research/evaluation) to develop practical solutions to assessment problems, including experience with assessment development and validation methods; AND c) Knowledge of statistics and experience using a major statistical analysis package (e.g., SPSS, SAS, R); AND d) Planning and monitoring projects budgets including experience monitoring budgets and managing resources to ensure delivery within budgeted amounts;
C. Combination of Education and Experience: Less than the graduate education in "A" and less than the experience in "B" but have a combination of the type of education in "A" and type of the experience in "B" totaling 100% of the required qualifications. To determine the combination, compute experience as a percentage of experience in "B", determine 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.
NOTE: You MUST submit a copy of your transcript(s) showing you meet the basic requirement for further consideration. Additionally, if you are qualifying on the basis of education, your transcript(s) will be used for verification.
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.
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.
This is a Recent Graduate position in the Pathways Program. Selected individuals are placed in a dynamic one year developmental program in the excepted service designed to lead to a civil service career in the Federal Government. At the successful conclusion of this program, the agency may non-competitively convert individuals to a term or permanent position in the competitive service. Conversion to a Federal competitive service position will be at the discretion of the agency and is neither guaranteed nor implied.
Pathways Participant Agreement: All Recent Graduates are required to sign the Pathways Program Participant Agreement which outlines program requirements and non-competitive conversion eligibility.
This position has a basic education requirement listed under the Qualifications section of this announcement.
Relocation expenses will not be paid.
The full performance level of this position is GS-13
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 click here.
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service.
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
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies across OPM.
PROGRAM COMPLETION AND CONVERSION ELIGIBILITY:
Program participants 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, Recent Graduates must:
- Complete one continuous year of work experience acquired through a Recent Graduate Program
- Complete 40 hours of formal interactive training
- Meet the qualification standards for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted
- Meet any agency-specific requirements specified in the Participant's Agreement
- Demonstrate successful job performance that results in a rating of record of at least Fully Successful and a recommendation for conversion by the first level supervisor.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
You will be evaluated based on how well you meet the qualifications listed in this vacancy announcement. Your qualifications will be evaluated based on your application materials (e.g., resume, supporting documents), the responses you provide on the application questionnaire, and the result of the online assessments required for this position. You will be assessed on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics):
Leading/Managing Projects (for the GS-12 grade level), Financial Accountability, Attention to Detail, Customer Service, Decision Making, Flexibility, Influencing/Negotiating, Integrity/Honesty, Interpersonal Skills, Learning, Reading, Self-Management, Stress Tolerance, Planning and Evaluating, Teamwork, Writing, Assessment Validation Strategies, Individual Assessment Development and Administration, Organizational Assessment, Development and Administration, Data Analysis and Reasoning.
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.
Applicants will be assessed against the criteria stated above and will be referred by score order on a ranked list. Preference eligibles (i.e., veterans eligible for veterans' preference or individuals eligible for derived preference) who earn a passing score receive zero, 5 or 10 points, as appropriate, which are added to their scores. Applicants are then listed in score order and selections are made from among the highest-ranked three names on the list.
You may be contacted for an interview.
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.