Personnel Psychologist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Dec 01, 2020
Closes
Dec 09, 2020
Function
Human Resources
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The Office of the Secretary, Office of Human Capital, Strategic Talent Management Division is looking for a Personnel Psychologist in Washington, DC who is a subject matter expert in designing reliable measurement concepts, tools (i.e. surveys, questionnaires, assessments and models) and methods for evaluating and analyzing workforce needs. These concepts and tools are applied to recruitment, selection, retention strategies and workforce planning.

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Responsibilities

At the full performance level (GS-014) the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

1. Leads the development of Department-wide work analysis (i.e., job analysis, competency modeling), assessment and selection, and employee experience research programs to inform human capital strategies, processes, and policies.
2. Designs reliable measurement concepts, methods, and tools (e.g., surveys, questionnaires, assessments, and models) for evaluating workforce needs across the Department. These concepts, methods, and tools are applied to recruitment, selection, and retention strategies.
3. Conducts workforce analysis using existing and newly developed tools to consult and advise HR Specialists, managers and leadership, creating a better understanding of workforce utilization and the impact on employee morale, productivity and other human capital challenges.
4. Compiles and analyzes workforce trend data from Federal government sources and databases such as the Federal Personnel Payroll System (FPPS), etc., to project future workforce trends, conduct studies, and identify workforce/talent gaps.
5. Collaborates with and advises HR and management officials regarding appropriate uses and limitations of personnel measurement devices or survey techniques in gathering data for use in recruitment, selection, career path development, workforce planning, and employee experience research.
6. Formulates, develops and implements agency-wide policy, procedures, and reports related to work analysis, assessment and selection, employee experience, and other talent management functions.

The Office of the Secretary has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

Salary Information:
First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level.

This vacancy may be used to fill additional positions as vacancies become available.

This vacancy is also announced as OS-6040-21-CD-026(MP) for those applicants who wish to apply and be considered under Merit Promotion procedures.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required 1-5 nights per month

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.
  • You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire.
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See http://www.sss.gov/.


Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications Requirements:

To qualify for this position you must meet the (1) Basic Educational Requirement, AND (2) Specialized Experience.

(1) Basic Educational Requirement:
In addition to the specialized experience requirements for this position, applicants must meet the Educational Requirement described below:

Degree: major or equivalent in psychology for all specifications except clinical psychology and counseling psychology from an accredited college or university.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts or other verification to verify that you meet the educational requirement.

(2) Specialized Experience:
Applicants MUST meet all four (4) specialized experience and your experience MUST be clearly written in your resume.

To qualify for the GS-14, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience: (1) Lead or support large-scale (e.g., agency-wide job analysis or competency model studies in order to support human capital practices (e.g., assessment and selection, training and development, or workforce planning) employee engagement, skill gap closure or employee development to develop or identify and implement assessment tools for leadership or human resources decision making; (2) develop and administer organizational research tools, such as employee survey, gap analysis, or focus groups; (3) evaluate and analyze data related to employee engagement, exit surveys/interviews, recruitment, or job satisfaction; and (4) consult and assist in the implementation of human capital practices and initiatives, such as employee engagement, change management, competency modeling, or workforce assessment.

Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Education

Education: If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide transcripts as proof of meeting the requirements.

Foreign Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=e4

Additional information

Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.

Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.

The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

Important Note: All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report. In addition, DOI employees, GS-15 and above, who work in the Office of the Secretary; along with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) employees (at ALL grade levels), are further restricted concerning their interests in Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in energy corporations which lease Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). If you have any such investments you should contact the DOI, BOEM or BSEE Ethics Office before accepting employment. DOI employees are held to the highest level of integrity. Employees must be objective and impartial in the performance of their work. All potential issues (e.g.: work-related interactions with friends, family members, or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.

NOTICE: This employer participates in E-Verify and will utilize your Form I-9 information to confirm you are authorized to work in the U.S.
A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of the Interior. The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete. If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check. Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau security office.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation and responses to the online questionnaire will be made. Your responses to the online assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for this position. You are being evaluated under the Category Rating method, which means, if you are determined to be qualified you will be placed in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "Platinum", "Gold", and "Silver". However, your resume must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "Platinum" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. Veterans' preference rules for category rating will be applied.

Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:

Scientific Knowledge - Knowledge and application of psychological concepts, principles, theories, and methods to organizations, individuals, and processes in the workplace.
Research -Knowledge of scientific principles, methods, and tools of basic and applied research (for example, statistics and data analysis) used to conduct a systematic inquiry into a subject matter area.
Planning and Evaluating- Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes.
Written Communication - Ability to communicate sufficiently to speak convincingly on issues involving talent management topics to internal and external audiences with varying levels of technical expertise, including professional groups and other agencies.
Teamwork - Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals.

If you are a status applicant (current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former permanent Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility in the competitive service), or are eligible under a special appointing authority and you are selected under this vacancy, you may be subject to serving a new one-year probationary period.

To preview the assessment questionnaire click: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10969976

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
No

Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. It is strongly recommended that you use the USAJobs Resume Builder as it was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is available at https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/How_to_create_your_resume

Your application package must include: (1) Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words; (2) Completed online Assessment Questionnaire; (3) College transcript (if applicable) for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; (4) Certificates, license, etc. (if applicable); (5) Form DD-214 OR VA letter and Standard Form 15 (if applicable).
NOTE: Applicants claiming veterans preference (TP, CP, CPS) must submit a copy of your DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," (Member 4 copy is preferred), showing the dates of active duty, type of discharge, and character of service (must be honorable); OR acceptable proof of verification of your preference (i.e., official document, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veterans total combined serviced-connected disability rating is 10% or more).

You will find additional information on the following topics: (1) e-Verify; (2) Selective Service; (3) CTAP/ICTAP; (4) Education - accreditation; (5) Foreign education; (6) Veterans preference; (7) Special appointing authority documentation; and more can be found on our web site: https://www.bsee.gov/careers/usajobs-assistance OR http://www.boem.gov/USAJobs-Assistance/ .

If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty station. To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, you must earn a minimum score of 85 or above (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference) on the rating criteria for this position.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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