Selection & Leadership Assessment I-o Psychologist

Arlington, Virginia
$78,998.40 - $133,161.59 Annually
Jul 12, 2019
Aug 09, 2019
Full Time
Position Information

Salary listed above is the salary range effective July 1, 2019.

Do you like the idea of having the time and resources to do great work? Is work-life balance a key interest for your next career? Do you have a passion for evaluating, developing, administering and validating selection instruments designed to yield diverse pools of highly qualified applicants?

Arlington County is seeking a Selection and Leadership Assessment Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychologist to work primarily with public safety agencies - Fire Department, Sheriff's Office, and the Police Department - on promotional processes used to select senior level officer positions. The successful candidate will work as a business partner to provide guidance to subject matter experts, department leaders, and staff regarding industry best practices on assessment techniques and validation approaches.

This Selection & Assessment I-O Psychologist will collaborate with an HR Team and the Team lead to guide agencies and subject matter experts on the value and cost of a variety of selection methods and on techniques designed to support making strong hiring or promotional decisions. Our HR team recognizes the value of making quality hiring decisions, embraces opportunities to innovate our hiring, sourcing, and selection processes, and strives for creativity especially when the result is greater efficiencies, enhanced effectiveness or improved outcomes.

Selection duties include:

  • Conducting job analysis to identify key competencies required and developing an exam plan to evaluate core competencies required at entry level;
  • Creating or guiding others in creating oral panel interview questions, work simulations, situational judgment tests, and assessment center exercises using accepted methods that include construct, content or criterion related validation strategies;
  • Providing guidance or training to hiring managers on the use of effective evaluation processes with an emphasis on inclusion and avoiding bias or rating errors;
  • Ensuring accuracy in test materials or scoring while working under time constraints;
  • Exercising effective judgment when recommending test development and/or test administration decisions to ensure test integrity, validity, and reliability;
  • Serving as a technical expert on employee assessment and selection providing advice and guidance to a variety of audiences;
  • Ensuring selection processes and documentation comply with legal requirements and professional standards; and
  • Guiding and defending efforts associated with the validity of selection processes.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: Master's Degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Organization Development, Human Resources Management, or a related field, plus significant experience in testing and assessment applied to hiring and/or promotion protocols; including experience developing and/or administering assessment centers.

Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis. Additional education may be substituted for the experience requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following:
a) PHD in I-O Psychology, and/or other related training, certifications, or professional affiliations;
b) Experience managing the assessment center process;
c) Proficiency using SPSS, testing software, surveying software;
d) Experience working with a public safety agency; and/or
e) Experience in other areas of Human Resources such as classification, compensation, training, organizational development and/or talent acquisition.

Additional Information

Work schedule is Monday through Friday but a flexible work schedule and telecommuting are encouraged. During an assessment center period this employee will work some weekends, early morning and/or evening hours to accommodate candidate testing and feedback schedules. We would consider hiring an experienced professional in a part-time capacity, approximately 20-30 hours per week. Part-time employees of the County are entitled to all County benefits, including health insurance and retirement, on a pro-rated basis.

Public Safety Assessment Centers are developed and administered on an annual rotational schedule. This position will coordinate the development and administration of 2-3 assessment centers per year. When not working on assessment centers, this individual will have an opportunity to contribute to other HR department initiatives in areas such as recruiting, classification and compensation and training and organizational development.

This position is part of a broad band, competency-based system, and may be filled at any level, including entry-level, within the established broad band depending on qualifications. Pay potential is based on performance and employee development.

Please complete each section of the application. A resume may be attached; however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection (or application) process and are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications may not be considered.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


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Please describe your experience developing, administering and/or validating selection instruments such as oral panel interview questions, written tests, work simulations, situational judgment tests, and/or assessment centers especially for public safety and executive level positions.

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